Grid* ‎– Evolver

Deconstruction ‎– 7432122718 2, BMG ‎– 7432122718 2
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1 Wake Up
Saxophone – Alex Gifford
2 Rollercoaster
Vocals – Susannah Melvoin*
3 Swamp Thing
Banjo – Roger Dinsdale
4 Throb
Guitar [Snakeskin] – (Th)Robert Fripp*Synthesizer [Squelches] – Alex Gifford
5 Rise
Percussion – Pablo CookVocals – Donna Gardier
6 Shapes Of Sleep
Guitar [Somnambulant] – Robert FrippSynthesizer [101] – Alex Gifford
7 Higher Peaks
Guitar, Electronics [Treatments] – Robert FrippVocals [Opera] – Martyn SharpVocals [Rhythmic] – Susannah Melvoin*
8 Texas Cowboys 5:51
9 Spin Cycle
Synthesizer [Cs5] – Alex Gifford
10 Golden Dawn
Piano – Alex GiffordVocals [Opera] – Martyn Sharp

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The Grid use: Blue Room speakers, Mu-Tron effects and Corby trouser presses.
Dejittering - Prism AD-1

Tracks 1 to 3, 5 & 8 recorded at Eastcote. Tracks 4, 6, 7, 9 & 10 recorded at Eastcote and Battery.
Tracks 1 to 3, 5 & 8 mixed at Sarm East. Tracks 4, 6, 7, 9 & 10 mixed at Metropolis.
Assisted by Lee @ Eastcote, Richard @ Battery, Tim @ Sarm and Jamie @ Metropolis.

℗ 1994 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by BMG Records (UK) Limited. Distributed by BMG. A Bertelsmann Music Group Company. © BMG Records (UK) Ltd. 1994. Printed in the UK. Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 4321-22718-2 9
  • Barcode (String): 743212271829
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored - Variant 1): DISCTRONICS S 743212-27182 01 THE GRID
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored - Variant 2): DISCTRONICS S 74321227182 02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L501
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 8716
  • Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 8280
  • Other (Distribution Code): F: BM650

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GRCD-248 Grid* Electronic Hits(CD, Album) Grand Records GRCD-248 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
74321 22718 4 Grid* Evolver(Cass) Deconstruction 74321 22718 4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ES 2759 Grid* Evolver(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Euro Star ES 2759 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
7432122718 2 Grid* Evolver(CD, Album) Deconstruction, BMG 7432122718 2 Singapore 1994 Sell This Version
74321 22718 4 Grid* Evolver(Cass) Deconstruction 74321 22718 4 Poland 1994 Sell This Version


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August 21, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Golden Dawn is among the finest downtempo dub pieces I have ever heard, a true classic. Shapes Of Sleep, Spin Cycle, Wake Up and of course Swamp Thing have something going for them, but as a whole this doesn't function as an album, there are too many superficial fillers on display.


November 26, 2013
This is an awesome, inspiring album showcasing the wide repertoire of this pioneering group. When I was a kid I spent some nights travelling on the train and 'Higher Peaks' totally blew me away. It still catches my imagination to date. Yes, The Grid has Evolved trance by this album - it's the trance movement in the making, evolving before our very ears..


December 6, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
Brilliant album for it's time, actually did a dj mix recently and had tracks like "Wake Up" and "Shapes of Sleep" sitting next to Coldplay and Adam K. The tunes still sound remarkably fresh. I remember buying this around Christmas '93 and enjoyed playing out "Swamp Thing" for many years. Class. 5/5


May 18, 2011
edited over 7 years ago

one question, i cant find the track ''wake up'' on youtube....but listen to Laurent Garnier track of the same name....was the Grid's trakc a cover? I haven't heard it for years, but it remember it sounding nearly identical in every way...anyone? I swear they are identical can someone post the Grid version to youtube? I am convinced it is either a rip off of Garnier or the other way round


October 6, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

This is a perfect album. No flaws, nothing missing, and nothing needs to be taken away. I once had a girl who wasn't sure if she wanted to date me, it wasn't until she saw this in my collection that she made up her mind. I want to clearly state that this is NOT the reason I gave this a 5/5.


August 16, 2010

A classic of its time, The Grid's third album, _Evolver_, is probably their best-known work, spawning a number of hit singles. There's still plenty to enjoy about it, years on, from the zippy "Wake Up" to the infamous banjo on "Swamp Thing" (also known as 'the banjo heard around the world'). The western riff on "Texas Cowboys" is just as good, if not as immediately catchy, just as the guitar on "Throb" gives it rock music's energy, but with a definite techno mindset. "Rise" and "Higher Peaks" seems a bit more typical, but "Shapes of Sleep" gets back to proper stomp tempo with some deep male chanting (for more chanting, go to "Golden Dawn"). You know what? It's still great after all these years.


March 5, 2008

One of my most beloved techno albums ever!! This sucked me into the electronic music scene and came out back when I was only 12. It's a classic and contains some classic dance anthems from the 90's including,Texas Cowboys,Rollercoaster and of course Swamp Thing. The other trax are also excellent and was sort of ahead of it's time slightly and still doesn't sound all that dated. It's the most rounded of all the grid releases and was like the final piece in their musical Jigsaw. I'd love them to get back together to do another full studio album they were great.


January 16, 2006
edited over 7 years ago
Although "swamp thing" and "texas cowboys" were interesting tracks at that time, this album sounds now excessively trancy and dated. However, in my opinion, the stand-out track and the reason for me to hold this cd is "golden dawn": this final track of the album comes like an hidden treasure, a surprising ambient track with opera vocals.


September 30, 2003

One of the classic mainstream trance (or what I would call trance) albums available, this album bubbles with great samples, gripping bass lines and live instruments. Refreshing to listen to alone, as well as throwing tracks into a mix, it's a pleasure to own this!