The KLF ‎– Chill Out

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Chill Out is the third studio album by The KLF, released in February 1990.
It is one of the earliest ambient house concept albums, portraying a mythical night-time journey throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast states, beginning in Texas and ending in Louisiana.
The album was conceived as a continuous piece of music, reportedly recorded in a 44-minute live take, with original KLF music interwoven with samples from songs by Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, Acker Bilk, Van Halen, 808 State, field recordings of Tuvan throat singers, American, British and Russian radio broadcasts and sound effects taken from Jac Holzman - Authentic Sound Effects Volume 2.
It incorporates elements or melodies from the "Pure Trance" singles 3 A.M. Eternal and Last Train To Trancentral.

A revised version, credited to The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu and titled Come Down Dawn was released on streaming platforms on February 4, 2021 ("the day before Chill Out, but 31 years later") as part of the Samplecity Thru Trancentral reissue series.
Most notably Come Down Dawn is stripped of the most distinctive samples (Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, etc.) and includes excerpts from What Time Is Love?

Tracklist

Brownsville Turnaround On The Tex-Mex Border 1:47
Pulling Out Of Ricardo And The Dusk Is Falling Fast 1:29
Six Hours To Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold 3:01
Dream Time In Lake Jackson 2:35
Madrugada Eterna 7:40
Justified And Ancient Seems A Long Time Ago 1:08
Elvis On The Radio, Steel Guitar In My Soul 3:01
3AM Somewhere Out Of Beaumont 9:24
Witchita Lineman Was A Song I Once Heard 5:56
Trancentral Lost In My Mind 1:16
The Lights Of Baton Rouge Pass By 3:34
A Melody From A Past Life Keeps Pulling Me Back 1:41
Rock Radio Into The Nineties And Beyond 1:26
Alone Again With The Dawn Coming Up 0:16

Versions (35)

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, Cle) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 7155 US 1991 Sell This Version
WAXCS 7155 The KLF Chill Out(Cass, Album, Whi) 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
none The KLF, Space (3) The KLF, Space (3) - Chill Out(LP, Mixed, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2) none US 1996 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
JAMS LP5 The KLF Chill Out(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2) JAMS LP5 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
JAMSCD5, JAMS CD5 The KLF Chill Out(CD, Album, Mixed, RE, 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
KLF 1 The KLF Chill Out +(CDr, Album, Comp, P/Mixed, Unofficial) Not On Label (The KLF) KLF 1 UK Unknown 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) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2 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 (3), Wax Trax! Records (2) 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, Promo, RE, Unofficial, W/Lbl) KLF Communications (2) JAMS LP5 UK 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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Simoom

Simoom

June 16, 2021
referencing Chill Out, CD, Album, RE, TVT 7155-2, TVT 7155
I have this Cd ! but why has it become so expensive ? I am wondering..
gescom33

gescom33

June 6, 2021
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
I have an artist friend, who is an old good friend of ex-Thompson Twins and fellow artist Alannah Currie, wife of Jimmy Cauty. They have both recently moved to New Zealand, where Alannah is originally from. My friend asked Jimmy about this release, who confirmed that this is definitely an official KLF release and not a bootleg. Get one while you can and you’re welcome.
AuburnWanderer

AuburnWanderer

May 11, 2021
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, WAX 7155
It’s a shame this version will probably now never get a repress considering how the new version is different, specifically with some samples being removed. The new one is definitely worth a listen as it’s still great, but this original version is just on another level. The Vinyl is one of the most dynamic in my entire collection. Incredible mix. I really wish more people were able to own this one. I know the chances of a repress were extremely slim, anyways. But this album really shines on Vinyl, and it’s one where the hype it has is warranted.
brownfizzle

brownfizzle

April 22, 2021
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5

I posted a theory about the pressing of this record on the page here about four years ago. Go to the next page if you want to read it. When they released the album "Come Down Dawn" on streaming platforms earlier this year it confirmed my suspicions. It's Chill Out only devoid of spurious samples. I'm 99.9999% sure this is an "official" release which is illegal due to unauthorized samples. If you see it buy it. 10/10.
Operating_System

Operating_System

April 18, 2021
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Is anyone aware of a shop still stocking the clear version?
gotrecords

gotrecords

April 17, 2021
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, JAMS LP5
I have a copy for sale. Obviously not as good as the real thing, but I can let it go for a fair price. PM me if interested.
EternalWheel

EternalWheel

April 12, 2021
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5

i’m after a copy of the lp for a gift, doesn’t matter if it’s a bootleg. get in touch!
Stop_Killing_Things

Stop_Killing_Things

April 1, 2021
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
I bought 2 of these clear vinyl pressings, and they both crackle and pop like a witches cauldron - to say I’m gutted is the proverbial understatement. The transfer does sound amazing underneath the crackles, but it’s the quiet moments, when the record becomes unlistenable - for an ambient album, and to my personal preference. I just wish they (?) put this out on regular black gold.
Maybe one day, we’ll hear this remastered and reissued.. hope!
rustyjames73

rustyjames73

March 8, 2021
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Might be to do with the uncleared samples. Fleetwood Mac and Van Halen
parallaxis

parallaxis

March 3, 2021
edited 4 months ago
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5

Hei peeps, I got a reply from KLF fan page, they also assume it is an unofficial release... Please refer to post from Jan (17th February 2021 at 16:39) here: http://klf.de/home/about-us/#comment-113039
Anyway, it would be still the best to contact Bill or Jimmy to find the final answer :|