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Timeless (Goldie album)

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Studio album by
Released7 August 1995 (1995-08-07)
  • 105:47 (2×CD and 2×MC)
  • 75:04 (CD and MC)
  • 54:46 (2×LP)
Goldie chronology
Saturnz Return
Singles from Timeless
  1. "Inner City Life"
    Released: 21 November 1994
  2. "Angel"
    Released: 1995

Timeless is the debut studio album by British electronic musician Goldie. It was released on 7 August 1995 and is universally regarded as a groundbreaking release in the history of drum and bass music.[1]


Goldie was joined in the studio by engineer/producer Rob Playford (founder of the Moving Shadow label), who did most of the programming and production, with Goldie generating the musical ideas, rhythms and arrangements. Additional engineering and production came from Dego and Marc Mac of 4hero. Diane Charlemagne and Lorna Harris contributed the bulk of the vocals. Its title track includes what has become the most recognisable and crossover hit from the album, "Inner City Life". Tracks such as "Angel", "You & Me" and "Kemistry" (dedicated to DJ Kemistry) appeared in remastered form from their original 1992/93 versions.

Released on Pete Tong's FFRR label, the album reached no. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. Timeless was simultaneously released as a double album and single album. The single album removed four tracks and featured the original mix of "Sensual". The US release of the double album appended two bonus remixes.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Consumer GuideC+[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
The Guardian[5]
Los Angeles Times[6]
Music & MediaFavorable[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[10]

It is listed as one of the best albums of all time in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[1]

  • Spin (12/95, p. 63) – Ranked No. 17 on Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '95.'
  • Spin (12/95, p.81) – 9 – Near Perfect – "A fall of light into the urban endzone... Goldie has taken jungle to a more expansive level here, fusing its ominous bad-boy polyrhythms with gorgeous diva vocals, rich piano playing, and upbeat jazzy chords that dissolve into ambient clouds...brings jungle to a new level of cross-fertilization..."
  • Alternative Press (1/96, p. 80) – "Starting with the increasingly familiar... palette of jungle/drum and bass music, Goldie and his Metalheadz sculpt expansive sonic constructions that elude the linear confines of descriptive language."
  • Melody Maker (12/23-30/95, pp. 66–67) – Ranked No. 8 on Melody Maker's list of 1995's 'Albums of the Year' – "The jungle underground's figurehead... Massive and jaw-droppingly ambitious."
  • Village Voice (2/20/96) – Ranked No. 23 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
  • New York Times (1/6/96, p. C16) – Included in Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 – "The frenetic break beats of Great Britain's jungle dance-music rub against lush ambient music, live instruments and a technology-addled sense of soul..."
  • NME (12/23–30/95, pp. 22–23) – Ranked No. 10 in NME's `Top 50 Albums of the Year' for 1995 – "An astonishing...symphony of whizzing breakbeats, fluid soundscapes and mind-warping moodswings..."[12]
  • The Guardian – Described the release of the album as one of the "50 key events in the history of dance music" in 2011.[13]

Track listing[edit]

2×CD edition

All tracks are written by Goldie, except where noted

Disc one
1."Timeless: Inner City Life/Pressure/Jah"Goldie, Diane Charlemagne, Rob Playford21:01
2."Saint Angel" 7:14
3."State of Mind"Goldie, Playford7:05
4."This Is a Bad" 5:56
5."Sea of Tears"Goldie, Playford12:03
6."Jah the Seventh Seal"Goldie, Playford6:36
Disc two
1."A Sense of Rage" (Sensual V.I.P mix)Goldie, Playford7:05
2."Still Life" 10:50
3."Angel" 4:56
4."Adrift"Goldie, Justina Curtis8:29
5."Kemistry" 6:48
6."You & Me" 7:04
7."Inner City Life (Baby Boy's edit)" (US bonus track; remix by Photek) 3:34
8."Inner City Life (Rabbit's Short Attention Span edit)" (US bonus track; remix by Rabbit in the Moon) 4:20

CD/cassette edition

1."Timeless: Inner City Life/Pressure/Jah"Goldie, Diane Charlemagne, Rob Playford21:01
2."Saint Angel" 7:14
3."State of Mind"Goldie, Playford7:05
4."Sea of Tears"Goldie, Playford12:03
5."Angel" 4:56
6."Sensual" 8:13
7."Kemistry" 6:48
8."You & Me" 7:04

The cassette release is identical to the single CD release, with three songs on the first side and five on the second side.

2×LP/vinyl edition

Sides A/B
1."Saint Angel"7:14
2."This Is a Bad"5:56
3."Kemistry" (V.I.P mix)5:35
4."You & Me"7:04
Sides C/D
5."Still Life" 10:50
6."Still Life" (V.I.P mix; The Latino Dego in Me) 5:26
7."Jah the Seventh Seal"Goldie, Playford6:36
8."A Sense of Rage" (Sensual V.I.P mix)Goldie, Playford7:05


Chart performance for Timeless
Chart (1995) Peak
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[14] 46
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 7


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  2. ^ Bush, John. "Timeless – Goldie". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Goldie: Timeless". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Goldie". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-857-12595-8.
  5. ^ Smith, Andrew (4 August 1995). "Goldie: Timeless (ffrr)". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Romero, Dennis (3 December 1995). "Goldie; 'Timeless', FFRR". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  7. ^ "New Releases: Albums" (PDF). Music & Media. 30 September 1995. p. 9. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  8. ^ Howe, Rupert (August 1995). "Midas Rush". Muzik. No. 3. p. 67.
  9. ^ Fadele, Dele (5 August 1995). "Goldie – Timeless". NME. Archived from the original on 14 October 2000. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  10. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (2004). "Goldie". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 335. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ Davis, Erik (January 1996). "Goldie: Timeless". Spin. Vol. 11, no. 10. p. 81. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Goldie – Timeless CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 13 January 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  13. ^ Richard Vine. "Goldie releases Timeless | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – Goldie – Timeless". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Goldie – Timeless". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 August 2022.

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