The Sabres Of ParadiseHaunted Dancehall

Label:Warp Records – WARPCD26
CD, Album
Style:Leftfield, Abstract, Downtempo


1Bubble And Slide2:39
2Bubble And Slide II7:38
3Duke Of Earlsfield8:42
4Flight Path Estate3:21
5Planet D
Producer [Additional Production], RemixPortishead
Producer [Additional Production]Scruff
7Tow Truck6:35
9Theme 41:55
10Return To Planet D5:04
11Ballad Of Nicky McGuire8:30
12Jacob Street 7am3:46
13Chapel Street Market 9am7:14
14Haunted Dancehall4:25

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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.

Issued in a standard jewel case with a black tray and a 4-page booklet (inner sleeve).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 021603 026124
  • Barcode (Scanned - EAN): 5021603026124
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): WARPCD 26 MPO 06 @@
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): WARPCD 26 MPO 04 @@
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Stamped on Outer Ring ): XXXX
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): WARPCD 26 XXXX 04 @@

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Haunted Dancehall (2×LP, Album)Warp RecordsWARPLP26UK1994
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Haunted Dancehall (CD, Album)Rough Trade, Warp RecordsRTD 126.1955.2Germany1994
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  • flamehairedlover's avatar
    The best album AW made. He was always better with collaborations and this one only apparently took a weekend to lay down - him and rest of Sabres were on fire with this in a very chilled weird cool way
    • imprint75's avatar
      if you were lucky enough to hear this when it came out, it almost certainly made a deep impression on you. Not totally sure if it's aged as well as some of the two lone swordsmen stuff or some of weatherall's remixes, but it's one of my all time favorites. still sounds otherworldly
      • jjw001's avatar
        I pulled this one out today and listened to it for the first time in many years. When I first heard it in the late 90's I thought it was interesting but way too weird. Now that I'm a lot older and have a much wider taste in music I can recognise this as truly ahead of its time. RIP Andrew.
        • golden_robot's avatar
          rest in peace you beautiful genius sailor Andrew Weatherall. xxx
          • DrGlennMD's avatar
            Edited 6 years 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.
            • jiggawhat's avatar
              Edited 11 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.
              • Random_Tox's avatar
                Edited 16 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...
                • thewintman's avatar
                  Edited 17 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'.
                  • barticle's avatar
                    Edited one year 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' of course! In retrospect there were clues that they were having a laugh here - one extract mentions an "Eddie Chemical" (the Chem Bros - Ed and Tom - provided one of the EP's remixes) 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.

                    *Conversely - bonus trivia - there is a real book entitled 'The Sabres of Paradise'. Written by Lesley Blanch and published in 1960, it was an inspiration for Frank Herbert's 'Dune'.
                    • conspirator's avatar
                      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.


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