A Guy Called Gerald ‎– Black Secret Technology

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Juice Box ‎– JBLP25
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
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1a. So Many Dreams
Vocals [Uncredited] – Wendy Page
6:44
2a. Alita's Dream 5:00
3a. Finleys Rainbow (Slow Motion Mix)
Vocals [Uncredited] – Finley Quaye
5:30
4a. The Nile 4:12
5b. Energy (Extended Mix)
Co-producer – Goldie
6:37
6b. Silent Cry (Gerico)
Co-producer – Gerico
5:30
7b. Dreaming Of You 6:01
8b. Survival 5:40
9c. Cybergen 4:32
10c. The Reno 5:19
11d. Cyberjazz 4:51
12d. Voodoo Rage 6:00
13d. Life Unfolds His Mystery 4:56

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Recorded at Machine Room, England. Digital Surgery at Grooveriders'.

Track durations and BPM are not provided on the record.
BPM:
1a: 152 | 2a: 156 | 3a: 156 | 4a: 125/148
5b: 158 | 6b: 150 | 7b: 166 | 8b: 158
9c: 150 | 10c: 137/147
11d: 160 | 12d: 140 | 13d: 156

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 019148 126225
  • Barcode (Scan): 5019148126225

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brianBob

brianBob

November 13, 2016
edited 8 months ago
How is the sound quality on this pressing - I seem to remember people saying it was poor / low volume ? Or maybe that was just the CD version at the time.
ian_s

ian_s

April 15, 2016
Track 4, "The Nile" was named after a nightclub in Manchester (On Princes Rd in Moss Side). The Nile was upstairs, and the club below was called "The Reno". Both clubs Gerald used to frequent, and he used both of their names for his tunes.
Jakinabox

Jakinabox

April 11, 2015
I have a couple of the tracks off this LP on Dub Plates from my Kool FM days, still sound fresh even today....had me bouncing around anyhow....Well done G
TonicSoul

TonicSoul

February 15, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
This was 'MY ' album of the month when it was released. As others have said, at the time other more obvious labels / outfits were releasing a lot of material and this was over looked by many. The metal headz , Good looking records, Lucky spin records, Moving Shadow labels among others were all churning them out by this stage. Strong album from Start to Finish.
Edit; Incidentally 'Finley Quaye' ( Finley's Rainbow singer) released an album in 2000 called 'Vanguard' and used the same lyrics again. (Can't remember the song )
2TECHSS

2TECHSS

July 7, 2013
An amazing work. totally recommended. for HIFI ears
2TECHSS

2TECHSS

July 7, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
An amazing work. totally recommended. for HIFI ears
robcypher

robcypher

September 16, 2012

Surprisingly good; I wonder why it didn't get greater notice at the time.
ahmerality

ahmerality

January 29, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
Gerald Simpson is well and truly his own genre.
This album is called a drum n bass or a jungle album and hence gets cast in the shadow of Goldie's Timeless released in the same year.
This album is not a drum n bass album.Ditch the labels.
This album has barely got a single snare drum in it.
This is that weird paranoid in-between world you occupy in your twilight state.
Beats sound like insects.
Disembodied time stretched vocals drift in and out of some ether.
Theres a tribal thing going on.
Everything is hazy.Did he mean it to sound like this?
Jungle's answer to U F Orb if you must.Does that help?
Some might moan about the low-fi production but all you gotta do is crank up the volume and you will swear you can hear things youre not supposed to.
Like echoes materialising eeriely from the mist hinting at some life form just beyond
This album stands on its own like a lone cactus on the Skeleton Coast.
It is the sound of Gerald Simpson sweetly f###ing you.
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memepool

memepool

July 20, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
A watershed LP of the 1990's and in electronic music generally. This is one of the first and still one of the best examples of Jungle Techno, now commonly referred to as Drum & Bass.

Gerald is perhaps best know for his UK house track Voodoo Ray and and maybe as the creative force behind early 808 State tracks like Pacific 202, but this is by far and away his most complete work to date.

Immensly beautiful and powerful music which broke the mould of 4 to the floor dance music established by Disco and soared into completely new sonic realms.

It realises Stockhausens 1950's dream of a music set free from time. Through the revolutionary use of timestretching these early Jungle pioneers realised that samplers weren't just for nicking pop riffs and 909 drum loops but could completely discard time signatures and match any two samples by stretching or compressing. No more need for pitched up rave vocals...

If you check other Rave /proto-Jungle cuts from this period like 28 Gun Bad Boy you can see the development of a style that was something completey new, not just a fusion of Techno, Hip Hop and Reggae but something more than the sum of these parts.

There are tracks on Black Secret Technology that are very much of the time like Cybergen and the fairly random Life Unfolds His Mystery but on the whole this is the most coherent exegesis of Jungle flow you could want from one of it's pioneering masters.

If you want to hear what Drum and Bass could be listen to this.