A Number Of Names ‎– Sharevari

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Capriccio Records (2) ‎– P-928
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
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Counterfeit pressings exist with the same label designs but in different label colours:
• the one from March 2007 has pastel / pale yellow coloured labels.
• the one from January 2013 has pastel / pale orange or sand coloured labels.

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186theWorldrunner

186theWorldrunner

July 11, 2019
Can anyone tell me what the original matrix stamper readout was?
chimushi

chimushi

April 5, 2019
Sounds a bit like Living on Video by Trans-X. Maybe Trans-X was inspired by this.
BinaryGreen

BinaryGreen

August 15, 2018
Big influence from Telex's Moscow Diskow and Kraftwerk's Home Computer.
unseenforces

unseenforces

January 27, 2018
It's hard to underestimate the quality of this release, and also how elusive and esoteric it is. Little is known still to this day about this record and its production. As below I am still curious how and with what it was recorded. It is popularly considered to be the first ever Detroit techno record, and while it does not share many of the aspects of modern day detroit techno, such as upbeat tempo, it certainly reflects the atmosphere from where it comes which is bleak and with a dark streak down it's back , with serious dance sensibility. This track is thick, phat and analogue, and while the vocal track is a bit cheesy and has a Euro proclivity with desires for the high-brow playboy lifestyle espoused, the overall tone is black is menacing, and the drums and arpeggios fit for any dank drug-fueled warehouse romp. It's alien and totally fresh, and defies categorization to this day, only in the sense that it is technological and experimental. I like to think it still stands alone and always will (consider how many records you can name that sound just like it / just as good in Detroit....or how many remixers were able to emulate it successfully / none). Remixers have been more than few and Aux 88 were the only ones who even came close. New school acts try to imitate and fail miserably. This is the true sound. 10/10
unseenforces

unseenforces

January 27, 2018
Does anyone know what instruments were used to produce this gem? I notice that at certain points there is noticeable drift on the arps, making me think they might have done some of the sync by ear (?)...
jim_skreech

jim_skreech

December 23, 2016
A pioneering tune by all means, but there is a MAJOR resemblance between this and Telex - Moskow Diskow that was released two years earlier.
dmnnvn

dmnnvn

June 26, 2016
I picked this record up in a thrift store in US few years ago. It blew my mind really, especially the fact that this was a Detroit production. 1981, before all the hype started surrounding the city and its electronic music. Forgotten gem, underrated and unappreciated.
jancito303

jancito303

February 11, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
The overall theme (Porsche 928, designer clothes and stuff) and the sound make this track, at least in my opinion, more of an Italo track. Techno, in my mind, has a very different vibe and message. Also A Number of Names had no further output, so their ensuing relevance was limited to just this.
I think the historical significance is due to Dan Sicko's lengthy tale of how this all came to be. It is a book worth reading, but it is biased, I believe.
This is a great track, but for a number of reasons (pun intended) credit for the first techno track in history should be awarded to Alleys of your mind.
chris92w

chris92w

April 21, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
would be cool if an "official" reissue were to happen.
alant1000

alant1000

April 7, 2007
edited over 12 years ago
Re-presses of this track have re-surfaced in March 2007 around London, not sure if they are bootlegs or legitimate releases, they are the Capriccio version. Legend has it that the originals were limited to 500, and sold to club members at the Charivari parties held in Detroit c.1981 which this track was written about. A Number of Names changed the spelling to "Sharevari" to avoid any possible conflict with the Charivari party promotors. A lot of party promotors in Detroit around this time (including Derrick May and Kevin Sauderson who were struggling with thier Deep Space parties) were just teenagers, but were still raking in the cash. They were living the dream and buying top designer clothes and flash cars. This track epitimises that dream for those teens who otherwise lived in a harsh environment.