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The 'A' Sides
Le' Noiz Wanna Dance? (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:22
Jesse Velez Girls Out On The Floor (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:46
Le' Noiz I'm Scared (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:31
Jack Master Funk* Jack The Bass (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:37
Marshall Jefferson Ride The Rhythm (Remix) 7:03
Farley Jackmaster Funk* Jack'n The House 5:17
Farley Jackmaster Funk* Jack'n The Trax 4:54
Farley Jackmaster Funk* Clap'n The Pella 2:25
Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled A1) 2:01
Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled A2) 2:00
Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled A3) 1:53
Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled A4) 2:00
Jesse Velez Girls Out On The Floor (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:38
Jesse Velez Fire 121 (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:20
Jesse Velez Do It To The Beat (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:35
Ron Hardy Sensation (Long) 6:40
Ron Hardy Sensation (Short) 3:31
Screamin' Rachael My Main Man (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:03
Screamin' Rachael My Main Man (My Main Vocal) 2:58
Jackmaster Dick’s Revenge* Sensuous Woman Goes Disco (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:10
Adonis No Way Back (Vocal) 4:57
Sleezy D. I’ve Lost Control (Space Side) 9:43
Virgo Free Yourself (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:56
Virgo Under You (Original 12 Inch Version) 9:40
Fresh (2) Dum Dum Part Two 7:13
Rude Boy Himself Farley Farley Farley* Give Your Self To Me (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:14
Marshall Jefferson The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body) 7:48
Marshall Jefferson The House Music Anthem (Dub Your Body) 7:33
Master C & J When You Hold Me (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:43
Sweet D Thank Ya (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:40
Adonis We’re Rocking Down The House (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:06
On The House With Marshall Jefferson Ride The Rhythm (Mixed By Ron Hardy) 6:57
Willie Wonka What Is House? (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:19
Radio Fashion What You Deserve (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:45
Farm Boy Jackin’ Me Around (Farm Mix) 6:52
Fat Albert Beat Me Till I Jack (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:45
Santos (3) Work Me Trax (Original 12 Inch Version) 1:48
Santos (3) Work The Box (Vocals) 4:30
Mr. Fingers Washing Machine (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:19
Mr. Fingers Can You Feel It (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:45
Sampson "Butch" Moore House Beat Box (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:20
Jungle Wonz The Jungle (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:05
Boris Badenough Hey Rocky! (Extended) 6:49
Lidell Townsell Party People Jack Your Body (House Mix) 7:21
Lidell Townsell Party People Jack Your Body (Dub) 1:05
Robert Owens Bring Down The Walls (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:37
Terry Baldwin Housemaster (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:54
2 House People* Featuring Cynthia M Move My Body (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:10
Jungle Wonz Time Marches On (Vocal) 6:55
On The House Give Me Back The Love (Club Mix) 7:33
On The House Give Me Back The Love (Radio Mix) 4:35
Mr. Lee I Can’t Forget (Vocal) 4:40
Mystery Mystery Girl (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:50
Eric Bell Your Love (Instrumental Mix) 7:24
Mr Lee* Come To House (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:00
William S* I’ll Never Let You Go (Vocal Mix) 6:09
Phuture Acid Tracks (Original 12 Inch Version) 11:48
Dalis Rock Steady (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:48
Dalis Rock Steady (Edit) 3:00
Kevin Irving Children Of The Night (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:42
Kevin Irving Children Of The Night (Radio) 3:56
Two Of A Kind Featuring James Earl Somewhere In West Hell (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:33
Pleasure Zone Fuck Charley (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:23
Pleasure Zone House Nation (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:27
Doctor Derilict* Dance Doctor (Inst) 6:14
Dean Anderson Don’t Stop (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:11
Frankie Knuckles Baby Wants To Ride (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:37
Frankie Knuckles It’s A Cold World (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:22
Marshall Jefferson Presents Hercules Lost In The Groove (Vocal) 8:25
Dancer Boom-Boom (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:43
Evie Just Stay The Night (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:47
Evie Just Stay The Night (Radio Edit) 4:09
Rich Martinez Are You Ready (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:54
Mr. Lee House This House (Vocal) 5:06
Pierre's Pfantasy Club G. T. B. Got The Bug (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:52
Lidell Townsell Get The Hole (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:58
Lidell Townsell Acid Hole (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:41
Curtis Mc Claine* And On The House Lets Get Busy (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:49
Curtis Mc Claine* And On The House Let’s Get Busy (Radio Mix) 3:07
Dancer Number Nine (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:32
Dancer Number Nine (Bedroom Mix) 3:39
Pleasure Zone Fantasy (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:26
Phuture We Are Phuture (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:32
Mr. Lee Pump Up Chicago (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:51
Mr. Lee Pump Up Chicago (Acid Mix) 4:52
Donnell Rush Knockin At My Door (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:29
Donnell Rush Knockin At My Door (Edit) 3:41
The House Gang Cool J Track (RX) 5:55
Maurice Joshua With Hot Hands Hula* Gotta Big Dick (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:19
Maurice Joshua With Hot Hands Hula* Gotta Big Dick (Instrumental Mix) 5:21
Lidell Townsell Jack The House (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:01
Lidell Townsell As Acid Turns (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:10
Lidell Townsell The Groove (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:06
Acid Fantaslee Mr. Lee* Art Of Acid (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:36
Acid Fantaslee Mr. Lee* Feels Good (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:43
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard As Always (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:26
Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard As Always (Acid As) 4:50
K.G.B. Respect (Rap Radio Edit) 2:54
K.G.B. Respect (Rap Scratch Mix) 2:21
K.G.B. Respect (Rap Brads Club Mix) 3:49
Kool Rock Steady Power Move (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:19
Kool Rock Steady Power Move (Fresh Mix) 5:29
Virgo Four Do You Know Who You Are? (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:41
Virgo Four In A Vision (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:44
M. E. Ride (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:25
M. E. School Hall (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:25
