Experience (The Prodigy album)

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Studio album by
Released28 September 1992
  • Earthbound Studios
  • The Strongroom
56:54 (Expanded)
65:25 (Expanded UK bonus tracks)
ProducerLiam Howlett
The Prodigy chronology
What Evil Lurks
Music for the Jilted Generation
Singles from Experience
  1. "Charly"
    Released: 12 August 1991
  2. "Everybody in the Place"
    Released: 23 December 1991
  3. "Fire/Jericho"
    Released: 14 September 1992
  4. "Out of Space"
    Released: 9 November 1992
  5. "Wind It Up (Rewound)"
    Released: 5 April 1993

Experience (also known as The Prodigy Experience) is the debut studio album by English electronic music group the Prodigy. It was first released on 28 September 1992 by XL Recordings in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States.

Album information[edit]

Apart from Liam Howlett - who was the sole composer - of the additional three members at that time, only Maxim Reality actually contributed to the album, performing the vocals on the last track. 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, Orbital and Aphex Twin.[2] Experience peaked at No. 12 in the UK Albums Chart and went on to achieve platinum status in that country. It also went gold in Poland.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
Q4/5 stars[5]
Record Collector4/5 stars[6]

Experience received very positive reviews upon its release. 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".[1] Tom Ewing of Freaky Trigger commended the album as "four-minute-warnings, [...] hyperactive ravey blasts which boasted genuine irreverence rather than learned attitude."[9]

Moby credited Experience with changing his perception about dance albums; previously he felt that "dance albums had always failed [...] because they didn't work over the full length of the record. Mostly they were singles collections which was exactly what I didn't want to do," and noted that Experience "impressed me because they'd managed to create a full listening experience which encompassed various styles. This was the kind of vision I had for my [unmade] debut album."[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Liam Howlett.

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
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
Experience Expanded disc 2 UK bonus tracks
12."Android" (from What Evil Lurks EP)5:04
13."Out of Space" (Live from Pukkelpop 2005; previously unreleased)3:27


  • Liam Howlett – production, keyboards, synthesizers, sampling, programming, engineering
  • Maxim Reality – vocals on "Death of the Prodigy Dancers (Live)"
  • Simone – vocals on "Music Reach (1/2/3/4)", "Ruff in the Jungle Bizness" and "Rip Up the Sound System" (non-album song)
  • Alex Garland – artwork
  • Mike Champion – management


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992–93) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 163
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[12] 20
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 59
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 75
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 12
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[16] 5


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Poland (ZPAV)[17] Gold 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Platinum 300,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ a b c Bush, John. "Experience – The Prodigy". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Prodigy, The – Experience". Discogs. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "The Prodigy: Experience". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  4. ^ "The Prodigy: Experience". Entertainment Weekly: 54. 1 August 1993.
  5. ^ "The Prodigy: Experience". Q (266): 117. September 2008.
  6. ^ "The Prodigy: Experience". Record Collector: 83. [L]ike a runaway E-train peppered with proto-jungle breakbeats, euphoric piano, fairground keyboards and manic vocal samples, all forged by studio mastermind Liam Howlett.
  7. ^ Howe, Rupert (November 1992). "The Prodigy: Experience". Select (29): 84.
  8. ^ Reynolds, Simon (September 2001). "The Prodigy: Experience: Expanded: Remixes & B-Sides". Spin. 17 (9): 166. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  9. ^ Ewing, Tom (10 November 1999). "31. THE PRODIGY – "Out Of Space"". FreakyTrigger. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  10. ^ Moby < Replay - The Life and Times by Martin James (Pg. 70)
  11. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 13 September 2016". Imgur.com. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Prodigy – Experience" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Prodigy – Experience". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 04 October 1992.
  16. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 08 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Wyróżnienia - Złote płyty CD - Archiwum - Przyznane w 1997 roku" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  18. ^ "British album certifications – The Prodigy – Experience". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Experience in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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