Way Out West ‎– Way Out West

Deconstruction ‎– 74321 501952
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1 Blue
Written-By – David Dundas, Rick Wentworth
2 The Gift
Written-By – E. MacColl*
3 Domination 8:41
4 Dancehall Tornado 7:45
5 Questions Never Answered 8:44
6 Sequoia 8:01
7 Ajare
Written-By – T. Siddique
8 Drive By 6:39
9 King Of The Funk
Written-By – C. Marin*, D. Lee Roth*, E. Van Halen.*, M. Anthony*, T. Chong*
10 Earth
Written-By – A.Cole*

Companies, etc.



"The Gift" uses a sample from "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" by Joanna Law. Used by permission of Law Music Ltd.

EMI Tunes Ltd.: 1
MCA Music Ltd.: 2 - 10
Harmony Music, Westbury Music: 2
Copyright Control: 7, 10
Rondor Music (London) Ltd., Warner Chappell Music Ltd.: 9

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 743215019527
  • Barcode (Printed): 7 43215 01952 7
  • Label Code: LC8280
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): DISCTRONICS S 743215-01952 03
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): DISCTRONICS S 74321501952 05
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI L502
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 8786
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 8730
  • Distribution Code (France): BM 650

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
OUT 1 Way Out West Way Out West(3x12", Album, TP) Deconstruction OUT 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
74321 501954 Way Out West Way Out West (Cass, Album, Unofficial) Deconstruction, BMG Entertainment 74321 501954 Poland 1997 Sell This Version
74321 501952 Way Out West Way Out West(CD, Album) Deconstruction 74321 501952 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
WAY 2 Way Out West Way Out West(CD, Album, Promo) Deconstruction WAY 2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
82876 69273 2 Way Out West Way Out West(CD, Album) BMG Russia 82876 69273 2 Russia 1997 Sell This Version


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March 22, 2018
edited 8 months ago

What a year 1997 was for electronic music ! The eponymous and debut album by Way Out West is part of it.
As some said before, this CD IS memorable. I find it as good as "ESCM" from BT, another trance and progressive groundbreaking release.

The trio "Domination-Dancehall Tornado-Questions Never Answered" is the part where the "party feeling" (melodies & huge beats that brings the movin' power) is at its peak.

On top of that, the last track "Earth" ends with a calmer and beautiful atmosphere that means "It's over. Goodbye but see you soon..."


December 18, 2016
How anyone can fault this album I don't know. It sounds a lot lot later than 1997.

The production is immense. Such a shame I missed the vinyl on this - I'm after a decent copy for a fair price if anyone is selling..?


July 19, 2012

Way Out West's eponymous debut starts with the moody breaks of "Blue" and only gets better from there. It's a touchstone of the progressive house movement with good reason -- it manages to incorporate emotive melodies without sinking into either cheesiness or overblown flourishes. You can hear it in the delicate and romantic build of "The Gift," which is still probably the pinnacle of their career. They're adept at rocking the dancefloor (as with or the dub-inflected "Dancehall Tornado") and bringing in harmonies to complement the beats (as with the semi-tropical "Domination" or the mysterious "Questions Never Answered"). Sure, sometimes they go for straight up club tracks like "Sequoia" or "Drive By," but even those carry a carefully considered sense of craft. There's even a nod to big beat with "King of the Funk," but "Earth" brings things down on a slower, more meditative note. Immensely enjoyable.


November 22, 2010
the previous reviewer criticizes the various styles on the album. that's exactly why I think this album is badass.

March 14, 2008
Some of the tracks are outstanding, while others are decent. Overall, the flow of this album is the main aspect that takes away from this collection of well produced breakbeat tracks. It never really develops in a linear fashion, skipping around from downtempo tracks to heavy breaks. I recommend listening to it to get a taste of Way Out West, and you may like it, but personally I don't think it is anything remarkable or memorable.


March 5, 2008

This a very good album where all the tracks seem to be in place. I bought it many years ago just because I liked the tune Ajare. At first I wasn't really impressed with the rest of it, but once I listened to all the tracks in order I noticed that the whole album made sense. This is quite rare for house/trance albums I bought in the same time period. From that on I was hooked and had in on repeat for several months.


December 13, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

If only Way Out West could be this good again. Their follow-up, "Intensify", was nothing but a bad copy of this one, except for some highlights. And "Don't look now" is just a horrible pop-album, except for some really boring progressive-tunes.
I know what Warren and Wisternoff really are capable to, that's why I'm so negative to their second and third album. And the best proof of their capazity is this album, their debut!
When this cd was made, progressive house-producers like WoW actually were alout to make melodic music that still could be energetic, banging, uplifting or whatever you want to call it. The producers were aloud to have more than a kickdrum, one closed hihat and a clap. WoW often used four or five different hihat/cymbals at the same time, just to keep things happen! That was the WoW-trademark: different things happened all the time and they used a lot of "surprise-elements" like BT and Marc Mitchell. But WoW were not afraid of using the most gorgeous melodies above all of this! Maximalistic epic progressive house ! =D

So after this long introduction I will only write a few sentences about this album. As I mentioned above, this is really energetic! "Domination", "Dancehall tornado" and "Questions never answered" are my favourites here. "Domination" which is all about Attitude. I just love that "Madness...Power..Domination"-sample, perfect for the dancefloor!
"Dancehall tornado" is also meant for the dancefloor. Wild breakbeats, really tough bassline and a nice melody. With a small, small touch of dancehall...
"Questions never answered" starts so great with that superfunky-bassline and the breakbeats. After half of the time, though, the breakbeats stops and a regular 4x4-beat comes in. And a really cheesy melody. This could sound horrible, but the WoW-touch is still there!

Oh well, these are just three out of ten really great tracks. If possible, get this album without hesitation!


September 26, 2003

This album is just about all good tracks, something that seems to be very rare these days. Solid melodic and bass lines, a thorough understanding of the process of a track and an eclectic collection of samples and styles combine well to give you a real listening treat. And it all bears up to repeated listening, with new elements and feelings to be discovered with each hearing. Thoroughly recommended.