808state* ‎– Don Solaris

ZTT ‎– 0630-14356-2
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1 Intro
Mixed By – 808state*
2 Bond
Engineer – Danny KadarVocals – Doughty*
3 Bird
Engineer – Aidan Love
4 Azura
Vocals – Louise Rhodes
5 Black Dartangnon
Mixed By – Al Fish*
6 Joyrider 4:40
7 Lopez
Vocals – James Dean Bradfield
8 Balboa
Engineer – Al Stone
9 Kohoutek 4:46
10 Mooz
Engineer – Al StoneVocals – Ragga
11 Jerusahat 5:12
12 Banacheq 5:39

Companies, etc.



Issued in transparent tray jewel case with a 12-panel fold-out poster. Housed in a printed tracing paper slipcase.

2 Bond:
Mixed @ Olympic Studios, London.
Recorded @ Baby Monster, NYC and Eon Studios, Sheffield.
Drums: TR909, Akai, Hi Hat and Anvil.
Bass: Matrix 1000, Jupiter 8.
Keyboards: ARP Odysey, Korg Wavestation AD, EMU Vintages Keys, Korg Propecy, JD800, EM+M Spectral Synth.
Instruments: Alto Melodica, Blues Harp.
Guitars: Guild Starfire, Takamine Electro, Acoustic Gibson Les Paul.

3 Bird:
Mixed @ Wool Hall, Bath.
Recorded @ Planet 4 Studios.
Drums: Akai S1100, TR909.
Bass: JD800 Subbass, Moog Liberation.
Keyboards: Akai S1100, Crown Palaris, Kurtzweil, Moog Liberation.
Instruments: Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Pocket trumpet.
Guitars: Ibanez ST50.

4 Azura:
Mixed @ Olympic Studios, London.
Recorded @ Eon Studios, Sheffield.
Drums: Roland TR909, Akai S1100.
Bass: JD800 Subbass, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Mini Moog.
Keyboards: ARP 2600, JV80 Steeldrums, Korg Wavestation AD, Vintage keys.

5 Black Dartangnon:
Recorded and mixed @ Eon Studios, Sheffield.
Drums: TR909, JD800, Pearl Syncussion, Demon Rhythm Box.
Bass: JD800 Subbass.
Keyboards: Vintages Keys, Meletron Flutes, JX8P Wavestation Vibes, Fender Rhodes 73. JD800 Electric Piano.
Intruments: Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet.
Guitars: Casio Midi Guitar.

6 Joyrider
Mixed @ Wool Hall, Bath.
Recorded @ Eon Studios, Sheffield.
Drums: Roland TR909, TR727, Pearl Syncussion.
Bass: ARP 2600, Mini Moog, Jupiter 8, Akai S1100, Doctor Q.
Keyboards: Juno 106, SH101, Jupiter 8, Memory Moog.
Instruments: Soprano Saxophoen, Kalimba.

7 Lopez
Mixed @ Wool Hall, Bath.
Recorded @ Eon Studios, Sheffield and Sarm Studios, London.
Drums: Akai S1100, TR909.
Bass: Mini Moog.
Keyboards: Wavestation AD, Jupiter 8 Drop.
Guitars: Ibanez ST50, Gibson Les Paul Fuzz, 8 String Hawian Slide.

8 Balboa
Mixed and engineered @ Wool Hall, Bath.
Drums: TR909, Akai S1100, JD800, Demon, GR50 Diskik, Pearl Syncussion.
Bass: Korg Prophecy, ARP 2600, JD800.
Keyboards: Korg Prophecy Flute, JD800 Flute, Akai S1100.

9 Kohoutek
Mixed @ Wool Hall, Bath.
Recorded @ Eon Studios, Sheffield.
Drums: TR909, JD800, Akai S1100.
Bass: Mini Moog, JD800 Subbass.
Keyboards: Hahner Electra Piano, Fender Rhodes, MK1, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, ARP Quartet, Wavestation, Jupiter 8, ARP 2600.
Instruments: Vibraphone.

10 Mooz
Mixed and engineered @ Wool Hall, Bath.
Drums: Akai S1100.
Bass: Korg Prophecy, Gibson Firebird GR50 Bass.
Keyboards: Memory Moog, Vintage Keys, Korg Prophecy.

11 Jerusahat
Mixed @ Wool Hall, Bath.
Recorded @ Eon Studios, Sheffield.
Drums: TR707, TR909, R8, Akai S1100.
Bass: ARP 2600, Oberheim 4 Noise.
Keyboards: Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, ARP 2600, Jupiter 8, JD800, Korg Wavestation AD, Harmonium, Akai S1100.
Instruments: Bass Clarinet, Vince 8 String Zither Beviabau, Armadillo Guitar.

