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Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 album

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 album

  • Performer: Aphex Twin
  • Genre: Electronic
  • Title: Selected Ambient Works 85-92
  • Released: 1992
  • Style: Techno, IDM, Electro, Experimental, Ambient
  • Country: Belgium
  • MP3 version size: 1624 mb
  • FLAC version size: 1809 mb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 830

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Selected Ambient Works 85–92 is the debut studio album by Aphex Twin, the pseudonym of British electronic musician Richard D. James. It was released as a very limited import in November 1992 by Apollo Records, a subsidiary of Belgian label R&S Records, and later widely in February 1993. The album features tracks recorded onto cassette reputedly dating as far back as 1985, when James was fourteen years old. An analogue remaster was released in 2006, and a digital remaster in 2008.

Selected Ambient Works 85–92 is the debut album of electronic music producer Aphex Twin, released on February 12, 1992. SAW 85–92 is Aphex Twin’s magnum opus. Inspired by his dreams from when he was a child, SAW 85–92 is a beautiful piece of ambient techno that is both serene and utterly engaging.

Aphex Twin, selected ambient works 85-92 - schottkey 7th path 05:08. Aphex Twin, selected ambient works 85-92 - we are the music makers 07:43. Aphex Twin - 1992 (2008) - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - i 01:17. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - 04 - Ageispolis 05:23. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - 07 - Heliosphan 04:53. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - 02 - Tha 09:07. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992) - Hedphelym 06:03. Stuart Maconies Freak Zone - Featured Album: Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (10/09/2017) 59:59

Aphex Twin, born in 1971, released his first album, "Selected Ambient Works 85-92". Sounding like absolutely nothing before it, "Selected Ambient Works" was a revolution. It shows no influences or sounds like anything that came before it. The overall sound of the album is rather thin. There is no lyrics on it, save for one sampled line on the song "We are the music makers". Some of the tracks on this album were recorded when Aphex Twin was only 15. Listen to this album and you will understand that that is an amazing feat in anyone's book. Amazingly, many of the instruments and sounds used on this album were actually built by Aphex Twin himself. As stated previously, this album is a very thin and sparse sounding record. Some of the stuff on here is rather scary or creepy, reminiscent of seedy bars in futuristic movies.

Listen free to Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Xtal, Tha and more). Released: 12 February 1992 (1992-02-12) Recorded: 1985–1992 Genre: Ambient, Electronica, Techno, IDM Producer: Richard D. James Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.

Selected Ambient Works 85–92 received widespread acclaim and has been characterised as a landmark of electronica, ambient music, and IDM. It was followed by Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994) Contents. 3 Reception and legacy.

Tracklist

A1 Xtal 4:51
A2 Tha 9:01
A3 Pulsewidth 3:47
B1 Ageispolis 5:21
B2 i 1:13
B3 Green Calx 6:02
B4 Heliosphan 4:51
C1 We Are The Music Makers 7:42
C2 Schottkey 7th Path 5:07
C3 Ptolemy 7:12
D1 Hedphelym 6:02
D2 Delphium 5:36
D3 Actium 7:35

Companies, etc.

  • Published By – R & S Records
  • Marketed By – R & S Records
  • Manufactured By – R & S Records

Credits

  • Artwork [Uncredited] – Paul Nicholson
  • Producer, Written-By – Richard D. James

Notes

First pressing, with no barcode on the sleeve, no catalog number on sleeve or labels, and containing 3 tracks each on sides C & D.
Some were also pressed with unprinted labels: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

Later pressings:
Same sleeve & labels but different matrix codes: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
Same sleeve & labels but different matrix codes; plays 4 tracks on side C and 2 on side D: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
With barcode on lower right of back cover: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
With barcode on upper right of back cover: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

Made in Belgium

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: none
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): AMB LP A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): AMB LP 3922 B2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): AMB LP C2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): AMB LP 3902- D2

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
AMB 3922 CD, AMB 3922CD Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(CD, Album, RE) Apollo, Apollo AMB 3922 CD, AMB 3922CD Belgium Unknown
AMBLP3922 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Apollo AMBLP3922 UK 2018
RS 2006/01 Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) R & S Records RS 2006/01 Belgium 2006
AMB3922XI Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial, Pur) Apollo AMB3922XI 2011
AMB3922XI Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) Not On Label (Aphex Twin) AMB3922XI UK 2011

