Crystal Castles ‎– Crystal Castles

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
451.1200.028, DIFB 1200 CD, none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album) [PIAS] Recordings, Different, Last Gang Records, Lies Records 451.1200.028, DIFB 1200 CD, none Europe 2008 Sell This Version
none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(16xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Last Gang Records none US 2008
none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(17xFile, AAC, Album, VBR) Last Gang Records none US 2008
none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(18xFile, AAC, 256 + File, MPEG-4 Video + Album) Different none UK 2008
none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(18xFile, MP3, 320 + 18xFile, AAC, 320 + Album) Different none UK 2008
Q1 00962, none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(2xLP, Album) Last Gang Records, Lies Records Q1 00962, none Canada 2008 Sell This Version
DIFB 1200 DLP, 451.1200.012 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(2xLP, Album) Different, Different DIFB 1200 DLP, 451.1200.012 UK 2008 Sell This Version
PCCY-01868 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album) Canyon International PCCY-01868 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
DIFB 1200 CDX, 451.1200.020 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album) Different, [PIAS] Recordings DIFB 1200 CDX, 451.1200.020 UK 2008 Sell This Version
CTX396CD Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album) Lies Records, Last Gang Records, Shock (2) CTX396CD Australia 2008 Sell This Version
451.1200.028 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album) Soyuz Music, Play It Again Sam [PIAS], Last Gang Records, Different, Lies Records 451.1200.028 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
CTX396CD Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album, Dig) Lies Records CTX396CD Australia & New Zealand 2008 Sell This Version
Q2 00962 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album, Dig) Last Gang Records, Lies Records Q2 00962 Canada 2008 Sell This Version
PCCY-01868 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album, Promo) Canyon International PCCY-01868 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
DIFB 1200 CDP, 451.1200.228 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Different, [PIAS] Recordings DIFB 1200 CDP, 451.1200.228 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
CDPRO LG26193 Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CD, Album, Promo, Wat) Last Gang Records CDPRO LG26193 Canada 2008 Sell This Version
none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CDr, Album, Promo) Universal Music Publishing Group none US 2008 Sell This Version
none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(CDr, Album, Promo) Universal Music Publishing Group none UK 2008 Sell This Version
Q1 00962, none Crystal Castles Crystal Castles(2xLP, Album, RP) Last Gang Records, Lies Records Q1 00962, none Canada Unknown Sell This Version

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goldencalves

goldencalves

July 7, 2018
referencing Crystal Castles, 2xLP, Album, RP, Q1 00962, none

Website on back cover is "crystalcastles.cc", not "crystalcastles.com". No insert. Purchased new, recently.

Regarding mastering, this one sounds really good. I have not compared to losseless or CD, but being very familiar with maybe half the record (download error 10+ years ago; very pleasantly surprised at all the music I'd never heard before), I heard a lot more depth and sounds that eluded my ears previously. So a decent master, considering whatever the source material probably is.

Pressing qualtiy on my copy was great. No issues. Looks and sounds good. Very unlike my copy (and numerous replacement copies) of their 2nd album, rife with non-fill, scratches, etc.
dmtrptpv

dmtrptpv

May 31, 2018
referencing Crystal Castles, 2xLP, Album, DIFB 1200 DLP, 451.1200.012
This record was re-released in 2012 during the "[PIAS] 30 Years" reissue campaign.
https://issuu.com/playitagainsam/docs/pias30magazine/4
Risingson

Risingson

January 30, 2013
referencing Crystal Castles, CD, Album, 451.1200.028, DIFB 1200 CD, none
It's fun to go back to this duo's debut when they have matured so well in the third album. This is maybe the most comercially successful chiptune album, with Zomby at its toes (and some parts in the Postal Service album), and of course it is one of those electronica album embraced by hipsters, loved, and then quickly discarded. Look at the cover: hipster paradise.

But there is some good in these songs. The songs try to blend electropop with punk attitude, with harsh keyboards and a voice from Alice that is sometimes gentle and sometimes shouty. There are big hits, like "Crimewave" or "Untrust Us", there are noisy short tracks, but it is mostly an electro album not very far from Adult.

And then there are my favourites. "Reckless" is a wonderful videogame tune, something that starts like a Rastan Saga soundtrack and with just some added elements become an epic electro tune. And then there is "Magic Spells", the most chilled moment of the album and maybe the most beautiful moment of their career.

Their debut is uneven, but not only has hints of their later works; it has also a good electronica album. Don't let the hipsters fool you about his.