Prodigy Mix Album Delayed By Beatles Rebuff

A new DJ mix album being put together by Prodigy's Liam Howlett suffered a minor setback when he was denied permission to use music by the Beatles on the project and had to replace the tracks with material by Jane's Addiction.

"Prodigy Present The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume 1" was scheduled for a February 1 release in Britain, but it's now been pushed back to at least February 15.

Britain's PA News reports that while Paul McCartney had no qualms about the band using material from the classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, the record label, Apple, said no and declined to license the music. The label's policy apparently only allows Beatles tracks on Beatles records. The material was removed from the Prodigy record and "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction was used in its place.

A spokesperson for Howlett told the news service that they've had to work on getting clearance for roughly 52 tracks used on the album, and that the process has not been easy.

Many of the tracks are on small and hard-to-find hip-hop labels that may or may not still be in business.

A Prodigy newsletter describes the new record as a "densely-packed fifty-minute trip through the sounds that have influenced Liam's music, taking in raw hip-hop, edgy rock and a fine selection of prime old-school beats."

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