Ian O'Brien ‎– Desert Scores

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FER-CD3 Ian O'Brien Desert Scores(CD, Album) Ferox Records FER-CD3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FER-LP3 Ian O'Brien Productions* Desert Scores(2xLP, Album) Ferox Records FER-LP3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FER-LP3 Ian O'Brien Productions* Desert Scores(2xLP, Album, Promo) Ferox Records FER-LP3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
KEEPLP003 Ian O'Brien Desert Scores(2xLP, Album, RE) Keep Diggin' Recordings KEEPLP003 UK 2002 Sell This Version
KEEPCD003 Ian O'Brien Desert Scores(CD, Album, RE) Keep Diggin' Recordings KEEPCD003 UK 2002 Sell This Version
KEEPCD/LP003 Ian O'Brien Desert Scores(CDr, Album, Promo, RE) Keep Diggin' Recordings KEEPCD/LP003 UK 2002 Sell This Version
OTLCD1244 Ian O'Brien Desert Scores + 1(CD, Album, RM) Octave Lab OTLCD1244 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
PCD-93918 Ian O'Brien Desert Scores(CD, Album, RE) P-Vine Records PCD-93918 Japan 2015 Sell This Version

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stringz23

stringz23

June 2, 2017
referencing Desert Scores, CD, Album, FER-CD3
Dark Eye Tango has the power to make me cry tears of joy, happiness, pain, heartache and loss all at once
mgwood

mgwood

November 23, 2015
referencing Desert Scores, 2xLP, Album, FER-LP3

Up there with my favourite albums ever across all genres, unique sound with beautiful mixture of electronics, jazz, breakbeats.
TECK_1347

TECK_1347

April 20, 2014
referencing Desert Scores, CD, Album, FER-CD3
fabulous techno album!!!
ultrasound

ultrasound

July 26, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Desert Scores, 2xLP, Album, RE, KEEPLP003

This is some of the most unpretentious, understated and sincere music I have heard. Unfortunately this particular edition of the LP suffers from what you might call 'overly modest' mastering and/or pressing. I'd still highly recommend it - only be warned: you will need to turn the volume up pretty far!
The_Unrest_Cure

The_Unrest_Cure

July 18, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Desert Scores, 2xLP, Album, FER-LP3

A diverse recording spanning Detroit techno, ambient house, and touches of fusion, rooted in a strong dance ethos. The highlight must be "Mad Mike Disease" in all its warped and twisty funk, although "Homeless", with lush strings and some fantastic counterpoint (echoes of Jan Hammer/Miami Vice!) challenges. Unanticipated flourishes abound - Latin brass even pops up. Easily on par with the best that UR and Carl Craig made, and an album that demands repeated listening.
scoundrel

scoundrel

October 18, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Desert Scores, CD, Album, FER-CD3

DESERT SCORES has classic written all over it, and with good reason. From the opening track, the Detroit-fueled "Mad Mike Disease," there's a melodic and rhythmic propulsion that's impossible to ignore. The electro-funk-jazz of "Homeless" shows a complex understanding of the interaction of melody and syncopation. But the undoubted highlight of the album is the epic and beautifully askew "Dayride," which works with dynamics the way others can only dream of. "Monkey Jazz" takes on a Spanish flair, replete with horns, but if you're in the mood for more straight-up techno, "Granpa's Drawers" will get you moving in no time. "Eurydice," rather than being a journey to hell, takes you straight to heaven. This album is nothing but excellence from start to finish.
phuriphonics

phuriphonics

November 9, 2003
referencing Desert Scores, 2xLP, Album, FER-LP3

Mad Mikes Disease is a suitable homage to the founding father of UR. Jazzy but not noodling, uplifting but not cheesy. This album is a must have for any collector of techno worth their salt.
Agosto

Agosto

October 14, 2003
referencing Desert Scores, 2xLP, Album, RE, KEEPLP003

I was completely amazed by the fact that this had been one of his earliest endeavours into the realm of electronic dance music. It is superb. I would highly recommend this album to anyone to anyone who is looking to turn new people on to this music. Desert Scores is really what it's all about. I only ever owned the re-release and found myself playing "Mad Mike Disease" (an homage to the great one) every time I touched my turntables. It's that good.