The Legendary Pink Dots discography

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The Legendary Pink Dots discography
Studio albums 39
Live albums 18
Compilation albums 35
Video albums 7
Singles 14

This is a detailed list of releases by the European band The Legendary Pink Dots. As of 2012, they have released 32 studio albums, 52 live albums and compilations, and 14 singles. Their first release was the cassette Only Dreaming in 1981, initially limited to 10 copies only, each with their own, hand-made cover.[1] After a few more cassette-only releases, Brighter Now saw the light of day in the following year, as their first 'proper' album.

Right from the start, their output has been quite prolific, with no less than four tapes released in the first year of their existence alone.[2] This would not change until the late nineties, with a new album with original material every 1–2 years only, but accompanied by re-releases of early, hard-to-find material, and live albums.

In addition, singer Edward Ka-Spel has released more than 60 solo albums to date, and he and other members of the band have collaborated in various other projects, most notably in The Tear Garden, which originally consisted of Ka-Spel and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy,[3] but later expanded to involve all current Pink Dots members as well as several friends of both the Pink Dots and Key.

Another notable peculiarity in the Pink Dots' discography is their affection for vinyl. With only a few exceptions, all of their albums have seen vinyl editions in addition to the standard CD release, many of them (like their 2010 studio album, Seconds Late For The Brighton Line), featuring exclusive tracks not found on the CD, although some may later appear on the digital release.

In their history, The Legendary Pink Dots have released -and re-released- their records on a large number of different labels, as well as having their own label 'The Terminal Kaleidoscope', and a bandcamp.com page for digital self-distribution.

Studio releases[edit]

Year Title Label Format
1981 Only Dreaming Mirrordot, Jarmusic Tape
1981 Kleine Krieg Mirrordot, Terminal Kaleidoscope, 235 Tape
1982 Brighter Now In Phaze, Art Nouveau, New Europeans, Terminal Kaleidoscope, Play It Again Sam, SPV Poland, Soleilmoon Tape, LP, CD
1982 Atomic Roses Illusion Productions Tape
1982 Premonition Flowmotion, Ding Dong, 235, Terminal Kaleidoscope, Mirrordot, Jarmusic Tape
1982 Apparition Ding Dong, Terminal Kaleidoscope Tape, LP, CD
1982 Basilisk Third Mind, Ding Dong, Terminal Kaleidoscope, Mirrordot, Jarmusic, Beta-lactam Ring Tape, CD
1983 Chemical Playschool 3 & 4 Mirrordot Tapes, Terminal Kaleidoscope, Jarmusic, Staalplaat 2x Tape, 2x CD
1983 Curse In Phaze, Terminal Kaleidoscope, Play It Again Sam, SPV Poland, Soleilmoon, Big Blue LP, Tape, CD
1984 The Tower In Phaze, Terminal Kaleidoscope, Play It Again Sam, SPV Poland, Soleilmoon LP, CD, Tape
1985 Asylum Play It Again Sam, Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon, SPV Poland 2xLP, CD
1985 Prayer For Aradia Bain Total, Terminal Kaleidoscope, Big Blue Tape, CD
1986 Island Of Jewels Play It Again Sam, Penguin, Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon, SPV Poland LP, CD
1988 Any Day Now Play It Again Sam, Wax Trax!, SPV Poland, Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon LP, Tape, CD
1989 The Golden Age Play It Again Sam, Wax Trax!, SPV Poland, Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon LP, Tape, CD
1990 Four Days Mirrordot, Terminal Kaleidoscope, SPV Poland Tape, CD
1990 Crushed Velvet Apocalypse Play It Again Sam, Wax Trax!, Caroline, Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon, SPV Poland LP, Tape, CD
1991 The Maria Dimension Play It Again Sam, Caroline, SPV Poland, Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon LP, Tape, CD
1992 Shadow Weaver Play It Again Sam, Caroline, SPV Poland, Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon LP, Tape, CD
1992 Malachai (Shadow Weaver Part 2) Play It Again Sam, Caroline, Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon, Big Blue LP, Tape, CD
1994 9 Lives to Wonder Play It Again Sam, Soleilmoon, Flesh Eating Ants CD, 2xLP
1995 From Here You'll Watch the World Go By Soleilmoon, Staalplaat, SPV Poland CD, Tape
1997 Hallway of the Gods Soleilmoon, Terminal Kaleidoscope, Staalplaat, SPV Poland CD, Tape, 2xLP
1998 Nemesis Online Soleilmoon CD, 2xLP
2000 A Perfect Mystery Cacciocavallo/Soleilmoon, Beta-lactam Ring CD, 2xLP
2002 All the King's Horses Soleilmoon, Big Blue CD, 2xLP
2002 All the King's Men ROIR CD, 2xLP
2004 Poppy Variations Terminal Kaleidoscope, Beta-lactam Ring, Big Blue CD, 2xLP
2004 The Whispering Wall ROIR CD
2006 Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves ROIR CD
2006 Alchemical Playschool Caciocavallo CD, 2x 10" vinyl
2008 Plutonium Blonde ROIR CD
2010 Seconds Late for the Brighton Line ROIR CD
2012 The Creature That Tasted Sound Trademark of Quantity CD-R
2013 Taos Hum Trademark of Quantity CD-R
2013 The Gethsemane Option Metropolis Records CD
2013 Code Noir Beta-lactam Ring Records CD
2013 The Curse of Marie Antoinette Rustblade LP
2014 109 Rustblade 2xLP, CD
2015 The Seismic Bleats Of Quantum Sheep Self-released on bandcamp.com, Abstrakce Records Digital download, LP
2015 Five Days Self-released on bandcamp.com CDr, Digital download
2015 5 Days Instrumentals Self-released on bandcamp.com CDr, Digital download
2016 Pages Of Aquarius Metropolis Records CD, 2xLP, Digital download

