Thievery Corporation ‎– Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi

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1 A Warning (Dub)
Voice [Featuring] – Hutchy
2 2001 Spliff Odyssey 5:06
3 Shaolin Satellite 6:23
4 Transcendence 4:06
5 Universal Highness 4:21
6 Incident At Gate 7
Vocals [Featuring] – Pam Bricker*
7 Mañha 3:48
8 Scene At The Open Air Market 2:57
9 The Glass Bead Game 6:11
10 Encounter In Bahia 3:59
11 The Foundation 5:38
12 Interlude 2:22
13 The Oscillator 4:14
14 Assault On Babylon
Vocals [Featuring] – See-I
15 .38.45 (A Thievery Number)
Vocals [Featuring] – See-I
16 One 4:52



Recorded at ESL Studios, Washington DC.

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  • Barcode: 7 95103-0004-2 1


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July 28, 2014

Though there are innumerable versions of SOUNDS FROM THE THIEVERY HI-FI, each with a slightly different tracklist, one thing stays constant: the classic grooves and smooth production values. Many of these tracks originally appeared on 12", but the Thievery Corporation have picked the gems for their debut, from the dubby "2001 Spliff Odyssey" to the Indian-tinged "Transcendence." Indeed, the Thievery Corporation had a definite hand in bringing the whole 'international' downtempo scene to the fore. The languorous Portuguese vocals on "Mañha" ooze a subtle melancholy, while "Encounter In Bahia" brings in the funk. The dreamy and sublime "Shaolin Satellite" still remains one of the highlights of the album, as is the transcendent "The Foundation." "One" rounds out this album on a dreamy note, helping this landmark album cement its place in electronic music history.


March 28, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

Ahhh . . . Thievery Corporation, the D.C. dons of dub downtempo. I was always proud growing up in Chocolate City, and when fellow Washingtonians Thievery Corporation released 'Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi' in 1996, I had never been more proud of the city that gave the world Hardcore and Go-Go. A seminal first album by one of the most successful independant artists ever. It was all about the dub then, and it's all about the dub now. Dub on brothers! A classic album, indeed.