Juan Atkins ‎– 20 Years 1985 - 2005

Tresor ‎– Tresor 216, Metroplex ‎– Tresor 216
2 × CD, Compilation

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1-1 Cybotron Alleys Of Your Mind 3:34
1-2 Model 500 Future 4:54
1-3 Model 500 Starlight 6:27
1-4 Model 500 Vessels In Distress 5:20
1-5 Channel One Technicolor (Long Mix) 6:50
1-6 Model 500 The Chase (Smooth Mix) 5:42
1-7 Cybotron R-9 5:15
1-8 Infiniti Game One 5:40
1-9 3MB Feat. Juan Atkins Jazz Is The Teacher 9:41
1-10 Cybotron Cosmic Cars 4:23
1-11 Model 500 I Wanna Be There (Edit) 6:44
2-1 Cybotron Clear (Jose Animal Diaz Remix)
Remix [Uncredited] – Jose Animal Diaz
2-2 Cybotron Dreamaker 5:44
2-3 Infiniti Feat. Juan Atkins Skyway 5:55
2-4 Model 500 No UFO's 7:04
2-5 Model 500 Night Drive (Thru Babylon) 6:11
2-6 Model 500 Ocean To Ocean (Vocal Mix) 5:49
2-7 Juan Atkins Something About The Music 3:50
2-8 Model 500 Off To Battle (Remix) 6:05
2-9 Cybotron Cosmic Raindance 4:02
2-10 Model 500 The Flow 4:18
2-11 Visions Other Side Of Life 5:08
2-12 Model 500 The Passage 7:30



1-1 and 2-1 are each missing about one second at the beginning.

1-7 mislabelled 'R9'.
1-11 mislabelled 'I Wanna Be Free'.
2-5 mislabelled 'Nightdrive (Thru Babylon)'.

Mix titles of 1-5, 1-6, 1-11, 2-1, 2-6, 2-8 are absent.

Though not listed as such, 2-8 is the remixed version from the Model 500 compilation 'Classics', released in 1993.

2-2 is the sole previously unreleased track.

1-5, 1-6 and 2-3 mastered from vinyl.

Despite this compilation's title, the actual release dates of the material included span the period from 1981 ('Alleys Of Your Mind' and 'Cosmic Raindance') to 2002 ('Something About The Music'). Cybotron's previously unreleased 'Dreamaker' was recorded in the early 1980s. The actual dates should therefore be 1981–2002. The title is also a misnomer insofar as many of the tracks included were not originally Metroplex releases.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 61956 72162 5
  • Label Code: LC 03702
  • Rights Society: GEMA

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Tresor 216, Tresor 10216 Juan Atkins 20 Years 1985 - 2005(2xCD, Comp, RE) Tresor, Metroplex, Tresor, Metroplex Tresor 216, Tresor 10216 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
Tresor 216 Juan Atkins 20 Years 1985 - 2005(2xCD, Comp, RE, Dig) Tresor, Metroplex Tresor 216 Germany 2013 Sell This Version


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January 24, 2018
edited 27 days ago
Sure would be nice if Tresor would re-issue this as a 4lp! Perhaps even a well deserved box set is in order for the Godfather of techno??


February 16, 2016
Best version to get? Most of thems seem to be compressed and there is about 2 seconds missing from the beginning of "Alleys Of Your Mind" (sic!).

PS. there is also 2015 edition in digipack.


November 5, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
I'm not too sure about the audio quality of this release. There seems to be drops in sound in places (listen to Cosmic Cars when the vocal comes in around 20 seconds), also vinyl rips?

Really? Vinyl rips?

I could do that myself. When I buy a CD / digital release I expect the original recordings, direct from tape if needs be. If they are not available (and a vinyl source is the only available), I expect it to be noted.

Oh, and the entire thing is compressed to the point of clipping.

Hey, feel free to correct me if I'm just tripping balls on this.


January 27, 2010
If you want to make a jumpstart on the early days of techno music, and the genious work of Juan Atkins, this is probably the most complete compilation out there. It goes all the way back to the early Cybotron days, and includes all the way throught the Infiniti, Model 500 and Channel One classics. Besides, the sound quality is crystaline. Although there is one black spot in this release. The magnificent groundbreaking "Techno City" is missing.


August 27, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
Not the first Juan Atkins compilation, we all know this. So, what do we have here that could replace the "Classics" compilation? Many things. Firstly there are more than only Model 500 tracks; second, there is more than classic detroit electro here (the dance number "other side of life" is quite haunting), and finally, all the tracks sound clear, crisp and wonderful. Just a note: many versions are the later ones: "Cosmic Cars", "Off to battle" and "The Chase" have some more synths that the first versions. But anyway, this, among the "Galaxy 2 Galaxy" compilation that was also released in 2005, is a crucial work everyone that is interested in electronica should aquire.