As an old skool raver, I don't think there are any albums or compilations that include genuine track mixes (i.e. versions played in clubs) from the very early '90s; and I've looked really hard. It's mostly chart mixes, while few CDs contain tracks one would consider genuinely reflective of the scene pre-Prodigy. I have flight cases full of very early '90s dance tracks on vinyl, but these are typically 12" releases rather than albums.
This is from a slightly later period, though I consider it the pinnacle of progressive drum and bass:
Even if you're not into this kind of music, the album may surprise you. I still play the CD to this day and used it as a tester for my new CDP.
All that old stuff was the best but you are right when you say you just can't get it on CD. Loads of old vinyl on Discogs though.
Try the early Journeys by DJ series.
I have most from 1-14 and these are underground,not chart mixes.
Vol 1 the Billy Nasty mix really takes me back.
Stuff: Panasonic 46gt,110 blu ray.Yamaha YSP2200.Humaxt2 with hard drive.ArcamCD73 + A65 with B & W 603s3,Project something for vinyl + PC and CYP dac.
Great recommendation. Just found some of these on Amazon. Just purchased Vol 6 for 15p
Stereo: Amplifiers: Arcam Alpha 9 integrated & 9P power amp (bi-amped), CD Player: Arcam Alpha 9, Speakers: Acoustic Energy AE120s
Telly etc: Sony KDL 40EX-503, Sony BDP S360, Sky+HD
Thanks for the recommendation, but unfortunately even these aren't what I'm looking for.
The "Journeys" series features tracks from a moment when the scene was fragmenting -- what was previously known as hardcore (or breakbeat techno) evolved into darkcore and early drum and bass, while a separate techno/vocal house scene (then known as garage) broke away in parallel.
From what I can tell, the post-1992 house/garage scene is the "Journeys" series' focus. I was into the scene that preceded this fragmentation (clubs such as The Eclipse in Coventry and Milwaukees in Rushden). In my experience, CDs that claim to represent this scene and time feature the wrong track versions and are often padded out with chart stuff. The search continues.
I feel old now...
Boards of Canada - The Campfire headphase
Tycho - Past is Prologue
Echaskech - Skechbook
Christ -. Metamorphic Reproduction Miracle
AES Dana - Leylines
The Furture Sound of London - Lifeforms
Orbital - Snivilisation
The Black Dog - Music for real airports
The Orb - Orblivion
Death in Vegas - Satan's Circus
Bonobo - Animal Magic
Loscil - First Narrows
H.U.V.A. Network - Ephemeris
Prodigy - Music for the Jilted Generation
Banco De Gaia - Maya
Amon Tobin - Out From Out Where
Aeroc – R+B=?
Paul Oakenfold – Four Seasons - Winter
“Out beyond ideas of wrong and right, there is a field.
I'll meet you there."
Another for Mezzanine - Massive Attack.
Quite a few by Tangerine Dream.
Couldn't get it down to 5 and in no particular order:
Leftfield – Leftism
Hybrid – Wide Angle
Pet Shop Boys – Relentless
Jean Michel Jarre – Chronologie
Atmos – Headcleaner
Enigma - MCMXC a.D.
I would also include at least one Kraftwerk / Depeche Mode / New Order album but couldn’t decide on which.
SRM-tech Rega P3/GL2400 Talk Electronics Castle Howard
Rega Planet CD player > Hurricane/Tornado/ > speakers with
Denon TU-1800 DAB/FM Whirlwind amplifiers Tellurium Q Black
NuYorican Soul - NuYorican Soul
Pressure Drop - Upset
Grand Central Records - Central Heating Vol. 1
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
LTJ Bukem presents Logical Progression
Nad C320BEE (RIP), Temple Audio Monoblocks, Nad C521 BEE, EB Acoustics EB1 & Dac Magic
There's a new Prodigy album on Spotify
Prodigy - The Added Fat EP
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
32GB Sony NWZ-A846 Walkman > Westone UM3x
Wahey, now that's my specialist subject...
off the top of my head:
1. Hybrid - Disappear here
2. Rogue Element - Rogue rock (special delivery)
3. Ruff Driverz - Infidelity (amazing, amazing album- buy it it you haven't already!)
4. Plump DJs - Eargasm
5. Leftfield - Leftism (classic)
Also worthy of a mention: Prodigy's first three albums, Aphrodite, Utah Saints, (Adam) Freeland, Drumattic Twins, in fact quite a few...
Picking my fave five is quite a challenge!
EDIT Whoops missed Crystal Method...
Arcam CD72, Rotel RA02/RB03 biamp, TDL Studio 0.5 (or Wharfedale Coleridge- currently undergoing surgery...), QED Revelation s/c, Qunex 4S ics.
PC- Optical to Audio Alchemy DDEv1/Rotel RA935BX/Mission 780/VanDamme Studio Blue 6mm
... and Sunscreem's O3 album.
(how'd I forget that? Oh yeah I'm still half asleep..)
Anyway, thanks for the thread- I'm currently having a retro-dance cobweb-blasting session on my PC.
Currently kicking Chicane's 'Offshore' at nearly 12 on the volume dial. I think my 780s' woofers are going to land on the desk in a minute, but still sounding nice and clean...
Now for JX's 'Son of a gun' (JX Red Jerry Flog The Horse Remix). Ooowa- ooowa glow sticks n whistles n stuff.
U N K L E
+ Some Enigma and Bowie - Low what was side 2.
Apple Lossless - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40 or Marantz CD50SE (modded] - AVI ADM 40
also ATV3 into AVI ADM 9T [my wife's system] and Grado SR80i
Just been listening to Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust, forgot how good that album was.
Been listening to the Back to Mine catalog recently, tis good.
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