Phuture ‎– Acid Tracks

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The original title for the song 'Acid Tracks' was 'In Your Mind'. DJ Pierre had given a tape of the track to Ron Hardy to play at the Muzic Box in Chicago it then appeared on a tape Hardy had labelled 'Acid Tracks'. So this name stuck and Phuture decided to issue it under this title. According to DJ Pierre the 'acid' in the title of the tape was a reference to LSD as this was a popular drug at the club. It was not a reference to the sound of the Roland 303.

See also Phuture / Jackmaster Hater - Acid Trax / Acid.

Tracklist

Acid Tracks 12:26
Phuture Jacks 7:46
Your Only Friend 4:53

Versions (19)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", Red) Trax Records TX142 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", Bla) Trax Records TX142 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", Blu) Trax Records TX142 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", Ltd, Blu) Trax Records TX142 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", Ltd, Gre) Trax Records TX142 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", W/Lbl) Trax Records TX142 US 1987 Sell This Version
WHOS 6 Phuture Acid Trax(12", Maxi) Who's That Beat? WHOS 6 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
WHOS 6 CD Phuture Acid Trax(CD, Mini) Who's That Beat? WHOS 6 CD Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
A1-009 Phuture Acid Tracks Remixes(12") A1 Records A1-009 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
A1009 LTD. Phuture Acid Tracks(12", S/Sided, RE) A1 Records A1009 LTD. Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
TX 142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", RE) Trax Records TX 142 US 1998 Sell This Version
A1-009 Phuture Acid Tracks Remixes(12", Promo) A1 Records A1-009 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
TX 142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", RE) Trax Records TX 142 US 2000 Sell This Version
TX 142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", RE, TP) Trax Records TX 142 US 2000 Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", RE, RM) Trax Records TX142 UK 2014 Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12") Trax Records TX142 Unknown Sell This Version
354626 Phuture Acid Tracks(3xFile, AIFF, RE) Trax Records 354626 US Unknown
354626 Phuture Acid Tracks(3xFile, MP3, RE, 320) Trax Records 354626 US Unknown
354626 Phuture Acid Tracks(3xFile, WAV, RE) Trax Records 354626 US Unknown

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SpacemanT

SpacemanT

October 28, 2017
referencing Acid Tracks, 12", Blu, TX142
My Labels are blue....still sounds ruff n' good tho. Phuture Jacks is such a tune. Great hats, Killer B lines ...oh and those gated vocal cut ups...classsssss.
SpacemanT

SpacemanT

October 28, 2017
referencing Acid Tracks, 12", Red, TX142
Phuture Jacks is the One, without doubt. great hi hat patterns and devastating B line
sdli93

sdli93

August 15, 2017
referencing Acid Tracks, 12", RE, RM, TX142
I want to buy this RE, but why it says "Acid Tracks (Vocal Mix)"? Is it the same track like here on youtube which is marked without the "vocal mix" tag ...??
jizzwisard

jizzwisard

March 12, 2017
referencing Acid Trax, 12", Maxi, WHOS 6
Remarkable that just a short, seemingly random one measure bassline in a track that never introduces a snare drum backbeat, like we expect on a house track, can be just so incredibly interesting and mesmerizing. This one started it all. Nathaniel Pierre Jones deserves endless credit for inventing the closest thing we will ever hear to alien tribal music.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

January 16, 2017
referencing Acid Tracks, 12", Red, TX142
Considered the earliest Acid House tune ever, "Acid Tracks" story begins with the friendship of two friends which later became part of Phuture - DJ Pierre, and Earl Spanky Smith. Very close to each other since the high school, they grew up together in a very strong musical environment, until a day when DJ Pierre got surprised by his friend Spanky when he came on his house while he was DJing and told something like "Hey, I bought a drum machine, it's time to produce!", back in 1984.

Since Earl Smith had a job, he could afford the expensive equipments necessary to do it. But at the first moment, it was just a Drum Machine, which made them do drum solos – cleverly used by Pierre on his DJ sets. Earl Spanky had a natural ability with kicks, snares & hi-hats, so he quickly turned himself into an amazing drum line maker.

One day, Earl Spanky bought a Roland 303 Acid Bassline, and they both tried with their friend Herbert J to manipulate those sounds, and that acid loop seemed to be already there (as a preset), but at that time they really did not know yet how to create different ones. “We didn’t know how to program. When we plugged it, it was already making that sound. It had plenty of different acid loops. As we didn’t know how to ‘create’, we worked on the only one that sounded good. No one really invented it, it was already in there. We sequenced it, and Spanky made the beats”, said Pierre, trying to remember his first steps as a producer, about 21 years ago. Boom! - "Acid Tracks" was ready.

