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The ProdigyWhat Evil Lurks

Label:XL Recordings – XLT-17, XL Recordings – XLT 17
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP
Style:Breakbeat, Hardcore, Techno


A1What Evil Lurks4:23
A2We Gonna Rock4:34
B2Everybody In The Place3:27

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Copyright Control
℗© XL-Recordings 1991
Made in England

Track A1 samples:
Dialogue from radio series The Shadow
Vocal from West Street Mob - Break Dancin' - Electric Boogie
Vocal from Ultramagnetic MCs - A Chorus Line
Horn from Madness - Night Boat To Cairo

Track A2 samples:
Vocal from LL Cool J - El Shabazz

Track B1 samples:
Vocal from Kool G Rap DJ Polo - Road To Riches
Vocal grunt from Big Daddy Kane - Big Daddy's Theme
Vocal from Circuit ft. Koffi - Shelter Me (Helter Skelter Mix)

Track B2 Samples:
Vocal from M.C. Duke & Merlin - Freestyle Part 2.

Packaged in a generic die-cut XL-Recordings silver and black sleeve.
Some copies have a sleeve sticker announcing the artist and tracklisting.
Also some copies comes with a press sheet.
Approximately 7000 copies pressed.

There has also been an official reissue XLXV 1501.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 012093 501765
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variant 1)): XLT-17-A1 PAULS' MT C
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side B (Variant 1)): XLT-17-B-1 THE EXCHANGE MT C
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variant 2)): XLT-17-A1 PAULS' MT H
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side B (Variant 2)): XLT-17-B-1 THE EXCHANGE MT H
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variant 3)): XLT-17-A1 PAULS' MT A
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side B (Variant 3)): XLT-17-B-1 THE EXCHANGE MT A
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side A (Variant 4)): XLT-17-A-1 PAULS' MT O
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Etchings Side B (Variant 4)): XLT-17-B-1 THE EXCHANGE MT O

Other Versions (5 of 19)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Android (12", 45 RPM, EP)Torso DanceTorso 12194Netherlands1991
What Evil Lurks (12", EP, White Label, Promo, Stickered)XL RecordingsXLT-17UK1991
What Evil Lurks (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP)XL RecordingsXLT-17UK1991
New Submission
What Evil Lurks (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, White Label)XL RecordingsXLT-17UK1991
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Music For The Voodoo People (CD, EP, Unofficial Release)Sonic BookSonic.011Italy1998
  • tranzyd's avatar
    Even at the back end of 1991 DJs where searching high and low for this one, changing hands in the clubs for £40-£50
    I was lucky enough to have 2 copies at the time and swapped one for 6 other records !
    • john66cofre's avatar
      i have one... 8709912
      xl recording 1991
      i hope that can help you....
      • ceesie's avatar
        Edited one year ago
        my copy has a phone number of 870-7511 (same as on the press release). everything else looks as per description for this release.
        the runouts are per variant 2 (not other releases, official or unoffical, have PAUL'S THE EXCHANGE).
        i've added a pic of the label.
        anyone know anything or also have this?
        best prodigy release by far imho!
        • classictraxuk's avatar
          Today Keith Flint passed away. RIP to the original fire starter.
          • Numanoid's avatar
            The syncopated bass line of What Evil Lurks is just amazing. Such a vital building block of The Prodigy's sound. Liam Howlett is a funk genius!
            • MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73's avatar
              What Evil Lurks. Starts off well with the breakbeat and vocal sample but the bass line is annoying.
              Android is an amazing stomper of a beat!
              Everybody In The Place dancefloor killer.
              We Gonna Rock! OMFG what a heavy track for 1991!
              • warptechno's avatar
                Was gutted when this got a reissue in 2004 and knocked about 500 quid off my original pressing's value. Was definitely the jewel in my prodigy collection back in the day when imho the Prodigy were still credible i.e. before all their current pop-punk nonsense.
                • Vinylogical's avatar
                  Be careful when buying this because 'Hard to find' records booted it along with lots of others such as Expose - Tell me why & CeCe Rogers - Someday. I think the way to tell is the matrix in the run out wax starts with 'HTF' but the records themselves look identical
                  • norepetitivebeats's avatar
                    Incidentally, this guy reckons he has the original Roland W30 that Liam made this with.
                    Check it out /watch?v=JjV849t1nMs
                    • coloboque's avatar
                      Edited 7 years ago
                      This record probably has changed my life - it was after The Fat of the land etc. I discovered their music once again from other side...I wish I wasn't 2 years old in 1991 or have a time machine to travel to early 90's raves :-) My friend gave on my b-day an original release it was a f-king best present ever. It does still sound great!