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.
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 found on Fallen: My Immortal, Imaginary, Whisper.
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 (yes, minus). 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 frontal cover was created by Rocky Gray.
The end of the album was originally supposed to include the song Listen To The Rain between the songs Eternal and Demise. Pre-releases of the album included this song, but the finished product didn't.
Origin's difference to other Evanescence records is that it features more electronic instrumentation and the tracks are more closely linked to each other.