Phuture ‎– Acid Tracks

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Trax Records ‎– TX142
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Red Labels
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A Acid Tracks
Written-By – Herbert J*, Spanky
12:26
B1 Phuture Jacks
Written-By – Herbert J*, Spanky
7:46
B2 Your Only Friend 4:53

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Sanlar Publ. BMI
© P 1987 Trax Records

Mastering credit taken from the runout.

Label durations are incorrect. Real durations shown. Durations on label:
A: 11:17
B1: 4:45
B2: 5:10

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etched in A side runout): TX-142-A ´BP´
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched in B side runout): TX-142-B ´BP´
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): TX142A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): TX142B

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
A1-009 Phuture Acid Tracks Remixes(12") A1 Records A1-009 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
354626 Phuture Acid Tracks(3xFile, WAV, RE) Trax Records 354626 US Unknown
A1-009 Phuture Acid Tracks Remixes(12", Promo) A1 Records A1-009 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12") Trax Records TX142 Unknown Sell This Version
TX142 Phuture Acid Tracks(12", W/Lbl) Trax Records TX142 US 1987 Sell This Version

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Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

January 16, 2017
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

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
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.
scherben

scherben

January 9, 2016

It's all about that hypnotic squelch...
djcristo

djcristo

February 16, 2015
Yup, a real crowd pleaser back the glory days of the Hacienda (Infamous Manchester club)
zonkfunk

zonkfunk

February 2, 2015
Probably . . . . The best track ever made. . . . Nothing matches, toooo deep. Bought this from Si john, (roni size reprazent) the first month release. Still amazes me.
davidcobb606

davidcobb606

April 28, 2014
Repress is out now
mijajo

mijajo

April 1, 2014
repress incoming according to hhv.de
spacedrum

spacedrum

November 20, 2013
A commonly overlooked song (...to add to the below list) that possessed a Roland TB-303 Baseline is UB40's "She Caught the Train" on Labour of Love (1983). This is actually the only song I've heard anyone use the TB-303 as the manual taught and illustrated in SONG mode... Meaning, instead of a loop, the bass was programmed throughout the song changing pitch in patterns and such. I've owned several TB-303's since 1990 and one thing is true... It was a very tedious instrument to program, especially building an entire song, in which UB40 accomplished only a year after it was introduced. Check it out:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpI8_5tJFyQ
moogacid

moogacid

February 11, 2013
There are at least 3 different acid lines in this track