The Frozen Borderline – 1968–1970

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The Frozen Borderline – 1968–1970
Compilation album by Nico
Released 2007
Recorded 1968–1970
Genre Avant-garde, folk
Label Rhino
Producer Andy Zax
Nico chronology
Walpurgis-Nacht
(2002)
The Frozen Borderline – 1968–1970
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9.2/10)[2]
Uncut 5/5 stars[3]

The Frozen Borderline – 1968–1970 is a two-disc compilation set of music by Nico, comprising The Marble Index (recorded in 1968, released in 1969) and Desertshore (recorded and released in 1970). The two CDs contain remastered versions of all the tracks from these albums, early/alternate versions of many songs, and two previously unknown tracks.

The last (fourteenth) track of the second CD contains a hidden fifteenth track after ten minutes of silence, which is an alternate version of "Frozen Warnings" (a song from The Marble Index) without the tremulous harmonium, leaving only Nico's vocals and the violins.

Tracklist of disc 1[edit]

Tracks 1 to 8 are remastered versions of the songs from The Marble Index. Track 9 and 10 are two previously unknown songs. Track 11 and 12 are alternate versions of the two bonus tracks from the 1990 CD release of The Marble Index. Track 13 to 19 are early versions of the songs.

The Marble Index[edit]

  1. "Prelude" – 0:59
  2. "Lawns of Dawns" – 3:10
  3. "No One Is There" – 3:36
  4. "Ari's Song" – 3:20
  5. "Facing the Wind" – 4:58
  6. "Julius Caesar (Memento Hodie)" – 5:01
  7. "Frozen Warnings" – 4:01
  8. "Evening of Light" – 5:44

Outtakes[edit]

  1. "Sagen Die Gelehrten" – 3:52
  2. "Rêve Réveiller" – 4:07
  3. "Roses in the Snow" [alternate version] – 4:00
  4. "Nibelungen" [complete version] – 3:15

Alternate versions[edit]

  1. "Lawns of Dawns" – 3:15
  2. "No One Is There" – 3:40
  3. "Ari's Song" – 3:14
  4. "Facing the Wind" – 5:05
  5. "Julius Caesar (Memento Hodie)" – 5:02
  6. "Frozen Warnings" – 4:21
  7. "Evening of Light" – 5:41

Tracklist of disc 2[edit]

Tracks 1 to 8 are remastered versions of the songs from Desertshore. Track 9 to 14 are early versions of the songs. Track 14 contains a hidden 15th track.

Desertshore[edit]

  1. "Janitor of Lunacy" – 4:04
  2. "The Falconer" – 5:42
  3. "My Only Child" – 3:30
  4. "Le Petit Chevalier" – 1:17
  5. "Abschied" – 3:05
  6. "Afraid" – 3:30
  7. "Mütterlein" – 4:40
  8. "All That Is My Own" – 3:36

Demos[edit]

  1. "My Only Child" – 4:15
  2. "Janitor of Lunacy" – 3:58
  3. "Abschied Ode (Death/Farewell)" – 3:01
  4. "You Are Beautiful (Afraid)" – 3:17
  5. "The Falconer" – 5:46
  6. "On the Desert Shore (All That Is My Own)" – 2:44/12:44
  7. "Frozen Warnings" [hidden track] – 4:24

Chart performance[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[4] 128

References[edit]

External links[edit]