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Comments

Agalen Agalen
I have the 2006 repress, to make up for the original, I lost! (Used to drink. A LOT) the 2006 version sounds fantastic on my system. Wouldn't mind comparing the new pressing, though.. y'know.. jus for science n that...????
SkroN SkroN
Just started collecting; this was the second album I ever bought. Had to take a trip to Boudisque records in Amsterdam on a limited budget, so the choice was between SAW and Bytes. Thankfully got my hands on Bytes many years later :)
Painshade Painshade
Really good for you, "bytes" is way inferior, SAW is just so very fine!!!!!!
Burisi Burisi
Speculation about the provenance of the title aside, this record is a foundation of my listening and influence since 92. You cannot put a price, or conjecture, on such a beautiful and influential record. AW1 came out at a perfect time to enhance the proliferation of electronic music that branched off from the House/Techno/Rave scenes of the early 90's. Being one of the first records I heard that went deep instead of straight for the throat, it woke me up to another side of club music that wasn't in the hedonistic rush of the dancefloor, but was absolutely perfect for the post club 'back to my place' session.Rest assured it's an all time classic album for many reasons, the beautiful and warm production, the inherent atmosphere, staggering beauty and wide ranging styles, and last but not least the goddamned great music within it. Listening now, 26 years after it's release, and my worn copy sounds just as ethereal, and inspirational as it did back in my teenage bedroom. To add a little info to go along with such praise, to make reading this review more worthy than just another gush on RDJ's prodigious talents. Xtal, one of the highlights of this LP, samples the vocal from 'Evil At Play' found here: https://www.discogs.com/Various-Atmospheric-Vocal/release/5130614 Making it sound like it was made for this LP, such a heavenly piece of music that once heard is forever ingrained on your listening memory. I often wonder if it's more contextual than I give it credit for, if the way I listen is coloured by my long years of appreciating this LP, or if someone who only just hears it now, feels the same way. Regardless, contextually it's timeless and an extremely influential and important record for lovers of electronic music. Xtal is also named after the exclusive effect on the Lexicon Prime Time II delay unit, which is (to those who are lucky enough to have played on one) a fantastic and unique piece of kit. Personally I don't care a bit when he made these tracks, it's an irrelevance, I'm just in debt to RDJ for letting me hear them.
Wishamac Wishamac
Brilliant. Still sounding as good as my copy looks after all these years. Xtal's always a good track to put through a decent sub! And Ptolemy? Being an acid house fan, it's the best of both worlds!
Qudanilyr Qudanilyr
My copy has a barcode sticker on lower right of back cover with AMB 3922 as catalogue number 5 019148 301929.
Kea Kea
Mine has a sticker barcode the same as you have stated here but on the top right is this still a first pressing then?
Voodoolkree Voodoolkree
I have a serious problem with the '1985' here.I know how RDJ is in some rarified of untouchability, so please, don't take it the wrong way, please. This is a forum for open discussions and I am not criticizing the quality of the material, which is great, but I am prefacing this because I can already see the RDJ fans coming with the pitchforks and torches. If you disagree, fine, but then prove me wrong.So back to the question: is some of this material seriously from 1985? Recorded as is? Please, I will not accept some weak apologetic argument ala (he had some tapes with similar experiments or had it in his brain or yadda yadda). Were some of the tracks here finalized, as is in 1985?If there is real proof, great, I will accept being in the wrong here.Or maybe some of you gurus may tell me that obviously nothing is from back then, one can look at discogs and see that his earliest release is from 1991.So if not, why put that date then?Pure speculation from my part, but I wonder if it is some subliminal pretentiousness of being able to say "see, I was there in the thick of things right at the same time as those people from Detroit".Again, please don't hate me and keep it civil.
ALAN ALAN
the_blank_from_hell Love your thumbnail image. Teach 'em early ;- )Cheers
VariesWent VariesWent
