Experience (The Prodigy album)

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Experience
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Studio album by The Prodigy
Released 28 September 1992
Studio
  • Earthbound Studios
  • The Strongroom
Genre
Length 59:28
56:54 (Expanded)
65:25 (Expanded UK bonus tracks)
Label
Producer Liam Howlett
The Prodigy chronology
What Evil Lurks
(1991)
Experience
(1992)
Music for the Jilted Generation
(1994)
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 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 is responsible for all the compositions, out of the additional three members at that time, only Maxim Reality provides contribution by 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.

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
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
Q4/5 stars[5]
Record Collector4/5 stars[6]
Select5/5[7]
Spin9/10[8]

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 written by Liam Howlett.

No.TitleLength
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

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992-93) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 163
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 20
French Albums (SNEP)[13] 59
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 75
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Poland (ZPAV)[16] Gold 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Platinum 300,000^

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

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Polish album certifications – The Prodigy – Experience" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. 
  17. ^ "British album certifications – The Prodigy – Experience". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Experience in the search field and then press Enter.

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