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GrooveriderThe Prototype Years

Label:Higher Ground – 487219 9, Prototype Recordings – 487219 9
Format:
CD, Compilation
CD, Mixed
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Drum n Bass

Tracklist

1-01Codename John Feat. GrooveriderDreams Of Heaven
Producer, Mixed By, EngineerGrooverider
Written-ByR. Bingham*
6:06
1-02John B.*Secrets
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerJohn B
8:57
1-03OpticalGrey Odyssey
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerOptical
6:12
1-04MatrixMute
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerMatrix
4:21
1-05Codename John Feat. GrooveriderDeep Inside
Producer, Mixed By, EngineerGrooverider
Written-ByR. Bingham*
7:52
1-06DillinjaSilver Blade
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerDillinja
6:10
1-07Ed Rush & FierceLocust
Producer [Additional]Nico (4)
Written-By, ProducerEd Rush, Fierce
8:50
1-08Codename John Feat. GrooveriderWarned
Producer, Mixed By, EngineerGrooverider
Written-ByR. Bingham*
6:11
1-09BoymerangStill
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerBoymerang
7:54
1-10Lemon DCity Lights
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerLemon D
6:49
2-01OpticalGrey Odyssey
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerOptical
3:45
2-02Ed RushSubway
Engineer, Mixed ByDom & Roland
Written-By, ProducerEd Rush
3:48
2-03MatrixMute
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerMatrix
3:04
2-04Lemon D.*Going Gets Tuff
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerLemon D
4:51
2-05John B.*Secrets
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerJohn B
4:49
2-06DillinjaSilver Blade
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerDillinja
3:46
2-07Codename John Feat. GrooveriderDreams Of Heaven
Producer, Mixed By, EngineerGrooverider
Written-ByR. Bingham*
3:58
2-08BoymerangStill
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerBoymerang
4:32
2-09Cybotron Feat. Dillinja*Threshold
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerDillinja
3:24
2-10Codename John Feat. GrooveriderDeep Inside
Producer, Mixed By, EngineerGrooverider
Written-ByR. Bingham*
4:56
2-11Ed Rush & FierceLocust
Producer [Additional]Nico (4)
Written-By, ProducerEd Rush, Fierce
5:51
2-12Lemon DCity Lights
Written-By, Producer, Mixed By, EngineerLemon D
3:33
2-13Codename John Feat. GrooveriderWarned
Producer, Mixed By, EngineerGrooverider
Written-ByR. Bingham*
3:24
2-14BoymerangStill V.I.P. Mix
Remix, Producer, EngineerDom & Roland, Optical
Written-ByBoymerang
5:06
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Notes

Grooverider Presents The Prototype Years.

Tracklist for disc 2 is given on the tray, back cover lists only tracklist for disc 1.

Track 2-14 is credited to "Dom And Roland with Optical"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 099748 721990

Other Versions (5 of 16)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Prototype Years (3×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Compilation)Higher Ground, Prototype Recordings487219 1UK1997
The Prototype Years (CD, Compilation, Promo)Higher GroundACK 68560-S1UK1997
The Prototype Years (CD, Compilation)ColumbiaCK 68597US1997
The Prototype Years (Cassette, Compilation, Mixed, Promo, Sampler)Muzik MagazineRIDER 1UK1997
The Prototype Years (3×LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Promo)Higher Ground, Prototype RecordingsXPR 2339UK1997

Reviews

DJ_LiftedAndreaS's profile picture
DJ_LiftedAndreaS
Edited 2 years ago
Wow what a CD, both great and terrible at the same time... Track selection is just amazing for this release. The 3 stars I've given this release is for CD1 ONLY!

The elephant... why oh why did they pick GROOVERIDER out of all DnB/Jungle DJs out there at the time? (which would have been A LOT!). I'm sure someone like LTJ Bukem for example could have done a 110% better job on CD2 with the mixing. Instead, all Grooverider does is cue up and match volumes then fade out the leaving track. THERE IS NO FINESSE IN THIS MIX AT ALL. I could do much better with a Traktor S2 and a laptop..... and back then I probably still would have done better than Grooverider, while only being 12 years old. Quite positively I can say this is the WORST DnB mix I've ever heard.

Soo, in conclusion I wouldn't even get CD2 out of its case, all you're gonna be is disappointed.
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NJ78
Edited 3 years ago
Great compilation that has some amazing tracks on there – Silver Blade, Locust, Grey Odyssey, Secrets, Mute. And I think I’m right in saying that most of that lot were only on the album and never got released as singles. There’s also a number of tracks in the compilation from the Prototype 1990’s back catalogue that are worth checking out if you don’t own the singles.

As someone else has said the Grooverider mix CD is pretty poor, his mixing in parts is really disappointing. A bedroom DJ with a reasonable amount of beatmatching skill could do a lot better than Grooverider’s effort here.
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Original-Danger
Great album and considering it's oldskool era as it's from 1997 I think it still sounds as fresh today as it was back then so Grooverider has done a good job with this album as it stands the test of time and not only that as it never gets boring no matter how much you listen to it. An album flooded and plagued with nothing but wicked tunes and my favourites on here are "Secrets" from John B, the "Locust" tune from Ed Rush & Co (my way of putting it easier lol) and of course "Silver Blade" by the legendary Dillinja. The godfather of drum & bass shows us why he's called exactly that with this excellent album and some tunes sound more on the jungle tip than others but I like how Grooverider takes us on a non-stop drum & bass journey. Some of these d&b tracks to me sound quite dreamy and I like that on any album but more importantly Grooverider never ruins the album with cheesey tracks which I've witnessed by other artists but won't mention names. I thoroughly recommend this album to all those who are new to the drum & bass scene or music. Great tunes at their best and I've read reviews about Rider not mixing well on this album but I think he's done well so I ignore all negativity. This is one of the best drum & bass albums ever released and d&b probably wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Grooverider so all haters please jog on, grow up and show some respect... Great album from the best dj in the genre!
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Sloofman
excellent album but real bad mix by Grooverider :) someone should have another go...
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JohnnyTLuxury
Edited 7 years ago
John B. - Secrets. Nothing else. To this day.
That track made D' n' B for me. It was all Drum n Bass had. It couldn't get heavier, funkier, dancier...Nothing else.
And yes, to this day, the styles have evolved, for the better, for the worse. This track, singularly, will remain what it is: perfect.