Moby (album)

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Moby
Moby moby cover.jpg
Studio album by Moby
Released July 27, 1992
Genre
Length 54:42
Label Instinct
Producer Moby
Moby chronology
Instinct Dance
(1991)Instinct Dance1991
Moby
(1992)
Early Underground
(1993)Early Underground1993
Singles from Moby
  1. "Go"
    Released: November 30, 1990
  2. "Drop a Beat"
    Released: May 15, 1992
  3. "Next Is the E"
    Released: October 28, 1992
  4. "I Feel It" / "Thousand"
    Released: 1993

Moby is the debut studio album by American musician Moby, released in July 1992 by record label Instinct.

Content[edit]

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.

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.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 8/10[6]

Moby was released by the New York-based independent label Instinct Records on July 27, 1992.[1][7] In an interview with Billboard at the time of the album's release, Moby stated 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 my life".[7]

The album was issued without Moby's cooperation. In Martin James' book Moby < Replay – The Life and Times, Moby recalled that he was so angry about the release of the album that he actively spoke out against it in any promotional work. He went on to say:

The basic problem was that I had never wanted to put an album like this out. It was just a compilation with a few unreleased demos. Dance albums had always failed, I thought, 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. At the time, the first Prodigy album (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 debut album. But Instinct insisted on putting Moby out. Which kind of upset me a lot."[8]

By 2016, however, Moby had softened his stance on Moby and its Instinct Records-issued follow-up Ambient somewhat, stating that he "really like[d] them almost as odd time capsules".[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Moby.

US edition
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bush, John. "Moby – Moby". AllMusic. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (2000). "Moby: Moby". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Sandow, Greg (August 28, 1992). "Moby". Entertainment Weekly (133). Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Moby: Moby". Q (166): 137. July 2000. 
  5. ^ Berger, Arion (2004). "Moby". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 548–49. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  7. ^ a b Flick, Larry (February 24, 1992). "Dance Trax". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 104 (43): 34. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  8. ^ From the book Moby < Replay - The Life and Times by Martin James (Pg. 70)
  9. ^ Lindsay, Cam (June 16, 2016). "Rank Your Records: Moby Spontaneously Ranks His Nine Records". Vice. Retrieved July 18, 2016.