Good question, I asked that myself then. My guess is he started recording and experimenting with 14 in his bedroom, as many of us do. And the album title just reflects that, the best of the journey so far. I think it's obvious that nearly all of the material on this album is in some form a reaction to the stuff he has heard at the end of the 80ies, a guy called gerald, early 808 state, some lesser known house stuff like virgo, model 500, and so on. Still unique of course.
Adokelv Adokelv
"i" is the only track that could be 85, many tracks are probably from 90-91.
sunrise bird sunrise bird
Of course anybody that collects vinyl knows that, unless one lives under a rock. They say that Acid Trax, for instance, is from 1985. But Spanky isn't the one releasing an album called "Selected Acid Works: 1979-1988", if you know what I mean. "Take that Juan Atkins, I came before you!"He is essentially padding his resume with a whopping 6 years. So part of the SAW tracklist started before Acid Trax, when he was the age of my son, 14?Let's take a silly example of somebody an RDJ fan probably dislikes: Armin Van Buuren. let's pretend he releases an album called Selected Trance Works 1987-2005, or whatever. Wouldn't you be like "yeah right, you were doing this before The Orb, riiiiiight. And I guess we can now start counting our fiddling with grandma's piano recorded by daddy on a cassette?" You know what I mean?Again, I apologize to any fan that cannot tolerate any critical analysis of their idol (not saying that's your case), I have no ill will, have tons of RDJ work and like much of his stuff but this is something that I was always curious about so please don't take it the wrong way if I say that looking at it objectively it really comes across as smugness.Maybe I am wrong and the man himself or somebody can come here and prove me wrong.
Vetalol Vetalol
His earliest published (and pressed to disc) works date to 1991, yes, but it sounds like you may be unfamiliar with the fact that most musicians may wait a while before releasing the songs that they write and record; Aphex's own "Windowlicker" was finished in 1996 but wasn't released until 1999, for example.As of this reply, I still haven't seen any proof of "85-92" being correct. Perhaps when RDJ adds this album to his current website, he'll offer some details on what year each piece came from. So the answer you're looking for is still based on speculation. But I do know many musicians personally who have sat on a song for years before releasing it, so I'll trust the title until something more factual is placed in front of me.
cyrexoff cyrexoff
How does the 2008 remaster differ from the original release?
Grokinos Grokinos
hello everyone, is there a press pop / needle skip in the Actium track or is it just me?
Kulalbine Kulalbine
sounds almost perfect. i love the minimalistic look, it's telling of the album's sound even though the album isnt minimal at all. i do wish that the track Xtal didn't skip every ten seconds, but that might just be my record player.
skyjettttt skyjettttt
One of my most played and treasured albums.I bought this when it was first released and have been mesmerised with it ever since.The music is delicate, eerie, and extremely beautiful and absolutely ingrained witht the typical Aphex Twin sound.The haunting use of sampled vocals is utterly genius and partly why i absolutey adore this album.This album will always hold special place in my heart and rightly has its place as one of the best electronic ambient albums ever produced!!!!A landmark album and way ahead of its time!!Utter genius and a flawless 10/10. Bravo!
Ferne Ferne
++Belgian release in November/December 1991??++My memory is not the best, but I swear I bought this as in import (into the UK) from Belgium _a few months_ before the UK release in Feb '92, can anybody correlate this? My tip-off was of course the venerable John Peel. my Vinyl version is definitely without barcodes so is definitely a 'first pressing' but not the white label as such. However, I'd be surprised that R&S would label a release as 85-92 and release in 91. Open to suggestions either way!
Sha Sha
definitely was released on import just before the UK release. Recall as I paid a decent price for the record on import then was slightly miffed it was about £10 cheaper a month or two later. Minor quibble as it's a fucking epic record and one I will never sell
INwhite INwhite
Yes - there was an import release, which in my memory, was just a few weeks before the UK release. Can't remember without looking at my copy whether it was labelled R&S or Apollo
Hellstaff Hellstaff
One of the best ambient electronic albums ever written period. It always will hold a special place in my Heart. I know it doesn't sound perfect, but that has always added to its mystique. Powerful stuff.
Yndanol Yndanol
