Various ‎– At Home With The Groovebox

Grand Royal ‎– GR068CD, Grand Royal ‎– GRO68CD
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1 Jean-Jacques Perrey The Groovy Leprechauns
Recorded By – J.J.P.*Written-By – G. Siegrist*, J. J. Perrey*, O.C. Banks
2 Buffalo Daughter 303+606=Acid
Recorded By – Buffalo DaughterWritten-By, Programmed By, Mixed By – Sugar*
3 John McEntire J.I.H.A.D.
Recorded By – John McEntireWritten-By – J. McEntire*
4 AIR Planet Vega
Recorded By – AirWritten-By – JB Dunckel*, Nicolas Godin
5 Pavement Robin Turns 26
Written-By – Pavement
6 Money Mark Insects Are All Around Us
Written-By, Recorded By – Mark Ramos-Nishita
7 Beck Boyz
Engineer, Mixed By – Tony HofferScratches – DJ SwampWritten-By, Producer, Programmed By – Beck Hansen
8 Sean Lennon Winged Elephants
Engineer – Chaki (4)Engineer [Assisted By] – Yuka HondaWritten-By – Duma Love, Sean Lennon
9 Gershon Kingsley Popcorn
Producer – Dave Baron*, Lindsay JehanWritten-By, Producer – Gershon Kingsley
10 Sonic Youth Campfire
Engineer – Wharton TiersWritten-By – Sonic Youth
11 Bis Oh My
Producer – Jason FamousWritten-By, Producer – Bis
12 Cibo Matto We Love Our Lawyers
Written-By – Cibo Matto, Miho Hatori, Yuka Honda
13 Bonnie "Prince" Billy Today I Started Celebrating Again
Recorded By – Joe MoodyWritten-By – W. Oldham*
14 Dick Hyman Glass Slipper
Written-By, Producer – Dick Hyman

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Track 1 recorded in Paris, France 1999. In the credits, Jean-Jacques Perrey dedicates the song to his daughter Patricia and his manager Lisa Haugen.
Track 2 recorded in Tokyo, Japan 1999.
Track 3 recorded in Chicago, IL 1999. John McEntire appears courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records
Track 4 recorded in Paris, France 1999. Air appears courtesy of Source. Air are credited as Air French Band in the booklet, while credited simply as Air on the rear of the jewel case.
Track 5: Pavement appear courtesy of themselves
Track 6 recorded in USA. Money Mark appears courtesy of Mo' Wax Recordings/A&M Records, Ltd
Track 7: Beck appears courtesy of DGC Records
Track 9 title given in booklet as 'Popcorn 1998'
Track 10 recorded and mixed at Echo Cañon, NYC 05/99. Sonic Youth appear courtesy of DGC Records
Track 11 recorded at Apollo Recording, Glasgow, Scotland. Bis appear courtesy of Wiiija Records Ltd
Track 12: Cibo Matto appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Track 13: W. Oldham appears courtesy of Palace Records

℗ © 2000 Grand Royal.
Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 58148 00682 7
  • Barcode (String): 758148006827
  • Matrix / Runout: GRO68CD ∙ MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LA31
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 4BA2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 4B03

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GR068-2 Various At Home With The Groovebox(CD, Comp) Grand Royal, Shock (2) GR068-2 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
GR068 Various At Home With The Groovebox(CD, Comp) Grand Royal GR068 US 2000 Sell This Version
GR068CD, 72438489432 0, 8489432 Various At Home With The Groovebox(CD, Comp) Grand Royal, Source, Source GR068CD, 72438489432 0, 8489432 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
GR068LP Various At Home With The Groovebox(2xLP) Grand Royal GR068LP UK 2000 Sell This Version
TOCP-65659 Various At Home With The Groovebox(CD, Comp) Grand Royal TOCP-65659 Japan 2001 Sell This Version



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January 14, 2018

Compilation by various artists united the common theme of tracks made with the then new Roland Groovebox series of products. After years lobbying the Roland Corporation - who made 90% of the equipment - that came to define any number of electronic music genres, relented and released digital products that mimicked their classic vintage machines. Previously their stance was like Fender refusing to make Stratocasters and Gibson destroy the jigs for making Les Pauls. In the meantime prices for the classic drum machines such as TR606, 707, 727, 808, 909 and likewise the once bargain basement Synths such as the SH101, MC202, TB303, Juno 106, Jupiter 8's and a wholesale of others had become prohibitively expensive. The MC303 and MC505 Grooveboxes presented all these sounds and more into easy to use digital production units. It can be argued that this led to the second great wave in modern electronica and many of the artists on this compilation ensured that label Grand Royal tapped into that zeitgeist. Purists will point to the fact that these digital reproductions lack the soul and dynamics of their analogue only forbears and that is true BUT the compositions are important in their own right.
303+606 = Acid does exactly what it says on the tin and captures the teenage innocence of playing with your first resonance and cut-off knobs. Air's Planet Vega would sooth any post part come down. Beck supplies a characteristically stripped down languid groove that is as inventive as it is toe-tapping. Goshon Kingsley tips a hat to the first generation of chart worrying electronica and turns Popcorn into a loungy downtempo number that almost twenty years later would be head nodded at in any hipster bar. The only disappointment is the Sonic Youth track which just comes across as contrarian sulking with the brief.
That these tracks were all produced on a single machine - that can now be had secondhand - for relatively low cost shows just how far from Arthur Russell's 'first thought' philosophy our computer based productions have come. Worth it for Today I Started Celebrating Again alone...
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