The Avalanches ‎– Since I Left You

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Since I Left You is the debut studio album by The Avalanches. They started recording in 1999 and had used the working title of Pablo's Cruise. The duo primarily worked with a Yamaha Promix 01 and Akai S2000 samplers.

Band's members, Darren Seltmann and Robbie Chater, spent hours sampling music from vinyl records to create the songs on the album: Chater estimates that there are over 3,500 samples. After sampling and arranging, the pair would swap their tapes, listen to each other's ideas and expand on whatever they had heard. Despite working separately, both Chater and Seltmann had nearly identical studio set-ups.

The initial release date was going to be 11 September, however it was delayed due to issues with sample clearance for the 900 samples involved according to Billboard. On 27 November the album was issued in Australia with plans to have a world release in early 2001. The later release date outside Australia was due to additional sample clearances needed for international markets (in April for UK and in November 2001 for US).

The initial Australian release slightly differ from the next versions:
"Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life" has been shortened to "Tonight".
"Radio" intro sampled from Wayne and Shuster's I Was a TV Addict has been shortened (from 4:52 to 4:22 long).
The spoken sample from the film "Midnight Run" (in "Diners Only"), and a guitar/strings sample (in the middle of "Little Journey") has been removed.

Tracklist

Since I Left You 4:18
Stay Another Season 2:15
Radio 4:52
Two Hearts In 3/4 Time 3:22
Avalanche Rock 0:23
Flight Tonight 3:51
Close To You 3:56
Diners Only 1:43
A Different Feeling 4:23
Electricity 3:29
Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life 2:20
Pablo's Cruise 0:53
Frontier Psychiatrist 4:47
Etoh 5:02
Summer Crane 4:39
Little Journey 1:53
Live At Dominoes 5:38
Extra Kings 3:46

Versions (39)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MODCD009 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Dig) Modular Recordings MODCD009 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
REKD138LP The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Album, TP) Rex Records REKD138LP UK 2000 Sell This Version
MODVL004 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Gat) Modular Recordings MODVL004 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
MODCD009 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Dig) Modular Recordings MODCD009 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
MODCD009 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Dig) Modular Recordings MODCD009 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
MODPR015 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Promo) Modular Recordings MODPR015 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
none The Avalanches The Album(CDr, Album, Promo) Zomba none UK 2000 Sell This Version
XLLP 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Album, TP) XL Recordings XLLP 138 UK 2001 Sell This Version
XLLP 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Gat) XL Recordings XLLP 138 UK 2001 Sell This Version
TFCK-87254 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album) Toy's Factory TFCK-87254 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
XLCD 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Dig) XL Recordings, Modular Recordings XLCD 138 UK 2001 Sell This Version
XLCD 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Dig) XL Recordings, Playground Music Scandinavia XLCD 138 Scandinavia 2001 Sell This Version
XLCD 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Dig) XL Recordings, Modular Recordings XLCD 138 UK 2001 Sell This Version
7243 8102842 1 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Dig) Delabel, XL Recordings, Modular Recordings 7243 8102842 1 France 2001 Sell This Version
XLCD 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Dig) XL Recordings, Modular Recordings XLCD 138 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
31177-2 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Mixed, Dig) Sire, Modular Recordings 31177-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
31177-2A The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Promo) Modular Recordings, Sire 31177-2A US 2001 Sell This Version
DE 6459 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Delabel DE 6459 France 2001 Sell This Version
none The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Promo, Pol) Delabel, XL Recordings none France 2001 Sell This Version
MODCD014 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Modular Recordings MODCD014 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
4344-311772 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Modular Recordings, Sire 4344-311772 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
EVERCD 172-16 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, dig) Everlasting Records (2) EVERCD 172-16 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
none The Avalanches Since I Left You(CDr, Album, Promo) XL Recordings none UK 2001 Sell This Version
XLMC 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(Cass, Album) Modular Recordings XLMC 138 UK 2001 Sell This Version
MODVL004 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Modular Recordings MODVL004 2004 Sell This Version
MODCD004 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album) Modular Recordings MODCD004 US 2004 Sell This Version
XLLP 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, RE, Gat) XL Recordings XLLP 138 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
XLLP 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, RE, Gat) XL Recordings XLLP 138 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
MODCD014 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Modular Recordings MODCD014 Australia 2014 Sell This Version
XLLP 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Album, RE, RP, Gat) XL Recordings XLLP 138 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
MODVL004X The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Modular Recordings MODVL004X Australia 2017 Sell This Version
MODVL004 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Album, RE) Modular Recordings MODVL004 Australia 2017 Sell This Version
8926000415 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Astralwerks, Modular Recordings 8926000415 US 2017 Sell This Version
MODVL004X The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Ltd, RE, Tra) Modular Recordings MODVL004X Europe 2017 Sell This Version
2557252699 The Avalanches Since I Left You(2xLP, Ltd, RE, Tra) Astralwerks, Modular Recordings 2557252699 US 2017 Sell This Version
MODVL177 The Avalanches Since I Left You(4xLP, Dlx, RM) Modular Recordings MODVL177 Australia 2017 Sell This Version
none The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, Dig) Rex Records, Modular Recordings none UK Unknown Sell This Version
XLCD 138 The Avalanches Since I Left You(CD, Album, RP, Dig) XL Recordings, Modular Recordings XLCD 138 UK Unknown Sell This Version
none The Avalanches Since I Left You(CDr, Album, Promo) XL Recordings, Rex Records, Modular Recordings none Unknown Sell This Version