Grant And Dezz* You're Too Good (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:36
Grant And Dezz* You're Too Good (Dezz-A-Dub) 4:30
Scamara Kisses Never Lie (Club Edit) 5:49
J.R. S House Co* It's About House (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:00
The 'B' Sides
Le' Noiz Certainly (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:22
Jesse Velez Girls Out On The Floor (Dub) 7:07
Le' Noiz Get Out (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:08
Jack Master Dick* Jack The Dick (S.M.M.F.D.) 7:08
Jack Master Dick* Jack The Dick (Dickapella) 1:10
Marshall Jefferson Ride The Rhythm (Remix Instrumental) 7:25
Farley Jackmaster Funk* Oh My God (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:05
Farley Jackmaster Funk* Farley Knows House (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:22
Farley Jackmaster Funk* Farley Farley (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:56
Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled B1) 2:00
Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled B2) 2:00
Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled B3) 1:52
Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled B4) 2:36
Jesse Velez We Don’t Need No Music (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:51
Jesse Velez Laugh The Night Away (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:16
Jesse Velez Intro (Do It To The Beat) (Original 12 Inch Version) 0:48
Jesse Velez Rocko Laugh (Original 12 Inch Version) 0:13
Ron Hardy Sensation (Dub) 9:26
Screamin Rachael* My Main Man (My Main Dub) 6:35
Screamin Rachael* My Main Man (My Main Beat) 3:48
Jackmaster Dick's Revenge* Sensuous Man Goes Disco (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:32
Adonis No Way Back (Instrumental) 4:56
Sleezy D. I’ve Lost Control (House Side) 9:42
Virgo My Space (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:26
Virgo R U Hot Enough (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:39
Fresh (2) Dum Dum Part Two (Instrumental) 7:16
Rude Boy Himself Farley Farley Farley* Give Your House To Me (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:59
Marshall Jefferson The House Music Anthem (Drum Your Body) 7:30
Marshall Jefferson The House Music Anthem (House Your Body) 7:43
Master C & J Dub Love (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:55
Sweet D Do Do It (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:39
Sweet D Turn It (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:34
Sweet D Dig I Da-Dig I Da (Original 12 Inch Version) 2:22
Adonis We're Rocking Down The House (Down Break) 6:04
Adonis We're Rocking Down The House (Instrumental) 2:55
On The House With Marshall Jefferson Ride The Rhythm (Mixed By Frankie Knuckles) 7:58
Willie Wonka It’s Now Or Never (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:35
Willie Wonka Blow (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:05
Radio Fashion What You Deserve (Mistake Mix) 6:10
Farm Boy Jackin’ Me Around (House Mix) 6:03
Farm Boy Jackin’ Me Around (Dub Mix) 6:34
Fat Albert Go Go (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:57
Fat Albert Go Go Again (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:25
Santos (3) Space The Box (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:22
Santos (3) Beat The Knuckles (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:25
Mr. Fingers Beyond The Clouds (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:55
Sampson "Butch" Moore House Beat Box (Instrumental) 6:56
Jungle Wonz The Jungle (Jungle Mix) 5:56
Boris Badenough Hey Rocky (Instrumental) 6:23
Lidell Townsell Party People Jack Your Body (Club Mix) 7:04
Lidell Townsell Party People Jack Your Body (House Mix Radio Edit) 3:25
Robert Owens Bring Down The Walls (Dub) 4:09
Robert Owens Bring Down The Walls (Inst.) 2:06
Terry Baldwin House Master (Radio Mix) 5:00
Terry Baldwin House Master (Club Mix) 6:40
2 House People* Featuring Cynthia M House My Body (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:44
2 House People* Featuring Cynthia M Trax My Body (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:06
Jungle Wonz Time Marches On (Club Mix) 8:13
On The House Give Me Back The Love (Dub Mix) 8:23
Mr. Lee I Can’t Forget (Club) 5:39
Mystery Mystery Girl (Dub) 5:08
Mystery Mystery Girl (Club) 4:28
Eric Bell Your Love (Vocal Mix) 5:53
Mr. Lee Come To House (Club) 5:04
William S* I’ll Never Let You Go (Instrumental Mix) 6:18
Phuture Phuture Jacks (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:43
Phuture Your Only Friend (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:53
Dalis Rock Steady (Inst) 7:11
Kevin Irving Children Of The Night (Dub) 6:52
Two Of A Kind Featuring James Earl Somewhere In West Hell (Inst.) 5:52
Pleasure Zone Jana (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:59
Pleasure Zone Hold These Nuts (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:06
Doctor Derilict* Dance Doctor (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:23
Dean Anderson Don’t Dub (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:11
Frankie Knuckles Your Love (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:43
Frankie Knuckles Bad Boy (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:18
Marshall Jefferson Presents Hercules Lost In The Groove (Lost In House Mix) 8:37
Marshall Jefferson Presents Hercules Lost In House (Groove Apella) 6:36
Dancer Am A Dog (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:08
Evie Just Stay The Night (Dub) 4:31
Rich Martinez Are You Ready (Dub) 4:54
Rich Martinez Are You Ready (Rub A Dub) 4:54
Mr. Lee House This House (Dub) 4:59
Pierre's Pfantasy Club Got The Bug (Dub) 4:56
Pierre's Pfantasy Club Got The Bug (Instrumental) 6:57
Lidell Townsell Under Control (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:35
Lidell Townsell Dub Control (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:23
Curtis Mc Claine* And On The House Lets Get Busy (Dub Mix) 6:37
Dancer Stars On Number Nine (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:32
Dancer Number Nine (S&F Mix) 2:29
Pleasure Zone I Can’t Understand (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:26
Phuture Slam! (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:40
Phuture Spank-Spank (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:01
Mr. Lee Pump Up London (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:02
Mr. Lee Pump Up New York (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:47
Donnell Rush Knockin At My Door (Dub) 8:56
Donnell Rush Knockin At My Door (Wall Of Sound Mix) 4:00
The House Gang Hangover Trax (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:35
The House Gang Bango Acid (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:24
Maurice Joshua With Hot Hands Hula* This Is Acid (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:51
Maurice Joshua With Hot Hands Hula* Feel The Mood (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:08
Lidell Townsell Jack N’ Tall (Instrumental) 5:18
Lidell Townsell Jack N’ Tall (Vocal) 5:25
Acid Fantaslee Mr. Lee* Acid Pump Up London (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:53
Farley "Jackmaster Funk"* Presents Ricky Dillard As Always (Lovin’ House Mix) 14:08
K.G.B. Respect Rap (Extended Version) 5:43
K.G.B. Respect Rap (Instrumental) 3:31
Kool Rock Steady I’ll Make You Dance (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:35
Virgo Four Going Thru Life (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:36
Virgo Four Take Me Higher (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:37

