Aphex Twin ‎– Richard D. James Album

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Sire ‎– 62010-2, Warp Records ‎– 62010-2
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CD, Album
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Credits on back cover:
Written and Produced by Me.
Sleeve by Me and Johnny Clayton.

Oh and by the way "Aphex is a registered trademark of Aphex Systems Limited and is used by permission"

Release includes the "Girl/Boy" E.P. tracks.

Comes in a Warner Bros. Records branded jewelcase.

Sire Record Company, distributed by Elektra Entertainment Group, a Division of Warner Communications Inc. A Time Warner Company. ℗ © 1996 Sire Records Company for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding Europe. Printed in the U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7559-62010-2 5
  • Barcode (Scanned): 075596201025
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): (WEA Mfg. Olyphant logo) X793 2 62010-2 02 M1S14
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): (WEA Mfg. Olyphant logo) X793 2 62010-2 02 M1S4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3, 4, 6): (WEA Mfg. Olyphant logo) X793 2 62010-2 02 M1S8
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): (WEA Mfg. Olyphant logo) X793 2 62010-2 02 X M4 S1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1 to 6): ifpi L902
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U3T
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U3O
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 2U3C
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 2U3D
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): none
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI 2U4E

Other Versions (5 of 40) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WarpCD43 Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album(CD, Album) Warp Records WarpCD43 UK 1996 Sell This Version
WPCR-928 Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album(CD, Album) Sire WPCR-928 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
WarpCD43, WARP CD 43, WARP CD43, SON 129, SON129 Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album(CD, Album, RE) Warp Records, Warp Records, Warp Records, Sonic Records (2), Sonic Records (2) WarpCD43, WARP CD 43, WARP CD43, SON 129, SON129 Europe 2007 Sell This Version
2-62010-P Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album(CD, Album, Promo) Sire 2-62010-P US 1996 Sell This Version
BLCD 17, BLCD17, WARP CD 43 Aphex Twin Richard D. James Album(CD, Album) Borderline Records (5), Borderline Records (5), Warp Records BLCD 17, BLCD17, WARP CD 43 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version

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December 13, 2010
although not the first drum 'n' bass record, this has in many ways become the defining drum 'n' bass record, quite possibly the apex of the genre.

the first thing to understand is that "drum 'n' bass" is a terrible way to describe the music; while there are drums and basses, there are also synthesizers, samplers and even some guitars. the best tracks on this record are actually firmly within the realm of symphonic pop; these are not songs so much as they are compositions, every part carefully mapped and scored out, including the amazing drum machine work. whereas most contemporaries were splitting up drum samples of old 70's funk tracks, rdj just programmed them and then cut them up, which makes the record more fluid and organic than most drum 'n' bass of the period, indeed, of ever. while it's clear that the drums are electronic, the only thing that separates them as being programmed and not played is the fact that there is no drummer on earth that could actually play these parts.

another ground breaking thing that rdj has done here is in his sampling work. by using high quality samples of real instruments and plugging them into software synths [and i may also point out that this was one of the first records to use software synths, in fact this record virtually saved the software synth industry, which was going nowhere at the time as there was an anti-digital analog revival happening in electronic music], he is able to slowly build entire symphonies out of his midi controller setup that sound remarkably convincing.

this may not come off as groundbreaking to the average kid fucking around with ableton nowadays, but the truth is that this record made the drum 'n' bass genre respectable, it let it shed it's image of being full of musical illiterates pushing buttons and stealing samples and presented it as the obvious way for creative geniouses with a combined musical and technical background to express themselves. it is highly recommended to everybody on the planet; it may even be argued that this record is essential for anybody that likes music at all!

it's only major drawback is it's short length. at 33 minutes, it's just not long enough. while the whole record is amazing from start to finish, high points are in tracks 4 (which sounds like a string quartet playing at the bottom of the ocean, enjoying the prancing fish and dolphins as they float by (never mind the fact that dolphins eat fish. while this song is playing, they don't.)) and the masterpiece that is girl/boy song, which somehow channels the mind of mozart. if the man was alive in this age, girl/boy is precisely what he would be writing...
Farqussus

Farqussus

September 6, 2002

One of the best ever Richard D. James releases just got better! Well, it got better about 6 years ago now, but with the additional Girl/Boy remixes, this album is now long enough and even better than the excellence it previously displayed.