catalogue number - AAWCD008
This release is in fact a combination of old and new - it is a compilation of all the tracks System7 has made with Derrick May including unreleased material, remixes and remastered versions of the originals. Also released:- AAWLP008 Mysterious Traveller Limited Sampler 4 track vinyl double pack. The 4 tracks on this are the 4 that have sound samples available on our site.
The CD (AAWCD008) is titled MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER. It has 10 tracks:-
1. ALTITUDE - MAYDAY MIX
2. MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER - GROOVY INTENT MIX
3. BIG SKY CITY - MAYDAY MIX
4. IKON - MONTAGE MIX (Rhythim is Rhythim)
5. PROTOTYPE 1 - ELECTRON MIX
6. FRACTAL LIAISON
7. MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER - FIRE MIX
8. BIG SKY CITY - ABOVE THE CLOUDS MIX
1. Altitude - Mayday Mix This is one of the first tracks we did with Derrick in September 1990. It featured on the first System 7 album, released on 10 Records (Virgin) in September 1991. This is not the album mix but Derrick's own club mix, that originally appeared on the Altitude double pack in April 1992, together with other remixes and a vocal remix featuring Ultra Nate.
2. Mysterious Traveller Groovy Intent Mix This is a System 7 remix of one of the tracks we made with Derrick for the 1994 System 7 album Fire and Water. This remix gives the track a more housey feel, while retaining all of the original parts. We did the remix in February 2002.
3. Big Sky City - Mayday Mix This was a big track for System 7 and was the result of our collaboration with Derrick in 1995 for the Power of Seven album. This is the original version and is Derrick's own mix.
4. Icon Montage Mix (Rhythim is Rhythim) This is one of Derrick's own tracks, and it was made in 1992, after his first collaborations with System 7. This version originally appeared on the vinyl-only compilation Virtual Sex in 1993 and has never been released on CD before. We love it and feel it fits really well with the System 7 tracks. Icon has been licensed from Derrickšs label Transmat and was released under Derrick's artist name Rhythim is Rhythim..
5. Prototype 1 Electron Mix This track was originally an early idea in our sessions with Derrick in 1990 that never got completed and up to now has never been released. We always intended to make a final version and we finally managed it in February 2002. This mix is a bit electro-orientated and manages to feature really well Derrick's original live keyboards.
6. Fractal Liaison This short piece featuring just Derrick's keyboard and Steve's guitar was taken from jam recorded directly to DAT in the 1990 sessions. This originally appeared on the first System 7 album, released 1991.
7. Mysterious Traveller Fire Mix This is the original version of the track Mysterious Traveller that appeared on the Fire Album one half of System 7's 1994 dual album Fire and Water.
8. Big Sky City Above the Clouds Mix This remix, the third of the three new ones we made in Feb 2002, goes for a chunkier, more solid rhythmic feel coupled with a dreamy approach the keyboards, including both Derrick's original parts and some new parts from Miquette.
9. E-Merge In a way balancing the inclusion of Derrick's own track Icon, we have included one wholly new System 7 track that fits in with the overall picture. A chunky groove underpinning some oddly random sequenced arpeggios.
10. Overview A softer more moody piece featuring Derrick's bendy keyboards and some floating lead guitar from Steve. This is the original version from the Fire album (1994).
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