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HURTBOX003 Various Traxbox(16xCD, Comp + Box) Harmless, Trax Records HURTBOX003 UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Various Traxbox - Trax Records (Remastered)(226xFile, AAC, Comp, 256) Harmless, Trax Records none UK 2013
HURTBOX003 Various Traxbox Sampler(2xCDr, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Harmless, Trax Records HURTBOX003 UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Various Traxbox(6xFile, WAV, Comp) Harmless none UK 2013

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Booj1Boy

Booj1Boy

November 28, 2018
referencing Traxbox, 16xCD, Comp + Box, HURTBOX003
The content that’s here is great, no doubt, but these tracks were probably “remastered” in Audacity. I can recognize that noise reduction setting from a mile away.
steamybrown2003

steamybrown2003

April 2, 2017
edited 26 days ago
referencing Traxbox, 16xCD, Comp + Box, HURTBOX003
Mr. Fingers "Can You Feel It" (the “Original 12 Inch Version”) has it's opening tone fully intact—very difficult to find on CD, not even the parent album "Amnesia" features it.
mjb

mjb

February 9, 2016
referencing Traxbox, 16xCD, Comp + Box, HURTBOX003
What's the story with Master C&J's "When You Hold Me" on here? This version is different than what I've heard before. The one I'm familiar with starts with handclaps and sounds very much like the "Dub Love" version. But the version on here, supposedly the "original 12-inch version", starts with just a bass line and has a very different sound throughout. It does not use an 808.
mjb

mjb

October 24, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Traxbox, 16xCD, Comp + Box, HURTBOX003
Back when they were made, these tracks were all mixed to tape originally (usually reel-to-reel, maybe some cassette), and then were remastered as part of the process of preparing the 12" vinyl releases. When the master tapes sounded bad, the DJ-friendly remaster that was put onto vinyl was surely an improvement. But when the master tapes sounded good, the sound quality was inevitably degraded when the vinyl was pressed with Trax's notoriously low standards.

