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Nine Inch NailsThe Fragile

Label:Nothing Records – 0694904732, Interscope Records – 0694904732
Series:NIN – halo fourteen
Format:
2 x CD, Album, Tri-Fold Digipak
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Alternative Rock, Industrial, Ambient, Symphonic Rock, Experimental

Tracklist

Left
1-1Somewhat Damaged
Written-By, Guitar [Additional]Danny Lohner
4:31
1-2The Day The World Went Away
Backing Vocals [Backing Chants - Credited To The Buddha Debutante Choir]Christine Parrish, Fae Young, M. Gabriela Rivas*, Heather Bennett, Judy Miller, Martha Wood, Melissa Daigle
Backing Vocals [Backing Chants]The Buddha Debutante Choir
Vocals [Additional]Kim Prevost
4:33
1-3The Frail1:54
1-4The Wretched5:25
1-5We're In This Together
Drums [Chorus]Jerome Dillon
7:16
1-6The Fragile4:35
1-7Just Like You Imagined
Guitar [Additional]Adrian Belew, Danny Lohner
PianoMike Garson
3:49
1-8Even Deeper
Mixed By [Assistance]Dr. Dre
Written-By, Drum Programming, Synthesizer [Additional]Danny Lohner
5:47
1-9Pilgrimage
Choir [Chanting]The Buddha Boys Choir
Percussion [Additional Marching]Steve Duda
TrumpetCherry Holly
3:31
1-10No, You Don't3:35
1-11La Mer
CelloWillie
DrumsBill Rieflin*
VocalsDenise Milfort
4:37
1-12The Great Below
Effects [Atmospheres]Charlie Clouser
Guitar [Ambiences]Danny Lohner
Guitar [End Melodic]Adrian Belew
5:17
Right
2-1The Way Out Is Through4:19
2-2Into The Void
Backing VocalsKim Prevost
Drum ProgrammingCharlie Clouser
4:51
2-3Where Is Everybody?
Guitar [End Melodic]Adrian Belew
5:42
2-4The Mark Has Been Made5:17
2-5Please3:32
2-6Starfuckers, Inc.5:02
2-7Complication
Guitar [Additional]Danny Lohner
2:32
2-8I'm Looking Forward To Joining You, Finally4:15
2-9The Big Come Down4:14
2-10Underneath It All2:48
2-11Ripe (With Decay)
PianoMike Garson
ViolinSteve Duda
6:34
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Notes

Supplemental drum recording at Electrical Audio.
Mastered at Precision Mastering.
Recorded and mixed at Nothing Studios, New Orleans.

℗&© 1999 Interscope Records. Printed in the U.S.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 06949 04732 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Left, Variant 1): 11950 4 0694904742
  • Matrix / Runout (Left, Variant 2): 11950 6 0694904742
  • Matrix / Runout (Right, Variant 1): 11951 2 0694904752
  • Matrix / Runout (Right, Variant 2): 11951 4 0694904752
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Fragile (3×LP, Album)Nothing Records0694904731US1999
The Fragile (2×Cassette, Album)Nothing Records, Nothing Records490 474-4, 490 475-4Poland1999
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The Fragile (2×CD, Album, Repress, SMEA)Nothing Records, Interscope Records490 473-2Australia1999
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The Fragile (2×CD, Album, Digipak)Nothing Records490 473-2Europe1999
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The Fragile (3×LP, Album)Nothing Records490 473-1Europe1999
tarboy999's avatar
tarboy999
Edited one year ago
The Downward Spiral is undeniably Trent's masterpiece, but I actually prefer this album. The left side is better, filled with masterpieces, but the album is amazing the whole way through.
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tobymessy
Edited one year ago
Still reeling from the downward spiral 25 years later, I finally took the plunge with this album. Boy does it deliver. Well Disc one does. More melodious, textured but totally rocks out. I don’t think I could get bored with this album for a long while.

... until disc 2. Trent you need things called songs mate. This sounds like Nitzer Ebb.

Just winding you up. They sound like a night on the tiles with Clive Barker

Where s Captain Oakie - he could have done some real destruction with this album

radi0's avatar
radi0
Oh Trent, where's the 5.1 surround mix you said had been completed back in 2014? Do we have to wait till 2019 for an epic 20th-anniversary reissue? We'll see.
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astroman722
I ordered The Fragile Deviations, and it arrived just wrecked from Sandbag. Very heavy creasing near 3 of the 4 corners. No padding inserts used. Interesting to learn it's a persistent problem. Credit to NIN customer service for refunding me in full, and actually refusing to accept the record back. Do contact customer service if you have trouble.
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Nintari
The Fragile is the 1990's equivalent of Roger Water's The Wall. It's a concept album, so if you're looking for a typical singles based effort, look elsewhere. Like The Wall, the listener is meant to take a journey through both discs and experience, sonically and emotionally what Trent was going through during this period of his life. To skip through songs or pass them by is to cheat yourself of the entire story. Would you skip chapters in a book? No? Then you shouldn't skip tracks while listening to The Fragile. Taken as a whole, this record may very well be Trent's master work. I give it 5/5.
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DjHadaVerde
Don't cry, my friends, for the fucking speculators. PRESALE of REISSUE in spring 2017 of this one and many other from NIN. :D
https://uk-store.nin.com/products/the-fragile-2017-definitive-edition?variant=32957614158
Remember: vinyl records are for listening NOT FOR COLLECTING OR PAYING HUNDRED DOLLARS for a fucking used vinyl record.
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boxenstien
REISSUE REISSUE REISSUE REISSUE!!!!! ! NIN.COM NIN.COM NIN.COM NIN.COM
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discogscide
Edited 5 years ago
Ignored this album for a _LONG_ time and realized how stupid I was.
I will rank this one as one of the more remarkably Nine Inch Nails masterpieces.
Yes, it's pretty long, some songs are unnecessary even.
Let's put this way: The "Left" CD is by itself good enough to sport an evolution from The Downward Spiral.

The "Right" CD starts pretty okay with a few slips along the way.
This is a must have. The masterpieces here are "The Frail / The Wretched", "La Mer (The Sea) / The Great Below", with some catching tunes like the opening track "Somewhat Damaged" and the splendid "Just Like You Imagined".
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JuPR94
This album really need a good vinyl reissue... I'm surprised there's even no unnoficial/bootleg releases
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harmonigimp
I just bought a copy of this in a used music store. Did it originally come with a slipcover?