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Label Format Notes
1981 Chemical Playschool 1 & 2 Mirrordot Tapes,Terminal Kaleiddoscope, Jarmusic, Staalplaat 2x Tape A collection of early tracks, some of them available on other releases from that time. The track listings on later releases differ from the original Mirrordot release, but the tracks are in fact the same, just named differently.
1981 Dots On The Eyes Cassette King Tape March is exclusive to this release, while all other songs appeared on Chemical Playschool 1 & 2.
1987 Stone Circles: A Legendary Pink Dots Anthology Play It Again Sam USA LP, CD Compilation for the US market. All tracks previously released except for Gladiators Version Apocalypse.
1988 Traumstadt 1 Mirrordot Tapes, Terminal Kaleidoscope Tape, CD Features tracks that previously appeared on Atomic Roses, Apparition and the various artist compilations Rising From The Red Sand 3, Turkish Delight and I Love Liberty. The version of I Dream Of Jeannie on this release is different from the one appearing on the bonus CD for The Maria Dimension.
1988 Traumstadt 2 Mirrordot, Jarmusic Tape Features unrelesed tracks and versions as well as the Pink Dots' entries for the various artists compilations Something Stirs, Mineral Composition (Edges 40 Vol. 2), Zamizdat Trade Journal Volume 4, Four In One Vol. 2, Compulsory Overtime and Three Minute Symphony.
1989 Traumstadt 5 Mirrordot, Jarmusic, Staalplaat Tape Compilation of material from various Pink Dots releases as well as their entries for the compilations Life At The Top, Insane Music For Insane People Vol. 2 and An Invitation To The Last Judgement: The Labyrinth.
1989 The Legendary Pink Box Play It Again Sam, Cacciocavallo 3x LP, 2x CD "Featuring the ancient, the resurrected ,re-recorded, the rare and the exclusive".[4]
1995 Chemical Playschool 8 & 9 Terminal Kaleidoscope, Soleilmoon Recordings, Beta-lactam Ring Records 2x CD Includes the Maria Dimension Bonus CD as well as unreleased tracks and songs recorded for the various artists compilations Sonora 2/91 (magazine with CD), A Drop In The Ocean... and Ohren Des Kaiser Hirohito.
1996 Canta Mientras Puedas Play It Again Sam, Soleilmoon CD All material previously released, with the tracks A Velvet Resurrection and Friend presented in slightly remixed versions. The title of the compilation is the Spanish translation of the Pink Dots' motto "Sing While You May".
1996 Lullabies For The New Dark Ages Soleilmoon 4x LP, 4x CD Re-release of the albums Brighter Now, Curse, Faces In The Fire and The Tower as a box-set. 4x LP box is limited to 512 copies and 4x CD box is limited to 1000 copies.
1997 Ancient Daze Terminal Kaleidoscope, Beta-lactam Ring Records CD, 2x LP Collection of material originally released 1980-1981 plus the previously unreleased Spaced Out. Re-released in 2000 with three additional, previously unreleased tracks : Odd, West Side Story (The Forgotten Version) and Candlelight Or Fullbeam?.
1997 Stained Glass Some Fountains Soleilmoon 2x CD Collection of early material and cassette releases as well as tracks made for the compilations The Dice Are Rolling: A Play It Again Sam Records Sample , QED and Flowmotion. According to the liner notes, April's Song "is the oldest surviving recording of The Legendary Pink Dots".
