Origin Unknown ‎– The Speed Of Sound

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Origin Unknown Lunar Bass 6:23
Shimon & Andy C* Quest (VIP Mix) 6:29
Flatliner & DJ Freedom Deeper Levels (Remix) 6:27
Concept 2 Cause N' Effect 5:45
Desired State Invasion 7:42
Stakka & K.Tee Orange Sunshine 5:27
Shimon & Andy C* Recharge 5:46
Origin Unknown Truly One (Remix) 7:06
Desired State Mind Games 6:27
Andy C Roll On 6:31
Origin Unknown Truly One (Original) 6:16
Origin Unknown Valley Of The Shadows 4:30

Versions (6)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RAMMLP 1CD Origin Unknown The Speed Of Sound(CD, Album, Comp) RAM Records RAMMLP 1CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
RAMM LP 1 Various The Speed Of Sound LP(4x12", Album, Promo, Sta) RAM Records RAMM LP 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RAMM LP 1 Various The Speed Of Sound LP(4x12", Album, W/Lbl, TP) RAM Records RAMM LP 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RAMMLP 1 Origin Unknown The Speed Of Sound(4x12") RAM Records RAMMLP 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
RAMM LP1D Origin Unknown The Speed Of Sound(12xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) RAM Records RAMM LP1D UK 2010
RAMM LP1D Origin Unknown The Speed Of Sound(12xFile, WAV, Comp) RAM Records RAMM LP1D UK 2010

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Vinylexchanger

Vinylexchanger

July 13, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
referencing The Speed Of Sound, 4x12", RAMMLP 1
Around '96 through to '98, RAM based their releases on a kind of intergalactic science fiction soundscape, dark and futuristic, they set the tone of underground urban club music. All the track names from around this time have hints towards a journey through space and technology, which I always thought fitted the music perfectly. After this album was released the themes continued, however, the employ of breaks used as beats was generally laid to rest. Some say for the worse, others for the better. This is often the thing that separates old skoolers from nu skoolers, dnb heads from junglists. Personally I find the use of funk and soul breaks on this album, and their contrast with the harsh synth and analogue bass lines, are what give the music it's quality. If you know anything about the production techniques of the time and how hard it was to sample, cut and filter breaks with this much finesse, then you'll appreciate it's merits. This music isn't for everyone, but if you've ever tried to produce a piece of dance music using break beats, then you can fail to marvel at it. After this came a succession of 'Tech Step' releases which I guess was a natural progression for the producers at the time. For me though it'll always be about those breaks. To put things in contrast I'm listening to some Brazilian bossa nova while writing this.
O_Z

O_Z

May 18, 2013
referencing The Speed Of Sound, 4x12", RAMMLP 1

Pretty surprised that there's no comments about this already. Torque by ed rush and nico is quite rightly regarded as a seminal drum and bass lp but IMO this is a more dancefloor and dj friendly offering. Highlights include quest remix, cause 'n' effect, recharge and truly one remix. One of the best jungle/drum and bass albums ever made.
jonnyh179

jonnyh179

February 2, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
referencing The Speed Of Sound, CD, Album, Comp, RAMMLP 1CD

The best RAM compilation by far. I know they are the biggest label in d & b but I honestly think that is down to Andy C the DJ & not their output in general. OK I know many will not agree with me but imo there are just sporadicly good tunes from this label & it has totally gone downhill in the last few years but so has d & b in general. Anyways back to this LP, every tune is a stone cold classic that has smashed every dance worldwide a thousand times, they really are that good! Go buy it NOW!!!