I bought a copy of this a few years ago sold as an original pressing, but mine has a barcode on the back of the sleeve: 5 411659 159226 and is an R&S release. The runout codes on the records are exactly the same as the apollo original release. Can anyone help verify whether mine is an original?
Samut Samut
Check the runouts of yours and compere with those submitted... Barcodes and other printed/stickered are easy to fake. Runouts not, sticks with the cut....
Uttegirazu Uttegirazu
I have the version with barcode 5 411659 159226 and run out code the same as the original release. I didn't buy in '92, but I did buy it long before any of the represses. Bought it mid '90's, probably '96-'97. Definitely not one of the much later re-issues, but maybe there is an R&S release not listed on discogs, because there is no Apollo logo anywhere, but the runout has the Apollo serial number.
Grari Grari
Mine is original pressing bought a couple of weeks after release from Our Price records in Milton Keynes - it has barcode sticker on the back 5 09148 304929 and AMB3922 underneath - AMBLP on run out grooves and very very faint AMB LP 3922 on B2 yet looks very much like AMB LP 3902 on D2 - rear cover has Published by R&S and Marketed and Manufactured by R&S - go figure - bought in 1992
Wild Python Wild Python
I have seen several re-release versions with the same runout codes as the original. Barcode indicates: https://www.discogs.com/release/795898
Coiriel Coiriel
okay so what is the best sounding repress to get?
breakingthesystem breakingthesystem
I bought the latest reissue two days ago. It sounds beautiful.
Braendo Braendo
Xtal contains vocals sampled from 1986's Steve, Jefferies, Carewe and Greig's "Evil at Play" from Various - Atmospheric - Vocal LP
Xarcondre Xarcondre
thanks for the vocal sample ID, in my opinion they should be added to the Notes section.
caif caif
AMBLP3922 has surface noise throughout sides A and B. Annoying at times. C and D much better.
Macage Macage
Yep, mine has it. So disappointing. What a terrible pressing.
Frostdefender Frostdefender
the new repress sounds pretty good to my ears on the first pass. nothing mind blowing.
Kalv Kalv
SAW 1 is not ambient music. As one of the first downtempo techno album released in 1992, I guess RDJ has used the word "ambient" to describe a kind of techno music that is better to listen at home than in clubs, maybe... Ambient music refers to a kind of music that envelops the listener without drawing attention to itself; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting. This is the case of SAW 2, but not of SAW 1.
Tam Tam
I love this album. It has long been one of my favourites and has definitely passed the test of time. Listening to it now brings back so many memories, and reminds me its perfect for listening to on headphones, in the car or as background with friends over a drink or smoke. My only problem with it is the fact that the follow up, 'SAW II' is too leftfield by comparison, and contains way too many unsettling tracks compared to the simple, achingly beautiful melodies present on 'SAW 85-92'
adventure time adventure time
Aphex Twin ‎– Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (The Best Forever)
Dianantrius Dianantrius
Who know when will be repress Saw part 2?
TheFresh TheFresh
Around the year 2000 or earlier i bought in The Fnac in Belgium a pressing of this album. There is only a mention of R&S records, nothing else.AMB 3922 CDBarcode: 5411659169225Can somebody help me to tell wiich issue i have?Thx
Pad Pad
One of the first Aphex Twin albums I ever listened to. The album encompasses soft synth sounds with soft drums to create beautiful atmospheric tracks that are catchy and make for good background music.If you are trying to get a vinyl copy, be careful not to get ripped off. There are a lot of copies on ebay that claim to be an original pressing. Most are not, they are the 2013 WARP repress that is still sealed in mint condition. Don't be fooled!
CONVERSE CONVERSE
This is just a sick nasty record from top to bottom. I originally bought the record only for the Heliosphan track, but now i am left with many new favorites I never was aware of before. I was always just an admirer of his work, and this album really does a good job of telling a musical story as each song flows into the next smoothly. If there are any others who enjoy the sounds of Aphex Twin but are not too familiar with his works over the years i HIGHLY recommend this pick up, you will not regret it.
Levaq Levaq
http://www.juno.co.uk/products/selected-ambient-works-85-92-reissue/502762-01/?no_redirect=1still some left!
Shistus Shistus
3 years later.... is this the original or remastered or repress?
Cezel Cezel
