State 808* ‎– Pacific

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After the mellow techno theme "Pacific State" from the Quadrastate EP made a splash, 808 State signed to ZTT and released remixes under the title "Pacific".

1989 versions:
Pacific State (origin) is the original version from Quadrastate, and Pacific B is an edit thereof. Pacific 202 is the popular remix featured on the 90 album, and Pacific 707 is an edit of it. Pacific 303 has stronger percussion than 202 & 707, but is otherwise not that different. 202, 707 and 303 all pitch up the song's signature chords and loon samples, replace the original's saxophone with a clarinet, redo the percussion in a softer yet more frenetic style, and replace the original's deep bassline with a vaguely "acid"-style synth line in a higher register. Pacific 909 and the bonus bird beats together form one long, "deep" house remix with more improvised parts and atmospheric effects, but feature the original saxophone and a lower-pitch version of the 202 synth line.

1990 versions:
Pacific 0101, 212, and 516 are Justin Strauss remixes which all use the clarinet and loon samples from 202, but restore and more prominently feature the original bassline, and use percussion more akin to the original. Pacific 718 and Pacific Break, both by Musto & Bones, ditch most of the improvisational elements altogether, and rework the song's chords and background elements into a dense, hypnotic arrangement of layered loops, with the 718 version including a new bassline and new, rhythmic keyboard parts which follow the background chords.

Tracklist

Pacific-707 3:52
Pacific-B 4:28

Versions (27)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZANG 1, 2292-465 22-7 State 808* Pacific(7") ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1, 2292-465 22-7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1 TX, 170 833-0 808 State Pacific - 909 (Mellow Birds Mega Edit)(12", Ltd) ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1 TX, 170 833-0 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 808 State Pacific(12") ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 808 State Pacific(12") ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
246 521-0, ZANG 1 T 808 State Pacific(12") WEA, WEA 246 521-0, ZANG 1 T Europe 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1 T, 0-246521, 229246521-0 808 State Pacific(12") ZTT, ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1 T, 0-246521, 229246521-0 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 808 State Pacific(12", "MT) ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 808 State Pacific(12", M/Print) ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG-1-(T) 808 State Pacific(12", Promo, W/Lbl) ZTT ZANG-1-(T) UK 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 808 State Pacific(12", Single, UK ) ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1, 246 522-7 State 808* Pacific(7") ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1, 246 522-7 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1, 2292-46522-7 State 808* Pacific(7") ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1, 2292-46522-7 France 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1, 2292-465 22-7 808 State Pacific(7", Single) ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1, 2292-465 22-7 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1 TX, 9031 70833-0 808 State Pacific-909 (Mellow Birds Mega Edit)(12", Single, Ltd) ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1 TX, 9031 70833-0 UK 1989 Sell This Version
246 501-2, ZANG 1 CD 808 State Pacific(CD, Mini, Single) ZTT, ZTT 246 501-2, ZANG 1 CD UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
4-0246521 808 State Pacific(Cass, Maxi) WEA Records (2) 4-0246521 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
ZANG 1C, 2292-46522-4 808 State Pacific(Cass, Single) ZTT, ZTT ZANG 1C, 2292-46522-4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
TB 949 808 State Pacific(12", Promo) Tommy Boy TB 949 US 1990 Sell This Version
TB 949 808 State Pacific(12", Promo, Tom) Tommy Boy TB 949 US 1990 Sell This Version
TB 949 808 State Pacific(12", Single) Tommy Boy TB 949 US 1990 Sell This Version
TB 949 808 State Pacific(12", TP, ) Tommy Boy TB 949 US 1990 Sell This Version
TB 949 808 State Pacific(12", Tom) Tommy Boy TB 949 US 1990 Sell This Version
TBCD 949 PRO 808 State Pacific(CD, Promo) Tommy Boy TBCD 949 PRO US 1990 Sell This Version
TBC 949 808 State Pacific(Cass, Maxi) Tommy Boy TBC 949 US 1990 Sell This Version
car 009 808 State Pacific Breaks / Pacific DnB(12", Unofficial) Cut & Run car 009 UK 2005 Sell This Version
none 808 State Pacific 212 (Justin Strauss Remix)(File, AIFF) Not On Label (Justin Strauss Self-released) none US 2010
MOV12004 808 State Pacific(12", Single, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu) Music On Vinyl, ZTT, Salvo MOV12004 Europe 2016 Sell This Version

