Genre/Style: Drum and Bass, Jungle
Release Year: 1995
Info: Goldie’s first studio album
CDs: 1 (one)
Tracks: 8 (eight)
Length CD: 74 minutes
Product Number: 3984282112
More Information: Goldie’s Website / Metalheadz Website
A couple of weeks ago I was in London, and walking around the West End with my wife, because we were looking for a huge CD store called HMV. We looked for hours (actually minutes, but I like to dramatise things), and when we did find it, we spend hours looking at CDs and DVDs. For a strange reason, I was looking for Goldie’s latest album, which is called “The Alchemist: The Best Of 1992-2012”. I couldn’t find it, looked everywhere, but it wasn’t in the Drum and Bass section, nor the pop artist section. I was dissappointed, because I was in HMV for a reason, and it wasn’t there. I was sad, because most CDs were not my cup of tea, but I didn’t wanted to go home empty handed. My eye quickly spotted this masterpiece, hidden behind a Spice Girls album. I don’t know who put it there, but we don’t need to worry: I’ve got it. It had a small sticker on it, stating the price. And it was cheap?! I was shocked again, a masterpiece for 6.99 pounds? How in Gods name is that possible? A painting only increases in value the older it gets, but a CD doesn’t? Weird world we live in…..
I picked up this album (and several others too, I could not resist myself), and walked out of HMV with a smile on my face. On another note: please keep HMV open! I’m from the 80s and grew up in the 90s, and I was never into vinyl, I was a teenager who adored (and still does) CDs, and I like to spend hours in a CD store. If you take that away, my childhood really comes to an end. And I never want to grow up. You see, for an oldskool DJ, going through vinyl boxes/crates is probably the closest thing to heaven, but to me, it’s going through CDs crates/boxes. I love it. I used to spend hours in a CD store in my hometown which is called ‘Satisfaction’, but due to the declining market, the amount of CDs they sell isn’t like it used to be. Don’t take it away, keep HMV open. Please! How else am I going to find those masterpieces? Online? Nope, thanks….
If you want to know how this masterpiece was made, there are a million interviews online, where Goldie explains everything. Even when he walked into Pete Tong’s office with his dog, it’s all on Youtube. One of the most inspiring interviews was the one where Goldie was asked questions by an Australian man (don’t know his name), and Goldie talks about literally everything. It’s quite inspiring stuff, and if you think that the music on this album is brilliant, I would suggest you to go into the mind and soul of mr Goldie, and watch it. But there’s so much information on the world wide web, it’s unbelievable. To really understand the music this artist made, you can listen to him talking about how the album was made etc, but to my knowledge, the only thing you need to do, is to open your soul, and let the music flow into your soul, and if it touches you, it will never let you go. NEVER.
It’s not hard to find the whole album on Youtube, each single has got at least 10 videos, so to actually listen to the album isn’t hard. But I would suggest to buy the actual album, if you can find it. Sadly, on the Metalheadz website it’s not listed, but if you go through those CD boxes in HMV, you might be able to find a copy. You might be lucky. Or try certain websites like Ebay, because you need this album. This was made several years ago, and still remains timeless, and the older you get, the more you appreciate the effort the artist made, to make the perfect album.
Here’s the tracklist of my copy of it, but there are (as stated on Discogs) 19 versions of this album?! I’ve got the one CD copy, but there were 2 CD copies made, with obviously more tracks. If you find a 2 CD copy, do buy it. The more tracks, the better!
01. Goldie – Timeless (Inner City Life, Pressure, Jah)
02. Goldie – Saint Angel
03. Goldie – State Of Mind
04. Goldie – Sea Of Tears
05. Goldie – Angel
06. Goldie – Sensual
07. Goldie – Kemistry
08. Goldie – You & Me
Many people have heard the most famous Goldie tune ever, which is called ‘Inner City Life’, but that specific track was actually part of a three way masterpiece, called ‘Timeless’. But you can not release a single which is 21 minutes long. Back in the 90s, when MTV ruled the world, the longest you could air your track, was around 3 minutes. I do remember many videos passing by too quickly, and during the 90s, many artists had to cut tracks to make it work on the radio and television. People would get bored if a track went on and on and on. I never liked radio edits or TV edits, they took away the power and feeling behind a certain track. Sometimes you just got to play the original track at it’s original length. But 21 minutes, that’s long. Or what about ‘Sea of Tears’? Such a beautiful track, but no video was made for it (I can’t find any on Youtube). If there was ever a video made of this, it should have been sponsored by a tissue company, because it will cause tears to fall/drip down your face. The sea, the whales/dolphins (I’m not a zoölogist, I can’t hear the difference), the beautiful guitar section: it works.