1997 Under Triple Moons ROIR CD Collection of tracks from the cassette releases Premonition, Traumstadt 2, Kleine Krieg and Chemical Playschool 1 & 2.
1998 Chemical Playschool 10 Soleilmoon CD New and previously unreleased material. Originally sold exclusively at the Pink Dots' North American tour in 1997, it was later put into general release.
1999 Poi Poka Mozhesh Brudenia CD Collection of previously released material as well as a different version of Supper at J's and the two previously unreleased tracks Interflora Overdrive (Part One) and Interflora Overdrive (Part Two). The album's title is the Russian translation of the Pink Dots' motto "Sing While You May".
2001 Kollabaris Terminal Kaleidoscope, Beta-lactam Ring Records CD Collection of collaborations with other artists, including Artwork, Karolinek and Lydia Tomkiw as well as the side-projects The Tear Garden and Mimir.
2001 Chemical Playschool 11, 12 & 13 Caciocavallo 3x CD Collection of previously unreleased material (going back as far as 1992) and the tracks 10th Shade and Schatten from the vinyl version of Nemesis Online. All three discs were designed to have no index points (although the third disc erroneuously has one near the end) to invoke the experience of listening to a cassette.
2002 Synesthesia S.P.K.R., Big Blue Records CD Described as "a companion to Chemical Playschool 11, 12 & 13", featuring previously unreleased (presumably all newly recorded) material.
2002 El Kaleidoscopo Terminal Caciocavallo LP, CD Collection of previously released material plus a new version of Blue from A Perfect Mystery.
2002 Caciocavallo Reissue Collection Caciocavallo 10x CD Box set featuring all albums previously available through Play It Again Sam: The Lovers, Asylum, Island Of Jewels, Any Day Now, The Golden Age, The Legendary Pink Box, The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse, The Maria Dimension, Shadow Weaver and Malachai.
2003 A Guide to the Legendary Pink Dots Vol. 1: The Best Ballads Big Blue Records CD Collection of previously released material.
2003 I Did Not Inhale Zakat CD Compilation for the Russian market containing previously released material.
2003 A Guide To The Legendary Pink Dots Vol. 2: Psychedelic Classics And Rarities Big Blue Records 2x CD & 1x VCD Collection of previously released material plus unreleased live versions of the songs The Saucers Are Coming (renamed to Saucers Over Poznan), Citadel, A Velvet Resurrection and I Love You In Your Tragic Beauty, all recorded in Poznan, Poland, in 1996. The Video CD features a live show recorded in Germany on January 11, 1989, as well as an interview two clips of the songs Der Schrei and Talent Contest.
2004 Singe Waehrend Du Bist UMO Magazine CD Collection of previously released songs and unreleased live versions of Space Captain, Andromeda Suite and Evolution / The Brightest Star.
2004 Crushed Mementos Plinkity Plonk CD Collection of tracks taken from the compilations The Voice, Rising From The Red Sands Vol. 3 and Zamizdat Trade Journal, the Pink Dots' Traumstadt 4 cassette, plus a new song called Premonition 15.
2007 The Legendary Pink Dots Vinyl On Demand 5x LP
  • LP 1: A Collection Of Tracks From Chemical Playschool 1+2 Part I
  • LP 2: A Collection Of Tracks From Chemical Playschool 1+2 Part II
  • LP 3: Kleine Krieg Part I & II
  • LP 4: Kleine Krieg Part III & IV
  • LP 5: Live In Cologne 8-4-1983

