The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One

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The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One
Compilation album (Mixtape) by The Prodigy (Liam Howlett)
Released 22 February 1999
Recorded 1998
Genre Punk, big beat, funk, electronic
Length 51:21
Label XL Recordings
Producer Liam Howlett
The Prodigy chronology
The Fat of the Land
(1997)
The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One
(1999)
Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Prodigy Present: The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One is a 1999 solo mix album by Liam Howlett of The Prodigy (the latter was used as a moniker in this case), and it was initially produced for BBC Radio 1's mix show The Breezeblock.

There are 48 tunes from many artists mixed, scratched and cut. The album came about as a result of a 1998 guest DJ appearance by Howlett on Mary Anne Hobbs's Breezeblock show on the UK radio station Radio 1, producing a similar set.

In a bid to stop popular bootleg copies of the show, an official album, essentially an extended version of the Breezeblock mix, was released. The two mixes are not quite the same as permission to use certain tunes was not forthcoming for all samples. Most notable is the removal of The Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" which was also left off The Chemical Brothers's Brothers Gonna Work It Out DJ Mix but was left on the earlier promo release Radio 1 Anti-Nazi Mix.

Reception[edit]

  • Alternative Press (10/00, p.120) - Included in AP's "10 Essential DJ-Mix Albums" - "...Dark, raw and furious..."
  • Muzik (1/00, p.84) - Ranked #9 in Muzik's "Compilations of the Year '99" - "...as this glorious mash of styles signifies, Liam Howlett knows a thing or two about pop music....The track sequencing is equally inspiring."

Track listing[edit]

  1. Section 1 – 7:18
    1. Billy Squier, "The Big Beat" (1980)
    2. Run-D.M.C., "Here We Go (Live At The Funhouse)" (1985) - is labeled as "Intro Beats" in the CD booklet.
    3. Rasmus, "Punk Shock" (1998) - is mislabeled as "Tonto's Release" in the CD booklet.
    4. Hardnoise, "Untitled" (1991)
    5. Incredible Bongo Band, "Apache" (1973)
    6. The Chemical Brothers, "Chemical Beats" (1995)
    7. Syl Johnson, "Different Strokes" (1967)
    8. Ultramagnetic MCs, "Kool Keith Housing Things" (1988)
    9. Lightnin' Rod featuring Jalal, "Sport" (1988)
    10. La Pregunta, "Shangri La" (1978)
    11. Ultramagnetic MCs, "Give the Drummer Some" (1988)
    12. Time Zone, "Wildstyle" (1983)
    13. Chic, "Good Times" (1979)
  2. Section 2 – 6:44
    1. Bomb the Bass, "Bug Powder Dust" (1994)
    2. Trouble Funk, "Pump Me Up" (1984) - is mislabeled as being by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.
    3. The Charlatans, "How High" (1997)
    4. Prodigy, "Poison" (1995)
    5. Jane's Addiction, "Been Caught Stealing" (1990)
    6. Tim Dog featuring KRS-One, "I Get Wrecked" (1993)
  3. Section 3 – 6:03
    1. Babe Ruth, "The Mexican" (1972)
    2. The B-Boys, "Rock the House" (1983)
    3. The Chemical Brothers, "(The Best Part of) Breaking Up" (1996)
    4. Word of Mouth, "King Kut" (1985)
  4. Section 4 – 7:52
    1. DJ Mink, "Hey! Hey! Can You Relate" (1990)
    2. The KLF, "What Time Is Love" (1988)
    3. Frankie "Bones", "Funky Acid Makossa" (1988)
    4. Frankie "Bones", "Shafted Off" (1988)
    5. Frankie "Bones", "And the Break Goes Again" (1988)
    6. Meat Beat Manifesto, "Radio Babylon" (1990)
    7. Herbie Hancock, "Rockit" (1983)
    8. Prodigy, "Smack My Bitch Up" (1997) - not listed in the CD booklet.
    9. Public Enemy, "Public Enemy No. 1" (1987) - not listed in the CD booklet.
    10. The 45 King, "900 Number" (1992)
    11. Prodigy, "Molotov Bitch" (1996) - not listed in the CD booklet.
    12. Propellerheads, "Spybreak!" (1997)
    13. Beastie Boys, "It's the New Style" (1986)
  5. Section 5 – 4:57
    1. Sex Pistols, "New York" (1977)
    2. Fatboy Slim, "Punk to Funk" (1996)
    3. Medicine, "I'm Sick" (1997)
  6. Section 6 – 5:48
    1. D.ST., "The Home of Hip Hop" (1985)
    2. JVC Force, "Strong Island" (1984)
    3. Primal Scream, "Kowalski" (1997)
    4. Beastie Boys, "Time to Get Ill" (1986)
    5. Barry White, "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" (1973)
    6. Public Enemy, "Public Enemy No. 1" (1987)
    7. Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s, "Blow Your Head" (1974)
    8. T La Rock, "Breaking Bells" (1993)
  7. Section 7 – 3:59
    1. LL Cool J, "Get Down" (1987)
    2. Digital Underground, "The Humpty Dance" (1989)
    3. Uptown, "Dope on Plastic" (1989)
    4. Coldcut, "Beats and Pieces" (1987)
  8. Section 8 – 8:40
    1. London Funk Allstars, "Sure Shot" (1995)
    2. West Street Mob, "Break Dance–Electric Boogie" (1983)
    3. Hijack, "Doomsday of Rap" (1988)
    4. Renegade Soundwave, "Ozone Breakdown" (1988)
    5. The Beginning of the End, "Funky Nassau" (1971)
    6. The Jimmy Castor Bunch, "It's Just Begun" (1972)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John (1999-04-06). "The Dirtchamber Sessions, Vol. 1 - The Prodigy : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-28.