Various ‎– Detroit Beatdown (Volume One)

Third Ear Recordings ‎– 3ELP 001
3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1 Malik Alston Butterfly
A2 Alton Miller Tulum
B1 Rick Wilhite Ruby Nights
B2 Theo Parrish Falling Up
C1 Norm Talley Exodus
C2 Mike Clark The Creeper
D1 Norm Talley Change
D2 Mike Clark Let Your Love
E1 Darren Abrams Loose Piano
E2 Delano Smith Metropolis
E3 Eddie Fowlkes Brotherman
F1 Eddie Fowlkes Powerquest
F2 L.A. Williams Velvet Music
F3 Dwayne Jensen My People


  • Compiled ByNorm Talley
  • Executive Producer, Other [Back Sleeve Notes] – Guy McCreery


"This Record is dedicated to the people of Detroit, past, present, and future".

Mastered at Curve Pusher, London (UK)
Pressed at MPO, Averton (France).

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June 2, 2016
My People samples Tenderness - Got To Keep On Trying


February 27, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
looove the Dwayne Jensen - My People. straight up funk groover.. been searching for the original sample for a while, very juicy. together with Abrams - Loose piano the top notch grooves on this LP. Essential.


September 25, 2014

Norm Talley's "Change" contains samples of underground gay classic "Carl Bean - I Was Born This Way" (1977).


September 12, 2014
I bought this in the first place for the Darren Abrams - Loose Piano track, but this compilation is a statement in Detroit's music history, so many fine talents gathered for this project and luckily vinyl only released on this single compilation


December 30, 2011
I have to echo the love the other discogs users have given this selection in their comments. This compilation is way more than you may expect from a collection of downtempo detroit house cuts. There is plenty of imagination shown by all producers involved and a lot of warmth in the music too. Another standout element is some of the sampling on these tracks - a real disco feel but not the kind of dull 're-edit' disco that is being produced by the truckload the moment. These track may be slow and long but you know you're listening to talented producers when you still want the groove to go on for at least a few more minutes. Invest some quality listening-time in this one.


September 11, 2006
edited over 10 years ago

I find it interesting that no one has commented on this album yet. It was the first attempt to make what has been going on in Detroit's house scene into a cohesive whole. Though it fails on some level due to the spread of genres and years usually played in their deejaying sets, this compilation does do a decent job of showing the different styles of production. Theo's discordant "Falling Up" is here in its original form, superior in my opinion to the more straightforward Carl Craig remix that has blown up. Norm Talley, not the most prolific producer, drops two more sample based gems on this album, as does one of the slept on originators of techno, Eddie Fowlkes. Mike Clark's "Let Your Love" uses it's vocal sample to hypnotise the dancefloor into ecstacy. Other highlights include Darren Abrams' "Loose Piano", Rick Wilhite's "Ruby Nights", and Delano Smith's "Metropolis", though every track on here is pretty strong. These tracks are meant to be dropped inbetween disco, techno, house, soul, 80's, and jazz records, that's the best way to understand the true beatdown sound!