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.

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 (32)

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
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, 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 7155-2, 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, 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, RE, Unofficial) KLF Communications (2) JAMS LP5 Unknown Sell This Version

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markarmstrong

markarmstrong

June 11, 2020
edited 28 days ago
referencing Chill Out, CD, Album, Mixed, JAMSCD5, JAMS CD5
I lent a copy of this, along with a big bunch of other CDs to a pal at Uni in 1993. Their house got burgled & they all went :( I did later manage to pick up the Wax Trax issue :) Happy endings!

Hard to believe there was a time when people would steal CDs!
orangeskies77

orangeskies77

June 6, 2020
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
If anyone has a copy for sale send me a message.
Thanks
Geopan

Geopan

May 5, 2020
edited 2 months ago
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5

There are still 3 pieces from America on Ebay
:-P
Dave_82

Dave_82

April 29, 2020
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
If anyone is selling a copy please get in touch, thanks.
Madderferry

Madderferry

February 29, 2020
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Why is this actually blocked for sale here on Discogs?
mervzila

mervzila

February 5, 2020
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
It turns out Banquet records still have this so I’ve brought a copy!
Thanks for mentioning it!
Horizon222

Horizon222

February 1, 2020
referencing Chill Out, CD, Album, RE, TVT 7155, TVT 7155-2
Its one of the best ambient album ever. The Samples and Soundfiles are awsome KLF are a very funny guys with principles. Buy and enjoy !
daviddgrant

daviddgrant

January 9, 2020
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, JAMS LP5

A true classic ambient album and definitely within the top 5 in terms of an all time classic ambient album. Put the needle on the record and enjoy the ride :)
tedmills

tedmills

November 3, 2019
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5
Does anyone know of a remix/tribute to this album called "Out Chill" which further plays with the samples? I have it in my iTunes but don't know if KLF made it or some other DJ. Web searches only bring "Chill Out" results.
zevulon

zevulon

October 25, 2019
edited 9 months ago
referencing Chill Out, LP, Album, Mixed, Unofficial, Cle, JAMS LP5, JAMSLP5

I wonder how many copies this was? Also, a bit sad that this is blocked from statistics/owners/wants.
I also wonder if this was issued by the dudes themselves after all.. ;)