Move Any Mountain

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"Move Any Mountain"
Move any mountain.jpg
Single by The Shamen
from the album En-Tact
Released July 15, 1991
September 26, 1991 (USA)[1]
Format CD
Recorded 1990
Genre Electronica, electronic rock, house
Length 3:28
Songwriter(s) Colin Angus
The Shamen
Richard West
Producer(s) Paul Carter
Richard Searle
The Shamen singles chronology
"Hyperreal"
(1991)
"Move Any Mountain"
(1991)
"LSI (Love Sex Intelligence)"
(1992)
"Hyperreal"
(1991)
"Move Any Mountain"
(1991)
"LSI (Love Sex Intelligence)"
(1992)

"Move Any Mountain" is a song by Scottish electronic group The Shamen, first published under the title "Pro›gen". With an official remix by The Beatmasters, the song was re-released in the UK during the summer of 1991 and was their first top-ten single, reaching number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] It was the band's only top-40 hit in the U.S., where the song peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3]

In response to demand for remixes from fans,[4] the band released the entire sample list and a number of remixes on the album Progeny, which at the time meant the single and album release of the track made it the only record to chart on both UK Singles and Album Charts at the same time.[5]

The track was used for the entrance of Team Scotland during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow. The lyrics of the first verse also appeared as Super Hans' wedding vows in the second episode of the ninth series of Peep Show.

The cover includes the kanji 山 (yama, meaning mountain).

Music video[edit]

The promotional video was filmed on the slopes of Mount Teide, Tenerife. Shortly afterwards, Will Sinnott drowned off the coast of the neighbouring island La Gomera.

UK releases[edit]

Pro›gen (CD single 1990)
  1. "Pro›gen ('Land of Oz' Mix)" – 5:42
  2. "Light›span" – 5:41
  3. "Pre›gen" – 5:48
Pro›gen Remixes (12" single 1990)
  1. "Pro›gen (C-mix F+)" – 7:01
  2. "Pro›gen (7b)" – 3:50
  3. "Light›span (Soundwave)" – 7:43
Move Any Mountain – Progen 91 (CD single 1991)
  1. "Move Any Mountain (Beat Edit)" (remixed by the Beatmasters) – 3:30
  2. "Move Any Mountain (Landslide Edit)" (remixed by the Kid & John) – 3:48
  3. "Move Any Mountain (F2 Mello) – 6:12
  4. "Move Any Mountain (Mountains in the Sky)" (remixed by Caspar Pound) – 6:03
Move Any Mountain – Progen 91 (12" single 1991)
  1. "Move Any Mountain (Landslide)" (remixed by the Kid & John) – 4:51
  2. "Move Any Mountain (Devil)" (remixed by 'Evil' Eddie Richards) – 4:40
  3. "Move Any Mountain (Rude)" (remixed by the Goat) – 5:03
  4. "Move Any Mountain (I.R.P. in the Land of Oz)" (remixed by Paul Oakenfold) – 5:02
Progeny (3x12"/cassette 1991)
  1. "Move Any Mountain (Bang to the Beat of the Drum)" (remixed by Bryan 'Chuck' New & 'Evil' Eddie Richards) – 5:45
  2. "Move Any Mountain (Beltram Dub)" (remixed by Joey Beltram) – 5:30
  3. "Move Any Mountain (Rising High Dub)" (remixed by Caspar Pound) – 7:25
  4. "Move Any Mountain (Alta Vista)" (remixed by F Troop) – 6:16
  5. "Move Any Mountain (The Prelude to Paradise)" (remixed by Frankie Bones) – 5:12
  6. "Move Any Mountain (666 Edit)" (remixed by 'Evil' Eddie Richards) – 4:49
  7. "Move Any Mountain (Land of Oz)" (remixed by Paul Oakenfold) – 5:44
  8. "Move Any Mountain (Beatmasters Dub)" (remixed by The Beatmasters) – 3:56
  9. "Move Any Mountain (The Bones Break Mastermix)" (remixed by Frankie Bones) – 6:11
  10. "Move Any Mountain (Beltram Vox)" (remixed by Joey Beltram) – 5:20
  11. "Move Any Mountain (Landslide Vox)" (remixed by the Kid and John) – 5:27
  12. "Move Any Mountain (Rude)" (remixed by the Goat) – 5:40
  13. "Move Any Mountain (C. mix)" (remixed by Colin Angus and Mr. C) – 6:47
  14. "Move Any Mountain (Beat Edit)" (remixed by the Beatmasters) – 3:30
  15. "Move Any Mountain (Rude Edit)" (remixed by the Goat) – 3:44
  16. "Move Any Mountain (Landslide Edit)" (remixed by the Kid and John) – 3:48
  17. "Move Any Mountain (F Troop Edit)" (remixed by F Troop) – 3:27
  18. "Move Any Mountain (Oz Edit)" (remixed by Paul Oakenfold) – 3:39
  19. "Move Any Mountain (Bang Edit)" (remixed by Bryan 'Chuck' New & 'Evil' Eddie Richards) – 3:32
  20. 16 samples & beats – 5:39

The CD version of Progeny only contains 15 tracks, it omits tracks 8–12.

The "Alta Vista" mix is the same as the "F2 Mello" mix. The "Beltram Dub" mix, as published on Progeny, is the same as the "Beltram Vox" mix. "Move Any Mountain (Land of Oz)" on Progeny is the same as the original "Pro›gen ('Land of Oz' Mix)" (1990), slightly different from "Move Any Mountain (I.R.P. in the Land of Oz)" on the 1991 12", and from "Progen 91 (I.R.P. in the Land of Oz)" on En-Tact.

