Portishead ‎– Dummy

Go! Beat ‎– 828 522-1
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A1 Mysterons
Theremin [Thereman] – Adrian Utley
A2 Sour Times
Electric Piano [Rhodes], Organ [Hammond] – Neil SolmanWritten-By – H Brooks*, L Schifrin*, O Turner*
A3 Strangers
Written-By – W Shorter*
A4 It Could Be Sweet
Drum Programming – Richard Newell (3)
A5 Wandering Star
Drums – Geoff BarrowOrgan [Hammond] – Gary BaldwinWritten-By – M Dickerson*, C W Miller*, H R Brown*, H Scott*, J Goldstein*, L Oskar*, L Jordan*, S Allen*
B1 Numb
Organ [Hammond] – Gary Baldwin
B2 Roads
Arranged By [Strings Arrangement] – Adrian Utley, Geoff BarrowElectric Piano [Rhodes] – Neil SolmanFlute [Nose Flute] – Dave Mc Donald*Strings – Adrian Utley, Strings Unlimited
B3 Pedestal
Trumpet – Andy Hague
B4 Biscuit
Written-By – J Ray*
B5 Glory Box
Organ [Hammond] – Adrian UtleyWritten-By – I Hayes*

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Vinyl contained in full-color gloss varnish liner with track credits.

All tracks recorded at State of Art and Coach House Studios, Bristol, with additional mixing at Moles Studio, Bath.

Track A2 contains samples from "Danube Incident" written & performed by Lalo Schifrin and a percussion sample from "Spin-It Jig" written by Henry Brooks and Otis Turner performed by Smokey Brooks
Track A3 contains samples from "Elegant People" written & performed by Weather Report
Track A5 contains samples from "Magic Mountain" written & performed by Eric Burdon & War
Track B4 contains samples from "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" written & performed by Johnnie Ray
Track B5 contains samples from "Ike's Rap III" written & performed by Isaac Hayes

©1994 Go! Discs Limited.
℗1994 Go! Discs Limited.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 42282 85221 2
  • Label Code: LC 7192
  • Other (Distribution code): BA 281
  • Rights Society: BIEM / MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Wax, Hand-etched): 828-522-1-A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Wax, Stamped): DFI 94 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Wax, Hand-etched): 828-522-1-B-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Wax, Stamped (Label Overlap)): DFI 94 6 828 522 B1

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December 6, 2016
'roads' will echo through eternity in the same way that 'unfinished symphony' does,or at least it certainly should.borne of the same era and general 'trip hop' fraternity.my only regret is that I was ever so slightly too young to appreciate it at the time.i was generally caught up in hard dance music,so much of which,in retrospect,was entirely disposable when compared to this.at least I can listen to it over 20 years later and shed a tear.thankyou Portishead. X


November 4, 2016

The album speaks for itself. And the Vinyl release is superb. The fact that this album is a single disc release, and still sounds this good is almost unbelievable. All respect to Portishead and also the engineers that squeezed 5 tracks on a single side of the vinyl and got this level of quality. Definitely one of the records that can be enjoyed on many levels. This is a work of professionals.


November 18, 2015
One of the best and quite original trip-hop albums. Definitely worth having if you're into this great genre. Everything But the Girl comes close to this. Both albums have alot of similarities.


September 30, 2015

This album is archetypal of trip-hop. With out a question one of my favourite albums that I have ever had the pleasure to drop a needle on.


August 19, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
Great LP, essential 90s, surprised that it's not worth more already


May 14, 2014
I've been listening to this album for 2-3 years at least 2 times a day somewhere around middle 90s, one of those 10 which I'd take to desert island. When I finally had an opportunity to hear it life in 2012, it just ensured me that the turntablist and scratch sound is really unseparable in this lp like beth gibons' voice...if I happens that I will start loosing my memory at the age of 70 I think this records will help me out with this unevitable problem:) 5/5


April 12, 2013

best trip-hop album ever !
and one of tha best album ever !


February 9, 2010

Somewhere, up there, the God Of Music has a very large wooden bench covered in all his notes, paperwork and things like Mercury Music Prize replicas. Upon this bench, from time to time over the decades, he has occasionally made a mark. A mark to remind himself of the moments when a recording arrived that made him get off his celestial bike and go back for another listen.

If you were to be able to see this mark you'd see it isn't just a simple cut that has been made. There's a kind of patina around it. Little tiny scratches, emanating from it like the mysterious crisscross patterns on the plains of Nazca. If, like Alice, you were able to shrink yourself down real small, then you could explore them. Some you'd have to hop over. Now and then you might trip. Like a dummy, you might just have to sit there in awe at the wonderment and complexity of it all. A benchmark that's well worth buying a ticket and taking a trip to...


August 12, 2008
Despite its sheer brilliance, 'Dummy' is more of a necessary debut which sounds a bit calculated. Which is mostly due to its predominantly slow pace - although the 'noir' effect in the sound is all Portishead's signing. At the time, Tricky and Massive Attack largely dominated and informed the trip-hop forum (personally I always hated the 'trip-hop' tag), including this timeless classic.

From the point where she might be a female Thom Yorke, weeping out of depression, Beth Gibbons' is actually one the most unique voices in the music business. White singers sing with a passion all of their own, however, it is quite rare to have a talent of a black singer - which Gibbons makes quite a match (especially in the group's most astonishing (or popular) moment of 'Glory Box' - which sadly seems to have one of the most stupid fade outs to a song).

'Dummy' is a deserved act of cool but the group's next two albums are far more diverse and dynamic, despite the morbid aspects or their ever-present monotony.


October 30, 2002

"trip-hop"? "downtempo"? although it is a dark record, between beth gibbons' tortured voice, geoff barrows' beats, scratches and samples, and adrian utleys' jazzy guitar: this album is pure sex.

don't believe me? try it.