Altern 8 ‎– Full-On Mask Hysteria (Remastered Edition)

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1 E-Vapor-8 5:27
2 Give It To Baby 4:47
3 Armageddon (KiNK Remix)
Remix – KiNK
7:32
4 Infiltrate 202 5:31
5 Move My Body 4:55
6 Activ 8 (Shadow Dancer Remix)
Remix – Shadow Dancer
5:23
7 Hypnotic St-8 5:24
8 Everybody (2 Bad Mice Remix)
Remix – 2 Bad Mice
5:50
9 First Of May 5:16
10 Activ 8 5:33
11 Frequency (Luke Vibert Remix)
Remix – Luke Vibert
5:49
12 Brutal-8-E 5:49
13 Frequency 5:41
14 Real Time Status 4:46
15 Re-Indulge 6:10
16 Armageddon 5:49
17 A D8 With Plezure 6:06
18 8’s Revenge 4:29

Notes

“Infiltrate 202” samples the vocals from the acapella of “I Know” by Candi Staton (which is also copied on “Different Story” by Bowa) and the ambient synth from “Pacific” by 808 State.
“E-Vapor-8” samples “Strings of Life” by Rhythim Is Rhythim.
“Real Time Status” uses the “you have to understand” vocal from “Mind Games” by Quest.
“Hypnotic St-8” samples “Self Hypnosis” by Nexus 21 (Altern 8).
“Activ-8” combines the beat from “We Come To Rock” by Imperial Brothers and the strings from “2 Hype” by Kid N Play.
“Brutal-8-E” samples “Let’s Get Brutal” by Nitro Deluxe.
“A Date With Plezure” uses the intro from “Can’t Stop (Acid Rainforest Mix)” by Plez.
“Armageddon” takes the “Armageddon” vocal from “Countdown to Armageddon” by Public Enemy.
“Re-Indulge” uses the piano from “Indulge” by Neal Howard (also on Network).

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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
none Altern 8 Full On ·· Mask Hysteria(14xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) Network Records none 2007
TOP CD1 Altern 8 Full On ·· Mask Hysteria(CD, Album) Network Records TOP CD1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
ALTERN8 Altern 8 Full-On Mask Hysteria (Remastered Edition)(18xFile, ALAC, Album, RM) Bleech (2) ALTERN8 UK 2016
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

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wezbash

wezbash

July 25, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
Hello Can You Help Me Out M8
I'm A Old Raver From Back In The Day 87-93, Seen Altern 8 Pa Many Times Met Mr Archer And MK1 A Few tImes, After His Amazing DJ Sets In Leeds, Got A Bit Stars Struck First Time lol As He's One Of My Fav Pa's / Bands Then And Now, A Long With Bizarre Inc Were Mark Started And N Joi, Own All Their Vinyl Too,

And Now At The Ripe Old Age Of 47 i'm Just Getting Into Trying To Make Some Old Skool Style Tracks,
Just Getting Into The Old Analog Rack Style Gear And Other Analog Gear And Was Just Wondering Does Anybody Know The Chord Progression On The Keyboard Of The Old Skool Style Rave Stab / Keyboard Hook On This Track At 1:51 And The Altern 8 / Bizarre Inc / N Joi Tracks, And What Was Used To Create The Keyboard Sound,The One I Do Now They Used Was A Roland 101 + The Standard TR 808, TR 909, TR 303, Its The Synths I'm More Interested In Myself, And More So Now You Can Use The Plugins In The Daws Like Reason And Ableton, Cheers
Jarren

Jarren

September 29, 2016
edited over 4 years ago

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 :)