What Evil Lurks

UK chart position: Did NOT Chart but reached No. 30 in the Dance Chart

What Evil Lurks vinyl What Evil Lurks A-side What Evil Lurks B-side What Evil Lurks promo sheet
February 1991, XL-Recordings, XLT-17
Torso Dance Records & XL-Recordings, TORSO 12194
27th September 2004, XL-Recordings 12", XLXV 1501

The very first release ever!

Rated 7.6/10 based on 57 votes.

The first demo Liam produced was an EP called What Evil Lurks in 1990. Liam originally offered this tune to Tam Tam Records. As Liam had previously been in Cut 2 Kill, who had signed a deal with Tam Tam, he decided to offer it to them. They refusedThe first release by The Prodigy consists of 4 tracks from the 10 track demo he gave to XL. This included an early version of Everybody in The Place. It was alot slower and much more empty than the final incarnation on Experience, showing us how many times Liam writes and rewrites a track before he's happy with it.

Using a single Roland W-30 Liam created most of the EP by simply assigning the various samples and drum loops to each of the W-30's channels, and mixed down to tape. The title sample "What Evil Lurks in the hearts of men" is taken from the 40s radio series "The Shadow" and you can thrill to your very own "Come on y'all" The bleeping noises that you can heard on Android are actually the W30's internal voices. Liam originally offered this tune to Tam Tam Records. As Liam had previously been in Cut 2 Kill, who had signed a deal with Tam Tam, he decided to offer it to them but they refused,

After this EP came Charly and everyone knows the rest.

Beware for fakes!

There are some whitelabel fakes going round nowadays! The whitelabel looks exactly the same as the original item apart from a few small differences:
- plain black sleeve
- Android is typed Androids
- XL-logo is slighty different than original
- there isn't a name engraved into the vinyl like with the original one ("THE EXCHANGE")

'What Evil Lurks' EP was evetually re-released in 2005. Only difference is the catalogue number XLXV1501 (on the original release XLT-17). Tracklisting is the same. The sleeve itself is slightly different (15th anniversary sleeves). Some vinyls came with a black sticker on the front.

 

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