Network Records

Network Records

Profile:
Network Records was a Rave music label based in Birmingham, England during the late 80's and early to mid 90's. It was owned by Neil Rushton and Dave Barker (14). In 1996 they signed a deal with Avex to release tracks. Neil Macey was employed with the label as head of club promotion and to assist with A&R. Andy Stanley (aka DJ Stan the Devil Tune Man) did van sales for the label. They also employed John McCready and Mark Mortimer for press relations/PR. Judy Nanton also worked with promotions.

The label started as "Bleep" offshoot of Kool Kat, and went on to play a massive role in the development of early Hardcore and British techno. Latterly it concentrated on bringing Garage music to Britain & developing UK House artists. Along the way it hosted artists such as True Faith, Juan Atkins / Model 500, Derrick May / Mayday, Cyclone, Rhythm On The Loose, MK, Neal Howard, Kevin Saunderson, Funky Green Dogs From Outer Space, Nexus 21, Altern8, as well as collaborating with the Underground Resistance, KMS, NuGroove and Serious Grooves labels among others. They also promoted the Bio Rhythms club night in Walsall.

At first the label was distributed by Pinnacle (3), but Network bought themselves out of the contract in 1992. In August 1993 Sony bought 49% of the shares of the company and offered them a wider distribution. Officially the company was now called Best Beat Dance Limited (yet only internally). They launched 6 x 6 Records for street level house releases.
They also started distributing smaller labels. These ‘third party’-distributed labels included Bosting Records, other, Journeys By DJ, Good Boy Records, Strictly 4 Groovers, Gem Records, Planet Four Communications, Hott Records, U.F.G, Silver City Records and First Choice. Other labels under the Network umbrella included Vinyl Addiction (underground house), Stafford (South), Stafford (North) (a more hardcore sister label), EU4EA Recordings (for trance releases), Hidden Agenda (2) and The One After D.

There was also a 4CD Network label compilation (released on the Passion label) entitled The Network Collection, and more recently a 5CD retrospective on the Endulge label entitled Network - The Box Set.

Network is closely associated with the following labels:
Stafford (North)
Stafford (South)
The One After D
Dansa Records
as well as the listed sub-labels.
UK releases on
Serious Grooves,
Smack Music UK,
KMS (UK) &
Vicious Muzik Records
were also released through Network.
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Contact Info:
Network Records,
Stratford House,
Stratford Place,
Camp Hill,
Birmingham,
B12 0HT.
021 766 7311.

The Licensing Partnership UK Ltd
Aldenham Lodge
Gaveston Close
Byfleet, West Byfleet
Surrey KT14 7HE
England

Tel: +44 (0)1932 350573
[email protected]
Sites:

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
12 NTW 1 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 2 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 3 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 3 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12 NTW 4 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 4 UK Unknown Sell This Version
12 NTW 5 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics(12", Ltd) Network Records 12 NTW 5 UK Unknown Sell This Version
44K 77490 Slo Moshun - Bells Of N.Y. EP Slo Moshun Bells Of N.Y. EP(5xFile, WAV, EP) Network Records 44K 77490 UK 2021
0060235 CLU Darlene Lewis - Let The Music (Lift You Up) Darlene Lewis Let The Music (Lift You Up)(CD, Maxi) Club Tools, Club Tools, Club Tools 0060235 CLU Germany 1994 Sell This Version
114 959 Inner City - Let It Reign Inner City Let It Reign(7", Single) 10 Records 114 959 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
130 005 K.W.S. - Please Don't Go K.W.S. Please Don't Go(12") XIII BIS Records 130 005 France 1992 Sell This Version
188.067-3 L'Homme Van Renn - The (Real) Love Thang L'Homme Van Renn The (Real) Love Thang(CD, Maxi) KMS, 430 West, 6 x 6 Records, CNR Music 188.067-3 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
525 860-2 Various - Dance Zone Level 6 Various Dance Zone Level 6 (Comp) 525 860-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
577 061-1 L'Homme Van Renn - The (Real) Love Thang L'Homme Van Renn The (Real) Love Thang(12") Crossover Music, Polydor 577 061-1 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
577 061-2 L'Homme Van Renn - The (Real) Love Thang L'Homme Van Renn The (Real) Love Thang(CD, Single) Polydor, Crossover Music 577 061-2 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
660935 1 The Reese Project - The Colour Of Love The Reese Project The Colour Of Love(CD, Single) Network Records 660935 1 France 1994 Sell This Version
660935 2 The Reese Project - The Colour Of Love The Reese Project The Colour Of Love(CD, Maxi) Dance Pool 660935 2 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
660935 6 The Reese Project - The Colour Of Love The Reese Project The Colour Of Love(12") Network Records 660935 6 France 1994 Sell This Version
920614-2 KWS* - KWS KWS* KWS(CD, Album) CNR Discos Venezuela, ToCo International 920614-2 Venezuela 1993 Sell This Version
9 24460-2 The Reese Project - Faith Hope & Clarity The Reese Project Faith Hope & Clarity(CD, Album) Giant Records, Network Records, KMS 9 24460-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
9 40401-2 The Reese Project - The Colour Of Love (Remixes) The Reese Project The Colour Of Love (Remixes)(CD, Maxi) Giant Records, Warner Bros. Records, Network Records 9 40401-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
3068986 Laurent Garnier - Early Works Laurent Garnier Early Works(2x12", Album, Comp) Wagram Music, Wagram Electronic 3068986 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
162 351 009-2 Various - Technorave 4 Various Technorave 4(CD, Comp) Next Plateau Records Inc. 162 351 009-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
162 351 009-4 Various - Technorave 4 Various Technorave 4(Cass, Comp, SR) Next Plateau Records Inc., FFRR 162 351 009-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
422 869 905-2 K.W.S. - Please Don't Go K.W.S. Please Don't Go(CD, Single) Next Plateau Records Inc., London Records 422 869 905-2 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
A8 PIC 1 Altern 8 - Full On .. Mask Hysteria Altern 8 Full On .. Mask Hysteria(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Network Records A8 PIC 1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
ACD 1346 Various - Technorave 2: Trance Atlantic... The Wave Of The Future Various Technorave 2: Trance Atlantic... The Wave Of The Future(CD, Comp) Attic ACD 1346 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
AVCD-11026 Various - Nonstop Super Club Groovin Exciting Hyper Night Vol.1 Various Nonstop Super Club Groovin Exciting Hyper Night Vol.1(CD, Comp, Mixed) Avex Trax AVCD-11026 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
BEV 1 CD Beverlei Brown - On And On Beverlei Brown On And On(CD, Single, Promo) Sidestep Records, Network Records BEV 1 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
BEV101 Beverlei Brown - On And On Beverlei Brown On And On(12") Sidestep Records, Network Records BEV101 UK 1996 Sell This Version
BEVCD101 Beverlei Brown - On And On Beverlei Brown On And On(CD, Single) Sidestep Records, Network Records BEVCD101 UK 1996 Sell This Version
BIO 3 Various - Bio Rhythm 3: Re-Indulge Various Bio Rhythm 3 - "Re-Indulge" (Comp) BIO 3 UK 2021
BIO3 LP Various - Bio Rhythm 3 Various Bio Rhythm 3 "Re-Indulge"(2x12", Album, Comp) Network Records BIO3 LP UK 2021 Sell This Version
BIO3 12 Various - Bio Rhythm 3 Various Bio Rhythm 3 "Re-Indulge"(12", Advance, Smplr) Network Records BIO3 12 UK 2021 Sell This Version
