The War On DrugsSlave Ambient

Label:Secretly Canadian – SC190
2 x Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album, Club Edition, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Blue
Style:Indie Rock


A1Best Night
BassDave Hartley*
DrumsSteven Urgo
Electric GuitarKurt Vile
PianoRobbie Bennett
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar [Electric Phased Guitars], Guitar [Animator Guitars], Piano [Tom Thumb Piano], Sampler, HarmonicaA. Granduciel*
Drums, PercussionMike Zanghi*
Guitar [Nashville Guitar], Bass, Synthesizer [Voyager]Dave Hartley*
Piano, Acoustic GuitarRobbie Bennett
Vocals, Electric Guitar, Effects [Harmonizer]A. Granduciel*
A3I Was There
DrumsJeff Ryan (10)
Synthesizer [Juno 60]Dave Hartley*
Upright PianoChad Stockslager
Vocals, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, BassA. Granduciel*
B1Your Love Is Calling My Name
Drum Programming, Effects [Harmonizers], Electronics [Patch Bay]Jeff Zeigler
Drums [Hayman], Drums [Pig]Mike Zanghi*
Effects [Eventide], Synthesizer [Modular Moog Treatments]Michael Johnson (9)
Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer [Siel OR400], Synthesizer [ARP Omni I], Organ [Farfisa], Effects [Animator], Harmonica, Effects [Harmonizers], Sampler, TapeA. Granduciel*
B2The Animator
Effects [Harmonizer Settings]Michael Johnson (9)
Effects [SPX90], Electronics [Patch Bay]Jeff Zeigler
Organ, Synthesizer [Siel OR400], Synthesizer [Mono/Poly], Tape [Cassettes], Effects [Eventide], Effects [Moogerfooger]A. Granduciel*
SaxophoneJesse Trbovich
B3Come To The City
Bass, Drums, Twelve-String GuitarDave Hartley*
Drums, PercussionMike Zanghi*
Vocals, Harmonica, Organ, Synthesizer [Voyager], Effects [Animator], Sampler, TapeA. Granduciel*
C1Come For It
Synthesizer, TapeA. Granduciel*
C2It's Your Destiny
Bass, Electric GuitarDave Hartley*
Electric GuitarKurt Vile
PianoRobbie Bennett
Vocals, Sampler, Synthesizer [Siel OR400], Synthesizer [ARP Omni], Guitar [Jazzmaster], PercussionA. Granduciel*
C3City Reprise #12
Synthesizer [Siel OR400], Effects [Harmonizer], Drum Machine, Tape [CAssettes]A. Granduciel*
D1Baby Missiles
Bass, Guitar [Stratocaster], Autoharp [Electric Autoharp]Dave Hartley*
Drums, Percussion, Effects [Mutron Bi-Phase]Mike Zanghi*
Mixed ByBrian McTear
Vocals, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Effects [Filters]A. Granduciel*
D2Original Slave
Effects [Dubs], Harmonica, Tape [Cassettes]A. Granduciel*
D3Black Water Falls
Bass, Twelve-String Guitar [Acoustic 12-String]Dave Hartley*
Drums, PercussionMike Zanghi*
PianoKim Roney
Synthesizer [ARP Omni II]Robbie Bennett
Synthesizer [Voyager]John Ashley
Vocals, Electric Guitar, Drums, OrganA. Granduciel*

Companies, etc.



Limited to 2,000 copies, foil numbered on back.

©&℗ 2011 Secretly Canadian

Recorded 2008-2011 at Uniform Studio (Philly), Echo Mountain (Asheville, NC), AG's joint in Philly.

All words and music by Adam Granduciel/Seaformation Music (ASCAP) except Brothers (Granduciel/Hartley/Zanghi/Bennett), Come To The City (Granduciel/Hartley), It's Your Destiny (Granduciel/Bennett)

Cover - Zaragoza, Spain, Drugs Tour, July 2009
Inside - Livingston, MT. Violators Tour, October 2009

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed on sticker on shrinkwrap): 656605019055
  • Barcode (Printed on back cover): 656605019017
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped on Side A): 160743M1/B
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped on Side B): 160743M2/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped on Side C): 160743M3/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped on Side D): 160743M4/A

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Slave Ambient (2×12", 45 RPM, Album)Secretly CanadianSC190US2011
Recently Edited
Slave Ambient (2×12", 45 RPM, Limited Edition, Red)Secretly CanadianSC190US2011
Slave Ambient (CD, Album)Secretly CanadianSC190US2011
New Submission
Slave Ambient (Cassette, Album, C94)Secretly Canadian, Mirror Universe TapesSC190, MU16US2011
Recently Edited
Slave Ambient (CD, Album, Promo)Secretly CanadianSC190US2011



  • lee.c.dylan's avatar
    A small amount of surface noise between tracks, but otherwise sounds really rich and deep. Great pressing, love that it's 45 RPM!
    • espendo's avatar
      First records received badly warped. VMP sent a new one and that was much better. Nice and flat. Sound-wise a big step up from the original SC pressing which wasn't so nice. Much better soundstage on this, the "ambient" aspects of the record comes much better off than before.
      • wackerman619's avatar
        Nice job by VMP cleaning this one up. Sounds great. Recommend.
        • espendo's avatar
          Does anyone know whether this pressing has overcome the deficiencies of the Secretly pressing from 2011? That was badly warped, sounded flat (although some of it down to the sound of the mix I think) and was off center too. Really hope this VMP betters it, then I'll take the plunge.
          • killahwhale's avatar
            This album sounds killer - still available at VMP's website. Get it while you can!



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