Farley "Jackmaster" FunkNo Vocals Necessary

Label:House Records (3) – HU50
Vinyl, LP, Album, Blue Text
Style:Acid House, Deep House, House


A1I Need A Friend
A2The Acid Life
A3Acid Trip
A4All Acid Out
B1Should I Need You
B2My World
B3The Funk Is On
B4Bass Lives On

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  • Lacquer Cut ByΔM*


Packaged in a blue die-cut sleeve.

Sleeve sticker states:
Warning! Farley's album contains Deep House and Acid House Music

Centre label B states:
Farley" s House Sound Acid House Deep House '88

℗ & © 1988

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout etching): HU-50-A ΔM
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout etching): HU-50-B ΔM

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No Vocals Necessary (LP)House Records (3)HU50US1988
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No Vocals Necessary (LP, Cook Pressing)House Records (3)HU50US1988
No Vocals Necessary (LP, Reissue)Trax RecordsTX5050US1998
No Vocals Necessary (2×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Reissue, Remastered)Trax RecordsTX5050UK2016
No Vocals Necessary (Acetate, LP)Trax RecordsTX-5050USUnknown
  • captcta1's avatar
    Amazing ep, yes the quality is terrible but it's still really nice.
    The trax re-press is TERRIBLE, the original blue text is pretty bad but this is EVEN worse, it's actually criminally bad, save your money and complain to whoever runs Trax now.
    I sort of knew it was going to be a bad re-press coming from rip off Trax but risked it as it would be a super historic treat to hear those tunes in better quality.
    Don't be fooled that they pressed it on 2x 12", seriously a waste of everyone's time and plastic! 0/100
    I've not heard the original red text, any better?
    • djsolomonalonzo's avatar
      I purchased two copies of this lp when it first hit the stores at Imports Ect Records in Chicago 1988 and was highly disappointed when I got home and heard the sound quality but the tracks are so funky. The truth about the quality is Farley got lazy and cut corners when he started making alot of money. This album was mastered from a cassette tape. Armando Gallop helped Farley with the acid tracks. They were very close before Armando passed.
        Both sides unique and endlessly variable, one of my absolute favorites in the collection. CHICAGO
        • robertdmorrison's avatar
          It says 1986 on the double repress and 1988 on the original....
          • feinmelter's avatar
            WBMX Master Piece. Re-Release 2 x 12 deep inches! Its so good to have. Out now!
            • enabler's avatar
              One of the best records ever. So good... this is probably a pipe dream but it would be dope to get the original recordings if they're still around and reissue this on a 2XLP
              • discfiend's avatar
                Been listening and experiencing this great Lp 3 or 4 times a year since "88" and I love it more and more each year. The Jackmaster IS just that...Plus a pure genius imho...Few tracks can get me into that expansive space like 'The funk is on' and feeling that "get up and groove"... If the Jackmaster 'needs a friend', I'm Here-There for life! Much Luv ; )
                • Gmmusic's avatar
                  On of the realest chicago records from the late 80's. The sound quality isnt that good but these songs are all really dope. Farley is so creative on here. The beat programming on the acid side especially is very imaginative but still loose feeling and very much intended for heavy dancing.
                  • ackneyladd's avatar
                    The Deep House side of this tends to get overlooked, sure The Acid Life & I Need a Friend still sound the nutz but Farley's version of Wood Brass & Steel's Funkanova (aka The Funk Lives On)is very much as good as anything he put out around this time and is his version of Moment of My Life which from memory is Should I Need You. All round quality EP.
                    • Neuropolitique's avatar
                      "I need a friend" - What a tune. Seminal Chicago-House that is perculiar to the ear and moving to the soul. I haven't heard it for about 10 years but can still hear it.
                      Flippin' Acid-house scene - don't 'alf do things to your long term memory.



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