The KLF ‎– Chill Out

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Chill Out is the third studio album by The KLF, released in February 1990 and one of the earliest ambient house concept albums. The music describes a mythical night-time journey to the U.S. Gulf Coast states beginning in Texas and ending in Louisiana.

Chill Out was conceived as a continuous piece of music, with original KLF music interwoven with samples from songs by Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, Acker Bilk, Van Halen, 808 State and field recordings of Tuvan throat singers. Its best known track is "Wichita Lineman Was a Song I Once Heard".

Chill Out is a single continuous musical piece having many distinctive sections, each of which either segues into or introduces the next. The album as a whole is a progression, with percussion gradually introduced during the second half. The KLF have stated in interviews that the album was recorded in a 44-minute "live" take in their studio, Trancentral, located in the basement of The KLF member Jimmy Cauty's squat in Stockwell, South London.

The album has many recurring musical elements, which unify and merge the parts into the collective whole. Common characteristics of most parts include ethereal background synthesizers, the use of echo and pitch bend, samples of nature and transport, and the punctuation of soft synthesizer loops by sudden flourishes of harmonious sound. The Deep South is variously represented using original pedal steel contributions from Graham Lee and emotionally charged samples of US radio broadcasts: an evangelist's sermon, a range of samples of a very intense salesman, and, in "Madrugada Eterna", the detailed news report of a fatal road accident.

Despite the specific US settings, Chill Out is multi-ethnic, its journey taking in pastoral shepherds, Russian broadcasts, Tuvan throat singers ("Dream Time in Lake Jackson"), exotic birds, and an African-sounding original female vocal from The JAMs' 1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) that later became The KLF's "Justified and Ancient".

Elements of The KLF's "Pure Trance" singles "3 a.m. Eternal" and "Last Train to Trancentral" are brought to the fore during the second half of the album, progressing from the minimalist synths of the opening half.

Versions (30)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album) KLF Communications, KLF Communications JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5 UK 1990 Sell This Version
JAMSCD89005 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album) Indisc JAMSCD89005 Benelux 1990 Sell This Version
JAMSCD5, JAMS CD5 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, Mixed) KLF Communications, KLF Communications JAMSCD5, JAMS CD5 UK 1990 Sell This Version
WAX 7155 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAX 7155 US 1990 Sell This Version
WAX 7155 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX 7155 US 1990 Sell This Version
JAMS LP5 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album, W/Lbl) KLF Communications JAMS LP5 UK 1990 Sell This Version
WAXCD 7155 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 7155 US 1991 Sell This Version
WAXCS 7155 The KLF Chill Out(Cass, Album, CrO) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 7155 US 1991 Sell This Version
TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
AN-2075 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova AN-2075 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
JAMS LP5 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2) JAMS LP5 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
JAMS LP5 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2) JAMS LP5 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
JAMS LP5 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2) JAMS LP5 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
23 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, W/Lbl) White Room (5) 23 US 2005 Sell This Version
JAMSCD5, JAMS CD5 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, Mixed, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2), KLF Communications (2) JAMSCD5, JAMS CD5 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle) KLF Communications (2), KLF Communications (2) JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5 US 2017 Sell This Version
TVT 7155-2, TVT 7155 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7155-2, TVT 7155 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, RE, RP) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
MTL-149 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Music For The People MTL-149 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
WAXCD 7155 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, RP) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 7155 US Unknown Sell This Version
WAXCD 7155 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, RP) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 7155 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7155 The KLF Chill Out(CDr, Album, RE, Tra) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7155 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7155-2 The KLF Chill Out(CDr, Album, RE, Unofficial, Jew) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7155-2 Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7155-2 The KLF Chill Out(CDr, Album, Unofficial) CD-Real TVT 7155-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7155 The KLF Chill Out(Cass, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7155 US Unknown Sell This Version
ES 1259 The KLF Chill Out(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Euro Star ES 1259 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
ES 1259 The KLF Chill Out(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Euro Star ES 1259 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
JAMS LP5 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2) JAMS LP5 Unknown Sell This Version

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sloppyart

sloppyart

May 17, 2019
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Count me in on agreeing this sounds great. I had a copy of the original, but it appears that someone that was in my house decided they liked it more than me. Wasn't willing to spend $80+ on an original and this sounds as good if not better than my original did. Got mine on eBay BTW. Look there since you can't get it here.
AltTabJonCaribou

AltTabJonCaribou

May 3, 2019
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
An ambient classic, start here for a true journey in ambience in the truest form of the genre.
NefariousBanana

NefariousBanana

April 2, 2019
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Does anybody else's copy have a really bad smudge near the end of Madrugada Eterna? I'll post pics in a bit when I get home, I've tried brushing it off but it's still there.
ugk.records

ugk.records

March 14, 2019
referencing Chill Out, CD, Album, RE, TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2

This is not an album in the ordinary sense. this recording is a masterpiece, which seeks its equal. one of the best albums ever recorded. All sounds were selected in the studio by hand and put together to a masterpiece. *ToxicTwinz*
jp_fal

jp_fal

March 12, 2019
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Got a copy from Banquet Records online shop, since you can't buy on discogs any more.
magnetom

magnetom

February 15, 2019
referencing Chill Out, CD, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, JAMSCD5, JAMS CD5

although the cd was mint and sealed, it has audible errors in the last five minutes. better go for the original.
30Gary

30Gary

December 8, 2018
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
I was working in London for Scott Piering who did promo for Klf and on 2 Jan 1990, walking into the office, this masterpiece was on Scott's desk. Needless to say I was mesmerized and all these years later it's magic is still there. So yes I still have the white label and it is treasured. Shocked at how pricy it is now but worrh it.
NUC-LEUS

NUC-LEUS

November 23, 2018
edited 5 months ago
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5

All the piss take aside, the KLF did something magical here.
For so many years before, both Jimmy and Bill pushed onto the consumer how much the music industry was tainted.
It conceded in this recording.

A remarkable album. Something the set the generation of ambient, house, bliss and E

Chill Out is what we deserve, the morning after.......

visionair3d

visionair3d

September 13, 2018
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5

Sounds great. Very quite. Good pressing for a boot. Very happy with this one.
Candy_Guru

Candy_Guru

June 5, 2018
referencing Chill Out, CD, Album, WAXCD 7155

A nocturnal road trip around the States.
As it was recorded "live" in one take, there's a clear sense of improvisation and occasional imperfections in sample and loop layering, but it takes nothing away from the exquisiteness of the sonic voyage; on the contrary.
I just wish it was a bit longer; 44 minutes fly by.