The Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land

Double Album 2LP Black Vinyl Records, Repress

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The Fat Of The Land is the third studio album by English electronic group The Prodigy, originally released June 1997 via XL Recordings.

Few albums were as eagerly anticipated as The Fat Of The Land, the Prodigy's long-awaited follow-up to ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’. By the time of its release, the group had two number one British singles with "Firestarter" and "Breathe" and had begun to make inroads in America.

The Fat Of The Land was touted as the album that would bring electronica/techno to a worldwide audience. The Fat Of The Land delivers exactly what anyone would expect: intense hip-hop-derived rhythms, imaginatively reconstructed samples, and meaningless shouted lyrics from Keith Flint and Maxim.

Half of the album does sound quite similar to "Firestarter", especially when Flint is singing. Songs like "Smack My Bitch Up" and "Serial Thrilla" kick with a visceral power, but the production best are the funky hip-hop of "Diesel Power" and "Funky Shit", as well as the mind-bending neo-psychedelia of "Narayan" (featuring guest vocals by Crispian Mills of Kula Shaker) and the blood-curdling cover of L7's "Fuel My Fire", which features vocals by Republica's Saffron.

All those guest vocalists mean something. Howlett is at his best when he's writing for himself or others, not his group's own vocalists. "Firestarter" and all of its rewrites capture the fire of the Prodigy at their peak, and the remaining songs have imagination that give the album weight. The Fat Of The Land doesn't quite qualify as a flat-out masterpiece, but what it does have to offer is damn good.

This double album 2LP record set is a 2018 repress on black vinyl housed in a single pocket sleeve with printed inner sleeves, pressed in the UK via XL Recordings.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Smack My Bitch Up

5:43

A2

Breathe

5:35

B1

Diesel Power

4:18

B2

Funky Shit

5:16

C1

Serial Thrilla

5:11

C2

Mindfields

5:40

C3

Narayan

7:07

D1

Firestarter

6:43

D2

Climbatize

6:38

D3

Fuel My Fire

4:19

SKU 634904012113
Record Label XL Recordings
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number XLLP121
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 01 January 2018
Original Release Date (Year) 30 June 1997
Barcode # 634904012113
Shipping Weight 0.4400kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Single Pocket Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves, Repress
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Format VINYL LP

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