Aphex Twin ‎– Selected Ambient Works Volume II

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Warp Records ‎– WARPCD21
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2 × CD, Album, No Publisher Text On Cds
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Tracklist

1-1 Untitled 7:28
1-2 Untitled 6:34
1-3 Untitled 7:44
1-4 Untitled 4:40
1-5 Untitled 8:51
1-6 Untitled 3:31
1-7 Untitled 8:51
1-8 Untitled 5:08
1-9 Untitled 6:55
1-10 Untitled 9:58
1-11 Untitled 7:18
1-12 Untitled 2:40
2-1 Blue Calx 7:20
2-2 Untitled 8:00
2-3 Untitled 5:34
2-4 Untitled 4:46
2-5 Untitled 2:05
2-6 Untitled 7:17
2-7 Untitled 5:58
2-8 Untitled 4:15
2-9 Untitled 7:10
2-10 Untitled 7:30
2-11 Untitled 11:27
2-12 Untitled 5:40

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Notes

This version has different text and colors on the CDs compared to Selected Ambient Works Volume II and Selected Ambient Works Volume II
All printed text on both CDs:  ℗ AND © WARP RECORDS 1994

Track 2-1 was previously released on the compilation The Philosophy Of Sound And Machine.

All tracks (except track 2-1) are untitled, and are instead represented by photographs. On the artwork are six pie charts, representing the six sides of the vinyl edition, each pie slice representing a track (track length deciding the size of the pie slice), clockwise from top. By comparing each colour-coded pie chart with the small pie symbol on each photograph, it is possible to match track to photograph.

The artwork indicates 25 tracks, as on the vinyl and cassette edition, but there are in fact only 24 tracks on the CDs. The missing track, represented by the 19th pie slice, can be found on the CD compilation Excursions In Ambience (The Third Dimension).

Contains a booklet which folds out into a two sided six-panel display and a separate one-panel card.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 021603 021129
  • Barcode (Reader): 5021603021129
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1, Disc 1): WARPCD21/1 10273491 01 & MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 1, Disc 1): [unknown]
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 1, Disc 1): [unknown]
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 1, Disc 2): WARPCD21/2 20273491 01 & MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 1, Disc 2): [unknown]
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 1, Disc 2): [unknown]
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 2, Disc 1): WARPCD21/1 10273491 09 & MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 2, Disc 1): IFPI L134
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 2, Disc 1): IFPI 0466
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 2, Disc 2): WARPCD21/2 20273491 04 & MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 2, Disc 2): IFPI L132
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 2, Disc 2): IFPI 0466
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 3, Disc 1): WARPCD21-1 , 8/28/02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 3, Disc 1): IFPI LR61
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 3, Disc 1): [unknown]
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 3, Disc 2): WARPCD21/2 , 9/4/02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 3, Disc 2): IFPI LR61
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 3, Disc 2): [unknown]
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 6, Disc 1): WARPCD21/1 10273491 07 &
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  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 6, Disc 2): WARPCD21/2 10273491 03 %
  • Mastering SID Code (Variation 6, Disc 2): [unknown]
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  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 7, Disc 1): WARPCD21/1 10273491 09 &
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 7, Disc 1): IFPI 0476
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 7, Disc 2): WARPCD21/2 20273491 04 %
  • Mould SID Code (Variation 7, Disc 2): IFPI 0450

Other Versions (5 of 40) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
4-45482 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II(2xCass, Advance, Album, Promo) Sire, Warner Bros. Records 4-45482 US 1994 Sell This Version
WARP LP20, WARP LP21 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II(3xLP, Album, MP) Warp Records, Warp Records WARP LP20, WARP LP21 UK 1994 Sell This Version
2-45482-A Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II(2xCD, Advance, Album, Promo, No ) Sire 2-45482-A UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Aphex Twin) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
9362454822 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works Volume II(2xCD, Album) Sire, Warner Bros. Records 9362454822 Australia 1994 Sell This Version

