Label:Perlon – PERL135
4 x Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Album, Reissue
Style:Minimal Techno, Tech House, House


AEasy Lee10:10
C1Bahaha Hahi7:34
C2La Raja6:02
DI Try To Live (Can I Live)9:22
E2Fusion The Enemies7:18
GBach To Back9:23

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Reissue of Ricardo Villalobos's first album Alcachofa, originally released in Sep 18, 2003 by Playhouse as a 3x12“ record set. The reissue adds a fourth 12“, the Alcachofa Tools.
Comes in printed cardboard gatefold sleeve and white paper inner sleeves.
Made in Germany.

A, B, D, F and G play at 45RPM; C, E and H play at 33 RPM.

Liner notes:
"Ich bedanke mich bei meinem Vater, meiner Mutter, dem Rest der Familie, meiner Liebsten, meinen Freunden, meinen musikalischen Vorbildern und den niemals müden Erfindern elektronischer Instrumente. Lasst das Vinyl am Leben und nicht die Roboter unsere Arbeit tun. Ricardo"

"I would like to thank my father, my mother, the rest of the family, my loved ones, my friends, my musical idols and the tireless inventors of electronic instruments. Keep the vinyl alive and don't let the robots take over. Ricardo"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code: 11584
  • Barcode (Text printed on sleeve): 4251804143097
  • Barcode (Scanned text printed on sleeve): 4251804143097
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched; "I1" mirrored): PERL 135 - A I1 3̶3̶⅓̶R̶P̶M̶ 45RPM BN99471-01 A1 mg · Manmade
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, hand-etched; "I1" mirrored): PERL 135 - B 45RPM BN99471-01 B1 mg · Manmade I1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, hand-etched; "+1" mirrored): PERL 135 - C 33⅓RPM BN99471-02 C1 mg · Manmade +1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, hand-etched; "+1" mirrored): PERL 135 - D 45RPM BN99471-02 D1 mg · Manmade +1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E, hand-etched; "I1" mirrored): PERL 135 - E 33⅓RPM BN99471-03 E1 mg · Manmade I1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F, hand-etched; "I1" mirrored): PERL 135 - F 45RPM BN99471-03 F1 mg · Manmade I1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side G, hand-etched; "1=" mirrored): PERL 135 - G 45RPM BN99471-04 G1 mg · Manmade 1=
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side H, hand-etched; "1=" mirrored): PERL 135 - H 33⅓RPM BN99471-04 H1 mg · Manmade 1=

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Alcachofa (CD, Album)PlayhousePlayhouse cd08Germany2003
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Alcachofa (3×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Album)Playhouse, PlayhousePLAY083, playhouse 83Germany2003
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Alcachofa (CD, Album, Promo, Card Sleeve)PlayhousePlayhouse cd08Germany2003
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Alcachofa (3×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Album, Promo)PlayhousePLAY083Germany2003
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Alcachofa (CD, Album, Reissue)Playhouse, PlayhousePlay CD08, playhouse CD08Germany2005



  • ThaddeusMinimalus's avatar
    If this was mastered from the CD master then this is stellar work from Grinser.
    • djased1's avatar
      Am I the only one with locked grooves or is it like that for all? It sounds good to my ears other than that
      • ProtoMoss's avatar
        Edited 2 months ago
        With a friend I compared the original CD, the original 2003 release including Tools and this one. This one beats both by less than half a mile. It's Easy Lee the best kind of mastering for this album.
        - The CD was quite squashed and had no lively subs
        - The original LP is less compressed but sounds "2003-esque", the subs come out much cleaner than on the CD, but the mid range is a tad smeared compared to this reissue. The top end isn't as snappy either. The original LP is far from being bad but this reissue has a bit more life to it, more contrast as well. I'd say the original sounds more "radio friendly" and less "studio accurate", if that makes sense.
        The reissue has more prevalent dynamics and real, physical subs.
        Note : whilst this may have been mastered from a CD or DAT, it does NOT sound identical to the CD.
        • TopographyOfNone's avatar
          Yes, the sound could be a bit better, but it’s still good and loud. That being said, it doesn’t work so good as an album anymore with the changes in the track list. It looses focuses here and there and the tools are out of place. That’s not sooo bad considering this as a release for the working DJ, but I just loved how the original album flowed and this effect is gone.
          • tomek78's avatar
            Edited 17 days ago
            Pressing / mastering could be better. From music perspective - finally we have repress of a jewel that defined european stripped minimal tech house. Im in love again!
            • Chicagobass's avatar
              For those talking about the CD master, I understand the dissatisfaction of wanting a clean remaster. However, I am still very satisfied with the sound quality. Ultimately, weather pressed on wax or CD, the master would have to be digital due to the medium, right?

              I'm mesmerized by the music regardless of the criticisms about the mastering technique.
              • Henkgrid's avatar
                It is unfortunate that Fools Garden (Black Conga) of the Alcachofa Tools did not make it to this release.
                • Matharvest's avatar
                  "Dexter" on this pressing starts with the same crossfade of "What You Say..." as on the CD, just like it did on the Easy Lee/Dexter 12". All this remastering energy and they skimped on the clean intro, hmm
                  • jmswhitt's avatar
                    Thanks Perlon for repressing this. Second all the comments below - this records sounds fantastic, great pressing, no background noise whatsoever. One of the best sounding records I own for sure.
                    • gabri3l3's avatar
                      why didn't they keep the original artwork? x x x


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