Limited to 600 copies. Came with a bonus DVD when ordering directly from the label, which featured a TV performance of Echo Police and a short interview.

2009 The Maria Sessions Trademark Of Quantity CD Previously unreleased recordings made in 1991.
2010 Any Day Now Secrets Trademark Of Quantity CD Previously unreleased recordings made in 1987.
2011 All The King's Sessions Trademark Of Quantity CD Outtakes and alternate versions from All The King's Horses and All The King's Men.
2012 Chemical Playschool 15 Rustblade CD, CDr, DVD A collection of new tracks recorded in August 2012.
2013 Come Out From the Shadows self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Previously unreleased recordings made in the 1990s.
2013 Come Out From the Shadows Volume 2 self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Previously unreleased recordings from the Shadow Weaver and Malachai sessions.
2013 Come Out From the Shadows (Volume 3 - The 80s) self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Previously unreleased recordings made in the 1980s.
2013 The Maria Sessions Volume 2 self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Previously unreleased recordings made in 1991.
2014 12 Steps Off The Path self-released on bandcamp.com CDR, Digital download Songs featured on Various Artists compilations and songs from the bonus disc of Classics & Rarities.
2014 Chemical Playschool 16 & 18 self-released on bandcamp.com, Beta-lactam Ring Records CDR, Digital download, 2xCD A collection of new tracks recorded between May and July 2014.
2015 The Shock Exchange Rustblade LP Split release with kETvECTOR.
2016 Chemical Playschool 19 & 20 Beta-lactam Ring Records 2xCD A collection of new tracks recorded throughout the year 2015.

Live Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Format Notes
1984 The Lovers Ding Dong Tapes and Records, Torso LP Tracks 1-4 recorded live at De Melkweg, Amsterdam, 9/9/1984. Tracks 5-8 recorded for VPRO Radio at Vara Studios, Hilversum, 1984.
1985 The Terminal Kaleidoscope Ding Dong Tapes and Records, Terminal Kaleidoscope Tape Split release with Attrition. Recorded live in Netherlands and Switzerland during their 1984 tour.
1988 Dot-To-Dot Teddy Bear Music, Jarmusic Tape Recorded live in Hannover, Germany, 02/10/1988.
1988 Traumstadt #3 Mirrordot, Jarmusic, Staalplaat Tape Recorded at various venues in Germany, Austria, France and Netherlands.
1989 Greetings 9 Materiali Sonori LP Side a recorded live at The Ubu Club, Rennes, France in February 1988. Side b are studio tracks recorded August, 1988. Released on CD as Greetings 9 + Premonition 11 by Materiali Sonori in 1991 and re-released as It's Raining In Heaven by Soleilmoon Recordings in 1996.
1991 Live at Centralino, 15.2.1987, Torino, Italy Old Europa Cafe Tape Originally released as a bootleg, it was later sanctioned by the Legendary Pink Dots. Recorded live at Centralino, Torino, Italy on February 15, 1987.
1997 Live '85 - '88 Terminal Kaleidoscope, Beta-lactam Ring Records CD-R Tracks taken from various live performances.
1997 Live '89 Terminal Kaleidoscope, Beta-lactam Ring Records CD-R Recorded at Kling-Klang in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
1999 Live at the Metro SPV Poland CD, Tape Recorded live at the Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA on November 11, 1998.
2000 Farewell, Milky Way Caciocavallo CD The Pink Dots' final concert at the Melkweg ("Melkweg" is Dutch for "Milky Way") in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1994. The Melkweg had been host to a Pink Dots concert every year since 1984.
2003 Live in Hildesheim 1991 Trademark of Quantity CD-R Recorder live at Hildesheim, Germany on May 8, 1991.
2005 Live at Montpellier 1994 Trademark of Quantity CD-R Recorded live in Montpellier, France on May 27, 1994.
2008 Live at Cafe De La Danse, Paris, 20 December 2007 Trademark of Quantity CD-R Limited to 80 copies. Recorded live at Cafe De La Danse, Paris, France on December 20, 2007.
2009 Human Radio Trademark of Quantity CD-R Recorded at the Studio Desmet cafe, Amsterdam, Netherlands on May 14, 2002, during a live debate for Human Radio.
2010 The French Collection Beta-Lactam Ring Records CD Recorded in March 1994, at the Theatre Passage du Nord Quest in Paris, the Espace Julien in Marseilles and an unnamed venue in Toulouse.
2013 Live At Pandora's Music Box 1985 Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Recorded live in Rotterdam, Netherlands on October 10, 1985.
2013 Plutonium Live Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Recorded on April 23, 2009, at The Orangerie, Munich. This is a live recording of their Plutonium Blonde tour.
2014 Live '89 Volume 2 Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Recorded at the Bikini Club in Toulouse, France. This album is the restoration of "A rough cassette that lurked, waiting to be played, in an Ikea basket for a couple of decades".[5]
2014 Paris In The Spring Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Recorded in April 2014 at Le Klub in Paris during their Year 33 tour.
2015 Easter In The Deep South Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download A radio recording of the show at Alabamahalle in Munich, Germany on 6 April 1985.
2015 The Wednesday Mass Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download A live recording from Ostrava, Czech Republic in January 2000.
2015 Crash Velvet Apocalypse Self-released on bandcamp.com 2xCDr, Digital download Live recordings from Crash Club, Freiburg, Germany in 1990, and Vienna, Austria in 1991.
2015 Come Out From The Shadows 4-Live At Lounge Ax 1993 Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Live recording from Chicago, USA in 1993.
2016 A Public Bath Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Live recording from Waschhaus in Potsdam, Germany in 1996.
2016 Intimacy (Live At The Rumba Cafe 2010) Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Live recording from Rumba Café, Columbus, Ohio, USA in 2010.
2016 A Sunday In Brighton Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download Live recording from Brighton, United Kingdom in 2003.

