UnderworldA Hundred Days Off

Label:JBO – JBO1020102, V2 – JBO1020102
CD, Album
Style:Progressive House, Techno, House, Broken Beat, Downtempo


1Mo Move6:53
2Two Months Off9:07
4Sola Sistim6:26
5Little Speaker8:36
7Ess Gee2:20
8Dinosaur Adventure 3D7:55
9Ballet Lane3:39

Companies, etc.



Recorded, engineered and mixed @ Lemonworld (Essex, UK)
Mastered @ Soundmasters (London, UK).
Underworld live is also: John Newsham, Haydn Cruickshank, Pete the Greek, Chris Ridge, Darren Price.

Some copies stickered w/transparent sticker:


℗ 2002 Underworld exclusively licensed to JBO Limited for UK and Ireland; World excluding UK and Ireland V2 Music Limited. © Underworld exclusively licensed to JBO Limited for UK and Ireland; World excluding UK and Ireland V2 Music Limited. The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned owned by Underworld exclusively licensed to JBO Limited for UK and Ireland; World excluding UK and Ireland V2 Music Limited. UK-3mv/Pinnacle, Eire-Record Services, France-Sony Music, Germany/Austria-Zomba Distribution, a division of Zomba Records GmbH, Benelux-V2, Greece-V2, Switzerland-TBA, Italy-Sony Music Entertainment (Italy) Spa
Made in the EC.

Standard jewel case with clear tray including an 8-page fold-out booklet

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 033197 201023 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5033197201023
  • Label Code: LC01801
  • Price Code: CB801
  • Other: 707.2010.2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 to 8): [Sonopress logo] 50386181/JBO1020102 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 to 8): IFPI L0 30
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0744
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0761
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 07100
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 0776
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 0773
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI 0725
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 7): IFPI 0794
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 8): IFPI 0746

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  • Numanoid's avatar
    Many hidden references lurk in the shadows, "Twist" is reminiscent of D*Note's "Garden Of Earthly Delights"
    • getoutofhellfree's avatar
      Is this really the only vinyl press this got? Needs a repress for its 20th anniversary next year!
      • LeonardoA's avatar
        ' What is worth after the departure of Underworld Darren Emerson? ' was the question many critics loved working at the appearance of AHundredDaysOff. If a drastic change expected, will be disappointed. There is not much changed. Underworld is still the same, well-balanced music. AHundredDaysOff opens firmly with Mo Move and the single Two Months Off. Twist surprised by the remarkable mix of electronics and jazz. Furthermore, some slower songs that range from soundscapes to acid blues songs. Of the other faster numbers only Little Speaker against, because it could not long enough. Dinosaur Adventure 3D is more of the same, but certainly not less. Luetin, the funky closing track, builds meticulous on to a head. Underworld has proven, that they are also without Darren Emerson.
        • moire's avatar
          Edited 17 years ago
          Not engaging for me all the way through, but beautiful in places nonetheless. I don't consider it a disappointment at all -- did people expect them to keep looping "Born Slippy" for all eternity? The fact that they took on a lot of odd directions for this album confirms for me that Underworld is an art collective, not just a bunch of pop stars. (But they probably like being pop stars too.) As noted above and rarely contested, Two Months Off is an epic track on a level of success with Born Slippy. Completely beautiful and bright to me -- it's a song about naive love and the inspiration that comes with. It's why I like Underworld so much -- on one hand they're a true "electronic" act, but on the other hand they make songs about life more than tracks about machines. Their songs are about something sorta consistent I think (maybe inner conflict and loss involving love interests?), and so I feel them in a completely different vein than most other tech/house. Anyway, I'm getting off track.

          So yeah, Two Months Off is without a doubt the highlight of the record and a nice thing to hear after the melancholy and somewhat anxious opening (which is covered with a beautiful stream of vocals by the way -- I can't overlook how nice Hyde's voice sounds even when his lyrics reach the point of absurdity). What a great freakin' track. The thickest bursts of synths, samples, pads, chords and whatever the hell you could imagine crammed into the mix. The beat almost seems like an afterthought. I admire the engineering on this track because the percussion is unusually concealed in the mix -- you could probably take it out and still have a great track. But it's 909 programming at its best and goes a bit beyond the thump-thump underpinning of most Underworld tracks ("not that there's anything wrong with that") by getting quite spastic in the breakiest kind of 2-step manner. You do sorta have to turn this track up though, since it's not super-maximized and can sound a little washed out -- at lower volumes -- next to the flaringly finalized DSP sounds of today.

          Next up they take the "let's get kind of chilled and conventionally instrumented" route which is fine by me. Why should they have to keep churning out dance anthems? Smith seems to know a thing or two about music and plays some nice stuff here. But no, wait, no.... -- hey, it turns into a dance track! And a quite nice deep techy housey thing nonetheless. Lingerings of Detroit. Good.

          I'm not going to go through all the tracks, but basically they're very good until I hit "Trim." They were definitely trying to be "creative" here with some kind of folk/country/808 fusion thing going on. Doesn't work for me. It's not totally bad, it's just a case of, if I want to hear that kind of music I'll put on a different kind of album. Oh yeah, then they get into a classical guitar thing, which is kinda the same deal for me. But damnit, it's what no one expected them to do, and that's why they did it and that's why people hate on it and that's what makes this album awesome.

          Dinosaur Adventure 3D is yet another decent high-energy sawtooth banger. Leutin is an deep, entrancing epic about loss, disillusionment, and depressed states. It closes the album very, very nicely. I like this a lot. If you don't like the "alternative direction" tracks, skip them, but this is without a doubt the container for some of Underworld's truly memorable work.
          • andysharkey's avatar
            Edited 18 years ago
            I've been a fan of Underworld for many years, but this album is not up to thestandards of previous releases. that said, I feel it can't be judged on the same standards, as it's not the same team, just like we wouldn't judge Underworld MK1 against MK2. This album is a triumph. i haven't listened to it all that much yet, but already, I can say, th\t listening to the likes of "Trim" brings me right back to Dubnobass, and sometimes leaves me wondering exactly what Emerson brought to the party. But then I realise that "Mo Move", "Dinosaur", and especially "Leutin" could have been that much better with the Emerson touch...
            But, let's be clear, this is still a really good album!
            • anType's avatar
              Edited 18 years ago
              A lot of people were put off by this album, but I still can't understand why. I didn't really like it at first, but after a while, I've realized how great this album is. It does sound quite different to what Underworld have done previously, but I think it was a nice change of direction. The album is VERY VERY chilled and deep. It's almost ambient in places. However, I agree that some tracks do get boring after a while - for example, "Twist" and "Little Speaker", but I really love the rest of the album. Tracks like "Two Months Off", "Luetin" and "Mo Move" make it even more special.
              • halo99's avatar
                at first i was skeptical. it seemed a bit disappointing after the brilliant Two Months Off single was released, but after a month or so, it has really grown on me. A Hundred Days Off is an explosion of throbbing beats and beautifully assembled melodies. from the opening electronic chatterings of Mo Move all the way through the heart-pounding, pulsating action of Dinosaur Adventure 3D (one of underworld's finest) to the end, the duo has shown that they can still create captivating music despite the loss of Darren Emerson



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