Marshall Jefferson, who was giving them advices, became a sort of an executive producer for their first tunes, and was also behind their partnership with Larry Sherman from Trax Records (the single got out on Sherman’s red label many months later, in 1987). Jefferson told them immediately to slow down the “Acid Tracks” BPMs from 125 to 120, because it was too fast for the dancefloors when it was made. “This is too fast, New York won’t accept it”, remind DJ Pierre about his friend’s advice.

The big turning point that made this early Acid House tune a hit lies in the legendary Music Box cellar and its historical resident, Ron Hardy. At the same year of 1985, Spanky came to Pierre and said: “This is the place to be, you gotta go to the Music Box, the DJ there is incredible!” - They both started to be regulars on that venue, more precisely an underground parking place for about three hundred people which would change their lives forever.

Ron Hardy did not know them the day these two kids, Pierre & Spanky, decided to give him a tape with the Acid Tracks demo. That was in 1985, just before the party's opening. As soon as they gave Ron the tape, the visionary DJ listened to it and said, smiling: “It’s ok... When can I get a copy?”

That first night, Ron was bold enough to play “Acid Tracks” four times. The first one was immediately rejected by the public, and nobody stayed on the dancefloor. But Ron Hardy was a forward thinking mind, so he played a second time, and some people started to pay attention. The third time, it was already well accepted, and in the fourth one, the crowd went mad: the impact was so strong that it became a hit.

Nobody imagined who could be the author, the regulars just thought that it was something made by Ron Hardy himself, so they named that tune “Ron Hardy’s Acid Trax”; but later, by the time it was released in 1987, the audiences discovered it was made by Pierre, Spanky and Herb J from Phuture.

Also in the same record, another big hit was born. Let’s go back to 1985. Some months later after “Acid Tracks” conception, DJ Pierre started to think about another music. “About that time, I already knew how to program it”, said Pierre on an interview years later. He did some basslines, wrote some lyrics, and recorded them with his personal vocals, but Marshall Jefferson interfered, saying that the sinister lyrics with “This is cocaine speaking!” on its ouverture needed a deeper and more scary voice. Earl Spanky Smith had it, so he owned the chance to sing the legendary tune – as well as to make the beats for it. The tune was baptized “Your Only Friend”. These vocals quote mentioned the white powder influence, which reflected the reality of all those nightclubs at that time. Acid and cocaine were both largely consumed by the underground audiences since the Disco era, and they still dominated the night scene in early House era.
8892sales

8892sales

November 20, 2016
referencing Acid Tracks, 12", Red, TX142

An all round classic release which still holds up to this day. However, a special mention for the B1 track Phuture Jacks is so desperately needed. Vastly underrated compared to the other two, and for those who were there first time round it was a proper, underground, warehouse annihilator.
frenk

frenk

September 22, 2016
referencing Acid Tracks, 12", Red, TX142
Ok, did someone ever notice the very low volume singing just before the beat of 'acid tracks' kicks in. I just discovered this today....

turn up the volume, put on your headphones and pay good attention.
laughing-gor

laughing-gor

April 10, 2016
referencing Acid Tracks, 12", RE, RM, TX142

Having purchased an original copy as a teenager way back in 1987, I've always longed for a decent pressing.

It was always a source of much annoyance that many of the best tunes in the early house/acid era came out on Trax, who we all know were notorious for poor pressings.

I've owned several original copies over the years, and none were any better. Most sounded like they had been dubbed from cassette, and/or with pressing faults.

If I needed decent sound quality (e.g. to make a mixtape), I always used the version on the "House Hallucinates" compilation: https://www.discogs.com/Various-House-Hallucinates-Pump-Up-London-Volume-One/release/73358 but that only had "Acid Tracks" and not the two excellent tunes on the B-side, "Your Only Friend" also being a personal favourite at the time.

This recent repress of this all-time classic is heaven-sent; I don't think it will ever sound any better than this, and is, in my opinion, the defining and final copy of "Acid Tracks", I really can't imagine needing any other version after this.
Herr_Lenz

Herr_Lenz

April 5, 2016
referencing Acid Tracks, 12", Ltd, Blu, TX142
Nearly 30 years old, but sounds like fresh till today, one of my all time favorites!
scherben

scherben

January 9, 2016
referencing Acid Tracks, 12", Red, TX142

It's all about that hypnotic squelch...