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VariousAcid Trax Volume 3

Needle Records – DRUG 3
Acid Trax (2) – Volume 3
2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1The Love StoryEcstasy2:55
A2Scrappy & The Box Boyz*Desire
Producer, Written-ByB. Marcus*, C. Christie*
A3Professor Of AcidDrug Store
Producer, Written-ByL. Malone*
A4Scrappy & The Box Boyz*Slave To Love
Producer, Written-ByB. Marcus*, C. Christie*
B1Luminous LollipopAcid Pop
Producer, Written-ByE Smith*, N Jones*
B2Six Brown BrothersBattery Acid
Producer, Written-ByE Smith*, N Jones*
B3Maurice JoshuaThe Other Side
Producer, Written-ByM Joshua*
B4The Hit GangCool J Acid
Producer, Written-ByM Wilson*
C1OverdoseStomach Acid
Producer, Written-ByE Smith*, N Jones*
C2Jack Frost & The Circle JerksAnti Acid
Producer, Written-ByE Smith*, N Jones*
C3Six Brown BrothersAcid Syndrome
Producer, Written-ByE Smith*, N Jones*
C4Coming Down BandSlow Mo Acid
Producer, Written-ByE Smith*, N Jones*
DDouble TroubleKeep Smiling Medley Mix26:02

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Title on centre labels is 'Acid Trax 3'.
Title on the spine is 'ACID TRAX VOLUME 3'.
Title on the cover art is 'acid TRAX VOLUMe 3 UPRATED'
A4: Artist credited as B. Marcus on sleeve and B. Malone on label.
All tracks licensed from Trax Records ℗1988.
All songs published by Leo Songs ℗1988.
Needle Records Compilation ℗ 1988.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 014518 600312
  • Matrix / Runout (A side): DRUG 3 A-1 MIKE'S DAMONT MT1 E
  • Matrix / Runout (B side): DRUG 3 B-1 MT1 THE EXCHANGE DAMONT D
  • Matrix / Runout (C side): DRUG 3 C-1 MIKE'S MT1 DAMONT C
  • Matrix / Runout (D side): DRUG 3 D-1 THE EXCHANGE MT1 DAMONT C

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Acid Trax Volume 3 (Cassette, Compilation)Needle Records, Needle RecordsZCUG 3, ZCUG3UK1988


K-B's profile picture
Edited 3 years ago
This really is an essential release to own if you are a serious collector of Chicago house/acid. Licensed from Trax, there are some out and out classic acid tracks here that are just simply not available elsewhere on vinyl. The mastering is about par for the era, in the main pretty clean but not loud, and the pressing is pretty good but not fantastic. The fact that Pierre and Spanky are responsible for most of these here is, in my mind, all that needs to be known to want this in your collection. Pioneering masters of the genre who should be regarded as true legends in the canon of electronic music. "Anti-acid" is an amazing track, and quite unique for the time in its drum programming, "Slo-mo Acid" is, as previously stated, a simple but effective piledriver of a tune, "stomach acid" is a stripped down, trancey trax acid classic, "Luminous Lollipop" is like Box Energy`s little brother and there is more. Must just add though that you can safely avoid the Medley Mix - it`s truly awful.
exiledmancunian's profile picture
Edited 3 years ago
I'm going to disagree with current public opinion and state that I feel that this is the weakest of the three "Acid Trax" compilations.

While I do believe that it still deserves a strong four stars out of five, I don't think it deserves a five, unlike the faultless first two albums. Most tracks are excellent, but a few of the tracks are only good, but not great.

It also loses marks by wasting an entire side of vinyl on a mix which is available elsewhere (how difficult could it have been to ask a DJ to create a new, exclusive mix?), shamelessly changing the title of it and providing a false track timing to further hide their dishonesty!

That said, due to the number of exclusives on here, it's still an essential release. I have tons of this stuff, but if you're new to this era of music, get the first two albums first, as well as the "House Hallucinates" LP. Oh, and while you're at it, pick up the debut LPs by 808 State and Baby Ford as well - both of which are grossly underrated and ignored.
dylaf's profile picture
Edited 3 years ago
Hands down the fave acid house compilation out there. Bought this aged 14 & had no idea what would come of it. I'd become obsessed with Acid Smileys after seeing them on badges & people's T-Shirts, took my pocket money into HMV & bagged a copy. It turned out to be the start of a love affair... And a lifelong fall from grace :-) 'Slave To Love' is a deep acid classic, 'Desire' remains one of my favorite acid cuts of all time, 'Acid Pop' bubbles on with some tweaky funk, & Maurice Joshua's 'On The Other Side' needs no introduction... So many evil & lesser known pure acid cuts. One of the best offshoot Trax style Acid compilations, in fact if I had to choose one, this would be it. Much of the content here is not available anywhere else, making this essential fodder.
djsplitz's profile picture
Edited 4 years ago
The Keep Smiling Medley Mix is the same as the B side of
And the length is wrong, should be 18.20
emptycyb1's profile picture
Glad to see people catching up on this! A mere five years ago and this still was in the dungeon of forgotten memories of Chicago House. Well, of course this isn't just about Chicago, but still, when you consider the nature of the Maurice Joshua exclusive featured there (IMHO his best and wildest track ever), it makes this compilation an absolute must-have for every true Chi house heads! The Love Story'Extasy is also absolutely wonderfull, obscure and exclusive.
moogacid's profile picture
Edited 6 years ago
It's advertised as being available on CD on the back cover, but I'm certain it wasn't...the bastards!

p.s. if you click on 'Six Brown Brothers' it tells you it's Van Christie - don't think it is - pretty sure it's Spanky & DJ Pierre...
DJ.Criss.Angel's profile picture
the full mix on side D is done by double trouble. Hope it helps
Fronhornet's profile picture
Edited 16 years ago
I tried to get this on tape as a kid, but the store had sold out and I never saw it till about 15 years later at a boot sale for 50p. Even then I only have 1 record out of 2 (Sides C+D missing). The consolation is that what I do have contains one of the best 80's Acid tracks there is, Love story by Exstasy. Arranged around a simple deep acid bassline with only the kick drums to support it, its a real eerie acid track. It's shame as I don't know who actually created this, no writer credit was ever given on the sleeve.

The only other stand out track is Maurice Joshua's The other side, a vocal track with a great hook that works so well. Some day I hope to find a complete version of this and find out, just who Exstasy were.

Until then I give it 4/5