Singles and EPs[edit]

Year Song Album Label Format
1984 Faces In the Fire none Play It Again Sam, Soleilmoon, SPV Poland 12", CD, audio cassette
1986 Curious Guy none Play It Again Sam 12"
1987 Premonition 11 none Snowdonia 7"
1988 Under Glass none Play It Again Sam 12"
1988 Traumstadt 4 none Mirrordot, Jarmusic, Staalplaat Audio cassette
1989 Blacklist none Play It Again Sam 12"
1990 Princess Coldheart none Play It Again Sam, Wax Trax! 12"
1994 Siren 9 Lives to Wonder Acid Visions VHS
1994 Tryst 7 none Ubuibi Audio cassette
1996 Remember Me This Way From Here You'll Watch the World Go By Soleilmoon CD
1997 Sterre Hallway of the Gods SPV Poland CD, audio cassette
1998 Pre-Millennial Single none Soleilmoon CD, 12"
2006 Legacy none Some Fine Legacy 7"
2013 The Legendary Pink Dots' Christmas Album none Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download
2014 The Legendary Pink Dots Hallowe'en Special 2014 none Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download
2014 The Legendary Pink Dots' Yuletide Special 2014 none Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download
2015 We'll Get Around To You none Dadaïsm Neuf 9 Neuf 7"
2015 The Legendary Pink Dots Hallowe'en Special 2015 none Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download
2015 The Legendary Pink Dots Christmas Special 2015 none Self-released on bandcamp.com Digital download
2016 A Scented Candle none Noise Noise Noise Records 12" Vinyl

Videos[edit]

Year Title Label Format Notes
1989 Live in Dallas - April 20, 1989 Videophile Magazine VHS Recorded live at Trees in Dallas, Texas, USA on April 20, 1989.
1998 Live at La Luna Soleilmoon VHS/DVD Recorded live at La Luna in Portland, Oregon, USA on September 13, 1997.
2005 A Dream is a Dream is a Dream Beta-Lactam Ring Records DVD Recorded live at De Vrije Vloer in Utrecht, Netherlands on January 21, 1987.
2007 Key Club, West Hollywood, Los Angeles 14/11/2002 Trademark of Quantity DVD-R Recorded live at The Key Club in West Hollywood, California, USA on November 14, 2002.
2009 Maria Dimension Tour 1991 Terminal Kaleidoscope DVD-R Recorded live at Doornroosje in Nijmegen, Netherlands on May 28, 1991.
2011 Paris in The Fall Soleilmoon DVD Recorded live at Le Klub in Paris, France on November 13, 2009.
2014 The more it changes Trademark of Quantity DVD Recorded live in Tel Aviv in June 2013. This show features the former member Patrick Q. Wright on violins.

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