Shit, 2010 just gets better.
Following on from their massively appreciated ’09 re-issues of seminal dancefloor gear from Daniel Wang and Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Amsterdam’s Rush Hour label will this year deliver the first ever official re-press of Virgo‘s self-titled LP.
The album, first released on London’s Radical Records in 1989, was produced by Eric Lewis and Merwyn Sanders, and has a fair claim to the title of greatest house record ever. Its deep post-acid sound has a great deal in common with the best of Fingers Inc and Armando, but really it stands alone, and its cerebral but generously groovy evocation of the urban nightscape has never been matched for elegance or acuity. It’s honestly quite something.
Virgo – In A Vision
There have been various bootleg editions of the album since ’89, and several of its tracks appeared on the Trax EP Ride, but the new Rush Hour edition is the first official re-issue, and also the first edition of the album to be spread across two LPs. Which means FACT can finally lay its much-cherished cassette copy to rest.
All the tracks have been remastered for the re-issue, which also boasts new artwork (let’s hope it doesn’t deviate too far from the original artwork, pictured above, which is amazing). The vinyl will be available as 2×12”, with two tracks pressed loud on each side. No confirmed release date yet, but we’re expecting it to drop in late January or early February.
You can read more about Virgo and their music in this illuminating Gridface interview with Mervyn Sanders.
1. Do You Know Who You Are
2. In A Vision
3. Going Thru Life
4. Take Me Higher
6. School Hall
7. Never Want To Lose You
8, All The Time
This release is a part of Rush Hour’s House of Trax reissue programme, with classic wares from Ron Hardy, Marcus Mixx and Jamie Principle promised in the near future. More info when we have it.