Terra Incognita (Chris Whitley album)

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Terra Incognita
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Studio album by Chris Whitley
Released February 18, 1997
Recorded March - April 1996
Genre Rock
Length 42:01
Label Work Records
Producer Chris Whitley, Toby Wright, Mark Howard, and Dougie Bowne
Chris Whitley chronology
Din of Ecstasy
(1995)Din of Ecstasy1995
Terra Incognita
Dirt Floor
(1998)Dirt Floor1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Terra Incognita is the third studio album by singer-songwriter and guitarist, Chris Whitley.

It was produced primarily by Chris Whitley, Toby Wright, Mark Howard, and Dougie Bowne. The album was recorded primarily by Mark Howard (assisted by Wayne Lorenz) at Boulevard Teatro in Oxnard, California. It was mixed primarily by Toby Wright (assisted by John Seymour) at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

Additional recording was done by Dinky Dawson at the Best Western Highway Inn in Salem, Oregon ("As Flat as the Earth (exp)"), by Chris Whitley at the Sheffield Holiday Inn in Sheffield, Alabama ("Immortal Blues"), and by Toby Wright at Electric Lady Studios in New York City ("Alien").

Additional production and mixing on "Automatic" was done by Michael Barbiero at River Sound in New York City.

The album's title was inspired by Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell by Charles Simic.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Chris Whitley.

  1. "As Flat as the Earth (exp)" – 1:05
  2. "Automatic" – 3:48
  3. "Clear Blue Sky" – 5:03
  4. "Weightless" – 3:04
  5. "Power Down" – 3:53
  6. "On Cue" – 3:28
  7. "Immortal Blues" – 2:30
  8. "Cool Wooden Crosses" – 2:48
  9. "Still Point" – 4:17
  10. "Gasket" – 4:03
  11. "One Long Day" – 2:19
  12. "Aerial" – 5:12
  13. "Alien" – 4:34

"Automatic" was released as a single.

The CD Extra part of the CD includes interviews with Whitley as well as live video performances of "Weightless", "Power Down", "Cool Wooden Crosses", and "Automatic" culled from his November 4, 1996 performance at Billboard Live at The Palace in Los Angeles, California.


Additional personnel[edit]