BIO CD 1 Various - Bio Rhythm - Various Bio Rhythm - "Dance Music With Bleeps"(CD, Comp) Network Records, Network Records BIO CD 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO CD 2 Various - Bio Rhythm 2 Various Bio Rhythm 2 "808 909 1991"(CD, Comp) Network Records BIO CD 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO DJ1 Paris Grey / Nexus 21 - Limited Edition Sampler Paris Grey / Nexus 21 Paris Grey / Nexus 21 - Limited Edition Sampler BIO DJ1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO DJ2 Various - Preview Various Preview(12", Promo, Smplr) Network Records BIO DJ2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIOLP 1 Various - Bio Rhythm Various Bio Rhythm "Dance Music With Bleeps"(LP, Comp) Network Records BIOLP 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO LP 2 Various - Bio Rhythm 2 - Various Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"(LP, Comp) Network Records BIO LP 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO MC 1 Various - Bio Rhythm Various Bio Rhythm "Dance Music With Bleeps"(Cass, Comp) Network Records BIO MC 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BIO MC 2 Various - Bio Rhythm 2 - Various Bio Rhythm 2 - "808 909 1991"(Cass, Comp) Network Records, Network Records BIO MC 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
BSECD2 Various - Classic To The Core Volume Two Various Classic To The Core Volume Two(CD, Comp) Bass Section Recordings, Bass Section Recordings BSECD2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
bsrp 2 Alaska - Lost In Alaska Alaska Lost In Alaska(12", Blu) Baseroom bsrp 2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
BSTNCD 101 Mother - All Funked Up! Mother All Funked Up!(CD, Single) Bosting Records BSTNCD 101 UK 1993 Sell This Version
BZZ 106078 The Reese Project - The Colour Of Love The Reese Project The Colour Of Love(7", Single) Buzz BZZ 106078 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
BZZCD 106078 The Reese Project - The Colour Of Love The Reese Project The Colour Of Love(CD, Maxi) Buzz BZZCD 106078 Benelux 1992 Sell This Version
BZZCD 106112 The Reese Project - Faith Hope & Clarity The Reese Project Faith Hope & Clarity(CD, Album) Buzz, KMS, Network Records BZZCD 106112 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
BZZXL 106041 The Reese Project - Direct Me Edition 1 The Reese Project Direct Me Edition 1(12") Buzz BZZXL 106041 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
BZZXL 106078 The Reese Project - The Colour Of Love The Reese Project The Colour Of Love(12") Buzz BZZXL 106078 Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 1 Various - The Network Collection Various The Network Collection(3xCD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed + Box) Network Records, Passion 98 CDB NTW 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 2 Various - The Six6 Collection Various The Six6 Collection(3xCD + CD, Mixed + Box, Comp) Passion 98, Passion Music CDB NTW 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 3 Various - Nu Groove (Here Comes That Sound Again) Various Nu Groove (Here Comes That Sound Again)(4xCD, Comp) Nu Groove Records, Passion 98 CDB NTW 3 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 4 Various - Garage... This Is Paradise Various Garage... This Is Paradise(3xCD, Comp + CD, Mixed) Passion 98, Passion Music CDB NTW 4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDB NTW 5 Various - The Ibiza Anthems Various The Ibiza Anthems(Box + 3xCD, Comp) Passion 98 CDB NTW 5 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CD NOW 22 Various - Now That's What I Call Music! 22 Various Now That's What I Call Music! 22 (Comp) CD NOW 22 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDRUMD 108 Various - Warehouse 8 Various Warehouse 8(CD, Comp) Rumour Records CDRUMD 108 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 1 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics 1 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics 1(CD, Comp, Ltd) Network Records CDS NTW 1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 2 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics #2 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics #2(CD, Comp, Ltd) Network Records CDS NTW 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 3 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics 3 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics 3(CD, Comp, Ltd) Network Records CDS NTW 3 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 4 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics 4 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics 4(CD, Comp, Ltd) Network Records CDS NTW 4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDS NTW 5 Various - Back 2 Back Retro Classics 5 Various Back 2 Back Retro Classics 5(CD, EP) Network Records CDS NTW 5 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CNR 136 Various - Doo Bee Doo Goes Undercover Various Doo Bee Doo Goes Undercover(LP, Comp) CNR Records CNR 136 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
COFF 9406-1 Slo Moshun - Bells Of N.Y. / I Feel High Slo Moshun Bells Of N.Y. / I Feel High(12") Mocca COFF 9406-1 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
CON 4058-5P The Reese Project - Free At Last The Reese Project Free At Last(CD, Single, Promo) Control CON 4058-5P Germany 1993 Sell This Version
DAN - 1101 Madagascar (2) - Madagascar Madagascar (2) Madagascar(12") Dansa Records DAN - 1101 UK 1994 Sell This Version
