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808 State
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
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Reissue of the 1988 & extremely rare first album by Manchester electronic/ dance outfit featuring A Guy Called Gerald. Seven tracks, including 'Sync/ Swim' and 'Flow Coma'. 1999 release.


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All Artists: 808 State
Title: Newbuild
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rephlex
Original Release Date: 1/1/1988
Re-Release Date: 5/11/1999
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Styles: House, Techno, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 666908008021


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Reissue of the 1988 & extremely rare first album by Manchester electronic/ dance outfit featuring A Guy Called Gerald. Seven tracks, including 'Sync/ Swim' and 'Flow Coma'. 1999 release.

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Highlighting awesome transformation | San Francisco, Ca | 09/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was shocked and amazed to find this title at my local dealer last night and picked it up. I have been an avid collector and fan of 808 State since 1990 with the release of the Utd. 90 album and just missed picking this up nearly 10 years ago. Now, having finally heard what I missed so long ago, I'm am just impressed with the progressive style of music coming from the 808 State group. This album, although it only has 7 tracks, contains examples of their early work which range from poor conglomerates of MIDI sound to electronica comparable to sounds heard even in TODAY's underground scene. 808 State is a group of visionary leaders, and they have my unending gratitude and respect for opening my mind to new possibilities. Peace - Love - Unity - Respect, All."
The definitive acid house album
Colin Mccartney | Manchester, Lancashire United Kingdom | 12/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)


[DATE: Saturday 28 January 1989, late afternoon]

ME (tentatively, hoping for "Voodoo Ray", not knowing it was called "Voodoo Ray" at that point): "D'ye have anything by A Guy Called Gerald"?

FAT BOB: "Naw, but we've got State 808 FEATURING A Guy Called Gerald?"

ME (tentatively, noting the £5.69 price tag is marginally over-budget): "Aye, alright then, looks pretty cool, I'll take it"

LATER back at home...

Miraculously I've ALSO managed to acquire a copy of New Order's "Technique" a whole 48 hours before its official release (a big deal that, pre-internet) via my brother who worked in a record shop (a big deal that, pre-internet) and its cost me another £4 (brother's staff discount though I'll have to skip lunch for the rest of the week as I'm way over my record budget for the first quarter of 1989).

Naturally, as New Order are my favourite band I put Technique on first. "Fine Time" sounds groundbreaking and a bit mad but I'm underwhelmed by the Balearic-Smiths sound of the remainder...

Then I put on "Newbuild"...and it sounds like the best music I've ever heard. Every track sounds like "Fine Time". A life-changing record.

THE RESULT: I don't buy a non-electronic record for another 5 years (seemed like a long time then - but back then some people only bought one record every 5 years).

Section 25 and Bernard Sumner discovered the sound, and Phuture refined it and gave it a name, but Messrs. Simpson/Massey/Price saw the potential to use "acid" to create a work of modern art that ultimately defies any sort of categorisation. Newbuild should stand proudly in everyone's record collection (remember those?) - filed in between Circuses and Bread (Remastered) and Mozart: Symphonies Nos.35 "Haffner", 36 "Linzer", 38 "Prager", 39, 40, 41 "Jupiter".

All you really need to know is that Newbuild was the only album outing for the original line up of 808 State and within that line-up you have the meeting of minds of two geniuses in Graham Massey and Gerald Simpson. If your perception of 808 State is "Pacific", "Cubik", "In Yer Face" etc - well, whether you like those tracks or not Newbuild is a COMPLETELY different animal.

No further explanation is possible (at least, not from me) or required. You just have to listen.

An all-time classic. Doesn't have "Voodoo Ray" on it though.