Underworld ‎– Dark & Long

Label:
April Records ‎– APR 002CD, April Records ‎– apr 002cd
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CD, EP
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Tracklist

1 Dark & Long 7" 4:12
2 Thing In A Book 20:14
3 Spoon Deep 17:59
4 Dark Hard 11:34
5 Dark Train 10:27
6 Burts 8:47

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Notes

Available in four different pressings with practically identical typography/artwork/paper quality.
The CD matrices do differ, and this edition is the original 1994 edition.

2nd edition in 1996.
3rd edition in 1998
4th edition, year of repress unknown.

℗ 1994 Pingo Distribution Aps / April Records.
© 1994 Junior Recordings Ltd.

Track durations differ slightly on release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5709498100227
  • Matrix / Runout: APR002 CD 94090817
  • Rights Society: N©B
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 6802

Other Versions (5 of 23) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
jbo19cds, JBO 19 CDS Underworld Dark & Long(CD, Single, P/Mixed) Junior Boy's Own, Junior Boy's Own jbo19cds, JBO 19 CDS UK 1994 Sell This Version
JBO 19 Underworld Dark & Long 1(12", Com) Junior Boy's Own JBO 19 UK 1994 Sell This Version
JBO 19X Underworld Dark & Long 2(12", Single) Junior Boy's Own JBO 19X UK 1994 Sell This Version
apr 002cd, APR 002CD Underworld Dark & Long(CD, EP, RP) April Records, April Records apr 002cd, APR 002CD Scandinavia 1998 Sell This Version
URW 001 Underworld Dark & Long(12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Underworld) URW 001 UK 2003 Sell This Version

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Miles2

Miles2

February 3, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

2 monumental tracks from 90s electronic (dance) music on this record.

Thing in a Book: Despite it is not Underworld's most accessible track is it still as good as its length. No stand out melodies here but gradually evolving smoothly layered sounds, short riffs and pulsating melodies with a modest mid-tempo 909 percussion beneath. Probably Underworld's best track. An epic masterpiece.

Dark Train: Compared to Thing in a Book this is a very accessible track. Seen as one of the first trance tracks and featured in the Trainspotting movie. If this is played on a gig or in a club then this will be the track you remember when you are back at home.
leavingharvard

leavingharvard

November 27, 2006
edited over 10 years ago

The story of this EP is the story of my foray into electronic music. Travel back to the year 2000; Tiesto was large. Sasha was touring with Digweed and putting the finishing touches on Airdrawndagger. This was the first time I ever heard Dark & Long, the Dark Train mix, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando. Granted, I had just begun to listen to electronic a few months before. I loved the beauty of Dark Train.

After hearing that, I went on a mad hunt for anything Underworld. I came across this EP which was incorrectly labeled as Germany only. I saw the track time for Thing In A Book, 22 minutes. I thought, now there's a quality release. I put it on, and oh boy, was it addictive. It is a true look into the best ambient and Underworld offered, circa 1994. This CD is officially my driving music because of Thing In A Book.

After I got bored of listening to Thing In A Book for months, I went to the other tracks. They were just as good, if not better! Dark Hard has an amazing bassline to begin, and it gets better as it builds and builds. Burts has a very nice bass induced synth as a main melody, and then there's the grandmaster of them all, Dark Train.

After typing this, I realize that if my words, and others, have not convinced you to seek this out by any means necessary, no one ever will.
bolle88

bolle88

November 2, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

Probably the longest EP you'll ever see or hear. I love long "when-trance-was-good-trance" songs, that really takes its time to develope, and on this EP we have many of them. My favourite here is the 20 minute + song "Thing in a book" which really puts you into a trance-like state of mind. The housey bpm (around 125-130), the rolling bassline, the smooth, hypnotic and ambientish synth melodies makes it a true masterpiece, which I rank as one of Underworlds absolutely best songs ever. I'm actually listening to it right now, and I have now reached the 18-minute "level" and the track is slowly starting to slow down. Wow, this song could easily bring tears to my eyes when I'm in the right mood!
slinky_wiz

slinky_wiz

November 28, 2002

What an excellent collection this is. I bought this when I was living in Holland for a mere 35 Guilders (back in the day before Euros came along). Dark Train, taken from the Trainspotting soundtrack is Underworld at their best, smooth, melodic, dark and quite, quite mad if their lyrics are anything to go by.