Finally arrived today! Listening right now! I don't think I can add much more than the reviews already posted but here's my quick tupenneth;
Sleeve notes are great, nice complimentary foreword by Mr Hartnoll (Can't come from a more highly regarded source!) giving evidence that 'Blueprint' is an aptly chosen title.
Original tracks we all know and love (Pacific (origin) Nephatiti, Firecracker, Lopez, Lemonsoul & Qmart) blend wonderfully with the new re-workings.
The re-visited versions of In Yer Face, Timebomb, Nimbus, Cobra Bora and 606 are magnificent, they make the tracks sound really fresh, and bring them smack bang up to date, especially the glorious In Yer Face and thumping rave-monster of a track that is Timebomb.
Plan 9 (Horn Edit) sounds great, morphing into the Choki galaxy mix towards the end, The word production mix of Olympic doesn't sound too different from other versions but still a top track, and the AFX remix of Flow Coma is pure chopped up meatiness! I've never overly liked the MM remix of Cubik but it does freshen up the original and is probably the best version to use on this CD, (although in hindsight, for me, a case could be made for the 21st anniversary download version???)
New stuff, the Metaluna bassline and acid stabs and squidges of Compulsion are mashed to brilliant effect, is that a little bit of Donkey Doctor I detect at the end? Spanish Ice is truly fantastic, sounds really cinematic in parts, certainly a highlight of the album.
All in all an outstanding complilation and probably a better representation overall than the heavily single led 88:98, If indeed 808 state do return as per the liner notes, and Spanish Ice is anything to go by we are all in for one hell of a treat! I have been privileged to be an 808 fan over the last 2 decades and I sincerely hope the ride is not over yet!