Save your money for the remastered repress coming in September!
Nidora Nidora
Just a classic! I listened to it so often but still like it. I simply love the liveact character. Unbelievable that Richard composed this stuff in age of 14 to 21! My favorite track on this is 'Green Calx' the playing with this shot and 'boing' samples...A must have if you ask me!
Tygralbine Tygralbine
This is one of very few albums, regardless of genre, that I can confidently refer to as "a perfect album". It just blows my mind how every track sounds so simple and he makes it sound so "easy" to do, and yet there are all of these nuances and subtleties that just confirm how calculated all of it actually was. Perfect listening for any occasion, no matter who you are around, no matter where you are driving. Truly a modern classic.
Ximinon Ximinon
"We Are The Music Makers" - is taken from Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory believe it or not: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pwvB4_Te8A
Shalizel Shalizel
one of the best albums ever made. beautiful music, and very creative!the album very emotional. a must have album, you wount regret buying this album at all.
Alien Alien
Just querying the version info. I have a first pressing (no Bar Code which I bought in 1992) but it's an R&S release, not Appollo.
Auau Auau
Apollo Records is a sub-label of R&S records, cat number is the same for Apollo releases AMB LP 3922, so its an Apollo release
HappyLove HappyLove
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Little Devil Little Devil
Although Aphex twins First ambient work is very well designed I never quite understood why it was so praised. When I started listening to other ambient works from the same time I realized... Other ambient works during the 85-92 streak seemed more like his second release, which isn't ground breaking at all, Just more Biran Eno wanna be stuff. Or were just electronic drums with no heart to it. Aphex Combined Synths and drums beats like no one else had quite done yet, but were very soon to once it was released, he he. But the big difference is, these are just so well produced! and even if they're are other tracks just as good, which they're are... don't let the Aphex hype fool you. these are good enough to keep you entertained in his music without even having to listen to the other stuff. It kept me entertained enough until his Analogue bubblebath series kicked off and the Brilliant ON EP. So to sum it up, it's not amazing, but its damn fine work, and good enough so that you'll have all the ambient goods you need for a long time.
zmejka zmejka
Richard D. James was well beyond the curve when he released this. Furthermore, works from 1985 were on the album - 20 years on, holding their own amongst current IDM producers. Without a doubt, his best work. Green Calx is still a favourite today with it's acid bassline burbling and bubbling just beneath the surface.
Nkeiy Nkeiy
Who can seriously criticise this album? This is the album above all else that got me hooked on electronic music from uk indy boy roots. In fact it set me off on a whole life path. A real work of beauty, with Pulsewidth being perhaps the most accessible and resonant track, and Schottkey 7th Path being the most disturbingly eery. Almost every tune gives me the shivers. A must.
Fordrellador Fordrellador
This album freaks me out every time I listen to it. It's so dope! Compared to his later material its like two different artists! I know he is very creative, and explores the abstract, but this is an exclusive. The slick arrangements & flowing layers of percussion, the old school house beats and wicked analogue synths hold their own and beyond. Absolutely brilliant.
Whitehammer Whitehammer
Breathtaking ambient, too bad the cutting is ridiculousely poor.
Gandree Gandree
Much nicer than all of his later crazy material, Selected Ambient Works is one of my all time favourite albums. I could never really understand the inclusion of Green Calx though, theres no denying, it's a top track, but it's ping pong beats and acid mentalness are completely at odds with the rest of the album.
Qus Qus
This is Aphex Twin's best album in my opinion. The first half in particular is simply breathtaking. An absolute must for your collection. My copy of this has the rather odd cat no. of AMB LP.
Xlisiahal Xlisiahal
An essential release for a new way of listening in ambient in 1992. I heard a part of the track "Agaispolis" in radio at this time and was looking after it for 5 or 6 years because I had no information about it. When this album was rereleased and I listened to it in the recordstore I remembered immediately that this is the one I wanted to have since I was 15...