Plaid ‎– Not For Threes

Warp Records ‎– WARPCD54
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1 Abla Eedio 7:56
2 Kortisin
Guitar – Benet*
3 Headspin 5:34
4 Myopia
Vocals – Mara*
5 Lat 0:46
6 Extork
Vocals [Uncredited] – Nicolette
7 Prague Radio 4:46
8 Fer 4:35
9 Ladyburst
Vocals – Andy*, Mara*
10 Rakimou
Accordion – CobaGuitar, Violin – Benet*Vocals – Mara*
11 Ol 4:55
12 Seph 1:36
13 Lilith
Accordion – CobaGuitar, Violin – Benet*Vocals [Uncredited] – Björk
14 Forever 1:16
15 Getting 2:55
16 Milh 5:24

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Published by Warp Music/EMI Music Publishing except track 6, 10 & 15 Copyright Control; track 13 PolyGram Music Publishing Ltd.
Nicolette appears courtesy of Talkin' Loud Records. Bjork appears courtesy of One Little Indian Records/Mother Records/Elektra Entertainment Group. Coba appears courtesy of EMI Records.

℗ 1997 Warp Records Ltd.
© 1997 Warp Records Ltd.
Made In England.

Issued as a standard jewel case with six page foldout booklet.

▲ There is also repress version available with glass mastered at EDC Blackburn Ltd (please check identificators on disc matrix area to determine your version).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 021603 054127
  • Label Code: LC2070
  • Matrix / Runout: WARPCD54 • MASTERED BY DOCDATA
  • Mastering SID Code (03/10/06 03:27:48 AM): IFPI L039
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 4B22
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 4B07
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 1287

Other Versions (5 of 13) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WARPLP54 Plaid Not For Threes(2xLP, Album, W/Lbl) Warp Records WARPLP54 UK 1997 Sell This Version
SRCS 8458 Plaid Not For Threes(CD, Album) Sony Records SRCS 8458 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
WARPCD54 Plaid Not For Threes(CD, Album, Unofficial) Warp Records (2) WARPCD54 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
WARPLP54 Plaid Not For Threes(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP54 UK 1997 Sell This Version
WARP LP 54 P Plaid Not For Threes(2xLP, Album, Promo) Warp Records WARP LP 54 P UK 1997 Sell This Version


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February 19, 2017
Does anyone know the proper name of the instrument depicted on the cover?


August 31, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
For me is Plaid's - 'Ol' the blueprint for what is later known as the 'Sandwell District Sound' only this was 10 years earlier.


January 24, 2006
edited over 13 years ago

Plaid's first album, NOT FOR THREES, would really set the bar for the rest of their work to follow, with varying degrees of success. After their break from the Black Dog, they continued their with their angular electro IDM, evident right off the bat with "Abla Eedio." "Kortisin," on the other hand, starts off more baroque and stately before it drops to the linoleum. But when "Headspin" comes on, prepare to be blown away by its modal melodies and skittering rhythms. And is that steel drum reggae I hear on "Myopia?" Their use of vocals is careful and masterful: check out Nicolette on “Extork” or, even better, Bjork’s howls on “Lilith.” “Ladyburst” mixes a pastoral melody with a gravelly bassline, while “Rakimou” starts on a Lisa Gerrard-like vocal which haunts the rest of the track. “Ol” is the closest to a 4-to-the-floor beat you’ll get here. By the time the final track “Milh” comes around, you’re ready for another listen. Musically complex and diverse, NOT FOR THREES stands as some of Plaid’s most engaging and successful works.


October 16, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
After hearing a lot of Plaid's early work, I was sort of expecting more of the same...Melodic, synth-heavy dubby electro. Instead, what I heard was different...Playful melodies mix with beautiful ambience on 16 of the best tracks Plaid has ever done. The track "Rakimou" says it all...truly the most wonderful song Plaid has ever done. It brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard it. TEARS, I tell you!
EASILY 10/10 in my book.


August 3, 2001
edited over 17 years ago
Of all Plaid's albums, I still like this one best.
It has a darker, more profound side I find somewhat lacking in their later work (a track like 'Dead Sea' on 'Restproof Clockwork' feels very out of place for me - up to the point where it just seems entirely fake).
Bjork sings here, so does Nicolette. When vocals are used, they're super-high quality. When there are none, they're not missed. Highly recommended throughout since the record can be both playful and moody almost at the same time without their intentions sounding 'dubious'. ('Don't be afraid' is whispered on one of the harder tracks just before the beat kicks in). Very inventive and never farfetched. Prime Plaid!! 9/10