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Aphex TwinSelected Ambient Works 85-92

Label:Apollo – AMB 3922 CD, Apollo – AMB3922CD
CD, Album
Style:Techno, IDM, Ambient


6Green Calx6:02
8We Are The Music Makers7:42
9Schottkey 7th Path5:07

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Published by R&S Records. Marketed & Manufactured by R&S Records/Belgium.

Catalogue number (On Front/Rear): AMB 3922 CD.
Catalogue number (On CD): AMB3922CD.

Track timings are taken from the artwork and vary from actual timings given on CD players.

This is the original pressing, without a barcode. Later pressings included a barcode printed on the back cover.

Matrix is only viewable on the data side of the disc and appears 'mirrored'.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: none
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 - Mirrored): DADC AUSTRIA AMB-3922-CD 11 A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 - Mirrored): DADC AUSTRIA AMB-3922-CD 11 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 - Mirrored): DADC AUSTRIA AMB-3922-CD 11 A2

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (2×LP, Album)ApolloAMB LP 3922Belgium1992
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Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Cassette, Album)R & S Records, R & S RecordsAMB 3922 MC, AMB 3922MCBelgium1992
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (2×LP, Album, White Label)ApolloAMB LP 3922Belgium1992
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Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (CD, Album, Reissue)Apollo, ApolloAMB 3922 CD, AMB 3922CDBelgium1992
New Submission
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (2×LP, Album)ApolloAMB LP 3922Belgium1992


  • JDT1337's avatar
    Edited one month ago
    “Friday nights in 92/93* getting the 18.36 Thameslink from Farringdon to Leatherhead with this on my Walkman. Beautiful.”
    • wildblunthickok's avatar
      Just noticed that the essay added in the 2008 remaster claims the original release date was Feb 12th 1992. The current release date we have for the 1st printing is Nov 13th 1992 (based on R&S's bandcamp site listing that as the original release date).
      One is a claim by a reviewer (that was then printed by the original record company as page 2 of the cd booklet). The other is a direct claim from the (parent) record company. But we know for sure that Richard's own record company (Rephlex Records) often got their dates wrong, so should we trust Apollo/R&S more?
      Notable: this means the album was either the first of six releases he did in 1992 or the last of the six.
      • scotty_b's avatar
        This info was removed from the Selected Ambient Works 85-92 release page and so as I found it interesting I've decided to add it here (thanks to original contributor):

        Regarding the individual tracks and track names:

        "Xtal" is an industry standard abbreviation for "crystal" in electrical engineering.

        "Tha" is named after Aphex Twin's then-girlfriend Samantha (the soundcloud track "Sam's Car" is also named after her).

        "Pulsewidth" refers to the distance between one peak and the next in a sound wave.

        The track "i" was the earliest created on this album (the only 1985 song on it). Richard would've turned 14 in 1985.

        "Calx" is an oxide of a metal, often found in mines. It looks like liquid slag that has solidified. Richard claimed to have briefly worked in the mine his father worked in, and the colored calx on the walls was one of the few pretty sights to be seen in the mines (because calx is low value it gets left in the walls rather than mined out).

        "Helios" is the sun god in Greek mythology. In some Greek texts he is said to be the same god as Apollo, in other texts the two are both sun gods in the same pantheon.

        "We Are The Music Makers" is named after the sample from "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory" used in the song.

        "Schottkey" is presumably named after "Walter H. Schottky", a physicist who made many significant contributions in the areas of semiconductor devices (eg the Schottky diode and the Schottky barrier).

        "Ptolemy" is named either after a famous Greek mathematician/astronomer/geographer/astrologer (Claudius Ptolemy, AD 100-170) or Alexander The Great's most trusted friend (Ptolemy I Soter/Ptolemy The Savior, BC 367-282) who was made Emperor of Egypt, founding the Ptolematic Dynasty (of which Cleopatra was the last ruler of).

        "Delphium" is presumed to be named after Delphi, the location of the famed Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle was in one of the two major temples dedicated to Apollo.

        "Actium" is the name of the town where Augustus (the Roman Emperor who the month of August is named after) defeated Antony and Cleopatra. It is also the location of the other major temple dedicated to Apollo.
        • p1man966's avatar
          My whole B side sounds like the needle has broken and the cables are all messed up it's that bad I had to check the cables . Worst press in my whole collection for a 'mint' record. Awful press on that disc AMBLP3922 B1 MPO 20158010. Will review comments and search for a better copy