L.A. Style ‎– James Brown Is Dead

ZYX Records ‎– ZYX 6586-12
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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Top opening spineless sleeve.
Version titles are not printed on the release. The version titles are taken from James Brown Is Dead.

Publisher (A+B): Orfa Music / Hi-Tension
Cover © 1991 Hess/Borgers, Idstein

℗ 1991
Printed in Germany
Made in Germany

Back cover, top left:
[12" icon] ZYX 6586-12
[7" icon] ZYX 6586-7
[CD icon] ZYX 6586-8

This version is published by Orfa Music / Hi-Tension, and has a UK price code,
unlike James Brown Is Dead, which is published by Copyright Control.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (As printed): 090204 022021
  • Label Code: LC 6350
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout hand-etched side A): ZYX 6586 - 12 A SST
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout hand-etched side B): ZYX 6586 - 12 B SST
  • Price Code: PC [Circled '43']
  • Price Code (UK): PC UK [Circled '42']

Other Versions (5 of 53) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DEC 9005 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Decadance Records DEC 9005 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
DEC 9005-R L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Remixes)(12") Decadance Records DEC 9005-R Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
P-3 CAS 289 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(Cass, Maxi) Blanco Y Negro (2) P-3 CAS 289 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
CEMI-624 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(Cass, Maxi) Musart CEMI-624 Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
TDS 663 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12", Single) Arista TDS 663 Australia 1992 Sell This Version


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January 24, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

Techno music was firstly made in Detroit??? NO WAY. The first ''recorded'' use of the word ''techno'' in reference to a specific genre of music was in 1988 with the album : ''Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit''. But those tracks had NOTHING to do with Techno music.
There was just only early USA house music during late 80's, very amateur, unmastered, boring, crap, Acid House, Chicago House, Detroit House etc.
The REAL first Techno music as a style (and the ONLY original one) was made in Belgium in 1991 (between 1990-1992) after the ashes of New Beat, and it was the FIRST Techno wave to get known to the people as a new style of music, with Netherlands, Germany and other central European countries alongside with Belgium altoghether, discovered Techno music for the first time.
It was a shock to everyone, as nobody had heard sounds like these before. Sounds like hoovers, orchestral stabs, rave synths, NASA samples, and bells, were what we called Techno music for the first time. Some of those initial European techno tracks like ''L.A Style - James Brown is Dead'', ''DJPC - Insomniac'', ''Human Resource - Dominator'', ''T99 - Anasthasia'', '' Quadrophonia - Quadrophonia'', ''2 Unlimited - Get ready for this'', ''2 Unlimited - Twilight Zone'', not only established a new era of music, but also refined Techno music as a genre for the first time, and begun a whole generation of RAVE music.
And i bet that many people globally (including me) heard ''James Brown is Dead'' as their first Techno song, to introduced them to the world of electronic music, as ''James Brown is Dead'' was THE anthem of Techno, even if i don't like it so much now after all these years.


March 21, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
As early techno goes I got right into this back in 91 however the best remix of this is the instrumental "wide awake remix", the aggressive orchestral sounds are still there as are the thundering kicks, the overall arrangement of this remix differ greatly from the rap vocal mixes.


December 10, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

Quite simply the best early techno track. I didn't know it was so mainstream until reading the comments, but that doesn't change a thing. Inspiring for many DJs and artists alike. Without this track there may have been no hardcore and gabba. The only negative is the truly awful sleeve design!


September 27, 2010
edited over 7 years ago

Thank God this track didn't go airplay/radio edit. For the simpliest reason that there was no need. Some tracks are meant to be written in the original version. A massive track from 1991 which was far ahead of its era, but still one of the biggest hits in it's era. James Brown is dead features a sound (it's called orchestra) with some adjustments in the attack filter that makes it more aggresive, with dark base drum, some impact hits sounds and a bass line that cuts you through your spine cord AND ONLY the necessary vocals. All you have to do is hear it loud. In my opinion this track is superior to some others even in the rave era.


April 20, 2010
It only went mainstream though when they released a more radio friendly version with cheesy rap vocals. This version didn't get airplay. Much the same as 2 Unlimited's Get Ready for This. Both got popular in the mainstream around the same time and in both cases the original, mostly instrumental versions, were rave favourites long before their radio versions with the added vocals hit the airwaves.


April 12, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
I think this actually went platinum, which is higher than gold! This was even a HUGE hit in the states, which is hard for any dance or techno music to do. I heard that this was turned down by Combined Forces, the Netherlands. It was said to be to hard and dark for the time and they were worried about the commerciality of the track. Shame for them! This paved the way for hardcore as we know it. You should own this record if you are a serious collector or deejay.


February 10, 2003

Without doubt the single biggest Techno hit in 1991!
'Dominator' may have gone silver, but 'James Brown Is Dead' is a bona-fide gold record.
The first real Techno track to do that. It was years before any other Techno release approached it's number of sales.
A genuine classic.