Altern 8 V's Evelyn King ‎– Shame

Network Records ‎– NWKTEN56
Vinyl, 10", Limited Edition, 45 RPM, Single

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"E-Legal Limited Edition".

Pre-Production: Recorded at Hudson St. New York
Many thanks to M.C.T. New York

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 016846 107105
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): NWK TEN 56 A1 BIG COL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): NWK TEN 56 B1 ANDY

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NWKTEN56 Altern 8 V's Evelyn King Altern 8 V's Evelyn King - Shame(Acetate, 10") Network Records NWKTEN56 UK 1992 Sell This Version
NWKTEN56 Altern 8 vs. Evelyn King Altern 8 vs. Evelyn King - Shame(10", Single, Ltd, Gre) Network Records NWKTEN56 UK 1992 Sell This Version
NWK TEN 56 Altern 8 V's Evelyn King Altern 8 V's Evelyn King - Shame(10", Single, Ltd, Promo, Smplr) Network Records NWK TEN 56 UK 1992 Sell This Version


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November 19, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
It seems I am in the minority when I say this but I much prefer "You Stole My Heart" to "Shame".

Shame is a decent hardcore house track, no doubt about it, with good synths, and an always welcome 303... but nothing about it stands out for me. I don't care for the gratuitous vocal, I find it rather intrusive, annoying even, and would be happy if it hadn't been included, and although the piano isn't bad, I've certainly heard much better piano usage in many other tracks. I'm genuinely quite surprised that so many people hold this track in such high regard as it's a tune that I would have certainly overlooked if it wasn't so often cited as being one of Altern 8's best. I can name literally dozens of other tracks by Altern 8 which I personally think are far better musically, technically and innovatively - the B side being one such track.

You Stole My Heart is more house than hardcore, so maybe this is why so many people prefer Shame since they might be strictly hardcore heads. However, I think the B side has a much nicer flow to it. The vocals have a nice melody and are not just gratuitous wailing like in Shame, and I think the synth/chord riffs are far more catchy than those in Shame. I also prefer the synth sounds themselves as they are a lot nicer to the ear than those in Shame.

I suppose if you're a hardcore head then you probably will prefer the A side, and if you're a house head prefer the B side. That being said, I am actually more of a hardcore head yet still prefer the B side! Maybe it's because I know so many hardcore tunes which I consider better than Shame that it doesn't really impress me and since I know far fewer house tracks that I am oblivious to how special, or not, You Stole My Heart really is.


October 11, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Shame is altern8s best track imo, an amazing piece of ravey diva acid breakbeat.


February 6, 2014
Lovely TB-303 line in Shame : )


October 22, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Shame is the hardcore breakbeat monster here with its really gorgeous piano part and all the typical ingredients, though it's remarkably slow for late 1992. You Stole My Heart is much more euro house friendly, has smoother synths and features a full vocal performance by Evelyn King.


July 21, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

Wow. A great take on the hardcore sound of the time.
Big bouncy breakbeats, jangly piano, bleeps, weird bass sounds, buzzing stabs, more bleeps, 808 acid, and a classic vocal sample. All wrapped up in Altern-8's studio-savvy production polish, oddly sounds almost too clean to be of its time

The b-side is slightly less successful for me, combining all the same sort of elements in a rather jumbled, and slightly less polished fashion, although some wicked sub-bass buried in the mix is a definite plus point.