The Black DogSpanners

Label:Warp Records – PUP LP1
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Leftfield, Techno, IDM


A02Bolt 10:27
A03Barbola Work6:42
A04Bolt 20:27
B06Chase The Manhattan5:42
B07Bolt 31:36
B09Bolt 41:06
B10Further Harm6:18
C12Bolt 50:22
C13Pot Noddle7:13
C14Bolt 60:42
C15End Of Time3:44
D16Utopian Dream6:00
D17Bolt 70:17
D18Frisbee Skip5:25

Companies, etc.



Gatefold cover.

Track order runs in a sequential manner from 01 to 19 on cover as well as on labels.


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  • Barcode (Scanned): 5021603003910

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Spanners (2×LP, Album, White Label)Warp RecordsPUP 1 LPUK1994
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Spanners (Cassette, Advance, Album)Warp RecordsPUP LP 1UK1994
Spanners (CD, Album)Warp RecordsPUP CD1UK1995
Spanners (Cassette, Album)Warp RecordsPUP MC1UK1995
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Spanners (CD, Album)EastWest Records America, Warp Records61806-2US1995
  • Risingson's avatar
    for some reason this album sounds better and better produced every year since it was released. The initial bunch of tracks are unbeatable (I have a very strong love for "Barbola Work", a pure Plaid work), but half way it gets trippy through an atmosphere so thick that makes a black hole out of your speakers/headphones. This is the most unique work for the three original Black Dog members together, an album whose tracks are very different to each other to the point that they seem like they are fighting but also they have a lot of things in common and they seem like they are strongly hugging and not letting anyone pass.
    • DJCL's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      I want "Chesh" to be played at my funeral, probably in my top 3 favorite electronic compositions I have ever heard. Up there with E2-E4. A perfect soundtrack to the struggle of life, and the never ending beauty of the journey that keeps you fascinated yet sorrowful of the process.
      • kerguenec's avatar
        I worship this record and still listen to it today with emotion and a sense of discovery as new sounds and textures appear to my ears and mind. A record to listen entirely in a row not as we are used to do these days with streaming sites and mp3s.
        If anyone has information on whose voices are heard on « Chase the Manhattan » I would be very grateful to him or her. A 25 years old enigma for me.
        • dobbenvintage's avatar
          Has anyone thoughts about whether WARP will consider re-issueing a 2xLP?
          • AskeladdenBlack's avatar
            For me you can't compare Bytes to Spanners or visa versa. Both albums are completely different with different objectives, both stand equally but in vastly different places.
            • woofhard_one's avatar
              My friend found a copy of this in a skip in Brighton, and kindly gave it to me. It was in NM condition and contained a press release... Amazing album that I still treasure to this day, the music within defies definition really. Timeless.
              • chrissyboy73's avatar
                i remember seeing the 9/10 review from NME and went out that day and bought it. if you listen to this the only thing letting on its from circa 94 is the inside cover. Superb track after track, its money well spent...a must have CD for the car.
                Essential vinyl for your collection.... Another great WARP release
                • radiophonic72's avatar
                  Awesome album and even though the computer graphics involved on most of the early Black Dog cover artwork is of it's day the music held within is timeless and I for one find it just as refreshing to listen to 20yrs after it was made! 10 out of 10!!
                  • MrZyc
                    much appreciated.
                    • baj's avatar
                      Edited 18 years ago
                      Of late I've been listening to this again, more intensely than I have in a while. Parallel and Bytes are fantastic, but they are compilations- this is a stand-alone record, and as such, this is not only their best, but one of Warp's as well.

                      There was and will never be another Black Dog. Their music remains perfect, other-worldly, yet completely natural and complementing simple and genuine emotional experiences in ways less powerful and sophistacted forms of techno cannot. The images Spanners evokes are strong and memorable: Chesh makes me think of fast-moving clouds after a storm...Raxmus a hazy stoned sunrise from the past...the End of Time with the most intense experience of my life...Most are these tracks are danceable, too (try not moving to Psil-Cosyin). When I hear this stuff, I see how far behind the times we are these days.



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