Compilation (Caustic Window album)

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Compilation album by Caustic Window
Released 1 June 1998 (UK)
17 November 1998 (US)
Recorded 1992–1993
Genre Acid house/Techno
Length 58:11
Label Rephlex CAT009
Producer Richard D. James
Caustic Window chronology
Caustic Window
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Compilation (also known as Caustic Window Compilation) is one of only two full length acid house-techno albums[2] by Richard D. James released under his pseudonym of Caustic Window. The album was released on 1 June 1998.

The album consists of most of the tracks from the EPs Joyrex J4 EP, Joyrex J5 EP, Joyrex J9i and Joyrex J9ii. The album contains James' signature acid house sensibilities with a more aggressive tone than most. It mostly features repetitive tracks performed on analogue synthesizers and drum machines, becoming more and more frantic as the album progresses.


  • "AFX 114" has the same drum rhythm as "Phlange Phace", which can be found on Aphex Twin's early Xylem Tube EP and the Classics compilation.
  • "Fantasia" allegedly contains samples from the same pornographic film that was sampled for "Come on You Slags!" from James' ...I Care Because You Do album.
  • "Italic Eyeball" samples Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music as she sings "Perhaps I had a wicked childhood" (forwards and in reverse)
  • "Humanoid Must Not Escape" features distorted samples from the David Bowie film The Man Who Fell to Earth (the "Let's fuck!" and "Yeah yeah!") and the arcade game Berzerk.
  • "We are the Music Makers (Hardcore Mix)" samples Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
  • "The Garden of Linmiri" was featured in a Gerard de Thame-directed television advertisement for Pirelli's P6000 tyres featuring Carl Lewis running around New York City with tyre treads on his feet.[3]
  • "The Garden of Linmiri" previously appeared on the 1993 Disco B Energy '93 compilation, under the title "cat 009 iii" and with the note "previously unreleased".[4]
  • "We are the Music Makers (Hardcore Mix)" is a remix (or an entirely new version) of "We are the Music Makers" from James' debut album, Selected Ambient Works 85–92. The "Hardcore Mix" is much faster than the original, and features completely new beats.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Richard D. James.

  1. "Joyrex J4" – 4:30
  2. "AFX 114" – 1:21
  3. "Cordialatron" – 4:44
  4. "Italic Eyeball" – 4:25
  5. "Pigeon Street" – 0:23
  6. "Astroblaster" – 5:29
  7. "On the Romance Tip" – 5:06
  8. "Joyrex J5" – 6:54
  9. "Fantasia" – 6:02
  10. "Humanoid Must Not Escape" – 5:42 (About this sound sample )
  11. "Clayhill Dub" – 3:24
  12. "The Garden of Linmiri" – 6:10
  13. "We Are the Music Makers (Hardcore Mix)" – 4:01
  • Tracks 1–5 originally appeared on Joyrex J4 EP.
  • Tracks 6–8 originally appeared on Joyrex J5 EP.
  • Track 9 originally appeared on Joyrex J9i and Joyrex J9ii.
  • Track 10 originally appeared on Joyrex J9i.
  • Tracks 11–13 originally appeared on Joyrex J9ii.

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