Jack The Tab ‎– Acid Tablets Volume One

Castalia Recordings ‎– ACID 001
Vinyl, LP, Compilation

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A1 King Tubby (2) Psyche Out
Written By – R. Noise / P. Ornot
A2 Pearl Necklace Rabid Bliss
Written By – R. Noise / P. Ornot
A3 The Loaded Angels* Aquarius Rising
Written By – P. Fonda / P. Ornot / R. Noise
A4 Wolves Of The Sun Last Night
Written By – P Stempfel / R. Noise / P. Ornot
A5 Essence (5) Blue Heart
Written By – Miss P. Orrnot / R. Noise / P. Ornot
A6 Griselda Oxygen
Written By – R. Noise / P. Ornot
B1 Over The Brink Terminate
Written By – P. Ornot / R. Noise
B2 Vernon Castle Youth
Written By – Vernon Castle / P. Ornot
B3 Nobody Uninc Only Human
Written By – Nobody Uninc / Noise / Ornot
B4 Alligator Shear Balkan Red Alert
Written By – A. Shear
B5 M.E.S.H. Meet Every Situation Head On
Written By – R. Noise



Produced By Noise/Or/Not
N.Y. remix by Noise/Or/Not at Boss Sound

This was also released as an individually numbered limited edition (1000pcs) picture disc with the same catalogue number.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
230.4009 Jack The Tab Acid Tablets Volume One(LP, Comp) Stiletto 230.4009 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
ACID 001 CD Jack The Tab Acid Tablets Volume One(CD, Comp) Castalia Recordings ACID 001 CD UK 1988 Sell This Version
723.4009 Jack The Tab Acid Tablets Volume One(Cass, Comp) Stiletto 723.4009 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
ACID 001 Jack The Tab Acid Tablets Volume One(LP, Comp, TP) Castalia Recordings ACID 001 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ACID 001 Jack The Tab Acid Tablets Volume One(LP, Comp, Ltd, Pic) Castalia Recordings ACID 001 UK 1988 Sell This Version


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November 20, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
Jack The Tab (a release from Psychic TV's acid house circle at the time, which was mainly Genesis P-Orridge with help from Fred Giannelli), is definitely one of the most interesting electronic albums you can find. Whilst acid house is generally associated with using a Roland 303 synth over a 4/4 beat with some added vocals, Psychic TV surprised everyone with this record by taking the "trippy" idea to the next level and made something here that was no doubt innovative, introducing the idea of creatively sampling and adding in just about any trippy sounds over the usual rhythmns to create an "on acid" sound. Of course, this was all along with the added underlying philosophies, dark undertones and sense of humour which were trademarks of Genesis P-Orridge and the Psychic Youth team mixed in, giving you the feeling a lot of effort and, dare I say it, maybe even fun went into making this. Also bear in mind that this came out in 1987, before sampling any old thing had become quite so common, and you can understand how this record must have been quite cutting edge at the time, which makes it all the more impressive.

Though some of the tracks on here are quite repetitive (although that was the idea of acid house after all), there are definitely a lot of clever and surprising moments across the album. Without giving it all away, "Over Thee Brink" is a great example of taking a theme (in this case war) and building on it in a trippy way so exaggerated only Psychic TV could have thought of it, using samples of bombs being dropped, a guy screaming "THIS IS A F***ING WAR!" and mashed up aeroplane samples which scrape across the speakers. The whole album seems to choose different themes in this way, take as many different sounds associated with it as they can, and then try to mix this into either a dance track or something that's just trippy and listenable, which works and surprises you most of the time. Other notable examples are "Balkan Red Alert", a more downtempo tune which almost sounds like an early trip hop track with its use of breaks rather than a 4/4 beat and unusual, mellow African influences, and "Blue Heart", an incredibly dark and psychotic house track with a carefully rolling bassline underneath off-key, sinister organ samples and a woman screaming in pain at different pitches whilst talking about the pain of her dreams.

On the whole, this album must have also been quite unexpected. P-Orridge had been known for dark, minimal industrial works, as had Psychic TV, and so suddenly choosing to take his project into the upbeat world of rave music must have been quite a surprising move, only a few other groups such as The Shamen and Severed Heads had dared to try moving in this way from the very different genres they began with to experiment with acid house sounds around this time. If you come across this unusual album, definitely give it a listen. It certainly is an influential example of how to not make flat and generic electronic music, even if it's not quite IDM.


August 17, 2010
This is actually a Psychic TV (Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle + Fred Giannelli) record disguised as an acid compilation. Didn't see that info displayed on this page so I thought I'd add it.


March 19, 2003

one of the better concept albums on the market. if this had actually come out right at the end of the 60s i think it would have freaked people out. the band's sampling of all things from that era makes this also a great learning lp. Vietnam, The Trip, swinging London, biker movies and Dallas 1969. What more could you want?


November 19, 2002

This is truly one of the conerstones of modern techno music. Consider when listening to it today how groundbreaking it was in 1988, at the birth of acid house. To the person above who says it's just "acid jazz with enless acid patterns" - considering that acid jazz and world music were not even recognized as being compatible with music like this, I'd say GPO and company deserve some serious props. "Balkan Red Alert" is as mind-blowing now as it was then. And let's not forget that probably 70% of this album is played live, not sequenced or programmed, most notably the drum tracks. This is just a super album that deserves repeat listenings.


May 15, 2002

I think this LP was kind of boring. It'S more early Acid Jazz mixed with endless acid-like patterns. the sound was rough like an underground production. The highlight is "Blue Heart" by Essence. btw: Are the titles and artists swapped? it's King Tubby with "Psyche Out" and not the other way or not?