DAN-1105 Xen Mantra - Primecuts Volume #2 Xen Mantra Primecuts Volume #2(12") Dansa Records, Dansa Records DAN-1105 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DAN - 1111 Nu-Federation* - Yes I Am Nu-Federation* Yes I Am(12") Dansa Records DAN - 1111 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DAN - 1114 Ed 'Chunk' Rodriguez* - More Love (Remixes) Ed 'Chunk' Rodriguez* More Love (Remixes)(2x12") Dansa Records DAN - 1114 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DAN - 1115 Tuff Jam - Let Me Tell You Tuff Jam Let Me Tell You(12") Dansa Records DAN - 1115 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DANCD1 Various - You Are A Dansa... Various You Are A Dansa...(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) Dansa Records DANCD1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DDCD 611 Various - Techno Nation Various Techno Nation(CD, Mixed) DCI DDCD 611 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DINCD 68 Various - Rave Generation Various Rave Generation (Comp) DINCD 68 UK & Ireland 1993 Sell This Version
DINTV 33 Various - Essential Hardcore Various Essential Hardcore(LP, Comp) Dino Entertainment DINTV 33 UK & Ireland 1991 Sell This Version
DIXCD 112 Loose Ends - Tighten Up. Vol 1. Loose Ends Tighten Up. Vol 1.(CD, Comp) 10 Records, 10 Records DIXCD 112 UK 1992 Sell This Version
DMC 104/2 Various - September 91 - Two Various September 91 - Two(12", P/Mixed) DMC DMC 104/2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
DMC 116/3 Various - Commercial Collection 9/92 Various Commercial Collection 9/92(12") DMC DMC 116/3 UK 1992 Sell This Version
DMC 116/4 Various - Commercial Collection 9/92 Various Commercial Collection 9/92(12") DMC DMC 116/4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
DREAM DJ 40 Rhythm Quest - The Dreams EP Rhythm Quest The Dreams EP(2x12", EP, Ltd, Gat) Network Records DREAM DJ 40 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EV1 Various - Elixir Vitae (Network '92 Summer Sampler) Various Elixir Vitae (Network '92 Summer Sampler)(2x12", Ltd, Promo, Smplr, Gat) Network Records, Network Records EV1 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EV2 Various - Elixir Vitae II Various Elixir Vitae II(2x12", Gat) Network Records EV2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EV 2DJ Various - Elixir Vitae II Various Elixir Vitae II(2x12") Network Records EV 2DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
E-VAPO 38DJ Altern 8 - E-Vapor-8 (Special D.J. Edition) Altern 8 E-Vapor-8 (Special D.J. Edition)(12") Network Records E-VAPO 38DJ UK 1992 Sell This Version
EXPCD003 Various - Flux Trax 02 Various Flux Trax 02(2xCD, Comp, Jew) EXP Recordings EXPCD003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
EXPL 003 XX-Large - Party Time XX-Large Party Time(12") Explosive Recordings EXPL 003 UK 1997 Sell This Version
FIRMCD 07 Various - Space Ibiza Dance Various Space Ibiza Dance(3xCD, Mixed) Firm Music FIRMCD 07 UK 1996 Sell This Version
GEMLP 001 Sure Is Pure - Remixology Sure Is Pure Remixology(12", Red + 12", Yel + 12", Blu + Comp, Ltd) Gem Records GEMLP 001 UK 1993 Sell This Version
GROOVCD1 The Groove Corporation* - Co-Operation The Groove Corporation* Co-Operation(CD, Album, Ltd) Network Records, 6 x 6 Records GROOVCD1 1994 Sell This Version
HAVIN LP003 Various - Havin'It Dancefloor Classics (Volume One) Various Havin'It Dancefloor Classics (Volume One)(2xLP, Comp) Havin' It Records HAVIN LP003 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR8 Phil Asher - Phlash EP Phil Asher Phlash EP(12", EP, Promo, W/Lbl) Strictly 4 Groovers HBR8 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR 09 Car Bomb Business Free Music(12", W/Lbl) Strictly 4 Groovers HBR 09 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR15 To-Ka - Area 51 To-Ka Area 51(12", EP, Promo, W/Lbl) Strictly 4 Groovers HBR15 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HBR 17 Funky Squad - Voyager EP Funky Squad Voyager EP(12", EP, Promo, W/Lbl) Strictly 4 Groovers HBR 17 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HEDK062 Various - Back To Love Various Back To Love(2xCD, Comp) Hed Kandi HEDK062 UK 2006 Sell This Version
HEDK070 Various - The Mix: Summer 2007 Various The Mix: Summer 2007(3xCD, Mixed) Hed Kandi HEDK070 UK 2007 Sell This Version
HEDK077 Various - Back To Love: The Mix Various Back To Love: The Mix(3xCD, Mixed) Hed Kandi HEDK077 UK 2008 Sell This Version
HEL0100 Insania (4) - Sunrise In Riverland Insania (4) Sunrise In Riverland(CD, Album) Hellion Records HEL0100 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
HT005 Michael Watford - Love Change Over Michael Watford Love Change Over(12") Hard Times The Label HT005 UK 1995 Sell This Version
HT006R Todd Terry Presents Sound Design - Back From The Dead E.P Vol 2 Todd Terry Presents Sound Design Todd Terry Presents Sound Design - Back From The Dead E.P Vol 2(12", EP) Hard Times The Label HT006R UK 1995 Sell This Version
INDULGE 1 Neal Howard - Indulge Neal Howard Indulge(12", W/Lbl) Network Records INDULGE 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
INLP 4.00108 J Del Shannon - Drop Down And Get Me Del Shannon Drop Down And Get Me(LP, Album, RE, Whi) Instant Records (3) INLP 4.00108 J Germany Unknown Sell This Version
ISOL8 Altern 8 - Activ 8 (Come With Me) (NHS Isol 8 Remix) Altern 8 Activ 8 (Come With Me) (NHS Isol 8 Remix)(File, WAV) Network Records ISOL8 UK 2020

