Altern 8 ‎– Full On .. Mask Hysteria

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TOP LP1 Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(LP, Album, Ltd + 12", Bon) Network Records TOP LP1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
ST-8 Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria Megamix(12", Ltd) Network Records ST-8 UK 1992 Sell This Version
RTD 127.1376.2 Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(CD, Album) Rough Trade Records GmbH RTD 127.1376.2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
TOP MC1 Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(Cass, Album) Network Records TOP MC1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TC-TOPMC 1 Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(Cass, Album) Virgin TC-TOPMC 1 Indonesia 1992 Sell This Version
TOP LP1 Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(LP, Album) Network Records TOP LP1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
A8 PIC 1 Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Network Records A8 PIC 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TOP 1 Altern 8 Full On Mask Hysteria(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Network Records TOP 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TOP CD1 Altern 8 Full On ·· Mask Hysteria(CD, Album) Network Records TOP CD1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
none Altern8* Full On .. Mask Hysteria(14xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) eMusic none UK 2007
none Altern 8 Full On ·· Mask Hysteria(14xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) Network Records none 2007
TOPCD1X, TOPCD1JP Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Network Records, Disk Union TOPCD1X, TOPCD1JP Japan 2008 Sell This Version
TOPCD1X Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Network Records TOPCD1X UK 2008 Sell This Version
none Altern 8 Full On Mask Hysteria(18xFile, FLAC, Album, RM) Not On Label (Altern 8 Self-released) none UK 2016
ALTERN8 Altern 8 Full-On Mask Hysteria(18xFile, ALAC, Album, RM) Bleech (2) ALTERN8 UK 2016
ALTERN8 Altern 8 Full-On Mask Hysteria(3x12", Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Tri) Bleech (2) ALTERN8 UK 2016 Sell This Version

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thapske

thapske

June 20, 2018
referencing Full On .. Mask Hysteria, LP, Album, Ltd + 12", Bon, TOP LP1
I used to have a promo white label of the album which apparently was stolen from the record company. Came with shop promotional pack and a t-shirt which I had Mark Archer and Chris Peat sign. Also have this version also signed by Mark and Chris personally with my name plus the album (not signed) on CD. Quality at the time and just as good now!!
ian_s

ian_s

December 29, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Full On .. Mask Hysteria, LP, Album, Ltd + 12", Bon, TOP LP1
Frequency, Armageddon, Give It To Baby & Re-Indulge were solo productions of Mark Archer. First Of May was recorded in 1990. It was named as it sounded like a Derrick May tune (the 1st of May is May Day, an alias that May used).
urbanfabric

urbanfabric

December 20, 2016
referencing Full On .. Mask Hysteria, LP, Album, Ltd + 12", Bon, TOP LP1

Total early RAVE masterpiece here! Essential. Brilliant from start to finish.
just_the_sound

just_the_sound

November 22, 2016
referencing Full-On Mask Hysteria, 3x12", Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Tri, ALTERN8
With the sleeves being numbered how can bleep send out replacement sleeves? Will they be unnumbered ones? Didn't get mine from Bleep anyway but just curious. They're not gonna take numbered sleeves off other copies as they'll end with a stack of records with no sleeves and they can only have one of each number so it's a tricky 1.
BassBytesRecords

BassBytesRecords

November 16, 2016
referencing Full-On Mask Hysteria, 3x12", Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Tri, ALTERN8
Wonderful album and something I will treasure in my collection for many years. Unfortunately the cover of my copy is also in not perfect condition - crushed bottom right corner and crease on the top right corner. It was well packed by Bleep, so I suspect this damage happened before they received it. Maybe they were not stored well, or transported heavy handedly. Disappointing, but I will enjoy listening to it none the less.
TheCatharticMethod

TheCatharticMethod

November 6, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Full-On Mask Hysteria, 3x12", Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Tri, ALTERN8
I don't understand the remix(es) in this release. But so happy to have this piece of history -)
windowlicker79

windowlicker79

September 30, 2016
referencing Full-On Mask Hysteria, 3x12", Album, Ltd, Num, RM, Tri, ALTERN8

Does anyone know how the limited edition numbering is working on these?
On the Altern 8 Facebook page they have said it will be a run of 2000 numbered copies, but on Bleep (where I ordered it) they say it will be two numbered runs of 001 to 303 and 001 to 808.
So which is correct? Or are they both correct and there are different numbered runs for different suppliers?
When I asked on their Facebook page about a delay in delivery via Bleep, they said this:

"If you already ordered from our Bandcamp you will get your copy in the next few days, they have already been shipped.
All other shops are taking pre-orders but they won't be shipping until the distributor sends them copies in early October. We will hopefully have some more copies then as well - depending if the label agrees to press more (it's out of our hands!)"