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wildblunthickok

wildblunthickok

March 10, 2020
Funny to see people praising this album years later. This was panned by both critics and fans when it came out, mainly because the title makes you think it's the same type of music as the first album. The first album is ambient-house, the 2nd album is just ambient, and about half the songs are disturbing (not appropriate for falling asleep to). So the original bad reputation the album had back in 1994 was due to subverted expectations (disappointment), not the album actually being bad.
But if you go into this understanding what to expect ahead of time it really is a stunning album. Expect every song to be 2 minutes worth of material slowed down to 25% (so 2 minute songs become 8 minute songs). Maybe 8 of these 25 songs are must-haves, the rest are for the "I listen to albums start to finish" folk (like me). I WOULD recommend the album, but expect most of the tracks to overstay their welcome. You should probably be doing something else while listening to this in the background, as 66% of the tracks will fail to hold your attention if they're the only thing you're focusing on.
About the track names: this album has photos instead of words for the track names. The track names you see people using online are from a 1994 fan's description of each photo. Some are a matter of opinion, some (like Radiator and Rhubarb (tracks 2 and 3)) are definitely what the photo is a picture of (unless Richard's intended trackname is "Radiator Off Mum's Old Car" or "Rhubarb At Samantha's House"). Discogs of course refuses to use any track names that aren't in text on the original album, thus everything is "untitled" (except for Blue Calx, which has a title because it appeared earlier on a compilation of Warp artists). In fact Richard himself has the tracks labeled "01", "02", "03" etc on his bleep store. Other online sources (like Spotify) have copied this idea. This is a bad idea however because none of them skip a number where there's a missing track. Most versions are missing track 19 (Stone In Focus), and all US versions are missing track 04 (Hankie). Track 03 (Rhubarb) is the one most people pick out as the best song on the album.
Cardia1

Cardia1

January 30, 2020

A good collection of dark, melancholic, relaxing and hypnotizing music. My top tracks are 7 and 11 from cd1.
aphexacid

aphexacid

March 1, 2019
My original U.K. 2cd has been bronzing for years now, and some of the tracks are unplayable now.
browna

browna

February 21, 2017

This album will haunt the deepest, darkest hidden parts of your mind!! One of my most listened to albums. A truly astonishing piece of work.
10/10 Masterpiece!
jammercarl

jammercarl

June 26, 2016
Whoops did I stumble on some reddit circle jerk "great shimmering beast", I guess I care because you can fake it. Likely my least fave of all his output including power pill. It's pronounced tall if you feel like attempting shame.
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May 2, 2016
Terrible quality pressing from me too. Visual blotches, crackles and overall bad quality sound. the version on Apple Music sounds better.
madius

madius

March 30, 2016
I asked the author of the 33 1/3 book if he found out why only the original vinyl and cassette pressings of this album featured track 19 (commonly known as "[stone in focus]") -- especially in this digital age where it could have been released online. It's because Warp wanted to keep the original release special.

This album is a masterwork. Don't bother with the 2012 reissue vinyl on 1972; it's mastered from the quite lacking US CD.
exumer

exumer

November 15, 2015
There's those rare albums that morph into a lifestyle or at least a life altering event. Then there's this album. A vacuum into something so rare, only those 'indoctrinated' by its sounds can understand. Truly beyond description, this album is an eternal shimmering beast.
radiophonic72

radiophonic72

April 8, 2015
This is probably my favourite album by RDJ and that's quite an achievement considering the quality of his catalogue. It's very dark and moody in places but also warm and reflective. Please please WARP do the right thing and give us a decent sounding re-press of this wonderful album as the recent 1972 reissue makes a mockery of the original 25track album.
AphexTwinFans

AphexTwinFans

November 3, 2014
This is easily one of the best ambient albums ever produced. The reason I love James' music is because it reminds me of my sub-consciousness from when I was a child. I really find it hard to explain but that is the bare bones of it. listening to the right tracks makes me feel euphoric and that's why I can't get enough of Richard's work.

The tracks take a gentle journey through the lucid dreamworld of Aphex Twin's brain. (Or so he says) and beautiful scenery comes into your brain when you just sit and chill to it. It is a very strongly composed piece of work that I haven't been able to match with Boards of Canada's ambient tracks.

It is a distinct change form the likes of Selected Ambient Works 85-92 as there a fewer beats. This is not at all a bad step as it proves Richard is an artist who can cater for a variety of moods and doesn't need to pump out the same thing again and again.