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Tracklist

Mysterons4:56
Sour Times4:05
Strangers3:49
It Could Be Sweet4:10
Wandering Star4:46
Numb3:43
Roads4:56
Pedestal3:30
Biscuit4:34
Glory Box4:49

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Winner of the 1995 Mercury Music Prize.
Following the initial issue, there were Australian, American & Euro releases with an additional track "It's A Fire" inserted between "Wandering Star" & "Numb" [e.g. 828 553 vs the earlier 828 522 issues]. On vinyl, "It's A Fire" is listed as an additional track only on the Greek edition of the album. Some later issues also include the remix "Sour Sour Times" plus the "To Kill A Dead Man" track (from the film which led to Portishead's record contract and the cover image used on "Dummy").
For "Glory Box", most booklets claim Isaac Hayes' "Ikes Rap III" as sample source, but actually it's a sample from "Ikes Rap II" that is used (the same sample Tricky used on "Hell Is Round the Corner").

Track 2 contains samples from Lalo Schifrin's "Danube Incident" a percussion sample from Smokey Brooks' "Spin-It Jig".
Track 3 contains samples Weather Report's "Elegant People".
Track 5 contains samples from Eric Burdon & War's "Magic Mountain"
Track 9 contains samples from Johnnie Ray's "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"
Track 10 contains samples from Isaac Hayes' "Ike's Rap II".

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Go! Beat – 828 522-1Europe1994Europe1994
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rthenn's avatar
rthenn
My version is very similar but does not have anything etched on the run outs. Anyone seen this or is it maybe a bootleg? I haven't seen anything about bootlegs for this release though???
dcubrt's avatar
dcubrt
Sound is good value for the price point. At least it sounds mastered for vinyl. However, I'm sure there are (or will be) more audiophile pressings.
vioexciter's avatar
vioexciter
Good dynamic bass recording. There are a few clicks, but it's even for the best with such a Bristol sound. I recommend it
bantern's avatar
bantern
This pressing far exceeded my expectations for the price point. Beautifully manufactured, I experienced no pops or crackles, and it sounds phenomenal. If you are a fan of Portishead, this is a great re-press to add to your collection.
Krzysztof.Jurzynski's avatar
The album is a masterpiece! But I’m so disapointed by my copy (variant 1 of the 2017 release). It is just terrible… awful… it’s flat, muffled… no relief. I have the CD from the original release and a quality AAC from the itune store to compare, on the same hifi system.
MrDayInTheUk's avatar
MrDayInTheUk
Lovely sound on mine. Quiet and full, with just the right amount of bass, mids and treble. Had this on CD for years but I much prefer this on vinyl. I’m not normally fussed about format as long as the end product sounds good, but this one feels right on record. Recommended.
Plus I’ve now got all their other albums on the way.
haroldlasvegas's avatar
From the “Dummy” Wikipedia page:

“In order to create a vintage sound, Barrow said that they distressed the vinyl records they had recorded by "putting them on the studio floor and walking across them and using them like skateboard", and they also recorded the sound through a broken amplifier.”

I notice the most crackle on “Glory Box”. It’s on the digital version as well.
motelgin's avatar
motelgin
Please contact me if you have a copy to sell. Thanks!
Maceo1977's avatar
Maceo1977
There are two versions of this reissue - 2008 and 2017. I can’t figure out which mine is as the notes for both versions claim they have identical speech marks around Dummy on the label. However, mine has all the same characteristics as both versions except the speech marks around DUMMY on mine are of the the “66” “99” variety and NOT identical. Can we get some clarification? I don’t want to open the record to read the matrix. Thanks

PS I’ve just looked up the original pressing of this record which has the ‘66’ ‘99’ speech marks around DUMMY so I’m going to assume that the earlier 2008 release (this version) is correct for anyone with the ‘66’ and ‘99’ and the later 2017 reissue must be the version with identical speech marks. I hope this makes sense!
Slanted-Enchanted's avatar
Bought from Ebay for about $21, the sleeve seemed flismy and the vinyl doesn't seem 180gram to me but after checking the matrix runouts this is definitely the pressing. It was quite dirty and required a wet cleaning. The overall mastering is very quiet with a lot of low end. However the mids and highs are lacking in clarity and detail, I had to adjust my EQ on my system. Not unhappy for the price but definitely expected a better package and mastering. 7/10 for me