The Sabres Of Paradise ‎– Haunted Dancehall

Warp Records ‎– WARPCD26
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1 Bubble And Slide 2:39
2 Bubble And Slide II 7:38
3 Duke Of Earlsfield 8:42
4 Flight Path Estate 3:21
5 Planet D (Portishead Remix)
Producer [Additional Production], Remix – Portishead
6 Wilmot
Producer [Additional Production] – Scruff
7 Tow Truck 6:35
8 Theme 4:48
9 Theme 4 1:55
10 Return To Planet D 5:04
11 Ballad Of Nicky McGuire 8:30
12 Jacob Street 7am 3:46
13 Chapel Street Market 9am 7:14
14 Haunted Dancehall 4:25

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Published by MCA Music/Island Music/Island Music.

℗ 1994 Warp Records Limited.
© 1994 Warp Records Limited.

All tracks recorded at Sabresonic except 6 to 9 recorded at Orinoco.

Inner sleeve with tracklist: a psychedelic-thrilly story of character "McGuire" is told step by step under each track title.

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 021603 026124
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): WARPCD 26 MPO 06 @@
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): WARPCD 26 MPO 04 @@
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Outer Ring): XXXX

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RTD 126.1955.2 The Sabres Of Paradise Haunted Dancehall(CD, Album) Rough Trade, Warp Records RTD 126.1955.2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
SRCS 7570 The Sabres Of Paradise Haunted Dancehall(CD, Album) Sony Records SRCS 7570 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
WARPLP26 The Sabres Of Paradise Haunted Dancehall(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP26 UK 1994 Sell This Version
WARP MC26 The Sabres Of Paradise Haunted Dancehall(Cass, Album) Warp Records WARP MC26 UK 1994 Sell This Version
WARPCD26MDS The Sabres Of Paradise Haunted Dancehall(CD, Album) Warp Records WARPCD26MDS Australia 1994 Sell This Version


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November 26, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

This is a smashing record, felt to me that the Sabres were getting into their trip-hop and incorporating a bit of that sound, there’s a couple of tracks on here that don’t sound a million miles away from Mick Harris/Scorn, and some nice samples here and there, nice use of My Bloody Valentine’s Soon. Nothing too dark going on here, a fun “spooky” electronic record with one foot drenched in dub. I wish the bass was thumping though, oddly tin sounding at times but I do love it and return to it regularly since the day it came out.


March 28, 2012
edited over 7 years ago

This is not a dance album, for sure. Way too abstract and out there to ever have any success on a dance floor.

I can't say I'm a fan. I like IDM with jazz or classical undertones, atmospheric, moody, contemplative music, rather than heavily sampled synths that are mixed together to form some eccentric concoction of sounds. When IDM begins to loose its human feeling and starts sounding too machine-like then I begin to lose interest.


March 19, 2007
edited over 12 years ago

Haunted Dancehall is like Star Wars Phantom Menace: Just because you CAN copy and paste the same robot, space ship, alien, or sample a bajillion times, doesn't mean that you SHOULD.

On the second listen I was having a hard time resisting the FWD button. Each track had done everything it was going to do and just started repeating bits well before the half-way point. All the samples are really short and inorganic, giving the whole thing a bland cut/paste feel. I don't find mixing a dozen short loops to be that interesting, imaginative, inspiring, talented...


October 29, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

To this day, Haunted Dancehall remains a jewel in WARP's crown. It has aged wonderfully and sounds as fresh today as it did when it was released. Far more structured than the Sabresonic albums and less dancey, this shows the Sabres at their creative peak.
Can anyone argue against the likes of 'Tow Truck' and 'Wilmot'.


April 13, 2004
edited over 2 years ago
I have to admit to getting scammed by this album back in 1994. Inside the CD booklet are thirteen short extracts (one for every track except Theme 4) credited to the book 'Haunted Dancehall' by James Woodbourne; clearly each track (and in some cases its title) is intended to fit the mood and narrative of the main character McGuire's peculiar tour of the gritty underside of London life. My trainspotter curiosity piqued, I spent some time looking for the book in library catalogues and asking booksellers to search their systems, all to no avail. It wasn't until some years later that I finally found a thread on the newsgroup confirming that the 'Haunted Dancehall' text had been invented especially for the album!

Similarly the inlay of the Versus remix EP from the following year features another couple of passages attributed to James Woodbourne, this time from the sequel 'Return to the Haunted Dancehall'! In retrospect there were clues that they were having a laugh here - one extract mentions an "Eddie Chemical" (the Chem Bros provided one of the remixes for the EP) while the other has "Vogel The Young Modernist" stating "we equate machines with funkiness" (which was actually the title of Cristian Vogel's first release on his Mosquito label).

Anyways, Haunted Dancehall is a great album and the Woodbourne "quotes" add to the atmosphere evoked by the broken beats and moody grooves of Towtruck and the Portishead remix of Planet D; the fantastically haunting beauty of Theme 4, (the second half of) Ballad of Nicky McGuire and Chapel Street Market 9am; the trumpet-led dub of Wilmot and finally the frankly terrifying title-track Haunted Dancehall. I think the Sabres' previous album Sabresonic is a classic UK techno artist LP but if forced to choose a favourite I'd go for this one.


March 9, 2004

Are Sabres of Paradise one of the most forgotten Warp artists in the age of IDM?? Who knows, but this for me is one the absolute classic Warp releases, up there with the very best from Aphex Twin. Sabres manage to create soundscapes, textures and feelings which are totally unique and totally involving. This is music for the dancefloor and at the same time music for the brain - genius.