Versions[edit]

Versions published by One Little Indian Records in the UK
Title Remixer Length Format Year
Pro›gen
Pro›gen (7a)
Move Any Mountain (Beat Edit)
The Beatmasters 3:30 7"
Cass
7", 12", CD, Cass
1990 p
p
m


E
 
 
P
Pro›gen (Dub Mix)
Pro›gen (7b)
Move Any Mountain (Beatmasters Dub)
The Beatmasters 3:52 7"
12", CD
12", CD, Cass
1990 p
p
 
 
 
P
Pro›gen (C-mix F+) Colin Angus, Mr. C 7:01 12" 1990 p
Pre›gen Steve Osborne 5:48 12", CD 1990 p
Pro›gen ('Land of Oz' Mix)
Move Any Mountain (Land of Oz)
Paul Oakenfold 5:42 12", CD, Cass
12", CD, Cass
1990 p
 
 
P
Pro›gen (C-mix F-) Colin Angus, Mr. C Cass 1990 p
Pro›gen (C-mix Dub) Colin Angus, Mr. C 6:35 12" promo 1990 p
Progen (Land of Oz) Paul Oakenfold 4:07 12", CD, Cass 1990 e
Move Any Mountain (Rude Edit) The Goat 3:44 7", 12", CD, Cass 1991 m P
Move Any Mountain (Landslide) The Kid & John 4:51 12" 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (Devil) 'Evil' Eddie Richards 4:40 12" 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (Rude) The Goat 5:03 12" 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (I.R.P. in the Land of Oz) Paul Oakenfold 5:02 12" 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (Landslide Edit) The Kid & John 3:48 12", CD, Cass 1991 m P
Move Any Mountain (F2 Mello)
Move Any Mountain (Alta Vista)
F. Troop 6:12 CD
12", CD, Cass
1991 m
 
 
P
Move Any Mountain (Mountains in the Sky) Caspar Pound 6:03 CD 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (Bang to the Beat Dub) 'Evil' Eddie Richards, Bryan 'Chuck' New 12" promo 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (Caspars First Dub) Caspar Pound 12" promo 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (C-mix D.E.) Colin Angus, Mr. C, Ian Tregoning 12" promo 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (F2 Faster) F. Troop 12" promo 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (Whizz) 'Evil' Eddie Richards 12" promo 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (The Sound of Pro-gen) Ian Tregoning, Mads Bjerke, Steve Osborne 12" promo 1991 m
Move Any Mountain (666 Edit) 'Evil' Eddie Richards 4:49 12", CD, Cass 1991 E P
Progen 91 (I.R.P. in the Land of Oz) Paul Oakenfold 5:21 12", CD, Cass 1991 E
Move Any Mountain (Bang to the Beat of the Drum) 'Evil' Eddie Richards, Bryan 'Chuck' New 5:45 12", CD, Cass 1991 P M
Move Any Mountain (Beltram Vox) Joey Beltram 5:25 12", CD, Cass 1991 P
Move Any Mountain (Rising High Dub) Caspar Pound 7:25 12", CD, Cass 1991 P
Move Any Mountain (The Prelude to Paradise Beat Mix) Frankie Bones 5:12 12", CD, Cass 1991 P
Move Any Mountain (The Bones Break Mastermix) Frankie Bones 6:11 12", Cass 1991 P
Move Any Mountain (Landslide Vox) The Kid & John 5:27 12", Cass 1991 P
Move Any Mountain (Rude) The Goat 5:40 12", Cass 1991 P
Move Any Mountain (C mix) Colin Angus, Mr. C 6:47 12", CD, Cass 1991 P
Move Any Mountain (F. Troop Edit) F. Troop 3:27 12", CD, Cass 1991 P
Move Any Mountain (Oz Edit) Paul Oakenfold 3:39 12", CD, Cass 1991 P M
Move Any Mountain (Bang Edit) 'Evil' Eddie Richards, Bryan 'Chuck' New 3:32 12", CD, Cass 1991 P
16 samples & beats 5:39 12", CD, Cass 1991 P
Move Any Mountain '96 (Loaded Dub) Andy Ling 11:37 12" 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Unknown Pleasure Dub) Axis Shift 11:39 12" 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Tomka Mix) Rhythm Masters 7:30 12", CD 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Tomka Dub) Rhythm Masters 12" 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Tony De Vit Mix) Tony De Vit 7:32 12", CD 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Tony De Vit 7" Edit) Tony De Vit 4:10 12", CD, Cass 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Bush Flange Mix) Bush Flange 12" 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Sneaker Pimps Mix) Sneaker Pimps, Line of Flight 7:29 12", CD 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Forces of Nature Mix) Forces of Nature 12" 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Forces of Nature Dub) Forces of Nature 12" 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Beatmasters Radio Mix) The Beatmasters 4:02 CD, Cass 1996 M
Move Any Mountain '96 (Beatmasters 12" Mix) The Beatmasters 7:22 CD 1996 M

Legend: p = "Pro›gen", m = "Move Any Mountain – Progen 91", e = En-tact (1990), E = En-tact (1991), P = Progeny, M = "Move Any Mountain '96"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 104
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 21
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 4
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[2] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 38
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[13] 1

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Shamen - Move Any Mountain: Progen 91 - Single". Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Official Charts > Shamen". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / The Shamen > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  4. ^ Progeny sleeve notes.
  5. ^ The Shamen discography
  6. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 12 September 2016". Imgur.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Shamen – Move Any Mountain" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know > Search results for Shamen". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Shamen – Move Any Mountain" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Shamen – Move Any Mountain". Singles Top 100.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Shamen – Move Any Mountain". Swiss Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Billboard > Artists / The Shamen > Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
Preceded by
"The Pressure Part 1" by Sounds of Blackness
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
November 16, 1991 – November 23, 1991
Succeeded by
"Emotions" by Mariah Carey