808 State ‎– Ninety

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"Ancodia" samples:
Vocal from Thelma Houston - You Used To Hold Me So Tight
Vocal from Unique - What I Got Is What You Need

"Cobra Bora" samples:
Vocal from Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony - The Hustle

"Donkey Doctor" samples:
Vocal from Cybotron - Techno City

Versions (31)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZTT2, 246 461-1 808 State Ninety(LP, Album) ZTT, ZTT ZTT2, 246 461-1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
246 461-2 808 State Ninety(CD, Album) ZTT 246 461-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
246 461-4(U) 808 State Ninety(Cass, Album) ZTT 246 461-4(U) Indonesia 1989 Sell This Version
24 64614 808 State Ninety(Cass, Album) ZTT, WEA 24 64614 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
ZTT2C, 246 461-4 808 State Ninety(Cass, Album) ZTT, ZTT ZTT2C, 246 461-4 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
LPNI-7009 808 State Ninety(LP, Album) ZTT LPNI-7009 Mexico 1989 Sell This Version
670.9220 808 State Ninety(LP, Album) WEA 670.9220 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
WMC5-50 808 State Ninety(CD, Album) WEA Music, ZTT WMC5-50 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
WMC5-50 808 State Ninety(CD, Album, Promo) WEA Music, ZTT WMC5-50 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
246 461-1 808 State Ninety(LP, Album) ZTT 246 461-1 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
UD-53191 808 State Ninety(CD, Album) Universal Records UD-53191 US 1998 Sell This Version
ZTT 102 CD 808 State Ninety(CD, Album, RE) ZTT ZTT 102 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
UBD-53191 808 State Ninety(CD, Album, RE) ZTT, Universal UBD-53191 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
3052882 808 State Ninety(CD, Album, RM) ZTT, Wagram Music 3052882 France 1999 Sell This Version
ZTT 102CDX, ZTT102CDX 808 State 808:90(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp + Dlx, Car) ZTT, ZTT ZTT 102CDX, ZTT102CDX UK 2008 Sell This Version
XECZ-1001-1002 808 State 808:90(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp + Dlx, Gat) ZTT XECZ-1001-1002 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
SALVOMDCD04, Element 01 808 State Ninety(CD, Album, RM + CD, Comp + RE, Car) Salvo, ZTT SALVOMDCD04, Element 01 UK 2010 Sell This Version
AOF174, MBIP-5541 808 State 808:90(Cass, Album, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM, Blu) Artoffact Records, Melting Bot AOF174, MBIP-5541 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
AOF174 808 State 808:90(Cass, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Bla) Artoffact Records AOF174 US 2014 Sell This Version
AOF174 808 State 808:90(Cass, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Blu) Artoffact Records AOF174 US 2014 Sell This Version
AOF174 808 State 808:90(Cass, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Cle) Artoffact Records AOF174 US 2014 Sell This Version
AOF174 808 State 808:90(Cass, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Dar) Artoffact Records AOF174 US 2014 Sell This Version
AOF174 808 State 808:90(Cass, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Met) Artoffact Records AOF174 US 2014 Sell This Version
AOF174 808 State 808:90(Cass, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Red) Artoffact Records AOF174 US 2014 Sell This Version
AOF174 808 State 808:90(Cass, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Sil) Artoffact Records AOF174 US 2014 Sell This Version
AOF174 808 State 808:90(Cass, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Yel) Artoffact Records AOF174 US 2014 Sell This Version
MOVLP1614 808 State Ninety(LP, Album + LP, Comp + RE, Exp) Music On Vinyl, ZTT, Salvo MOVLP1614 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
MOVLP1614 808 State Ninety(LP, Album, Blu + LP, Comp, Blu + Ltd, Num, RE, Exp) Music On Vinyl, ZTT, Salvo MOVLP1614 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
2292-46461-2 808 State Ninety(CD, Album, RE) ZTT 2292-46461-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
2292-46461-2 808 State Ninety(CD, Album, RE, RP) ZTT 2292-46461-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
TE 1033 808 State Ninety(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Thames Original TE 1033 Asia Unknown Sell This Version

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Misannthorpe

Misannthorpe

November 12, 2018
referencing Ninety, Cass, Album, ZTT2C, 246 461-4
My copy is identical to this in all respects other than on the spine, my reads: 2292-46461-4 U, instead of 246 461-4 U.
Robotrock04

Robotrock04

February 7, 2013
referencing Ninety, LP, Album, ZTT2, 246 461-1
I love 808 State, one of the finest electronic groups ever in my opinion. For me, 90 (along with the Quadrastate EP) is their finest hour. 90 is perhaps slightly more commercial sounding than the previously mentioned EP but absolutely not of any lesser quality. The album contains the classic Pacific 202 in the mix that was released as a single (the original is on Quadrastate). The quality of tracks on 90 are so high though that Pacific 202 doesn't merely stand head and shoulders above a bunch of substandard filler. The quality of tracks here is so high that not only is it one of the best albums of its era, but of any era in electronic music. The variety on the album is brilliant too: from the hip hop influenced Ancodia to the more ambient sounding Sunrise, to the deep house elements of 808080808. Even then though, each track goes off in various musical directions so you never know what's quite coming next. Honestly, I can't recommend this album highly enough. When I first heard it I played it on loop for weeks, and I still regularly play this to the present day. An electronic classic!
mjb

mjb

May 28, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Ninety, CD, Album, 246 461-2

