Experience (The Prodigy album)

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Experience
Studio album by The Prodigy
Released 28 September 1992 (UK)
20 October 1992 (US)
19 June 2001 (US re-release)
4 August 2008 (UK re-release)
Recorded Earthbound Studios and The Strongroom
Genre Oldskool jungle, breakbeat hardcore , rave
Length 59:28 (original release)
116:22 (two-disc re-release)
Label XL and Elektra (US)
Producer Liam Howlett
The Prodigy chronology
What Evil Lurks
(1991)
Experience
(1992)
Music for the Jilted Generation
(1994)
Singles from Experience
  1. "Charly"
    Released: August 1991
  2. "Everybody in the Place"
    Released: December 1991
  3. "Fire/Jericho"
    Released: 7 September 1992
  4. "Out of Space"
    Released: 9 November 1992
  5. "Wind It Up (Rewound)"
    Released: 29 March 1993

Experience is the debut studio album by English electronic dance music band The Prodigy. It was first released on 28 September 1992 through XL Recordings. It peaked at No. 12 in the UK Albums Chart in October. Apart from Liam Howlett, who is responsible for all the compositions, out of the rest three members at that time, only Maxim Reality provides contribution by performing the vocals on the last track.

Album information[edit]

A wide variety of artists in the breakbeat hardcore scene in the early 1990s are given respect and namechecked in the sleeve notes of the album, including SL2, Carl Cox, Moby, Tim Westwood, and Aphex Twin.[1]

On 19 June 2001, an expanded edition of the album was released in the United States, featuring a bonus disc of remixes and B-sides. It was released in the United Kingdom seven years later on 4 August 2008 as Experience: Expanded, with a gold cover and two extra tracks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[6]
Spin 9/10 stars[7]

Experience was well received. Allmusic gave the album 5 out of 5 stars, saying that it "shows the Prodigy near the peak of their game from the get go" and stating that "almost every song sounds like a potential chart topper".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Liam Howlett

No. Title Length
1. "Jericho"   3:42
2. "Music Reach" (1/2/3/4) 4:12
3. "Wind It Up"   4:33
4. "Your Love" (Remix) 5:30
5. "Hyperspeed" (G-Force Part 2) 5:16
6. "Charly" (Trip into Drum and Bass Version) 5:12
7. "Out of Space"   4:57
8. "Everybody in the Place" (155 and Rising) 4:10
9. "Weather Experience"   8:06
10. "Fire" (Sunrise Version) 4:57
11. "Ruff in the Jungle Bizness"   5:10
12. "Death of the Prodigy Dancers" (Live) 3:43
Experience Expanded disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Your Love" (from "Charly" single) 6:02
2. "Ruff in the Jungle Bizness (Uplifting Vibes Remix)" (from "Out of Space" single) 4:16
3. "Charly (Alley Cat Remix)" (from "Charly" single) 5:21
4. "Fire (Edit)" (from "Fire/Jericho" single) 3:24
5. "We Are the Ruffest" (from "Wind It Up" single) 5:18
6. "Weather Experience (Top Buzz Remix)" (from "Wind It Up" single) 6:53
7. "Wind It Up (Rewound)" (from "Wind It Up" single) 6:21
8. "G-Force, Pt. 1 (Energy Flow)" (from "Everybody in the Place" single) 5:23
9. "Crazy Man" (from "Everybody in the Place" single) 4:05
10. "Out of Space (Techno Underworld Remix)" (from "Out of Space" single) 4:44
11. "Everybody in the Place (Fairground Remix)" (from "Everybody in the Place" single) 5:07

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Poland (ZPAV)[9] Gold 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prodigy, The – Experience". Discogs. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b John Bush. "Experience". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly: 54. 1 August 1993. 
  4. ^ Robert Christgau. "The Prodigy". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Q: 133. December 1992. 
  6. ^ Record Collector. 
  7. ^ Spin: 166. September 2001. 
  8. ^ October 1992 "10 October 1992 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Polish album certifications – The Prodigy – Experience" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – The Prodigy – Experience". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Experience in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go

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