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dmkbox

dmkbox

July 12, 2016
referencing Pacific, 12", Single, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu, MOV12004
Funky classic! Well pressed. Fine sleeve and marbled blue vinyl.
steamybrown2003

steamybrown2003

December 28, 2014
edited 11 months ago
referencing Pacific, CD, Promo, TBCD 949 PRO
There is a 93' repress of this CD promo as part of Tommy Boy's Perfect Beats CD5" maxi series.
work1990

work1990

September 15, 2014
referencing Pacific, 7", ZANG 1, 2292-465 22-7
the years go by and pacific stills sound fresh and actual, thanks planet discogs (the site and members) for maintence in the memory all this music...25 years and obviously still remains classic. and the chain of comments surely continues for years
Dubvulture

Dubvulture

April 29, 2014
referencing Pacific, 7", ZANG 1, 2292-465 22-7
Fine though 'Pacific' is, its importance in the 808 State canon is massively overemphasised. If I were to compile my all-time favourite twenty 808 tracks, this wouldn't be included. It isn't even the best track on 'Ninety'.
timbuursink

timbuursink

August 6, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Pacific, 12", Single, UK , ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0
The story on a Guy Called Gerald is new to me. I guess I never got into the complete story. Never the less this is my all time favorite. The first time I ever saw / heard this track was on MTV party zone. It never got out of my system. And even today it's still one of best electronic records ever. Pacific 202 covers al large spectrum of fantastic sounds. The perfect mixing will keep it standing out for ever!!
Veroli

Veroli

July 14, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Pacific, 12", Single, UK , ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0
It's interesting to see when people feel to have to make a comment on this record. There are years between the single reviews. Kind of space travelers land on planet discogs.com to leave an impression. In a galaxy far, far away :) I would like to comment the review from squishmusic: today this record is already 23 years old and still an all-time classic, it will always stay fresh.
yarham

yarham

December 21, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Pacific, 12", Single, UK , ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0

This is the originl pioneering jazzy techno masterpiece that I am sure inspired Underground Resistance's World 2 World and Nation 2 Nation, as well as inspiring Dave Angel and Red Planet. This release is so smooth and easy on the ears. This tune has got to be one of the all time top 10 techno tracks of all time. AMAZING!
chris45rpm

chris45rpm

August 21, 2010
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Pacific, 7", ZANG 1, 2292-465 22-7
Gerald Simpson has been credited with the utterly brilliant four maj7th synth chords that arguably defines the track.
jtdevious

jtdevious

August 11, 2010
referencing Pacific, 7", ZANG 1, 2292-465 22-7
Essential uplifting house putting 808 States original line-up (inc. A Guy Called Gerald) firmly in the house history books. Wonderful saxophone and keyboard collaboration crossing over-genres and confirming the arrival of house in UK culture.
bass12

bass12

February 11, 2008
referencing Pacific, 12", Single, UK , ZANG 1T, 2292 465 21-0

Do we need another review of this record? Well, it is an acid-house milestone and, I believe, just about as good as instrumental electronic music of any sort can get. Yep, this track is just about perfect - and all of the variations (including those mixes not found here) are equally enjoyable. In terms of who wrote the piece (as there seems to be some disagreement on the subject), I guess only the guys from 808 really know for sure. What I've heard (for what it's worth) is that Gerald Simpson wrote the bassline (and not the entire track). Regardless, this remains the track I play for people who don't know "techno" or "acid house" - just to show them how good it can get.