Various ‎– Acid Trax

Trax Records ‎– TX5003
Acid Trax – 1
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Red Labels

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A1 Mr. Lee House This House
Written-By – Haggard*
A2 Armando Downfall
Written-By – Armando
A3 Liddell Townsell* Get The Hole
Written-By – Townsell*
A4 Phuture Pfantasy Club* Got The Bug
Written-By – Jones*
B1 Jack Frost & The Circle Jerks Cool And Dry
Written-By – Frost*
B2 Jack Frost & The Circle Jerks Tom Tom
Written-By – Frost*
B3 Jack Frost & The Circle Jerks Shout
Written-By – Frost*
B4 Jack Frost & The Circle Jerks Two The Max
Written-By – Frost*


Repressed in 1998

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TX5003 Various Acid Tracks(LP, Comp, Whi) Trax Records TX5003 US 1988 Sell This Version
TX5003 Various Acid Trax(LP, Comp, RP) Trax Records TX5003 US 1998 Sell This Version
TX5003 Various Acid Trax(LP, Comp, Bla) Trax Records TX5003 US 1988 Sell This Version
DRUG 1 Various Acid Trax(LP, Comp) Serious Records (2) DRUG 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDBRUT 1 Various Acidtrax(CD, Comp) Hardcore CDBRUT 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version


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November 22, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

Fabulous acid house classics. At the time, some of the tracks had their own individual, independent, 12" releases whilst others were only available on compilations, split releases or perhaps more accurately exclusive etc. Most tracks present here were hammered during the so called second and third summers of love (1988 & 1989 respectively).

Armando made some blistering acid tracks over the years, yet Downfall is one of his most underrated imo. The acid is so sinister and driving and the beats are so damn jacking. Always preferred it to the similar 'Land Of Confusion' (Original). One of the best early acid tracks.

Cool And Dry and Shout are basically the same tracks with the same sequence of notes albeit with slightly different arrangement, edits and sound processing. Incidentally, Eddie Richards clearly borrowed and reprogrammed the sequence of notes of the acid bassline on his minor hit / big underground, warehouse anthem Jolly Roger's - Acid Man (Original Mix). Anyhow, all variations were massive in the early warehouse and pirate radio scene and a staple to many DJs' sets.

Pierre's Got The Bug and Mr. Lee's hammering, and seriously jacking House This House were obviously already underground anthems by this point. Pretty much all of Mr.Lee's early tracks were great, before he moved more and more into hip-house and the more commercial sound that is... Lidell Townsell's "Get The Hole" is an all time party classic. Similar in vibe to Cool House - Rock This Party Right. Simple in concept but full of rhythm. Builds and builds and builds..

Jack Frost's "Two The Max" is ever so quaint yet oozes with funk. The TB-303 sounds so cheeky and fun and is actually a criminally underplayed track, even for back then.

Tom Tom on the other hand is quite the piledriver. One of the best drum workouts in a classic acid track I've heard. The toms are slightly pitched and are programmed similarly to that burundi / staccato rhythm, shakes, hi-hats, snares, rolls all on overdrive. And the 303 bouncing and jacking about like a headless, rubber chicken! Never fails to make me move, even at this ripe old age :)


September 14, 2013
Can't believe there is no review of this!

One of the biggest Acid House releases from that period. Not a dud on there! So massive they turned the design into a T-shirt.
Armando's track sounds like something you would hear dominating US raves close to a decade later - but of course this was 88 not 95.
House This House (vocal) was huge at Manchester's Hacienda, following up to the probably even bigger I Can't Forget by Mr. Lee. Get The Hole was also in heavy rotation. Not much is known about Jack Frost, on here it's an alias for the Phuture guys - but I've seen Adonis mentioned also. Who knows!
Although Phuture's earlier "Acid Trax" release received more hype - probably prompting the name of this release - this release received more prime time play time, at least at the Hacienda.