Grooverider ‎– The Prototype Years

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Tracklist

Codename John Feat. Grooverider Dreams Of Heaven 6:06
John B.* Secrets 8:57
Optical Grey Odyssey 6:12
Matrix Mute 4:21
Codename John Feat. Grooverider Deep Inside 7:52
Dillinja Silver Blade 6:10
Ed Rush & Fierce Locust 8:50
Codename John Feat. Grooverider Warned 6:11
Boymerang Still 7:54
Lemon D City Lights 6:49
Optical Grey Odyssey 3:45
Ed Rush Subway 3:48
Matrix Mute 3:04
Lemon D.* Going Gets Tuff 4:51
John B.* Secrets 4:49
Dillinja Silver Blade 3:46
Codename John Feat. Grooverider Dreams Of Heaven 3:58
Boymerang Still 4:32
Cybotron Feat. Dillinja* Threshold 3:24
Codename John Feat. Grooverider Deep Inside 4:56
Ed Rush & Fierce Locust 5:51
Lemon D City Lights 3:33
Codename John Feat. Grooverider Warned 3:24
Boymerang Still V.I.P. Mix 5:06

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
487219 9 Grooverider The Prototype Years(CD, Comp + CD, Mixed) Higher Ground, Prototype Recordings 487219 9 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MC II Various Prototype Years(Cass, Promo) Columbia MC II Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
XPR 2338 Grooverider The Prototype Years(12", Promo, Smplr) Higher Ground, Prototype Recordings XPR 2338 UK 1997 Sell This Version
487219 1 Grooverider The Prototype Years(3x12", Comp) Higher Ground, Prototype Recordings 487219 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
487219 1 Grooverider The Prototype Years(3xAcetate, 12") Metropolis Mastering 487219 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
XPR 2339 Grooverider The Prototype Years(3xLP, Promo, Ltd) Higher Ground, Prototype Recordings XPR 2339 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CK 68560 Grooverider The Prototype Years(CD, Comp) Columbia CK 68560 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CK 68597 Grooverider The Prototype Years(CD, Comp) Columbia CK 68597 US 1997 Sell This Version
487219 9 Grooverider The Prototype Years(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) Higher Ground, Prototype Recordings 487219 9 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
487219 2, 01-487219-10 Grooverider The Prototype Years(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed + Ltd) Prototype Recordings, Higher Ground 487219 2, 01-487219-10 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
ESCA 6746-7 Grooverider The Prototype Years(CD, Comp + CD, Mixed) Epic, Higher Ground ESCA 6746-7 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
ACK 68560-S1 Various The Prototype Years(CD, Comp, Promo) Higher Ground ACK 68560-S1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
XPCD 856 Grooverider The Prototype Years(CD, Smplr, Promo) Higher Ground, Prototype Recordings XPCD 856 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RIDER 1 Grooverider The Prototype Years(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Muzik Magazine RIDER 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version

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lastmarine

lastmarine

March 11, 2017
referencing The Prototype Years, CD, Smplr, Promo, XPCD 856
Frankly this is the CD you want out of the bunch and the price they go for warrants that. Warned the radio edit is not my favourite version, but the track isn't a favourite of mine anyway. Silver Blade, Locust, Secrets are all top tracks, Silver Blade should be essential for any real head, but the main reason for getting this release has got to be for Dom and Optical's epic remix of Still. As far as i'm aware this is the only release with the track included, and its well worth it.
Original-Danger

Original-Danger

January 7, 2017
referencing The Prototype Years, CD, Comp + CD, Mixed, 487219 9
Great album and considering it's oldskool era as it's from 1997 I think it still sounds as fresh today as it was back then so Grooverider has done a good job with this album as it stands the test of time and not only that as it never gets boring no matter how much you listen to it. An album flooded and plagued with nothing but wicked tunes and my favourites on here are "Secrets" from John B, the "Locust" tune from Ed Rush & Co (my way of putting it easier lol) and of course "Silver Blade" by the legendary Dillinja. The godfather of drum & bass shows us why he's called exactly that with this excellent album and some tunes sound more on the jungle tip than others but I like how Grooverider takes us on a non-stop drum & bass journey. Some of these d&b tracks to me sound quite dreamy and I like that on any album but more importantly Grooverider never ruins the album with cheesey tracks which I've witnessed by other artists but won't mention names. I thoroughly recommend this album to all those who are new to the drum & bass scene or music. Great tunes at their best and I've read reviews about Rider not mixing well on this album but I think he's done well so I ignore all negativity. This is one of the best drum & bass albums ever released and d&b probably wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Grooverider so all haters please jog on, grow up and show some respect... Great album from the best dj in the genre!
Sloofman

Sloofman

October 31, 2016
referencing The Prototype Years, CD, Comp + CD, Mixed, 487219 9
excellent album but real bad mix by Grooverider :) someone should have another go...
russelledwards

russelledwards

May 2, 2016
edited 10 months ago
referencing The Prototype Years, 3xLP, Promo, Ltd, XPR 2339
The album that keeps giving. I have this on lp and have played it solid since the late 90's. Silver blade, locust, subway, going gets tough, threshold all monster tracks some I don't think you can get anywhere else on vinyl... I didn't even realise john b secrets was on the album until a few years ago. I think I might go and pick up another copy... This and the other 96/97 prototype releases - Years ahead of its time.
JohnnyTLuxury

JohnnyTLuxury

November 22, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
referencing The Prototype Years, CD, Comp + CD, Mixed, 487219 9
John B. - Secrets. Nothing else. To this day.
That track made D' n' B for me. It was all Drum n Bass had. It couldn't get heavier, funkier, dancier...Nothing else.
And yes, to this day, the styles have evolved, for the better, for the worse. This track, singularly, will remain what it is: perfect.
Adam_Timeless_trades

Adam_Timeless_trades

November 12, 2014
referencing The Prototype Years, 3x12", Comp, 487219 1
Its criminal Lemon D ''City Lights'' never made it onto vinyl and duplicate tracks already on vinyl got pressed twice :(
recordmania4

recordmania4

November 3, 2014
referencing The Prototype Years, 3xLP, Promo, Ltd, XPR 2339
An essential album for the drum and bass faithful
JonniCobb

JonniCobb

August 24, 2014
referencing The Prototype Years, 3xLP, Promo, Ltd, XPR 2339

can anyone tell me how large the poster is that comes with this?
tonyhari5son5

tonyhari5son5

January 2, 2014
referencing The Prototype Years, 3x12", Comp, 487219 1

I've got a pre-release version with a grey skull on the LP
ben.uk

ben.uk

January 24, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
referencing The Prototype Years, 3xLP, Promo, Ltd, XPR 2339

This is a superb album, we know about "silver blade" but my personal highlight is the John B. track "secrets." I believe this to be his debut on 12" and what a start to a career which has spanned almost all corners and sub genre's of the drum and bass spectrum.

An essential album for the drum and bass faithful.