Highly Anticipated Prodigy Album Is, Finally, Complete

But are they worth the wait?

Production on Prodigy's forthcoming album The Fat Of The

Land has come to a much delayed and long-awaited conclusion.

And it's

about time.

The uber-techno smash party, whose release date was postponed

numerous times as the band fussed over the final product, hammers its way into

stores on June 30 worldwide, and July 1 in the U.S. A source at XL, the band's

U.K. label, told ATN that the band was still mastering the disc up until the

end of last week.

The Fat Of The Land, released stateside by

Maverick, features 10 cuts and a bevy of guests. Mr. Scatological himself, Kool

Keith (known to most as Dr. Octagon) lends lyrics and vocals to "Diesel Power."

"Narayan" was co-written by Crispian Mills of Kula Shaker, and the album wraps

up with a cover of L7's "Fuel My Fire" sporting backup vocals from Republica's

Saffron.

"The tracks were only finished at the end of last week," XL's Anna

Dockrell said. "The amount of stuff we know about it is really slim. Most

people here haven't actually heard the whole thing even."

"Breathe,"

previously a hit in England, has just been released in the U. S. The song is a

slamming, up-tempo blast of snotty rock 'n' roll that rides on a cool techno

rhythm. The video is being aired on MTV.

Dockrell added that amid the

Prodigy's hectic summer tour schedule the group intends to record two

additional singles. "I imagine they're going to record new tracks to go along

with those, or remixes," she said.

The band's current tour schedule matches

their frenetic recording technique. The Prodigy is finishing up an eight-date

U.S. stint, and they'll fill Lollapalooza's rotating headliner slot on 11 tour

stops in July and August. Between these series of United States gigs, the group

will attend 10 European festivals giving 14 concerts in nine countries. Among

the Euro fests will be Britain's Glastonbury, where the Prodigy will play to a

crowd of 100,000.

Fat Of The Land's complete track listing includes:

"Smack My Bitch Up," "Breathe," "Diesel Power," "Funky Shit," "Serial Thrilla,"

"Mindfields," "Narayan," "Firestarter," "Climbatize," and "Fuel My Fire."