Deluxe vinyl reboot for 808 State albums


Incoming: double-LP extended versions of 808:90 (or simply Ninety if you prefer) and Ex:El by Mancunian acid house pioneers 808 State, courtesy of the Music on Vinyl label.

808 State started out as a hip-hop trio called Hit Squad Manchester, featuring Martin Price, Graham Massey and Gerald Simpson who all met at Price’s record store. They soon changed direction into house/techno, morphed into 808 State and released their first album Newbuild on the Creed record label founded by Price.

Beyond Manchester’s Haçienda club, where the band’s reworking of New Order’s Blue Monday earned them, er, rave reviews, wider awareness of their music came when Radio 1 DJ Gary Davies started playing their single Pacific State, helping it to reach the UK top 10. Around this time, Gerald Simpson left the group to become A Guy Called Gerald, two DJs called Andrew Baker and Darren Partington joined, and the State released Ninety – their second full-length album, and first with ZTT Records – in December 1989. Slant Magazine later ranked it as number 54 in their list of best albums of the Eighties, described it as ‘ a thrilling expansion of the possibilities for acid house and arguably the best LP ever produced in the style’.

Pacific/Pacific State (or whatever the hell it’s called), is a song that has had more remixes and alternative titles than Eamonn Holmes has eaten hot pies. Indeed, only recently, for Record Store Day, Music on Vinyl released a 12-inch limited edition on blue and black mixed vinyl with the original and three remixes of the song. Here you’ll find you’ll find Pacific 202, from the original album, and Pacific (Britmix) among the eight bonus tracks/remixes on the second LP.

The reissue of Ex:El marks the 25th anniversary of its original release in 1991. It was the group’s fourth album and Martin Price’s last before departing the group. Adopting heavier beats than heard on Ninety, and rekindling earlier hip-hop and industrial influences, the album yielded two key early-Nineties techno singles – In Yer Face and Cubik. It also features guest vocals from Bernard Sumner on Spanish Heart, and Björk (on Qmart and Ooops) with whom Graham Massey would collaborate on many of her subsequent solo projects.

There were deluxe remastered expanded CD reisssues of both of these albums in 2008, and while the track listing is the exactly same here for Ninety, the bonus tracks on Ex:El have had to be rationalised somewhat to fit the double LP format, and there are different mixes of Ooops and Cübik to those on the CD reissue.

Both reissues are pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl and each come with a gatefold sleeve, printed inner-sleeves and a four-page booklet. A first pressing of 750 numbered colored vinyl copies of both will also be available – Ninety on transparent blue vinyl and Ex:El on yellow (expect the black vinyl versions via the links below)

Ninety is released on 13 May with Ex:El to follow on 3 June.




LP 1

Side A

  1. Magical Dream
  2. Ancodia
  3. Cobra Bora
  4. Pacific 202

Side B

  1. Donkey Doctor
  2. 808080808
  3. Sunrise
  4. The Fat Shadow (Pointy Head Mix)

LP 2

Side A

  1. Pacific (Britmix)*
  2. Cobra Bora (Call The Cops Mix)*
  3. Donkey Doctor (GMEX Mix)*
  4. Boneyween*

Side B

  1. Kinky National*
  2. State To State*
  3. Revenge Of The Girlie Men*
  4. Magical Dream (Instrumental)*




LP 1

Side A:

  1. San Francisco
  2. Spanish Heart (featuring Bernard Sumner)
  3. Leo Leo
  4. Qmart (featuring Björk)

Side B:

  1. Nephatiti
  2. Lift
  3. Ooops (featuring Björk)
  4. Empire

LP 2:

Side A:

  1. In Yer Face (In Yer Face Mix)
  2. Cübik (Original Mix)
  3. Lambrusco Cowboy
  4. Techno Bell

Side B:

  1. Olympic*
  2. Ski Family*
  3. Ooops (Utsala Head Mix)*
  4. Cübik (Monkey Mafia Remix)*

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Justin Cole

My local retailer (in a suburb in Ohio!) scored at least one of these on colored vinyl and, I have to say, it sounds fantastic. The album is in a gatefold, embossed sleeve. Alas, the gatefold artwork is highly pixelated crap that looks like a very badly scanned image blown up to ridiculous proportions. Nice touches, however, are liner notes and heavy, glossy sleeves for the discs. When I slid out the first sleeve and saw the high-gloss image of the “Pacific” fish, my heart started beating faster. Can’t wait to see what “EX:EL” (my personal fave) brings.

Martyn Alner

jpc.de appear to have the coloured vinyls. I’ve ordered via them and cancelled my Amazon orders for the Black Vinyl.


Blimey. Ninety looks terrible. I guess we’re lucky they didn’t use Comic Sans.


Can’t people get these things right? At over 20 quid a pop, you’d think they’d have tried harder.

BMG also screwed up the use of the letter “A” on the Associates re-releases. Then again, they also screwed up the audio. I’ve heard better sounding drains…

Alessandro Duca

I have found them (coloured versions)
to preorder on
they seems the store of MOV.

Peter Yarrow

Thanks, just ordered both for 55.90Euros including free shipping to UK. Not a bad price at all for limited editions.

elliott buckingham

amazon never have the mov coloured reissues ihave to get mine from feebay

Justin Cole

Since it doesn’t appear Music on Vinyl sells direct to consumers, how can one best ensure they get the colored vinyl versions? Are the copies to be sold by all retailers the first pressing on colored vinyl? I know Amazon rarely shows completely realistic images of items in their listings; however, the black vinyl discs shown for these albums there gives me pause.

Martyn Alner

I have the original double vinyl of EX:EL so looking forward to the re-release. I’m not worried about the Font on 90 – Cabaret Voltaire changed the font on their box set of Virgin Albums and they still look great – and the music is still fab.


Oh dear, seems they changed the font on 808:90 from Helvetica to Arial – what a shame for a re-issue. Maybe they had an apprentice working on it at Music On Vinyl. So designwise the high price is not justified ;-)

Here’s the original:

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And here the screwd new one:



I’m also completely perplexed by their pricing. Yes, they’re good quality, but so are many other manufacturers and labels that are happy to stay in line with the rest of the market. Sure, they dependably put out good product, but is it worth a 30%-50%+ markup just to be certain you won’t need to return it?

I noticed several copies of the RSD single sitting unsold here in the US. Not surprising in general considering I live in the Midwest, but when I saw the price I realized they’d be sitting there for years. $25 for four tracks? No thanks, no matter what color it is.

Charles K.

As an avid record buyer I cringe when I see something coming out on Music On Vinyl. I have absolutely no idea why they are so expensive. I’ve ponied up a few times and bought stuff from them and found nothing that justified the price.