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TheFuture

TheFuture

May 24, 2021
edited about 1 year ago
Be warned most of their re-released stuff this year are just remastered transcodes/upscales.
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adylee

adylee

August 25, 2016
Great label with great dance music within its archives unfortunately the abundance of early CD releases were pressed using the dreaded PDO manufacturing rendering the majority of peoples collections with disc rot.

Most early pressed CD's from the late 80's and early 90's were glassed mastered by Nimbus,DADC or Disctronics and PDO if only Network had used one of the other 3......
although it wasn't the only label that suffered.....but most of the larger labels or more popular/well known artists/commercial stuff had many re presses or re releases from the masters' unfortunately the rare and early limited CD pressings of Dance/rave/house stuff didnt.

Philips manufactured these only once, consequently this sub par manufacturing process ruined good music that never saw light of day again and not many of the original recordings were ever available again years down the line not even to pick up on compilations (out of print rare mixes/versions etc) and if they were they were Vinyl rips.

I spent months in the 90's trolling the shops with my old receipts replacing/exchanging my PDO CD's (before any corrosion had set in) with the new "Acrylic formulation" (PDO/Making Records) that Philips had sneakily started issuing the problem here is only the well known artists and there Albums got them etc and no dance CD singles were re pressed maybe one or 2 i.e. Orb and N-Trance etc.

If your like me with 10-20% of old 90's CD Singles on PDO (Network,3 Beat,Rising High,All Around The World,Warp etc etc) they include great mixes and obscure tracks (in clean quality)
these won't be found anywhere else unless they re appear on modern 2000 compilations chopped up/edited overly mastered MP3 transcodes or Vinyl rips.....
steady-j

steady-j

February 12, 2007
edited over 16 years ago
Network was one of the defining labels of the early 90s for me. Starting as an offshoot of the Kool Kat stable, which had been releasing material from Chicago and Detroit since 1987, releases such as NealHoward's "Indulge" (the first on the label) meant it soon became established as one of the top labels for the "bleep" sound. With its distinctive orange sleeves and circuit-board logo, Network releases stood out from the crowd alongside WARP's purple bags.

There was some cross-fertilization with the WARP stable, with Rob Gordon being involved in releases on both labels. But like WARP, its sound was varied, and spread beyond the likes of Nexus 21, Cyclone and Rhythmatic encompassing a broad spectrum of house and techno sounds right from the outset, such as MK's "Somebody New" and early Derrick Carter Outing "Symbols & Instruments"

Classic underground releases from Jay Denham (Fade II Black), Reese and Derrick May, not to mention the immense "Take Me Away" cemented the label's credibility, alongside compilations of material from NuGroove and Underground Resistance.

Before long, massive commercial success came in the form of hardcore rave outfit Altern 8, some of who's earlier releases as Nexus 21 and C&M Connection had also been on the label. As the rave scene expanded and split, so Network followed suit, releasing vocal house from the likes of the Reese Project and KWS while Tronik House and MC Lethal kept Altern8 company in the breakbeat section of the label's catalogue. The label also acted as a springboard for UK offshoots of Kevin Saunderson's KMS and Terrence Parker's Serious Grooves imprints.

By the mid-90s, Network was releasing mostly vocal Garage house, things slowed down and attention focused on the Six6 offshoot; as with so many labels, refreshing the image allowed the company to move forward. The Network label was then used for a series of remixes and reissues of classic material, some from its own back-catalogue, some not. A series of four quad-CD boxsets on the Passion label summed up the labels history, one each dedicated to Network, NuGroove, Six6 and the Paradise Garage sound.

Overall a high quality and varied catalog, with something to please everyone who was raving in the early 90s, and very little disappointing material - surely deserving of iconic status in british rave history.