Classics (Aphex Twin album)

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Classics
Compilation album by Aphex Twin
Released December 1994
Recorded 1990
Genre Acid techno
Hardcore techno
Techno
Length 74:03
Label R&S Records
Producer Richard D. James
Aphex Twin chronology
Selected Ambient Works Volume II
(1994)
Classics
(1994)
Ventolin
(1995)
Alternative cover
Reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Classics is an electronic music compilation album by Richard D. James, more commonly known by his pseudonym of Aphex Twin (credited here as The Aphex Twin). The album was released in December 1994 (see 1994 in music).

The album consists of the Digeridoo and Xylem Tube EPs combined onto one CD with a handful of other songs. The album contains James' signature acid house sensibilities. It mostly features repetitive tracks performed on analogue synthesizers and drum machines, with some rather harsh-sounding remixes of Mescalinum United's "We Have Arrived". It was released by R&S Records following James' success on Warp Records. The track "Phlange Phace" has the track "AFX 114" from another album "Compilation" in it.

A remastered version of the album was released on 2 June 2008. The cover for this reissue resembles that of Selected Ambient Works 85–92, albeit with the black and white inverted.

Notes[edit]

  • "Isopropanol" is an extended mix of "Isopropophlex" from James's Analogue Bubblebath. The track time, 6:23, matches that of "Isopropophlex" from the original Digeridoo (EP).
  • "Analogue Bubblebath 1" is extended by a few seconds from its original version, with a different ending.
  • "Tamphex" contains looping samples from a television advertisement for Tampax.
  • This album was chosen as one of Q magazine's 50 heaviest albums of all time in July 2001, noted for its crunching, metallic malevolence.
  • "We Have Arrived (Aphex Twin QQT Mix)" was later re-released on the remix compilation 26 Mixes for Cash.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Richard D. James except where noted

  1. "Digeridoo" – 7:11
  2. "Flaphead" – 7:00
  3. "Phloam" – 5:33
  4. "Isopropanol" – 6:23
  5. "Polynomial-C" – 4:46
  6. "Tamphex (Hedphuq Mix)" – 6:31
  7. "Phlange Phace" – 5:22
  8. "Dodeccaheedron" – 6:08
  9. "Analogue Bubblebath 1" – 4:46
  10. "Metapharstic" – 4:33
  11. "Mescalinum United - We Have Arrived (Aphex Twin QQT Mix)" (Arcadipane, James, Mover) – 4:23
  12. "Mescalinum United - We Have Arrived (Aphex Twin TTQ Mix)" (Arcadipane, Mescalinum United, Mover) – 5:06
  13. "Digeridoo (Live in Cornwall, 1990)" (Richard D. James/Mescalinum United/Mover) – 6:21

Personnel[edit]

  • Aphex Twin – Synthesizer, Producer
  • Richard D. James – Producer
  • The Mover – Producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 24[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Chart Stats - The Aphex Twin - Classics". ChartStats.com. Retrieved 30 August 2009.