Far from the Maddening Crowds

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This article is about the album by Chicane. For the Thomas Hardy novel, see Far from the Madding Crowd.
Far from the Maddening Crowds
Studio album by Chicane
Released 1997
Recorded Modena One, United Kingdom
Genre Trance, ambient, downtempo
Length 70:15
Label Xtravaganza
Producer Nick Bracegirdle, Leo Elstob, Salt Tank, Alex Gold (exec.)
Chicane chronology
Far from the Maddening Crowds
(1997)
Behind the Sun
(2000)
Singles from Far from the Maddening Crowds
  1. "Offshore"
    Released: 2 December 1996
  2. "Sunstroke"
    Released: 1 June 1997
  3. "Lost You Somewhere"
    Released: 8 December 1997
  4. "Red Skies"
    Released: 1998
Alternative cover
2007 edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
TranceCritic.com 5/5 stars[2]
Montreal Mirror 7.5/10 stars[3]

Far from the Maddening Crowds is the debut studio album by British electronic dance music act Chicane, released in 1997. It is highly regarded as a seminal release in the trance community, and was highly sought after, having been deleted for licensing issues, until re-release in 2007.[4][unreliable source?] The album appeared on the UK Albums Chart for one week, reaching number forty-nine.

"Offshore", the earliest song produced and released, is also among the best-known of Chicane's songs; aside from single sales and being a major dance club hit, resulting on its inclusion on what has been said to be over 130 compilation albums,[5][unreliable source?] it has also been featured in the UK on TV programs ranging from travel reviews to the BBC's Gardener's World and Grandstand.[6][dead link]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Early"   Nick Bracegirdle Bracegirdle 4:17
2. "Already There"   Bracegirdle Bracegirdle 2:55
3. "Offshore (Original Version)"   Bracegirdle, Leo Elstob Bracegirdle, Elstob 6:45
4. "Lost You Somewhere"   Bracegirdle, Caroline Lavelle Bracegirdle 8:26
5. "From Blue to Green"   Bracegirdle Bracegirdle 5:51
6. "Sunstroke (Disco Citizens Mix)"   Bracegirdle Bracegirdle 9:06
7. "Leaving Town" (featuring Salt Tank) Bracegirdle, David Gates, Malcolm Stanners Bracegirdle, Salt Tank 5:58
8. "Red Skies"   Bracegirdle Bracegirdle 7:35
9. "Sunstroke (Original Version)"   Bracegirdle Bracegirdle 6:18
10. "Offshore '97" (with Power Circle) Bracegirdle, Elstob, Richie Sullivan, Graham Dear, Louise Burton Bracegirdle 9:12
11. "The Drive Home"   Bracegirdle Bracegirdle 6:06
2007 edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
12. "Offshore 2007"   Bracegirdle, Elstob, Richie Sullivan, Graham Dear, Louise Burton Bracegirdle 7:51

Personnel[edit]

Source:[7]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[8] 49

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "((( Far from the Maddening Crowds > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ "An Electronic Dance Music Review Website. | Album | Chicane - Far From The Maddening Crowds". TranceCritic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  3. ^ Silcott, Mireille (1998) "Compact Discs: Chicane Far From the Maddening Crowds", Montreal Mirror. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  4. ^ Alexander, Will. "Chicane - Far From The Maddening Crowds". TranceCritic.com. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Chicane". Offitsface.com. Retrieved 2006-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Chicane - Sound of the Sunset". Dotmusic (retrieved from Chicane.cc). March 2000. Retrieved 2006-12-05. 
  7. ^ Far from the Maddening Crowds (Liner Notes). Chicane. Xtravaganza Recordings. 1997. 
  8. ^ "Chart Stats - Chicane - Far From The Maddening Crowds". Chart Stats. Retrieved 27 July 2010.