Great Escape (The Rifles album)

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Great Escape
Studio album by The Rifles
Released January 26, 2009
Recorded 2007 - 2008
Genre Indie rock
Label 679 Recordings
Producer Stan Kybert
Dave McCracken
The Rifles chronology
No Love Lost
(2006)No Love Lost2006
Great Escape
Freedom Run
(2011)Freedom Run2011
Singles from Great Escape
  1. "Fall to Sorrow"
    Released: January 19, 2009
  2. "The General / Romeo & Julie"
    Released: April 13, 2009
  3. "The Great Escape"
    Released: June 22, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
ReadJunk.com5/5 stars[1]
Virgin.com8/10 stars[2]

Great Escape is the second studio album from The Rifles, which was released on January 26, 2009, after the initial release date of October 13 was delayed.[3] The album delay was somewhat attributed to the length of time it took to record. The Rifles used two different producers, Dave McCracken and Stan "Jan" Kybert, as well as recording the album in three different locations.

The Rifles used Dave Davies' (The Kinks) Konk Studios in Crouch End, Dan Hawkins' (The Darkness) studio Leeders Farm, and "The Pool" in Miloco Studios to record the album.[4]

The working title for the album was The Pavement's Diaries.[5]

The album was released in North America on September 15, 2009, through Nettwerk Music Group.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Rifles.

1."Science in Violence"3:34
2."The Great Escape"3:26
3."Fall to Sorrow"2:44
5."Toe Rag"3:53
7."Winter Calls"3:44
8."Out in the Past"4:28
9."Romeo & Julie"3:08
10."The General"4:46
11."For the Meantime"6:00
  • The last track contains a hidden track called "Lazy Bones".

In popular culture[edit]

"The Great Escape" was used on the soundtrack of the 2011 video game Test Drive Unlimited 2.

"Winter Calls" was used on a Dasani water commercial, and in several episodes of the third series of BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey.


  • Cello - Ian Burdge (tracks: 2,10,11)
  • Viola - John Metcalfe (tracks: 2), N. Baw (tracks: 10,11)
  • Violin - Louisa Fuller, Sally Herbert (tracks: 2), Emlyn Singleton, Warren Zielinski (tracks: 10,11)
  • Trumpet - Daniel Newell (tracks: 10,11)


  • Producer - Dave McCraken (tracks: 2,5,6,7), Stan Kybert (tracks: 1,3,4,8-12)
  • Engineer - Andy Saunders (tracks: 1,3,4,8-12), Gergus Peterkin (tracks: 7), Richard Wilkinson, Serg (tracks: 2,5,6)
  • Additional Engineer - Dario Dendi (tracks: 1,3,4,8-12)
  • Mastering - Ted Jensen
  • Additional Mastering - Guy Davie
  • Mixing - Stephen Harris (tracks: 1,3,4,8-12), Steve Fitzmaurice (tracks: 2,5,6,7)
  • Photography - Oliver Twitchett