11 Banacheq
Mixed @ Wool Hall, Bath.
Recorded @ Eon Studios, Sheffield.
Drums: Akai S1100, 707, 808, 909, JD800.
Bass: Fender Short Slide Fuzz Bass, Oberheim 5 Noise.
Keyboards: ARP Odyssey, Moog Liberation, Vox Jaguar Organ, Akai S1100.
Instruments: Pocket Trumpet.
Guitar: Fender Stratocaster.

M. Doughty appears courtesy of Slash Records. Louise Rhodes appears courtesy Mercury Records. James Dean Bradfield appears courtesy of Epic Records. Al Stone appears courtesy of SSO Productions.

℗ 1996 ZTT Records, under exclusive license to Warner Music UK Ltd.
© 1996 ZTT Records, under exclusive license to Warner Music UK Ltd.
The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned by ZTT Records Ltd, under exclusive license to Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.
Made in Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe.

Compact Disc and ZTT logo printed on the CD mould.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Slipcase & CD, text): 7 0630-14356-2 5
  • Barcode (Slipcase & CD, scanned, UPC): 706301435625
  • Barcode (Matrix area, scanned, Code 39): 0050526
  • Price Code: WE833
  • Label Code: LC4281
  • Rights Society: Gema
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 063014356-2.2 WME
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L013
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0582
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 063014356-2.2 WME
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L013
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0570

Other Versions (5 of 14) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZTT 105CDX, ZTT105CDX 808state* Don Solaris(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp + Dlx, Car) ZTT, ZTT ZTT 105CDX, ZTT105CDX UK 2008 Sell This Version
0630-14356-1 808state* Don Solaris(LP, Album) ZTT 0630-14356-1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
WPCR-770 808state* Don Solaris(CD, Album) ZTT WPCR-770 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
SALVOMDCD09, Element 04 808state* Don Solaris(CD, Album, RM + CD, Comp + RE, Car) Salvo, ZTT SALVOMDCD09, Element 04 UK 2010 Sell This Version
XECZ-1007-1008 808state* Don Solaris(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp + Dlx, Gat) ZTT XECZ-1007-1008 Japan 2008 Sell This Version


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November 28, 2014
better than Gorgeous. which aint sayin' much, but still.


July 29, 2013
Anyone aware of the fact that there's also a promo-CD of this album, housed in a thick cardboard sleeve? Made in the US, released at Hypnotic? In Matrix Runout: IFPI L791 156581-2W1-7216-A *PRO-8-*


October 8, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
Easily 808 State's most experimental album, this really is all over the place, except in terms of quality. Each track boasts incredible complexions that make them all contrast each other perfectly. The album weaves through its songs like an incredible trip to dimensions dark, light, burning hot, watery...the instruments and sampling produce so much imagery, more than any other electronica I know. This definitely isn't the kind of album that is understandable on the first few listens–some melodies are so carefully weaved with other instruments that they are easy to miss, especially on tracks like Balboa and Jerusahat. This album must be approached open-minded; most of the songs are so radical that they are barely club-friendly/danceable. The best song is probably Azura, which tops all of the rest of Lou Rhode's best songs–the swaying synths, the sharp background ambience, the radical drums and the surreal lyrics accompany each other perfectly. As a huge 808 state fan, I can easily say that Don Solaris is their magnum opus, and one of my favorite electronica albums. Best listened to repeatedly, and as a whole.


August 10, 2010
A moody later 808 state album adding the depth of studio experience to the already fine-tuned musical instincts of Massey, Partington and Co. More drum and bass than house, highlights include the steel band melody of 'Azura', and the Joy Division-esque darkness of 'Bond'. Expect different stuff from the usual 808 State sound with this.


January 31, 2003

After wandering around turntables for so long, making intelligent pieces but actually getting nowhere particular, 808 State's 'Don Solaris' is their most organised, or better say ambitious album to date. It flirts heavily with drum'n'bass but it's still their own trademarks and equipment acknowledgements they make it sound so unique and of their own. They always hated the 'dance-music' term so by escaping that reference to their stuff, they were fairly experimental, and 'Don Solaris' crossed that expermental edge at its most impressive level. Rhodes and Bradfield decently fitted in with their vocals to accompany amazingly peculiar pieces which in their nature don't directly serve the purpose as if being songs, but mesmerizingly beautiful installations for occasional vocals and massive, melodic noise. To expect more than this is a sin. Let's face it, this album is a masterpiece in the group's own right.