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Yello – The Race (Full 13 Minute Version)

This is number 35 in my occasional series of 12" records from the 80s that had an effect on my life.

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Track Length – 13:26
Released on Mercury
Format – 12″
Year of Release - 1988
1pCD Rating –
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Produced by Boris Blank
On chart(s) - Top 50 12"s of the 1980s

Yello – The Race (Full 13 Minute Version)

A masterpiece of the extended version, I present the full 13 and a half minutes of The Race…

A classic electronic dance track that was first released in 1988. The song is instantly recognizable for its driving bassline, catchy synth hook, and the distinctively husky, whispered vocals of Yello’s frontman, Dieter Meier. From the first bars, “The Race” grabs the listener’s attention and doesn’t let go until the song’s thrilling conclusion.

The lyrics of “The Race” describe a high-speed car race, with Meier’s whispered vocals painting a vivid picture of the sights, sounds, and adrenaline-fueled excitement of the competition. The song’s lyrics are simple and repetitive, but they are delivered with such conviction and energy that they become a powerful and memorable element of the track.

The song’s instrumental arrangement is also a key part of its appeal. The driving bassline is the foundation of the track, providing a pulsing, rhythmic backbone that propels the song forward. The accompanying synths and electronic drums create a rich, complex soundscape that is both hypnotic and energizing.

Overall, “The Race” is a classic example of electronic dance music at its best. It combines a memorable hook, a catchy beat, and a thrilling, high-energy vibe that has made it a favourite of DJs and partygoers for decades.

The full version is one of those tracks that just goes on, but without being repetitive.