Cybotron ‎– Alleys Of Your Mind

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First record by Juan Atkins and Richard Davis, recording under the name Cybotron.
Seminal release laying the foundations for Detroit Techno as we know it today.

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Alleys Of Your Mind 3:27
Cosmic Raindance 3:55

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
107043X Cybotron Alleys Of Your Mind(7", Single, Whi) Deep Space Records 107043X US 1981 Sell This Version
107043X Cybotron Alleys Of Your Mind(7", Single, Red) Deep Space Records 107043X US 1981 Sell This Version
107043X Cybotron Alleys Of Your Mind(7", Single, Red) Deep Space Records 107043X US 1981 Sell This Version

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Bottin1995

Bottin1995

February 25, 2016
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, 107043X
I see the Cybotron vs Sharevari argument......let me thrown in a Curve Ball...... Snowy Red

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=064CuzvHd1Q

I know it is very different....but it is so interesting that an alternate type of electronic sound was coming out of Belgium the same year
freqazoidiac

freqazoidiac

July 21, 2015
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, 107043X
I'm curious why Sharevari is even an argument compared to this. Sharevari is clearly influenced by an amalgamation of dance music from the 70s and of course a heavy helping of Kraftwerk. No elements found in the first Cybotron record. The only thing that could be correlated is the vocal phrasing but even that is a stretch. One record is a nod to the past and one creating the future sound of detroit and then the world. Sharevari is pure novelty rarity fun stuff and way overrated ( i'll sell my copies of Sharevari any day without hesitation but not my 7" cybotron)
dylaf

dylaf

May 26, 2015
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, 107043X
Mine is framed & mounted like a shrine. About as historically important to Detroit Techno as Darwin to the natural world. Of all the overpriced hyped (& often recent) records listed on this site, if one truly deserved a huge price tag, surely this is it. This didn't kick start a scene, it paved the way for modern dance music. Its influences are infinite, as with the Funk, Motown, electronic & european pop music which influenced it.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

January 28, 2015
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, 107043X
“There was a lot of discrepancy about ‘Sharevari’. Cybotron came first, and it came even before the name of the cartoon of the Transformers. The name was a combination of a Cyborg and a Cyclotron (machine that accelerate atomic particles).
You have to listen to it, whatever it could be, it could be - social commentary about the state of the World – just something to not be the same old love type of song, you know? We always made a point to say something meaningful, and we just wanted to bring the attention of the listener to the true state of the World.
As far as Detroit Techno is concerned, it was this one the first Techno tune.
I don’t really separate Techno from Electro." (Juan Atkins Interview, Sept 2007)
hottlipps

hottlipps

July 23, 2011
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, 107043X
I love this record. It is perhaps the ultimate collision of Bernie Worrell, Junie Morrison, John Foxx and Ultravox. All I know is it is was funkier than "Mr. X" or "Herr X" by Ultravox, but it is pretty similar in patterns, basslines, lack of hi hats etc. Its biggest similarity to Shari Vari other than being from a Detroit party crew and being released in similar time is that the bassline usually only happens in the first half of the bar, leaving this great space, similar to the bass synth in Kano "I'm Ready".
maroko

maroko

April 3, 2011
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, 107043X
"I came out with my first record in 1981. It was called 'Alleys Of Your Mind'. A totally electronic dance record. A hundred percent electronic. For that time, that was very unheard of, especially in the United States. I called this music techno music."

"Now I didn't really intend to actually do... to have a label. The only reason why I did it is because I submitted my music to like every record company that you can imagine, and got turned down by all of them, you know. So I said, you know, I believed in this music, so much that I decided to release it on my own. But because of the reluctance of the record companies, you know, to do anything, the label just got bigger and bigger with every release, until like my third release was like Technicolor man. The label was huge!"

"The first record that I ever bought was "Family affair" by Sly & The Family Stone. P-funk was one of my biggest influences. But Sly & The Family Stone influenced p-funk."

Three thoughts from Juan's mouth into our ears... ...and so history was created! Sharevari or not, who cares? Whether he came there first or not is irrelevant today. Time has proved Juan Atkins the true veteran and pioneer, and one day when history will write its pages, I'd be surprised if it doesn't quote the man himself. His high self esteem attitude and an unorthodox, innovative approach to music spawned a global musical revolution, which is still hatching results all over the globe to this present day.

Maybe this record won't be owned or loved by everyone, but this is one piece of music anyone into electronic sounds should carefully listen through at least twice. Remember: whatever electronic related style you may be into today, it most probably wouldn't be where it's at, and wouldn't sound the way it does if it wasn't for Juan Atkins and his genre and mind blurring vision of music. Much respect is due here!
encarnita

encarnita

August 16, 2010
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Red, 107043X

One of the real mothers of Detroit Electro/Techno. 3 different pressings of this masterpiece exist, the whitel Label, the red/white Label and this full red Label one! My opinion is that this full red Label pressing is the rarest of all pressings. Also I must say that both tunes sounds better on this pressing, I don't know why! The best is to have all the 3 pressings ;-)
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JuneAtkinson

JuneAtkinson

September 19, 2003
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Alleys Of Your Mind, 7", Single, Whi, 107043X
Fancy an argument anyone? imho THIS is the first techno track and not "Sharevari" by A Number of Names. Why? Sharivari sounds more like like weird disco; its lyrics aspire to trendy clothes brands, sports cars etc... yawn)- and that's just not techno imagery. Whereas "Cosmic Cars" is a one-off classic (try it at 33 instead of 45 rpm and you get a flowing freaked-out futuristic epic).
"Alleys..." is surprisingly new-wave(ish); the version on the "Enter" LP is sung straight, whereas this earlier 7" recording has a much more robo-heavy vocal delivery. 5/5