Boards Of Canada ‎– Music Has The Right To Children

Warp Records ‎– warpcd55, Skam ‎– skald1
CD, Album


1 Wildlife Analysis 1:17
2 An Eagle In Your Mind 6:23
3 The Color Of The Fire 1:45
4 Telephasic Workshop 6:35
5 Triangles & Rhombuses 1:50
6 Sixtyten 5:48
7 Turquoise Hexagon Sun 5:07
8 Kaini Industries 0:59
9 Bocuma 1:35
10 Roygbiv 2:31
11 Rue The Whirl 6:39
12 Aquarius 5:58
13 Olson 1:31
14 Pete Standing Alone 6:07
15 Smokes Quantity 3:07
16 Open The Light 4:25
17 One Very Important Thought 1:14

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Comes in a standard jewel case with four-page booklet. Initial pressings featured the Skam-requisite Braille sticker on the front of the jewel case.

On back cover: ℗ 1998 Warp Records Limited. © 1998 Warp Records Limited.
On CD: ℗ 1998 Warp Records Ltd. © 1998 Warp Records Ltd.
Made In England.

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 021603 055124
  • Barcode (String): 5021603055124
  • Label Code: LC2070
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 1 & 6): WARPCD55 • | MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 2 & 3): 95355 WARPCD55 / 22839/1 101900
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 95395 WARPCD55 / 22839/1 101900
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): 95395 WARPCD55
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1 & 6): IFPI LAE1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 2, 3 & 4): ifpi LD81
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 5): none
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 4B07
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 7031
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 7307
  • Mould SID Code (Variants 4 & 5): none
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): ifpi 4B02

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warplp55, skalp1 Boards Of Canada Music Has The Right To Children(2xLP, Album) Warp Records, Skam warplp55, skalp1 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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January 17, 2017

While some do not share the enthusiasm in respect to this album,i certainly do. Not because i can rationalise
about a outstanding musical achievement - or the lack there of - but because this album just klicked with me
on a emotional level. It simply hit the nerve on a very deep and basic level. It still does that today.
I dont compare this album to any other,its to unique for that. Especially its underlying concepetional
simplicism makes it appealing to me.


March 30, 2015
edited over 4 years ago

I do not understand the enthusiasm in respect to this album. The comparison to early albums by Autechre is daring, as it is more easy listening than abstract and complex. It would not be fair to call it boring, as its ambition is to transport atmosphere, but there definitely is room for improvement by leaving out the voice samples and shorter interludes, focusing more on the actual songs and their transitions. Not that it would be part of the review, but it did not remind me of any childhood memories.


February 24, 2015
98 videos?! I know they have this cult following but it'll take a week to listen to at this rate!


August 4, 2014

This has to be the best BoC album. Nostalgic, dreamy, ambience mixed with good beats and unusual samples. An essential album for electronic music buffs.


May 2, 2014
I think that this band and their albums are boring as shit. How do I know? Whenever I put one their discs on, I feel like turning it off! Go back to the 70's & 80's and discover the delights of Cluster, Eno or Harold Budd. Pure analog synth recorded directly to tape is a luxury most people in the 90's don't have a clue about.


August 22, 2013



May 27, 2013
edited over 3 years ago

For me this is the best Album By Boards of Canada, very deep, emotional, melancholic and dark. "Music has the right to Children" is a perfect soundtrack for my current life, the sunny days, the old and desert streets where i wander, my job door 2 door...and a melancholic atmosphere in the zone where i live. My favorite music is :"An eagle in your mind", very deep and melancholic. The rest of the Album provides different kinds of experiences such as being surprised by ghosts e.g. "Sixteen" . This is definitely one of the most prominent Albums within its genre. Certainly a highly recommendable Release in my opinion.


May 18, 2013
edited over 6 years ago

Boards of Canada's debut, MUSIC HAS THE RIGHT TO CHILDREN, was a revelation when it was released, and remains a revelation today. Mixing modern production and child-like innocence, this album has a dreamy, ethereal quality which set the standard for IDM at the time. The crunchy hip-hop beats of "An Eagle In Your Mind" counterbalance the quiet atmosphere atop it that grows increasingly mysterious, while "Telephasic Workshop" brings in disembodied vocal snips as a rhythmic element. The deceptively simple melodies add a fascinating, modal quality, and the various interludes between the longer tracks help to keep the mood light, from the proclamations of love on "The Color Of The Fire" to the factory-inspired chug of "Triangles & Rhombuses." "Rue The Whirl" has a thick chug that leads into the more psychedelic, trippy funk of "Aquarius." "Pete Standing Alone" goes back to chunky beats and bucolic harmonies, while "Open The Light" introduces an epiphantic joy. But the track that stands out the most is the achingly beautiful "Turquoise Hexagon Sun," with its crystalline melody and melancholy glow. A magical album through and through.


April 4, 2010
I can describe this outfit very simply. Minimal repetitive loops strung together by non-sensical interludes over trip-hop beats.


February 4, 2010
edited over 10 years ago
One of my top 20 albums, maybe even in my top 10 of all time ever. I would seriously consider spending a lot of cash on expensive audio gear so that I could hear the vinyl album.

This CD makes me want to create photographs that "sound" like the album.

You can't think of this so much as music as a journey, as a ticket to a trip. This is one of those albums you should not be casual about. This is a recording where you sit or lay down and just kind of let it enter your head. It is perfect listening for a lazy Sunday, as daylight is fading but the air is still warm. I think that is why I like this album so much. It completely transcends sound and takes you a place, mood and maybe even a time in your life.

It also would work as a make out album.

Absolute timeless masterpiece of the semi lo-fi, low key experimental electronic genre. It is too bad BOC never recorded anything as good but then, how could they have? It takes several listens to "get it" and it probably isn't for everyone but as far as I am concerned, BOC were able to sneak inside my mind, figure out all of my triggers and turn them into an album.

5 out of 5.