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 (29)

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
TVT 7155 The KLF Chill Out(Cass, Album) TVT Records TVT 7155 USA & Canada 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
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
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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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 about 1 month 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.
Reptillian

Reptillian

February 28, 2018
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Top-shelf quality boot! Dead quiet pressing, perfect sounding. Outside of the washed out color on the cover sleeve; this is am impressive and thoughtful repressing. I’ll preserve my original wax tracks pressing! GET THIS!
nowaxjim

nowaxjim

February 19, 2018
edited 11 months ago
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5

If any Londoners are interested, I’ve just picked up a copy of this from Banquet in Kingston - looks like they’ve had a few back in
hhjack

hhjack

January 14, 2018
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Going to sound like a broken record, but this sounds fantastic. Being an unofficial release and pressed on clear vinyl seems like some very strong red flags to me. But when I saw this pop up in my local record shop and then read the reviews here, I took a chance. Glad I did because all the praise this release is getting are justified. Quality sound that plays dead quiet and is properly centered. Don't pass it up if it ever comes your way. Highly recommended.
HIS_ROYALNESS

HIS_ROYALNESS

January 10, 2018
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Mine is of a superb sq. I got 2. In case of interest.
randyj

randyj

November 11, 2017
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
The best unofficial reproduction of this record on (clear) vinyl. I've played this on a loud sound system and it's well worth having in the collection. The sticker on the outer sleeve shows the serious dedication to detail. Given there's never been a repress and there likely never will be - this is nice surprise to get my hands on for well less than an original pressing - although, I'd still love to get an original in my hands. I'll make due with the original CD and this bootleg vinyl.
decca-ffs

decca-ffs

August 23, 2017
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, JAMS LP5
There was a guy selling these at a car boot sale for £2 each a few years back. I bought about 20 sealed copies for £30. Only got one left now though!