I had this to say about it in 2001: 808 State's first album on a major label was Ninety, reflecting their maturing sound while retaining experimental ethos. Sometimes they miss the mark—"Magical Dream" gives the album a shaky start—but when they're on, they're really on. Everything from groovy r'n'b sample fests to harder rave stompers, melodic portamento solos, massive breakdowns, deep house, and even pure wankery can be found on this all-too-short "debut".
DanseSounz

DanseSounz

November 19, 2011
referencing Ninety, LP, Album, ZTT2, 246 461-1
Classic breakbeat techno album which changed my life for the better in 89' still 'hits the spot' after all this time!
code1193

code1193

June 23, 2011
referencing Ninety, LP, Album, ZTT2, 246 461-1
This might be the most important electronic music LP I own. I really don't need to say anything else, as the music speaks volumes, especially when you consider it was made in 1989!
jtdevious

jtdevious

August 10, 2010
referencing Ninety, LP, Album, ZTT2, 246 461-1

Quality album from 808 State summarising all their important and memorable house anthems post-Newbuild. Pacific, Cubik, Cobra Bora, Ancodia are all superb 808 classics in their own instrumental sample-led style. This album represents their awakening from Eastern Bloc’s record label Creed to pop producer Trevor Horn’s ZTT label, with every track a winner. Unfortunately they never quite managed to be as consistent following this, despite churning out many similar-sounding efforts.
thacidisaster

thacidisaster

September 11, 2007
referencing Ninety, LP, Album, ZTT2, 246 461-1
This LP has some of the most complex and beautiful drum programming you are likely to ever hear. Makes you wonder what happened to not just these guys but to the scene as a whole. After a masterpiece like this which is truly blueprint for that big sound that everybody attempted to immitate. Check out 'Cobra Bora'. Just when you think it has done it's thing, it takes off to another level. Pure techno jazz of the very highest order.
An absolute masterpiece from start to finish. This is more apparent now than ever before and although to the untrained ear (or novice) this may sound dated, its only because of those big stadium sounds (as used on ie. Cubik) that will make people think this. Unaware to them, It was these guys and more to the point, this LP that came above all, first in line with that sound. Think again. This is a classic of monumental proportion and defines that year not just by title alone but to hear it, is to go back to the finest techno music of that that year, 90. Ahh, the memories.
systray27

systray27

May 10, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Ninety, LP, Album, ZTT2, 246 461-1
A few days ago I downloaded an mp3 version of this genious album...I thought it was quite good, but then today when I walked out in the streets later in the evening and listened to it with my, god I was blown away! As soon as I returned home, I got hold of the vinyl version from ebay...kind of an introduction to early techno for me, some of the best music I've heard in ages!
randyj

randyj

April 13, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Ninety, CD, Album, 246 461-2

Hands down - one if the most important electronic/early techno recordings, ever. Recorded in Manchester '89 during the 24 Hour Party People days on Trevor Horn's forward-thinking label ZTT. We've got a very credible vibe in these tunes and this helped to raise the bar on overall sound and production (i.e Future Sound of London or Renegade Soundwave)-at the same time there's some sublte wacky stuff on here. "Pacific 202" is a masterpiece and is a major timeline marker. Check it!
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

August 15, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Ninety, LP, Album, ZTT2, 246 461-1
808 State is one of the most influential groups of the electronic scene from the end of the eighties to the nineties. Their first album, 'Ninety', recorded in Manchester in 1989, was a testimonial of a new paradigm in dance music in a mixture of breakbeats, melodies, elegant atmospheres, strange effects, aesthetic drop outs, basslines of 303, and many other influences, inspiring a whole bunch of different artists of the nineties as well as the rave scene. Clearly different from the other artists, they absorbed the influences of hip hop, acid house and even Detroit techno and transformed them in a new kind of electronic music style. The main track of the album was one of the greatests classics of that period: ‘Pacific 202’, a mixture of acid basslines, a saxophone sequence and atmospheric synths in a clear jazzy climax.
‘Magical Dream’ represented a lovely combination of melodic bass & synths with breakbeat and the nice vocals of Vanessa. In ‘Ancodia’, some scratch effects were used in the melodic breakbeat base, joining the elements of hip hop, dub, house with new melodies. ‘Donkey Doktor’ borrowed the sample of the Detroit classic track, Cybotron’s ‘Techno City’ and added it with a melodic and futuristic breakbeat structure. 'Ancodia', had vocal chorus samples and scratching, with clear hip hop influences; 'Cobra Bora' was a litle bit faster kind of breakbeat, more dancefloor, with a drop out full of climax & melodies, but ‘Sunrise’ had a different approach in a strange, ethereal and sinister kind of music.