Grooverider ‎– The Prototype Years

Label:
Higher Ground ‎– XPR 2339, Prototype Recordings ‎– XPR 2339
Format:
3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Promo
Country:
Released:
Genre:
Style:

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Ed Rush Subway
Engineer, Mixed By – Dom & RolandWritten-By, Producer – Ed Rush
5:51
A2 Codename John Feat Grooverider Dreams Of Heaven
Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – GrooveriderWritten-By – R. Bingham*
6:05
B1 Cybotron Featuring Dillinja Threshold
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – Dillinja
5:58
B2 John B Secrets
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – John B
8:56
C1 Optical Grey Odyssey
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – Optical
6:05
C2 Matrix Mute
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – Matrix
4:20
D1 Dillinja Silver Blade
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – Dillinja
6:09
D2 Codename John Feat Grooverider Deep Inside
Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – GrooveriderWritten-By – R. Bingham*
7:50
E1 Ed Rush & Fierce Locust
Producer [Additional] – Nico (4)Written-By, Producer – Ed Rush, Fierce
8:49
E2 Lemon D Going Gets Tough
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – Lemon D
7:47
F1 Codename John Feat Grooverider Warned
Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – GrooveriderWritten-By – R. Bingham*
7:52
F2 Boymerang Still
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, Engineer – Boymerang
7:47

Credits

Notes

Pre-release DJ vinyl from the forthcoming album 'Grooverider Presents The Prototype Years'.

This version was released in black & white artwork whereas the commercial release Grooverider - The Prototype Years came in full colour artwork. Some copies included a limited edition poster promoting the album.

(c)1997 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other: 31-002339-20

Other Versions (5 of 13) View All

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
487219 1 Grooverider The Prototype Years(3xAcetate, 12") Metropolis Mastering 487219 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MC II Various Prototype Years(Cass, Promo) Columbia MC II Netherlands 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
ESCA 6746-7 Grooverider The Prototype Years(CD, Comp + CD, Mixed) Epic, Higher Ground ESCA 6746-7 Japan 1997 Sell This Version

Recommendations

Reviews Show All 7 Reviews

Add Review

russelledwards

russelledwards

May 2, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
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.
recordmania4

recordmania4

November 3, 2014
An essential album for the drum and bass faithful
JonniCobb

JonniCobb

August 24, 2014

can anyone tell me how large the poster is that comes with this?
ben.uk

ben.uk

January 24, 2007
edited over 10 years ago

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.
LIFELINE

LIFELINE

March 8, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

Silver Blade -

Huddling beneath a baron rocky outcrop, the last swathes of daylight feebly drown amidst the swelling oil slick slithering its way eastward into the starless cerulean sky.
Forked lightening momentarily illuminates the bleak rock-strewn landscapes, an infinite expanse stretched out like the blackened frothing waves of a rabid ocean.
This track summons such vivid imagery with every listen.

Back in ‘96-’97 amongst a barrage of ‘tech-step’, this tune sounded so fresh it was hard to comprehend. Whilst remaining as dark as anything around, if not darker, it sliced the blueprint two-step sound to shreds. The beats pounce unexpectedly after the relatively subdued intro, actually sounding metallic - like swords clashing. Midway, an inexplicably malevolent intensity descends upon the track, a pervading sense of foreboding, much like the eerie calm before the storm; eight bars later the whole track is plunged into an apocalyptic, distorted reece-bass crescendo. It was this kind of experimentation and intensity in his tracks that made Dillinja so prolific an artist and ensured he remained alongside only a handful of others at the cutting edge of the Drum & Bass sound. Many people credit Boymerang with being the first to use this break, but as far as I am aware it was Dillinja who first used it – and on this track.