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gregleo

gregleo

May 8, 2020
referencing Since I Left You, 2xLP, Album, RE, RP, Gat, XLLP 138

Great legendary album but this ain't a good pressing. Sound is far from being sharp or clean, plenty of distortion. I'm using a Rega P8 + Apheta II and sounds better when streaming through Spotify. Another disappointing XL Recording pressing.
NickelRecords

NickelRecords

April 21, 2020
referencing Since I Left You, 2xLP, Gat, MODVL004
Yo so does this pressing have the original Frontier Psychiatrist version or re-edited? I'm getting mixed signals. Always thought "OG Australian pressing = Original samples".......not the case anymore? SOS
CtheB

CtheB

March 21, 2020
referencing Since I Left You, CD, Album, Dig, MODCD009
One of the most overrated albums of the 2000s. It's more an undisciplined mixtape than an album – an incessant mess of sickly, syrupy excerpts. The samples are chosen without any particular purpose in mind. As band member Robbie Chater told 'Sound on Sound' magazine, 'We were really unorganised and were just sampling on the fly as tracks progressed … Plus that was in our days of getting kinda, um, lubricated so who the f*ck knows. It's all kinda fuzzy!'. Unsurprisingly the entire album stinks of this stoner aesthetic: 'really unorganised' and 'kinda fuzzy'. It must have been a firm favourite with Spring Break morons.

It is incredible that something so amateurish could be released four years after DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing …'. The Avalanches had none of Shadow's flair for arrangement, and you'd think that any of the earlier masters of sampling, from Cabaret Voltaire to The Art Of Noise to The Bomb Squad, had never existed. One can only assume that many of the people who loved 'Since I Left You' had never heard of those acts.

The whole thing is so undisciplined that the brief interludes ('Avalanche Rock', 'Pablo's Cruise', et al) are indistinguishable from the longer tracks. In many cases, samples from one track later swoop in and out on the next. This adds to the sense that each track has no identity of its own, and is merely a shapeless part of a larger shapeless mush.

'And he also made false teeth!' yelps another irrelevant, unfunny sample on 'Frontier Psychiatrist'. It's pathetic stuff, but is still fondly recalled by dogpilers.
publiceducation

publiceducation

March 11, 2020
referencing Since I Left You, CD, Album, Dig, MODCD009
Would anybody be interested in an original pressing? Send me a PM!
dangrier1999

dangrier1999

March 10, 2020
referencing The Album, CDr, Album, Promo, none
This superior version to the one that was released can be found on reddit as wav/flac in case you can't find a physical copy.
Happy hunting boys.
aaronshell

aaronshell

January 2, 2020
referencing Since I Left You, 4xLP, Dlx, RM, MODVL177
Humanity needs this to be officially released ASAP, wonder will this ever come out
oisinhughes2

oisinhughes2

July 2, 2019
edited 10 months ago
referencing Since I Left You, 2xLP, Gat, XLLP 138
Just listened through for the first time, the rerecorded samples for Frontier Psychiatrist were quite jarring, probably go as far to say they actually sound bad and kind of ruin it.

The rest was enjoyable though and glad to finally have this.

So if Frontier is your favourite track I would avoid, otherwise it's a good listen
stevenbennett5

stevenbennett5

March 20, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing The Album, CDr, Album, Promo, none
I had this shortly after 2001. I still have it on CDr copy somewhere.. Listening to it now from my puter, it does sound a lot better than the version released - far richer sounding, thanks to all the original samples, and the extra track of course.
cloudbullets

cloudbullets

January 5, 2019
referencing Since I Left You, CD, Album, Dig, MODCD009
A deluxe reissue is coming according to their Instagram and will include the GIMIX mix. Don’t bother with the latest pressing, save up for the new version. Who knows? Maybe “Frontier Psychiatrist” got cleared.
Mooshrum

Mooshrum

October 21, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Since I Left You, 2xLP, Album, RE, Gat, 8926000415
I have a few things to say about this pressing:

1. The spindle hole on the second disc is so small I have to manually turn the spindle while pulling up on the record to get it off. This may be specific to my copy.
2. Frontier Psychiatrist is fine. For the people who are confused about this, here's the rundown. This album uses a ridiculous amount of samples, and I guess they couldn't get the rights to use some of the samples in the song "Frontier Psychiatrist", so they re-recorded some. This makes one or two of the samples in the song feel like they don't quite fit in, but honestly it's not that big of a problem. It's just one song and it's only a few samples. Doesn't take away from the experience in my opinion.
3. There is a significant amount of surface noise in my copy. Only noticeable when you play it really loud though.

Actually that's it. A few annoyances, but overall I'm satisfied with my copy and will be listening to it many times.