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Various Artists / Kings Of Techno, The - Compiled By Laurent Garnier & Carl Craig
Album:Kings Of Techno, The - Compiled By Laurent Garnier & Carl Craig Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:11/2006
Label:Rapster Records 

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Add Date:2007-02-25 Pull Date:2007-04-29 Charts:RPM/Electronica
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Album Review
Jon Barnes
Reviewed 2007-02-20 
Heads up to the SOUL, HIP HOP, FUNK and CLASSIC ROCK fans here, who might overlook this as a dance album due to the title. The songs are chosen by techno legends but they range from Aretha Franklin to 90s hip hop. This is an anthology, not a mix CD. Theme for Disc 1 is “History of Detroit,” and theme for Disc 2 is Carl Craig’s “Influences and Developments.” This album is for the history buffs. Some of the rave-era tracks are such dinosaurs that younger listeners may wince, but everyone can appreciate the selection as an education from the masters.

Best tracks: 7 (Disc 1); 7 (Disc 2); 9 (Disc 2)

Disc 1:
Track 1: Ancient and fun rock tune by the Stooges (sounds like the Rascals).
Track 2: Aretha Franklin, nuff said.
Track 3: Funk/disco classic
Track 4: Funkadelic bringing a drummy world-flavored vibe
Track 5: Garnier giving a nod to his mate Carl Craig, who will be mixing disc 2.
Track 6: Extremely abstract and fast tune from Jeff Mills.
Track 7: EXCELLENT deep techno classic with some break elements
Track 8: Back before electro was called electro. I think I prefer the newer knockoffs.
Track 9: Proto- drum-n-bass complete with an MC. Sounds like a live broadcast.
Track 10: FCC!!! Hip Hop. Lots of cussing, but this has some GREAT rhymes. I think it’s Red Man and maybe some others on here.


Disc 2:
Track 1: Industrial techno
Track 2: Back before funky house was called funky house. Very fun track.
Track 3: Campy new wave / electro gear.
Track 4: Ancient electronica that sounds so old it’s hard to classify. Breaks?
Track 5: Legendary outfit Art of Noise reminds us how far technology has come since their heyday. This is one that would have been better left in the clearance bin.
Track 6: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any less bearable than the last track…this is for those who like incoherent male shouting on top of their proto-trave tunes.
Track 7: Super catchy electro soundz. Still sounds modern today. PLAY!
Track 8: Deep track from the days before techno and breakbeat branched in different directions on the dance family tree.
Track 9: Back before chillout was called chillout. Percussive and tasteful!
Track 10: Throbbing, moody, and deep techno with some acid elements. Very nice.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Stooges, The No Fun
2.Franklin, Aretha Rock Steady
3.Temptations, The Plastic Man
4.Funkadelic Bettinos Bounce
5.Craig, Carl No More Words
6.Mills, Jeff Utopia
7.Bfc Galaxy
8.Arpanet Ntt Docomo
9.D.I.E. Get Up
10.Dabrye Game Over
11.Visage Frequency 7
12.Kano It´S A War
13.Yello No More Words
14.Robotnick, Alexander Dance Boy Dance
15.Art Of Noise, The Beat Box (Diversion 1)
16.Nitzer Ebb Join In The Chant
17.Capricorn I Need Love (Instrumental)
18.Black Dog Virtual
19.Balil Nort Route
20.Choice Acid Eiffel