Blissard

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Blissard
Blissard.jpg
Studio album by Motorpsycho
Released February 16, 1996
Recorded Sep-Dec 1995
Genre Rock
Length 61:46 (CD), 53:10 (LP)
Label Stickman Records
Producer Bent Sæther, Deathprod, Pieter Kloos
Motorpsycho chronology
Timothy's Monster
(1994)
Blissard
(1996)
Angels and Daemons at Play
(1997)

Blissard is the fifth full-length studio album by the Norwegian band Motorpsycho. It was the first where the band tried to bring some more focused and pre-written songs to tape, as opposed to their earlier working technique of doing lot of experimenation and brainstorming in the studio. It is often ranked among their best work by fans and critics.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Written by Length
0. "Untitled hidden track"   8:35
1. "Sinful, Wind-borne" Sæther 5:21
2. ""Drug Thing"" Sæther 4:37
3. "Greener" Sæther 6:14
4. "'s Numbness" Sæther 3:57
5. "The Nerve Tattoo" Sæther/Gebhardt 4:02
6. "True Middle" Sæther/Burt 4:51
7. "S.T.G." Sæther 9:45
8. "Manmower" Sæther/Ryan 4:15
9. "Fool's Gold" Sæther 3:57
10. "Nathan Daniel's Tune From Hawaii" Sten 6:11
Total length: 61:46

LP track listing[edit]

Blissard was also released on heavy-weight double vinyl. The track listing was as follows.

Side A
No. Title Written by Length
1. "Sinful, Wind-borne" Sæther 5:21
2. ""Drug Thing"" Sæther 4:37
Side B
No. Title Written by Length
3. "Greener" Sæther 6:14
4. "'s Numbness" Sæther 3:57
5. "The Nerve Tattoo" Sæther/Gebhardt 4:02
Side C
No. Title Written by Length
6. "True Middle" Sæther/Burt 4:51
7. "S.T.G." Sæther 9:45
Side D
No. Title Written by Length
8. "Manmower" Sæther/Ryan 4:15
9. "Fool's Gold" Sæther 3:57
10. "Nathan Daniel's Tune From Hawaii" Sten 6:11
Total length: 53:10

Track listing 2012 4-CD reissue[edit]

A 4-disc deluxe edition was released 23. November 2012 by Rune Grammofon, and includes the original album, the KiT-sessions, an additional mix of the original album with different track listing, as well as a fourth disc with B-sides and rarities.

Disc 1: The Original Album[edit]

  1. Sinful, Wind-borne
  2. "Drug Thing"
  3. Greener
  4. 's Numbness
  5. The Nerve Tattoo
  6. True Middle
  7. S.T.G.
  8. Manmower
  9. Fool's Gold
  10. Nathan Daniel's Tune From Hawaii

Disc 2: When the World Sleeps (The KiT-sessions, 1994)[edit]

  1. Stalemate
  2. Flick of the Wrist
  3. When the World Sleeps
  4. Black W'abbit
  5. The Ballad of Patrick & Putrick
  6. 7th Dream
  7. Mad Sun

Disc 3: The Pidah Mixes[edit]

  1. Sinful, Wind-borne
  2. "Drug Thing"
  3. Greener
  4. The Matter With Her
  5. 's Numbness
  6. The Nerve Tattoo
  7. Manmower
  8. Like Always
  9. True Middle
  10. S.T.G.
  11. Stalemate

Disc 4: The Ones That Got Away B-sides, rehearsal tapes, the Atlantis psychosis files...[edit]

  1. The Nerve Tattoo
  2. Of Beacons & Beams
  3. The Wheel
  4. Pale Day
  5. Mad Sun (short version)
  6. A Saw Sage Full of Secretion
  7. Heaven and Hell
  8. Sterling Says
  9. Never Judge
  10. Baby Scooter
  11. In the Midst of All That
  12. Silver Tongue
  13. Dave Gave Up
  14. That Dying Breed
  15. "Drug Thing"
  16. A Shortcut to the Stars
  17. La Luna
  18. Atlantis Swing
  19. Familjen tar plats i studion/Fyra kvällar session
  20. Jazz på trøndska

Personnel[edit]

  • Bent Sæther: vocals, bass, guitars, taurus,
  • Hans Magnus Ryan: lead and rhythm guitars, vocals, taurus, banjo
  • Håkon Gebhardt: drums
  • Morten Fagervik: rhythm guitars, mellotron, clavinette, viscount organ, piano, vibraphone, vocals

with:

  • Helge Sten (Deathprod): samples, echoplex, oscillator, theremin
  • Ole Henrik Moe (Ohm): saw, violins
  • Bitten Forsudd: backing vocals
  • Rolf Yngve Uggen: backing vocals
  • Matt Burt: voice
  • M. Banto: pandeira

Book[edit]

The deluxe edition released in 2012 was accompanied by a 330-page book about the album, written by Norwegian author Johan Harstad. The book was released in both hardback (limited to 980 copies) and pocket editions. The book was published by Falck forlag, as a part of an ongoing series of books related to Morgenbladets list of the hundred best Norwegian albums.