Underworld ‎– Dirty Epic / Cowgirl

Wax Trax! Records ‎– TVT 8722-2, TVT Records ‎– tvt 8722-2
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The release combines the singles Cowgirl and Dirty Epic with two other previously released tracks.

Although tracks 3 and 6 are printed as "Album Versions" with their dubnobasswithmyheadman durations of 9:56 and 8:29, respectively, their actual durations on this release (and on other editions of the "Dirty Epic" and "Cowgirl" singles) are about 9:52 and 8:57. This is because here, unlike on the album, they're not segued. On the album, a sustained chord and an additional sequence begins at the end of "Dirty Epic" and continues into the beginning of "Cowgirl".

Track 2 is the full version with the ending featuring a sample of Geinoh Yamashirogumi's "Dolls Polyphony" from the Akira (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) = アキラ. This was omitted on later re-releases of the track.

℗ & © 1994 wax trax! records, inc.
manufactured and distributed by tvt records

This was marketed via sticker to be a "Maxi-Single" by TVT Records. The band regards this release to be an "EP".

Some copies included a "Got Wax Trax!?" postcard.

Jewel case.
Front insert: 4-page bifold, black print exterior and interior.
Back insert: black print exterior, no print interior.
Disc tray: gray.
CD: black print.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 16581 87222 6
  • Barcode (Scanned): 016581872226
  • Barcode (Matrix area, Code 39): 024108
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 4R TVT 8722-2 SRC##01 M1S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 2, 4): 4R TVT 8722-2 SRC##01 M1S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 3, 5, 6, 7): 4R TVT 8722-2 SRC##01 M1S3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U4A
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 2U8H
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 2U1U
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 2U4C
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI 2U3Z
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 7): IFPI 2U3G


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June 30, 2017
Love this in its entirety. At moments theres a Ashra aka Manuel Gottsching lick going on here and there on guitar and synth. Its hypnotic and trancey but in the psyctrance mindset but just minimalist and almost Berlin-school.
By far the music Underworld made in the 90s was progressive and one could tell they where enjoying themselves making these tracks. Its light and moving without being overly pompous impetuous club grade electronica a perfect mix of aesthetics draws from more than just the 4/4 mindset!


June 30, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
This disc gives you three great tracks from Dubnobasswithmyheadman, along with some so-so remixes.

The two retakes of "Dirty Epic" strike an awkward balance between bouncy techno and the conflicted lyrics of the album version. They're decent, but don't stack up.
Similarly, the "Cowgirl" mixes lack the original's claustrophobic energy. "Irish Pub" is nice enough, but rather directionless. "Winjer mix" doesn't distinguish itself, and could almost be a different song entirely.

Despite the flaws, this release still worth picking up if you can get it for a bargain. It may be sub-par Underworld, but it's still better than most of the cheesy electronica out there.

April 5, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
"Dirty Epic" remains one of my favorite tracks ever. Period. That being said, the mixes of it that comprise a good portion of this single don't even come close to its mastery, eschewing some of its best elements. The "Cowgirl" mixes offer some redemption, as do the bonus tracks "Rez" and "River of Bass". For completists only.