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Origin
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Artist Evanescence
Released November 4th, 2000
Recorded 1999-2000 (Sound Asleep Studios);

2000 (Ardent Studios)

Genre Alternative, nu metal
Label Bigwig Enterprises
Length 46:27
Tracks 11
Singles 1. Whisper

2. Even in Death

Chronology
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Evanescence EP
(1998)
Mystary EP
(2003)


Origin is the first ever album by Evanescence. It was published by Bigwig Enterprises, a small label and the first label Evanescence took help from to release something.

Only 2000 copies were printed, and it isn't counted as an actual album by Amy and other band members. Instead, it is rather believed to be a "demo album" that aided in the creation of Fallen.

Background and developmentEdit

Origin was released on November 4th, 2000, in Little Rock, Arkansas. There are a lot of different versions, but there’s only one true track listing. Only 2500 copies of the original were ever produced. Bigwig Enterprises stopped selling Origin in early February 2003 (a day or two before the Daredevil Soundtrack album was released) and removed it from their catalog.

Amy Lee doesn't consider it as an album, but rather a collection of demos that they "dressed up" to send to different major labels. The album contains early versions of songs later found on Fallen: "My Immortal", "Imaginary", "Whisper".

Contrary to popular belief, the album was not intended as a "shopping" album for record labels (i.e. talent scouting). Evanescence shopped to labels some Origin songs remade with the help from the band Dust for Life, after the producer Pete Matthews had decided to invest his time in promoting Evanescence project.

The front cover was photographed by Rocky Gray, and the artwork was designed by Adrian James.

Composition Edit

Origin's difference to other Evanescence records is that it features more electronic instrumentation and the tracks are more closely linked to each other.

Outtakes Edit

The original release contained a hidden track, which is located before the first track. In order to hear it, you have to rewind (while hearing what you are rewinding) the first song and reach -0:24. It is an outtake of the end of the bridge of "Anywhere", featuring Amy Lee and David Hodges singing and a quote from the movie My Boyfriend's Back:
"There's a lot of prejudice against the undead."

The album was originally supposed to include the song "Listen To the Rain" that was to fade in at the end of "Eternal". Pre-releases of the album included this song, but the finished product didn't. "Demise" was suppose to become its own track, but ended up replacing "Listen To the Rain".

"Catherine" and "Spanish" were also supposed to be on Origin, but didn't get recorded.

Cast Edit

Line Up Edit

Guests Edit

  • William Boyd - bass on "Away From Me"
  • Bruce Fitzhugh - vocals on "Lies"
  • Stephanie Pierce - background vocals on "Lies"
  • Suvi Petrajajvri, Sara Moore, Catherine Harris and Samantha Strong - female vocal ensemble on "Field of Innocence"

Tracks Edit

No. Title Length
1. "Origin" :35
2. "Whisper" n/a
3. "Imaginary" n/a
4. "My Immortal" 4:22
5. "Where Will You Go" n/a
6. "Field Of Innocence" 5:14
7. "Even In Death" 4:09
8. "Anywhere" 6:04
9. "Lies" 3:50
10. "Away From Me" 3:31
11. "Eternal" 6:05

Outtakes Edit

No. Title Length
1. "Listen To The Rain" n/a
2. "Demise" n/a
3. "Catherine" n/a
4. "Spanish" n/a

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BookletEdit

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