B12B12 Records Archive Volume 1

Label:B12 – B1212.1
Series:B12 Records Archive – Volume 1
2 x CD, Compilation, Remastered
Style:Techno, IDM


1-3MusicologyFear Of Expression5:19
1-4MusicologyTelefone 5294:12
2-12001Space Age9:28
2-22001Rings Of Saturn5:23
2-32001Future Bass Seven5:20
2-42001Weightless Condition7:36
2-5B12Don't Always Look At The Rain
Written-By [Uncredited]Howard Jones

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Comes in thick digipak sleeve.

All tracks written and constructed at The Epicentre Studios London, UK.

The B12 Records Archive™ is a complete retrospective of B12 Records 1990-1996, the entire back catalogue spanning seven volumes. The series contains the tracks that shaped Warp Records' Artificial Intelligence Series and every highly collected vinyl EP that came out before and after.

Tracks 1-1 to 1-4 originally released Sept 1991 as limited edition vinyl as MUSICOLOGY (Cat. No. B1201)
Tracks 2-1 to 2-4 originally released Jan 1992 as limited edition vinyl as 2001 (Cat. No. B1202)

Tracks 1-1, 1-2, 1-4: Previously released on the B12 Album "Electro-Soma" on Warp Records 1993
Tracks 1-5, 1-6: Previously unreleased - Recorded 1991
Tracks 2-5, 2-6: Previously unreleased - Recorded 1992

Digitally remastered by Precise Mastering, UK.

All music, logos and artwork © B12 Records/B12 Music/Mainframe Music 1990-2008 All rights reserved.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 66017 19532 2
  • Barcode (UPC): 666017195322
  • Barcode (EAN): 0666017195322
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): CA RMK4493CD1 @@ 10/24/2008 2:49:48 PM 0000423645
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): CA RMK4493CD2 @@ 10/24/2008 3:34:24 PM 0000423646
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY88
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1286

Other Versions (2)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
B12 Records Archive Volume 1 (12×File, FLAC, Compilation, Remastered)B12none2008
New Submission
B12 Records Archive Vol. 1 (CDr, Compilation, Promo, Remastered)B12B1212.1UK2008



  • RLynn9's avatar
    I love this release and i love the idea of making all the old tracks and unreleased tracks available. B12 are a very important part of the history and beginings of techno/idm/electronica. If you are a fan of electronic music i highly encourage you to purchase this and every volume to come. My only complaint is that cd one is just under thirty minutes long and cd two is right around thirty-five. Was it really necessary to make it a double disc?
    • The_Unrest_Cure's avatar
      Music that hasn't dated at all, B12's first release from the archives is outstanding and timeless music. From "Metropolis" pulsing sweep and strings to the funk of "Telefone 529", the first B12 12" gets freshly remastered and it is LOUD but crystal clear. How "Eiyla" never got released is beyond me; its delicate percussion agrees perfectly with the lush harmonics - it is breathtaking in its beauty and sensibility.

      The 2nd B12 12" gets lovingly remastered as well. "Rings of Saturn" wouldn't sound misplaced in a broken beat dj set, and the hesitant "Weightless Condition" swirls as it patiently unfurls. Again the bonus tracks astound. "Don't Always Look at the Rain" shows the boys' tastefully relaxed (albeit brief) side, like Sunday morning bird-watching. "Colloid" almost sounds like a stripped-down version of a B12 track: skipping beats, swelling bass, and a slight melody make it sound eerily skeletal, as if the obsession with cosmic space has truly penetrated their sound.

      B12 always produced music that sounded equally informed to the dance floor and the headphones. This release defines and validates that approach in a way that few artists have. It may have been released in the past ... but it is definitely still the music of the future.


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