Pure Phase

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Pure Phase
Spiritualized - Pure Phase.png
Studio album by Spiritualized
Released 28 March 1995
Recorded 1993–1994
Studio Moles Studio, Bath
Genre Space rock, experimental rock
Length 68:11
Label Dedicated
Producer Jason Pierce
Spiritualized chronology
Fucked Up Inside
(1993)
Pure Phase
(1995)
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
The Guardian 3/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[7]
Select 4/5[8]

Pure Phase is the second album by Spiritualized, released on 28 March 1995. The album was recorded in the Moles Studio in Bath, and features contributions from The Balanescu Quartet. Initial CD copies were sold in a glow-in-the-dark, encapsulated CD case.

The lineup fluctuated during recording, with the band eventually reduced to a core trio of Jason Pierce, Kate Radley and Sean Cook. Previous members Mark Refoy and Jonny Mattock performed the main guitar and drums sections respectively, but by the time of album release, both men had been sacked from the band.

The track "Pure Phase" was the basis for a limited edition release called "Pure Phase Tones For DJs", which consisted of 16 versions of "Pure Phase", four on each side of the single, playable at both 33 and 45rpm. The tracks were in the keys of C/F; D/G; E/A; F/B-flat; G/C; A/D; B/E; and C/F, at varying frequencies. Pierce intended that they were to be used as a set, in order to make chords. The 'Pure Phase Tone' still features heavily in Spiritualized's live set to this day, playing in between songs and before they go onstage, acting as their entrance music.

In 2014, NME included the album in its list of "30 Glorious Britpop Albums That Deserve a Reissue Pronto."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by J. Pierce except "Born Never Asked" by Laurie Anderson

No. Title Length
1. "Medication" 8:16
2. "The Slide Song" 3:52
3. "Electric Phase" 1:34
4. "All of My Tears" 3:10
5. "These Blues" 3:05
6. "Let It Flow" 5:30
7. "Take Good Care of It" 4:37
8. "Born, Never Asked" 2:05
9. "Electric Mainline" 7:40
10. "Lay Back in the Sun" 5:09
11. "Good Times" 4:54
12. "Pure Phase" 6:19
13. "Spread Your Wings" 6:31
14. "Feel Like Goin' Home" 5:35
Total length: 68:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Jason Pierce – vocals, guitar (Gibson Firebird, Fender Thinline), dulcimer
  • Kate Radley – keyboards (Vox Continental, Farfisa, piano), "tones, drones and tremeloes", backing vocals
  • Sean Cook – bass (Fender Precision Bass), wha-monica
  • Mark Refoy – guitar
  • Jonny Mattock – drums
  • Chris Sharrack – drums on "Lay Back in the Sun"[10]
  • Leon Hunt – banjo
  • Simon Clarke – flute, saxophone
  • Tim Sanders – saxophone
  • The Balanescu Quartet – strings
  • Claire Connors – string arrangement
  • Roddy Lorimer, Stephen Sidwell – trumpet
  • Stuart Gordon – violin
  • Helen White, Marilyn McFarlane – vocals on "Let It Flow"[10]
  • Caroline Crawley – vocals on "The Slide Song"[10]
  • Produced by Jason Pierce
  • Engineered by Mike Long, Andy Wilkinson, Julian Withers, Barry Clempson and Mads Bjerke[10]
  • Assistant engineers: Scott Powell and Richard Baker[10]
  • Mixed by Jason Pierce, John Coxon and Mads Bjerke[10]
  • Mastered by Chris Blair at Abbey Road Studios[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Pure Phase – Spiritualized". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (30 March 1995). "Spiritualized: Pure Phase (Dedicated)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Steffens, Daneet (7 April 1995). "Pure Phase". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (10 February 1995). "Spiritualized Electric Mainline: Pure Phase (Dedicated)". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ Kot, Greg (18 May 1995). "Spiritualized: Pure Phase". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 770. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  8. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (July 2000). "Spiritualized: Lazer Guided Melodies / Spiritualized Electric Mainline: Pure Phase". Select (121): 117. 
  9. ^ "30 Glorious Britpop Albums That Deserve A Reissue Pronto - NME". 21 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g inner credits