This seems to confirm that there is also an unnumbered standard pressing, or there could be in the future.
I'm just hoping that Bleep don't send me an unnumbered copy because they got the release details wrong.
Jarren

Jarren

September 29, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Full On Mask Hysteria, 18xFile, FLAC, Album, RM, none

Aside from the addition of 4 remixes, the main difference in this remaster is clearly the track order rearrangement.

So while the original '92 album started with Move My Body, we get Evapor 8 as the first track. Much more fitting when you think about it, especially with that famous intro.

Interestingly, due to this rearrangement we get to hear some cold ends for the first time.

Brutal-8-E now goes on for a few more seconds with the Let's Get Brutal sample to fade (no Can't Stop rain sample) & Infiltrate 202 now ends totally cold without crowd noise. Very interesting for hardcore Altern 8 fans to hear.

Conversely, there are some tracks where they clearly decided to use the original album versions (complete with the tiny remnants of the previous track). Listen to MC Crazy Clair at the very start of Activ 8, you can hear the end of Hypnotic St-8 and likewise the start of Armageddon where you can just make out the end of "Activate" from A D-8 With Plezure.

This is quite strange, as the versions on the singles were totally clean and could easily have been used instead.

Also, note that Frequency is the 2011 remake, and not the original Hallucin-8 mix. Not that it really matters, they're virtually identical, but those of us who know the Hallucin-8 mix by heart can tell the little differences (eg; the panning of the vocal at 0:14).

Overall, the sound quality of this remaster is great. Yes, it's got a bit of compression, but nowhere near the levels that some "remasters" suffer from. It sounds much more alive than the '92 original, which always sounded very flat (on both the LP & CD).

As I mentioned at the start, you also get four remixes. Most of us will already by familiar with the 2 Bad Mice remix of Everybody, having been released on the original '93 single. It's a lovely remix, and the remastering brings out a real crispness which highlights the vibe.

The other three remixes are much more recent, coming from the past few years.

KiNK's 2013 remix of Armageddon is a deep, dubby Techno rework. It takes 5 minutes to get going, if you can even last that long. It's rather boring for my ears. I'd have much rather they included The Hacker's remix, a man who respects rave on a deep level.

I have to admit I know nothing about Shadow Dancer, but I do like their remix of Activ 8. It's got a solid Electro backbone, with plenty of tasty acid and they incorporate a lot of the original track into their remix. Nothing drastically new to add to the table, it's serviceable while not really standing out.

The 2011 remix of Frequency by Luke Vibert is nothing short of fantastic. Now here is a man who knows how to treat a remix!

You get all the flavour of Frequency, and plenty more besides. The feeling switches from the original hardcore sound to chilled vibes in a second, just like switching the frequency on your radio. That sounds like a crazy idea, but Vibert makes it work and then some. He throws in loads of samples, and combined with a superb production this is really a first class remix worthy of this remaster.

It's the only one, though. I'd much rather that Altern 8 kept the remixes to this digital release, and just put the original tracks on the vinyl issue.

Nobody's going to play these remixes on vinyl (Shadow Dancer remix of Activ 8 aside, they're all on vinyl already anyway). Better to make more space on the 12's for the original tracks!

Hey, I'm bitching now. It's amazing to get this remaster, the digital files sound great and I'm really looking forward to receiving my vinyl copy.

Top one, nice one, well you know the rest :)
gramaphonerecords

gramaphonerecords

September 13, 2014
referencing Full On .. Mask Hysteria, CD, Album, RTD 127.1376.2
Vocal hook for 'Infilrate 202' is a redo of Candi Staton's "I Know" from 1976.
Kinda hated it for a minute when I learned that - but listening again, this version is still pretty dope.
AUTOMATIXROMANTIX

AUTOMATIXROMANTIX

August 30, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Full On .. Mask Hysteria, LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, A8 PIC 1
Previous reviewers have very correctly pointed out the terrible sound quality of this picture disc, and they are very correct. I Love color vinyl, picture discs etc, but yea besides looking pretty, the sound of this pressing is , blah! like some hot mamas out there, maybe a joy to look at, but hell to deal with .
Having said that, It is a classic, time setting epic anthem album. I caught the original wave of rave and jungle and all that, and to be there, live, watching these gents rockin' out with their 808s', It was awesome. The tracks and the style might actually educate many of todays new generation of neo-rave-revivalists, I think their is lots of joy and humor in this music lacking in today's electronic snobby/celebrity/scenester era. I think even rave itself was already a few steps removed from the deeper electro pioneers, but yea compared to today this sound is pure. Altern 8 still had krafwerk and transmat intheir DNA, as it says in their liner notes for the album .