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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Few things about this two-disc mixed set make clear sense, especially when they are viewed through the eyes of a techno neophyte. Once the contents and contexts are examined, however, everything falls into place. Roughly one-third of the tracks contained on these mixes from Laurent Garnier and Carl Craig can be classified as techno; the majority has more to do with the roots of the form, while a handful of tracks -- all of which are on Garnier's disc -- have very tenuous geographic ties. Though the discs are subtitled "The Detroit Perspective" and "The European Perspective," both are very Detroit-centric. Garnier, the European, delivers the former: a short history of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Few things about this two-disc mixed set make clear sense, especially when they are viewed through the eyes of a techno neophyte. Once the contents and contexts are examined, however, everything falls into place. Roughly one-third of the tracks contained on these mixes from Laurent Garnier and Carl Craig can be classified as techno; the majority has more to do with the roots of the form, while a handful of tracks -- all of which are on Garnier's disc -- have very tenuous geographic ties. Though the discs are subtitled "The Detroit Perspective" and "The European Perspective," both are very Detroit-centric. Garnier, the European, delivers the former: a short history of Detroit through soul-jazz, hip-hop, proto-punk, funk, and some actual techno. Craig, the Detroiter, delivers the latter: each track in his mix was made in Europe and struck a nerve with the young clubbers and radio listeners of his city, and they encompass Italo disco, Franco disco, industrial, synth pop, and early U.K. techno. Garnier's mix, which is presented as one 78-minute track with no indexing, is given some extra enhancements: the tracks are interspersed with chatter between him and Underground Resistance affiliate Buzz Goree as the two drive from Detroit's Eastern Market to the Submerge building, a short snippet of discussion with UR's Mad Mike Banks, the mumbled musings of underground house genius Kenny Dixon, Jr., and the beyond-chilling broadcast of a shootout from the 1967 riots. Craig takes a more playful approach on his fully indexed mix, guiding the listener from track to track with his impression of the Electrifying Mojo a legendary Detroit DJ, yelps, and reminiscences. He transitions from Kano's "It's a War" to Yellow Magic Orchestra's "Computer Games" with the following: "This is out to all y'all who used to roller skate to this -- Northland Roller Rink, Eight Mile Road, shoot the duck." While this seems like a missed opportunity to plumb the depths of a very deep, wide, and rich archive of strictly Detroit-birthed electronic music -- much of which has never made it to CD in any form -- the two jocks present very unique, knowledgeable, and personal views of the city. Even card-carrying Midnight Funk Association members who danced to Ken Collier, left gallons of sweat on the floor of the Music Institute, and directed tourists to the Stooges Wax Museum can appreciate this. [In addition to the CD, Rapster also released separate, single-LP editions of each volume in 2006 as well.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Rapster
  • UPC: 730003906411
  • Catalog Number: 64

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Plum Blossom/Game Over/Beej-N-Dem, Pt. 2/Rock Steady/NTT Docomo/Galaxy/ - Arpanet (78:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Intro (2:01)
  2. 2 Beatbox (4:38)
  3. 3 I Need Love - Alma Fernandez (3:49)
  4. 4 Join in the Chant - Nitzer Ebb (3:26)
  5. 5 Disco Circus - Martin Circus (5:03)
  6. 6 It's a War - Kano (6:19)
  7. 7 Computer Games (4:08)
  8. 8 No More Words - Yello (2:24)
  9. 9 Peut Être Pas (3:48)
  10. 10 Dance Boy Dance (2:55)
  11. 11 Acid Eiffel - Choice (4:38)
  12. 12 Virtual - The Black Dog (3:42)
  13. 13 Flesh & Steel (8:05)
  14. 14 Norte Route (5:31)
  15. 15 Frequency 7 - Visage (5:00)
  16. 16 The Ant Can See Legs (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laurent Garnier Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
The Art of Noise Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Midge Ure Composer
Yellow Magic Orchestra Composer
The Flying Lizards Composer
Yusef Lateef Composer
Beate Bartel Composer
Boris Blank Composer
Rusty Egan Composer
Dave Formula Composer
Chris Haas Composer
John McGeoch Composer
Stefano Pulga Composer
Steve Strange Composer
Laurent Garnier Composer
Carl Craig Composer
Jay Dee Composer
Luciano Ninzatti Composer
Ed Handley Composer
Maurizio Dami Composer
Andrew Turner Composer
Alain Pewzner Composer
James "Jay Dee" Yancey Composer
Arpanet Composer
Ronald Watts Composer
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