VariousTrue People: The Detroit Techno Album.

Label:React – REACTLP71.
5 x Vinyl, 12", Limited Edition
Box Set, Album, Compilation


A1DrexciyaDavey Jones Locker
A2K.T. 19941*Aura
Written-ByKeith Tucker
B1Anthony ShakirThe Life Of A Planet Raider
B2Juan AtkinsThe Fusion Part Two
Written-By4-Hero*, Juan Atkins
C1Derrick MayWiggin - The Remix
C2Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes*R.M.F 60
D1Stacey Pullen8th Wonder
D2Kech* & B.Bonds*Zephyr
Written-ByB.Bonds*, Kech*
E1Claude YoungCarma
E2Kenny LarkinMorph
F1Blake BaxterWhere Is The Love
F2Santonio EcholsSources
G1Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes*T.M.F. 61
G2Thomas BarnettOperation-10
H1Kevin SaundersonE-Dancer
H2Alan OldhamD May 87
I1365 BlackDon't Blame It On Me
Written-ByNick Marks*
I2Suburban KnightThe Art Of Stalking (Remix)
Written-ByJames Pennington
J1Tony BrownGama
J2Little Joe (21)C.R.X.
Written-ByLittle Joe (21)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
True People: The Detroit Techno Album (2×CD, Compilation)ReactREACTCD71UK1996
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True People: The Detroit Techno Album. (Cassette, Compilation)ReactREACTMC71.UK1996
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Detroit Techno (2×CDr, Compilation, Unofficial Release)Not On LabelnoneUnknown



  • DreMwlano's avatar
    I bought this at Record Time on Gratiot in Detroit in 1998, Kelli Hand was just leaving the store and had dropped off some used records for Mike H. to sell, this box was one of them. I bought it for $6. According to Mike Huckaby she said she didn't like it that much overall, and another guy there was less diplomatic in his opinion. For myself I didn't really get it, I was still fairly early in my techno collecting years and my friends and I had loved the CD when it came out a couple years earlier. I wasn't knowledgeable enough at the time to realize that some of my favorite tracks on the release were exclusive to it. Take the Kevin Saunderson track eponymously named "E-Dancer". React released this CD a year later with the same track, and a slightly edited version wound up on this release in vinyl form a few years later Another example, I found 8th Wonder to be really powerful.... in a different register, minor key, the opening track from Drexciya, was super powerful and unlike anything I'd ever heard.... Claude Young's ambient "Carma" is one of his best tracks IMO.
    • rodelius's avatar
      Is anyone in the uk selling just the box? Hit me up!
      • Mr_Fixx's avatar
        Does anyone know who Little Joe (21) is?

        Exclusive to this comp yet no other info.....
        • MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73's avatar
          Edited 6 years ago
          • Technogenic's avatar
            Have to agree with memepool below, on release, this was a disappointing offering, and it's telling, that at the time, the only thing that stood out, in terms of sounding fresh for 96, was the Juan Atkins/4 Hero track, it was a pretty average compilation in terms of overall quality, but keep this in context, Detroit techno was a decade old when this appeared, a lot of people were expecting it to raise the bar, instead, it sounded dated. Having said that, it's not really that bad at all now: 86, 96, 06, 2016, much of a muchness these days.
            • AskeladdenBlack's avatar
              Edited 7 years ago
              Useless fact: The titles of Eddies tracks are the initials and birth years of his two sisters.

              I seem to remember reading in a music mag back when this came out that it wasn't overly well received & something along the lines of Eddie deliberately choosing relatively "boring" minimal tracks from the bigger names of Detroit as well as including not one but two of his own tracks (which are both dope by the way) which probably didn't help this rumour neither.
              I love Eddies music but I remember him being slightly prickly at the time depending on what mood he was in and he was fairly demanding on the poor bastard who was unlucky enough to be his assistant during a tour.
              But his music to me beat a lot of the bigger Detroit heads for turning out dope tracks with more consistency.
              That said there is a heap of great tracks from some of the lesser known locals that are worth getting this comp for.
              • LateNightGhost's avatar
                Full of amazing tunes... Wiggin', 8th Wonder and Zephyr in particular are unbelievably good! Blew my mind back in the day, and have aged pretty well, too
                • ----'s avatar
                  This sounds much better now than it did then.

                  I mean,, compared with the records that were coming out in the run-up to this comp (Humana, Model 500, Dan Bell and 7th City) I was a bit disappointed. I bought it anyway because of the Drexiciya, Claude Young and Surburban Knight tracks.

                  Coming back to it now the KT-19941, Shake and Eddie Folks tracks shout DETROIT in my face. It's a great comp of mellower, more emotional techno. Vote 'Like'.
                  • hypogenetic
                    There really is no other way to say this, than to just say it.

                    Davey Jones Locker makes this ESSENTIAL. I've actually gone through three boxes shoving them in and out of record boxes over the years, seriously. Drexciya knocked it out of the actual breathable atmosphere with this one, and straight down to the bottom of the Atlantic freaking Ocean. Far deeper than the experts can fathom, let alone visit without suffocating.

                    You wanna make a statement at the start of your set that says to the gathered crowd, You'll all soon be lying on the dance floor, annihilated. Then you play them this Drexciyan Sea Bomb. Guaranteed to get them all, eventually. Eventually everyone gets bit and switches to Drexciyan time when submerged underwater with this sonic sea-monster for long enough.

                    Add to this Shakir's planet patrolling pirate ship. 365 Blacks blame games. Eddies two gorgeous ladies. Kevin's dance floor killer. 4Heros amazing fortune and Blake's emotional bombshell, this really is very nearly perfect, but mainly it really is thanks to Drexciya's Darthouven dynamite-fishing sea shanty that this must be hooked onto and reeled in, boatloads of fun for the whole family. And if Eddie hadn't forgotten Carl, Mike's, Jeff & Rob's contact details during the compiling stage of this compilation, we would have got the whole family and I would have bought many more copies and given them to the frightened and crying people not dancing next to me on the dance floor when Davey Jones Locker is dropped. For God's sake, start grooving like a Drexciyan with a plankton problem, or I will ditch your lifeless dancefloor-occupying carcass overboard to face the big-wave wrath of the Wavejumper Battalions alone without life-preservers.

                    Sink or Swim, the choice is yours.

                    • memepool's avatar
                      Edited 17 years ago
                      This came out at the peak of Techno's popularity in the UK and at that time was thought to be a fairly week cash-in compilation by React who were usually more into Nu-NRG / Hardhouse.
                      Looks impressive enough on the strength of who is on the track listing but the tracks aren't their best on the whole so it wouldn't be top of my list.
                      There are far more seminal compilations out there if you want a snapshot check Techno The New Dance Sound of Detroit on 10 Records, Retro Techno : Detroit Definitive on Network, Relics on Buzz...


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