Cass* ‎– Fire01/Prologue/Cass/CDx2

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Fire ‎– ERIF CD 001
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2 × CD, Mixed, Compilation
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1-01 Cass/Slide* Opera (Stealth Mix)
Written-By, Producer – C Cutbush*, Pete Martin
6:54
1-02 Synaptic Gap Sick
Written-By, Producer – Stephen Porter, Tony Burgess
7:12
1-03 Cass* The Trader (Tom Mangan's Booty Bounce Mix)
Remix – Tom ManganWritten-By, Producer – C Cutbush*, T Mangan*
4:14
1-04 Ben Shaw Feat. Adele Holness So Strong (Cass/Slide v Meat Katie No Daddy, Not The Whip Mix)
Featuring – Adele HolnessRemix, Producer [Additional] – Cass & Slide, Meat KatieWritten-By, Producer – Adele Holness, Ben Shaw, Romain Whyte
6:40
1-05 Sean Cusick & Rogue Audio Fire Escape
Written-By, Producer – C Cutbush*, Pete Martin, Sean Cusick
7:58
1-06 Ben Shaw Feat. Adele Holness So Strong (Soul Mekanik Mix)
Featuring – Adele HolnessRemix, Producer [Additional] – Soul MekanikWritten-By, Producer – Adele Holness, Ben Shaw, Romain Whyte
7:42
1-07 Slide Future Disco
Written-By, Producer – Pete Martin
6:25
1-08 Cass* Revelations
Written-By, Producer – A Holt*, C Cutbush*
6:12
1-09 Yunus* Nefes
Written-By, Producer – Yunus Guvenen*
8:55
1-10 Cass* Genesis (Phil Smart & Jamie Stephens Pro-Tec Mix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Jamie Stevens, Phil SmartWritten-By, Producer – A Holt*, C Cutbush*
6:02
1-11 Excession Vs. Ben Shaw Sunscape
Written-By, Producer – Ben Shaw, G Collins*
8:36
2-01 Void (8) / Twisted Science Shock
Written-By, Producer – C Platter*, J Tye*, K Robinson*
0:44
2-02 Yunus* 70 Watts
Written-By, Producer – Yunus Guvenen*
6:50
2-03 Marscruiser Insanity Rains
Written-By, Producer – Alex Hall, Paul Determan
7:05
2-04 Cass* The Trader (Lemon 8 Inner Sanctuary Mix)
Remix – Lemon8Remix [Credited To], Producer [Additional] – Harry LemonWritten-By, Producer – C Cutbush*, T. Mangan*
8:37
2-05 Cass/Slide* Opera (Evolution Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – EvolutionWritten-By, Producer – C Cutbush*, Pete Martin
6:51
2-06 Sasha Lupus (Van M/Cass/Slide Mix)
Producer – SashaRemix – Cass/Slide*, Jimmy Van MWritten-By – A Coe*
6:35
2-07 Brethren Reservation
Written-By, Producer – Andy Page, C Cutbush*, Pete Martin
8:21
2-08 Aria One
Written-By, Producer – Justin-Scott Dixon*, R Rosario*
8:44
2-09 Andy Page / Lee Burridge Maladjusted
Written-By, Producer – Andy Page, Lee Burridge
6:41
2-10 ASAP Firebird
Written-By, Producer – Andy Page
6:56
2-11 Excession Vega
Written-By, Producer – Grant Collins
5:32
2-12 PB & J Feat Hannah Dorsey The Way
Featuring – Hannah DorseyWritten-By, Producer – B Gorske*, J Dunne*, P Determan*
5:53

Credits

  • Design, Artwork By [Concept]world-wide-mind
  • DJ MixCass*
  • Photography [Book] – lostrobot
  • Photography [Cover] – Novastock/Science Photo Library

Notes

Packaged in CD-size book-like case.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 016555 130128
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): ERIFCD01 21535 1101708
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): 21536 ERIFCD01 1101711
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1 & 2): IFPI L056
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1 & 2): IFPI KA01

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Cass* Fire01/Prologue/Cass/CDx2(2xCDr, Comp, Mixed, Promo) Fire none UK 2001 Sell This Version
ERIFLP001 Various Fire01/Prologue/Cass/LPx3(3x12") Fire ERIFLP001 UK 2001 Sell This Version

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androgyny

androgyny

June 12, 2011
I just listened to this again for the first time in a very long while, it's been years since I would have last given this a spin - and I'd forgotten just how good this compilation really is. It is in fact, frustratingly close to perfect - but not quite.

It goes without saying that all the tracks included here are stellar productions. Fire was easily one the strongest prog labels at the time and their catalogue is pretty much flawless, so you know when you drop this into the player that the tracks themselves will have stood the test of time.

The mixing and track selection of this mix are just phenomenal. The first disc starting out with the heavy drama of the stealth mix of "Opera" before evolving into the robotic electro breaks of "Sick" and then exploring dark prog before the funky disco (!) influenced pairing of the Soul Mekanik remix of "So Strong" and Slide's "Future Disco". Cass's mixing is really paramount to the effect of the way these tracks work so well together, he is beat perfect and the transitions of varying styles is never jarring. SMOOTH is definitely the order of the day. He continues the mix with straight up big-room prog tracks before finishing with the mighty "Sunscape" by Excession & Ben Shaw. I have to say that this is the only flaw with the first disc (and admittedly I'm probably just being nit-picky here) but while "Sunscape" makes for a great last track, the end of the track itself doesn't make for a great finish, as it just kind of peters out, which is great for mixing into the next track - but that's the problem, there is no next track. It's just kind of an uninteresting ending in my opinion, but I must re-iterate that this really is the ONLY flaw on Disc 1!

Disc 2 is jam-packed with more moody prog and beautiful soaring breaks - It's the 2nd disc however that for me really stops this album from being perfect. The transition from "Insanity Rains" into "The Trader" is ever so slightly off-beat. The fact that the rest of the album is SO tight is what makes this kind of stand out. The rest of the disc is flawlessly mixed though. It is again, unfortunately, the ending of the disc that falls a little short of the mark in my opinion.

The version of 'The Way' that is used on this compilation is different to the version that was finally released as a 12" in it's own right. I can only assume that this was still an early demo version - and whilst all the elements that make it such a phenomenal track are still present, it's the addition of a heavily affected male vocal, that is supposed to be working in a call and response manner with Hannah Dorsey's vocal, that somehow turns this from breathtaking to, well, a little insipid. Thankfully someone saw sense before this track was finally released and removed the male vocal, as it really does spoil the track completely. You can still hear the male vocal harmonies in the final version released as a single, but they are pushed much further back in the mix, but the call and response element was totally removed. It's a shame this wasn't done before Cass included it as the closing track to this mix, as it really detracts from the overall strength of the album.

Overall though this album is of an extremely high calibre, in fact if it wasn't so close to perfect, I'm sure I wouldn't be as pedantic about it's flaws!
behemoth

behemoth

May 19, 2002

This is a fine collection of various releases on Fire, but personally I think each of the releases sounds better on its own, as they are all stunners. But that doesn't change the fact that this is one of the best comps of 2001, and Cass's mixing is faultless.