Aphex Twin ‎– Selected Ambient Works 85-92

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Apollo ‎– AMB LP 3922
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
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Tracklist

A1 Xtal 4:51
A2 Tha 9:01
A3 Pulsewidth 3:47
B1 Ageispolis 5:21
B2 i 1:13
B3 Green Calx 6:02
B4 Heliosphan 4:51
C1 We Are The Music Makers 7:42
C2 Schottkey 7th Path 5:07
C3 Ptolemy 7:12
D1 Hedphelym 6:02
D2 Delphium 5:36
D3 Actium 7:35

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Notes

First pressing, with no barcode on the sleeve, no catalog number on sleeve or labels, and containing 3 tracks each on sides C & D.
Some were also pressed with unprinted labels: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

Later pressings:
Same sleeve & labels but different matrix codes: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
Same sleeve & labels but different matrix codes; plays 4 tracks on side C and 2 on side D: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
With barcode on lower right of back cover: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
With barcode on upper right of back cover: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

Made in Belgium

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: none
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): AMB LP A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): AMB LP 3922 B2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): AMB LP C2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): AMB LP 3902- D2

Other Versions (5 of 39) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AMB 3922 CD, AMB 3922CD Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(CD, Album, RE) Apollo, Apollo AMB 3922 CD, AMB 3922CD Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
AMBLP3922 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Apollo AMBLP3922 UK 2018 Sell This Version
RS 2006/01 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) R & S Records RS 2006/01 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
AMB3922XI Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial, Pur) Apollo (17) AMB3922XI 2011 Sell This Version
AMB3922XI Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) R & S Records (2) AMB3922XI UK 2011 Sell This Version

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cadd9

cadd9

June 7, 2018
Vinyl reissue coming at the end of June 2018 via Phonica Records!
WaxFinderGeneral

WaxFinderGeneral

May 9, 2018

Speculation about the provenance of the title aside, this record is a foundation of my listening and influence since 92. You cannot put a price, or conjecture, on such a beautiful and influential record. AW1 came out at a perfect time to enhance the proliferation of electronic music that branched off from the House/Techno/Rave scenes of the early 90's. Being one of the first records I heard that went deep instead of straight for the throat, it woke me up to another side of club music that wasn't in the hedonistic rush of the dancefloor, but was absolutely perfect for the post club 'back to my place' session.
Rest assured it's an all time classic album for many reasons, the beautiful and warm production, the inherent atmosphere, staggering beauty and wide ranging styles, and last but not least the goddamned great music within it. Listening now, 26 years after it's release, and my worn copy sounds just as ethereal, and inspirational as it did back in my teenage bedroom.
To add a little info to go along with such praise, to make reading this review more worthy than just another gush on RDJ's prodigious talents. Xtal, one of the highlights of this LP, samples the vocal from 'Evil At Play' found here:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Atmospheric-Vocal/release/5130614
Making it sound like it was made for this LP, such a heavenly piece of music that once heard is forever ingrained on your listening memory. I often wonder if it's more contextual than I give it credit for, if the way I listen is coloured by my long years of appreciating this LP, or if someone who only just hears it now, feels the same way. Regardless, contextually it's timeless and an extremely influential and important record for lovers of electronic music. Xtal is also named after the exclusive effect on the Lexicon Prime Time II delay unit, which is (to those who are lucky enough to have played on one) a fantastic and unique piece of kit.
Personally I don't care a bit when he made these tracks, it's an irrelevance, I'm just in debt to RDJ for letting me hear them.
ashdanerd

ashdanerd

April 16, 2018

Brilliant. Still sounding as good as my copy looks after all these years. Xtal's always a good track to put through a decent sub! And Ptolemy? Being an acid house fan, it's the best of both worlds!
Just_an_indiekid

Just_an_indiekid

March 28, 2018
My copy has a barcode sticker on lower right of back cover with AMB 3922 as catalogue number 5 019148 301929.
jancito303

jancito303

March 25, 2018
I have a serious problem with the '1985' here.
I know how RDJ is in some rarified of untouchability, so please, don't take it the wrong way, please. This is a forum for open discussions and I am not criticizing the quality of the material, which is great, but I am prefacing this because I can already see the RDJ fans coming with the pitchforks and torches. If you disagree, fine, but then prove me wrong.
So back to the question: is some of this material seriously from 1985? Recorded as is? Please, I will not accept some weak apologetic argument ala (he had some tapes with similar experiments or had it in his brain or yadda yadda). Were some of the tracks here finalized, as is in 1985?
If there is real proof, great, I will accept being in the wrong here.
Or maybe some of you gurus may tell me that obviously nothing is from back then, one can look at discogs and see that his earliest release is from 1991.
So if not, why put that date then?

Pure speculation from my part, but I wonder if it is some subliminal pretentiousness of being able to say "see, I was there in the thick of things right at the same time as those people from Detroit".
Again, please don't hate me and keep it civil.
jimmyjacktoth

jimmyjacktoth

February 25, 2018
How does the 2008 remaster differ from the original release?
charec

charec

February 14, 2018
hello everyone, is there a press pop / needle skip in the Actium track or is it just me?
worldlessmusic

worldlessmusic

January 26, 2018
sounds almost perfect. i love the minimalistic look, it's telling of the album's sound even though the album isnt minimal at all. i do wish that the track Xtal didn't skip every ten seconds, but that might just be my record player.
browna

browna

April 15, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

One of my most played and treasured albums.I bought this when it was first released and have been mesmerised with it ever since.
The music is delicate, eerie, and extremely beautiful and absolutely ingrained witht the typical Aphex Twin sound.
The haunting use of sampled vocals is utterly genius and partly why i absolutey adore this album.
This album will always hold special place in my heart and rightly has its place as one of the best electronic ambient albums ever produced!!!!
A landmark album and way ahead of its time!!
Utter genius and a flawless 10/10. Bravo!
aeioux

aeioux

February 25, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
++Belgian release in November/December 1991??++
My memory is not the best, but I swear I bought this as in import (into the UK) from Belgium _a few months_ before the UK release in Feb '92, can anybody correlate this? My tip-off was of course the venerable John Peel. my Vinyl version is definitely without barcodes so is definitely a 'first pressing' but not the white label as such. However, I'd be surprised that R&S would label a release as 85-92 and release in 91. Open to suggestions either way!