So, remastering these tracks from vinyl just for the street cred was really not a good idea, in my opinion. The resulting sound is really good on most tracks, but a handful are indisputably sub-par—like Jungle Wonz's "The Jungle" and Mr. Lee's "Pump Up New York", which sounds like they were played from worn-out vinyl with a dirty needle. I have some of these songs on other compilation CDs from the late '80s, and although lacking slightly in the bass, they sound so much better there, sourced from the master tapes.

Also, as you would expect, everything has been remastered unnecessarily loud, "brickwalled" as they say, with 5 to 6 dB less dynamic range than the original (DR meter reports 8 or 9, usually). Everything has also been subjected to stereo expansion, which makes the non-dead-center sounds be panned closer to the extreme left and right. This is what people are used to hearing in modern music, and it's not a big deal in loudspeakers, but in headphones it makes for "fatiguing" listening, at least for me.

I feel that between the expansion, compression, and EQ, the songs have been stripped of some of the authentic, dreamy '80s sound that depends on some instruments and vocals sounding more "distant" than others.

That said, I have heard remasters in recent years done with a much heavier hand, so the ones here are really are not worse, just different. The EQ is reasonable, especially for my aging ears. More importantly, you get many lesser-known tracks and B-sides...you're sure to like at least some of the ones you haven't heard before.
Yemsky

Yemsky

October 23, 2014
referencing Traxbox, 16xCD, Comp + Box, HURTBOX003

I could rave about the quality packaging, the amount of work spent on putting this together, the excellent remastering, the historic relevance of the music, the 100+ page book(let) and the business balls required to bring a 16-discs box set with the 1985-1989 A- and B-Side oeuvre of one record label to market in 2014 but instead I decided to tell you just my personal opinion on the Trax: This music didn't age well.
steady-j

steady-j

January 10, 2014
referencing Traxbox, 16xCD, Comp + Box, HURTBOX003

As already observed, this is not merely a compilation, but a complete archive of the first segment of Trax' illustrious history. It seems incredible that music of my lifeltime has to be subjected to almost archaelogical levels of research, exploration and restoration, but so it is due to the ramshackle and primitive way in which these seminal recordings were created.

Yes its true there are many weaker tracks, but they are nonetheless informative, and in many cases have a certain charm, and can bring back memories; for instance I have a 12" of Radio Fashion "What You Deserve" that I picked up in a £1 bin in Virgin Records, Oxford. When I got it home I soon found out why it was in the bargain section vs the other trax releases, but it isn't all bad, and hearing it again in the context of other releases really brought all that time back to me. (The fact that I have the entire contents of the London/Trax "House Sound of Chicago Vol II" compilation imprinted in my brain still also assisted in my reverie!)

Any downside is outweighed by the volume of good tracks, and of course there are all the alternative mixes and dubs that are never found on compilations. But if that were not enough, there is the 100 page book with an extensive history of the development of the scene in both Chicago and the UK, and comprehensive information about practically all of the 12" releases (just one or two notes disappoint but most are very enlightening)

I agree somewhat with Dubvulture's opinioon of the artwork, it seems odd that the original simple canted logotype does not appear anywhere on the outside of this package, and the style of the new artwork just doesn't seem to quite fit with the era and the sound.

But all in all an exceptional achievement and a set I am both proud to own and would recommend to anyone with an interest. Let's hope it's successful and a second volume can follow. As for the rest of the Chicago House scene, Jerome Derradji has already done a similar exercise on the smaller catalogues of Sunset and AKA Records, but we really do need DJ International to be subjected to this sort of rigour as well.
stesio54

stesio54

December 2, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Traxbox, 16xCD, Comp + Box, HURTBOX003
There's a download code for tx176/177/178/179 for additional 6 track, all file are .WAV
muzikizum1966

muzikizum1966

October 9, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Traxbox, 16xCD, Comp + Box, HURTBOX003

Okay, the sheer quantity of the tracks on this beautiful packaged compilation is overwhelming. And the booklet ist very informative. There are lots of classic tracks on it and the sound quality is okay. But most of the not so well known tracks sound pretty dated to todays ears. So I think sometimes it would be better to leave those musical memories untouched. But all in all it is an excellent compilation and it would be nice if Harmless Records would do a similar compilation of the influential labels DJ International and NuGroove.
moogacid

moogacid

October 5, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Traxbox, 16xCD, Comp + Box, HURTBOX003
Pretty lush sound quality all round, considering the notoriously wack Trax pressings : )