Moby (album)

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Moby
Studio album by Moby
Released July 27, 1992
Recorded 1989–1992
Genre Rave,[1] techno[1][2]
Length 54:42
Label Instinct
Producer Moby
Moby chronology
Instinct Dance
(1991)
Moby
(1992)
Early Underground
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Moby is the debut studio album by American electronica musician Moby, released in 1992 on Instinct Records on July 27, 1992.

This album was subsequently re-released in 1993 as The Story So Far, with a different track lineup and slightly different cover art, which incorporates the different title. The song "Go" samples "Laura Palmer's Theme" from Twin Peaks, as well as the titular vocal from the song "Go!" by Tones on Tail. In the UK, the release dropped "Drop a Beat" in favour of "Thousand", the B-side to "I Feel It". The album's song "Thousand" also holds the Guinness World Record for having the fastest beats-per-minute (BPM) tempo, clocking in at approximately 1,000 BPM, hence its name.

Release[edit]

Moby was released by the New York-based independent label Instinct Records on July 27, 1992.[1][6] The album was issued without Moby's cooperation, with Moby stating that "all the songs are at least a year old. It's not entirely reflective of where I'm coming from right now." and that "the label had the legal right to put it out, the best thing for me to do is view it as more a retrospective and get on with life".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard M. Hall

U.S.
No. Title Length
1. "Drop a Beat"   4:20
2. "Everything"   4:52
3. "Yeah"   5:49
4. "Electricity"   3:29
5. "Next Is the E"   4:42
6. "Mercy"   5:44
7. "Go"   3:37
8. "Help Me to Believe"   6:33
9. "Have You Seen My Baby?"   4:09
10. "Ah-Ah"   3:46
11. "Slight Return"   4:30
12. "Stream"   3:09
UK
No. Title Length
1. "Everything"   4:52
2. "Yeah"   5:49
3. "Electricity"   3:29
4. "Next Is the E"   4:42
5. "Mercy"   5:44
6. "Go"   3:37
7. "Help Me to Believe"   6:33
8. "Have You Seen My Baby?"   4:09
9. "Ah Ah"   3:46
10. "Slight Return"   4:30
11. "Stream"   3:09
12. "Thousand"   4:24

The Story so Far[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ah Ah"   3:46
2. "I Feel It" (Next Is the E Remix) 5:57
3. "Everything"   4:52
4. "Mercy"   5:44
5. "Help Me to Believe"   6:32
6. "Go" (Woodtick Mix) 6:32
7. "Yeah"   5:48
8. "Drop a Beat" (The New Version) 2:40
9. "Thousand"   4:24
10. "Slight Return"   4:29
11. "Go" (Subliminal Mix Unedited Version) 4:28
12. "Stream"   3:08

B-Sides 1991–1992[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Breathe"   6:16
2. "Electricity"   3:27
3. "Thousand"   4:26
4. "UHF 2"   4:59

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Go"
"Drop a Beat"
  • Released: 1992
  • Chart position:
"Next Is the E"
  • Released: 1992
  • Chart position:
"I Feel It/Thousand"
  • Released: 1993
  • Chart position:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bush, John. "Moby - Moby". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Robert Christgau. "CG: Moby". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Greg Sandow. "Moby (1992)". Entertainment Weekly 133 (28 August 1992). Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Q (July 2000): 137. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 548. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ a b Flick, Larry (February 24, 1992). "Dance Trax". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 104 (43): 34. ISSN 0006-2510.