Derrick May, Rythim Is Rythim*, Mayday ‎– Innovator

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Although they're essentially just expanded versions of the single-disc 1991 compilation Innovator - Soundtrack For The Tenth Planet, these 1996 to 1998 multi-disc releases (and reissues thereof) have a number of differences from the original, as well as between each other. Complicating matters are a number of unique, missing, or erroneous titles printed on the packaging, and in the way the tracks are numbered and sequenced on the discs themselves. Some tracks are heavily edited as well.

Tracklist

"Rest" 1:08
Strings Of The Strings Of Life 8:22
Another Kaos (Beyond Kaos) 0:51
Freestyle 4:31
Feel Surreal Begins 0:21
Beyond Kaos 1:11
Another "Rest" 0:11
The Dance 7:02
A Little Spaced Out 0:57
Daymares 0:33
It Is What It Is 6:28
Untitled 0:09
Untitled 0:09
Beyond The Dance (Cult Mix) 6:59
Original Feel Surreal 0:54
Untitled 0:20
R-Theme 6:02
To Be Or Not To Be 5:48
Icon (Montage Mix) 5:49
Phantom (A Relic Mix) 1:46
Kaotic Harmony 6:34
More Phantom 1:12
Salsa Life 5:28
Nude Photo 5:39
The Beginning 5:25
The Beginning 3:30
Another Relic (From The Relics) 1:02
Drama 4:29
"Strings" (The Original Mix) 6:05
Wiggin (Juan Atkins Mix) 6:14

Versions (13)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TMT CD 4, TMT CD4 Derrick May, Rythim Is Rythim*, Mayday Derrick May, Rythim Is Rythim*, Mayday - Innovator(2xCD, Comp) Transmat, Transmat TMT CD 4, TMT CD4 US 1997 Sell This Version
SRCS 7980~1 Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Comp) Sony Records SRCS 7980~1 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
SRCS 7980~1 Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) Sony Records SRCS 7980~1 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
TMT CD 4 Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Comp) Transmat TMT CD 4 US 1997 Sell This Version
TMT-2 CD Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Comp, Box) Transmat, R & S Records TMT-2 CD UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
TMT-2 CD Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Promo) Transmat, R & S Records TMT-2 CD Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
TMT-2 Derrick May Innovator(5xLP, Comp + Box) Transmat, R & S Records TMT-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
TMT-2 Derrick May Innovator(5xLP, Comp, M/Print + Box) Transmat, R & S Records TMT-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
TMT2RM Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Comp, RM, RE, Sup) Transmat, R & S Records TMT2RM Europe 2008 Sell This Version
BRTMT002 Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Comp, RE, RM, gat) R & S Records, Beat Records BRTMT002 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
TMT2XI Derrick May Innovator(2xCD, Comp, RE, RM) R & S Records TMT2XI Europe 2011 Sell This Version
TMT2D Derrick May Innovator(29xFile, MP3, Comp, RE, 320) R & S Records TMT2D Europe 2013
516.3002.23 Derrick May Innovator(2xCD) PIAS France 516.3002.23 France Unknown Sell This Version

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Razielek

Razielek

May 21, 2016
referencing Innovator, 2xCD, Comp, TMT CD 4, TMT CD4
Best version to get? Apart from 5LP box version maybe.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

June 25, 2009
referencing Innovator, 2xCD, Comp, SRCS 7980~1
Fantastic early release of Derrick May's 'Innovator' album full of gems such as "Wiggin" (Juan Atkins Remix), one that really worths to mention, for Juan's remix goes on a ethereal, Soulful mood based on hypnotic dubby pianos & basslines, as well as neurotic hi-hats which makes it by far the greatest vesion of Wiggin (with the hot 'Sinister Mix').
The other treasures to keep (both eyes) on are Ken Ishii's version of "The Beginning", an exclusive of this album; the outstanding aesthetic "Strings Of The Strings Of Life" which appears complete on both LP & CD releases (even if it also came out on Ken Ishii's Mix Up Vol 3 CD, that one is mixed); "Another Relic (From The Relics)", a beautiful variation and sequence to the original Interval V by Derrick May & Carl Craig (1992) and "Some More Spaced Out" which also brings pretty much the same perspective from the Intervals released on Buzz (1992).
blim

blim

December 19, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Innovator, 5xLP, Comp + Box, TMT-2

Yes, its a an anthology of Techno's most important producer. Yes, it's lavishly packaged and yes, it's stupidly rare now, but I've never figured out why so many of the tracks are little more than snippets (why chop "Emanon" in two, for instance?), especially those that I'd never heard of before and wanted to hear more of. Another thing is the awful pressing quality (in my copy at least), which makes it impossible to listen to the (admittedly poor) Juan Atkins remix of "Wiggin".

That said, this has everything you could really want to hear: "Strings..." (both versions are sublime), "It Is What It Is", "Nude Photo", "Drama", "The Beginning", "Icon"...

If you ever come across this or the CD version, buy it, buy it, buy it, even if it leaves you skint - Derrick May's output is THAT crucial.