Alec Empire ‎– Limited Editions 1990-94

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Mille Plateaux ‎– MP CD 2
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Tracklist

1 SuEcide 6:34
2 Sweet 6:09
3 The Sun Hurts My Eyes 12:06
4 The Backside Of My Brain 7:58
5 Dark Woman 5:22
6 Silver Box 3:23
7 Chinese Takeaway 5:01
8 Civilization Virus (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 13:30
9 When Love Disappears 8:19
10 Limited 05 3:32

Companies, etc.

  • Distributed ByEFA – EFA 00652-2

Credits

Notes

This material was composed on: Hohner HS-1 sampler, Juno 10G, TR-808, Boss Pitch Delay

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Catalog number is misprinted on the CD as "MP CP 2".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 718750 065223
  • Matrix / Runout: SNA   EFA 00652.2   04149404   SNA

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MPLP 2 Alec Empire Limited Editions 1990-94(2xLP, Album, Comp) Mille Plateaux MPLP 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
MP LP 2 Alec Empire Limited Editions 1990-94(2xLP, Album, Comp, W/Lbl) Mille Plateaux MP LP 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
GEIST 008CD Alec Empire Limited Editions 1990-94(CD, Album, Comp, RE) Geist Records GEIST 008CD UK 2000 Sell This Version

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kattamuuran

kattamuuran

January 19, 2011

I find that most of Alec Empires output is hard to stomach. Although I like what he does with his Digital Hardcore material, I find it is largely full of diminishing returns upon repeat listens, and as I get older, I don't particularly want to be bludgeoned over the head continuously for an hour at a time. However, there are real gems in his discography, and thankfully, these were the releases that I was first exposed to. So when I got this album in my mid teens shortly after its release, and shortly after my own discovery of WARP, R & S, GPR et. al I came to know Alec Empire not as the front man of ATR, but rather as a thoughtful and dark exponent of intelligent techno, kindred spirit to RDJ, Locust, Biosphere and the like. Recorded on barebones equipment, which in no ay hinders, and in fact enhances the overall mood and consistency of the record, this is excellently crafted dark techno. Empire had a true knack on this record for creating some very memorable moods, and every track is strong. some of my favorite highlights include the backside of my brain, which sets up a supremely satisfying pulse and moves along nicely in its 8 or so minutes, civilization virus, which is a long tribal ambient piece which gathers momentum and tension as it moves along, and Limited 05, which is a criminally short slice of ambient brilliance, rarely replicated anywhere else in his discography with the exception of the song "the report" from the 3cd comp the Gist of Alec Empire.

This whole affair flows brilliantly from start to finish and is a masterpiece of early IDM. The mood is so similar to that of Locust's weathered well that they truly must be regarded as kindred spirits in some fashion. Alec Empire would come close to this brilliance again (Low on Ice, Generation Star wars) but would never match it, nor did he appear to be interested in doing so. I respect his harder stuff, and I respect him as an artist, but this, his first solo long player will always rest in my mind and heart as his best.