The second track on this CD, ‘Saint Angel’, is also a beauty. Well, each track is, but this one is ruff and raw, but touches a nerve, a sensitive nerve. You feel the urge to dance, and to open your heart and let the misery come out, and let this distinctive sound penetrate your soul, and clean it from bad karma. The drops are gorgeous, even the ‘tuned-up/distorted’ bird sounds work. Dark, edgy and beautiful.
‘State Of Mind’. Wow. To me, this sounds like Jazz. Drum and Jazz is probably the correct word for it. The power behind the lyrics can be felt, this track has got a feeling deeply hidden within it. The vocalist Lorna Harris takes you onto a journey you have never thought would be possible. It’s the same with ‘Angel’, the vocalist Diane Charlemagne touches you, grabs you with her strong and powerful vocals, and slaps you in your face. This is your wake-up call: open your eyes and get those hidden emotions out! She (for all you music nerds out there) was also the singer in the highly succesful group ‘Urban Cookie Collective’. I never liked the UCC, I prefer her singing bits on this album to anything else she has ever done. And also during this track you hear animals. What’s with animals, mr Goldie?
The drops during these tracks can be unsuspected. During ‘Angel’, this massive sound just grabs your attention, and blends nicely into the soft sections of the track. Even though you might think this track can not go dark, it does. With the next track, ‘Sensual’, Goldie takes us onto another journey. I don’t know if I should get horny or sad, but I do feel moved by this calm at first, banging throughout the rest of the track, masterpiece.
‘Kemistry’ is a beautiful track. It was dedicated to his former girlfriend Kemistry, who he had a relationship with when he made this track in 1993. Little did he knew, that she would die 6 years later. During an interview between Goldie and Uncle Dugs on RCFF, Goldie sheds a tear when he talks about the accident, and what kind of impact Kemistry had on him personally (when she was alive and after she passed away). It’s very moving, and with this track you get a certain weird feeling. Back in 1993, when he made this, she was alive and kicking. But now it’s got another feeling added to it: it’s the ultimate dedication you got give a person. She was into music, she was spiritual, she had such an impact on his life, and with this track, he pays some kind of tribute with all the honours she deserves. Even after all these years, Kemistry still means so much to him, and to all who knew her. This track captures beauty and sadness in one go. Beautiful.
‘You and Me’ is also a beautiful track. The usual characteristic sound and build up can be heard in this track. At first, you hear the piano taking over, but during the next couple of minutes, it blends into a darker and nasty bassdrum filled section. Building up the tension is what Goldie does best on this album, and with a blink of an eye, he takes away everything, takes you onto another road, and brings it back alive with a switch of a button. Magical.
What’s not to like? This whole album is a masterpiece, voted by many other websites and magazines as one of the best albums ever made. It’s voted as one of the ‘1001 albums you must hear before you die’. How’s that even possible? 1001 albums? You only need to listen to this album, and be enlightened. Nothing else has got the strength and diversity as this album has.
Most of the credits go to Goldie ofcourse, but we should not forget that he was joined in the studio with engineer/producer Rob Playford (a.k.a. Timecode), and they both worked on this album. As it says on Wikipedia, “Rob Playford… who did most of the programming and production, with Goldie generating the musical idea, rhythms and arrangements”. 4hero also contributed to this album, and let’s not forget the vocalists. But the main man behind this project, should not be forgotten: without Goldie no Timeless. I know that without the engineer there’s no track, but without the ideas, an engineer is useless. And Goldie provided them with ideas and ways to go to, leading them onto a certain path that no one has ever walked on before. Beautiful album, the only album you will ever need.
It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t like Drum and Bass, because this album isn’t all about Drum and Bass, it’s more. It’s not just Jungle, it’s life in all it’s purity. For example: ‘Timeless’ does reflect a human life. From the bad times to the good times, life does flow in mysterious ways. But it flows. Up and down, round and round. You can not expect to live a life without going through several stages, like happiness, sadness, etc. Life is packed with unprepared emotions, you just need to let yourself go into the flow, and even though it might be hard, try to embrace what has happened, and move on. Live in the moment, don’t look at the past and regret anything, because it made you who you are. And ‘Timeless’ does show me that a human life can be translated into a track.
See what this album does to me? I open myself up to you all, without exposing too much. If it does this much to me, imagine what it will do to you!
A timeless masterpiece. Shame that it didn’t increase in value, I think it’s worth at least a milllion pound. If people pay millions for a fat lady painted on a sheet of paper, they should pay millions for quality music. But if it would be pricey, no one could buy it, unless you were a millionaire, and it wouldn’t be able for the masses to listen to this. Oh, the irony.