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There's no overestimating the importance of Screamadelica, the record that brought acid house, techno, and rave culture crashing into the British mainstream -- an impact that rivaled that of Nirvana's Nevermind, the other 1991 release that changed rock. Prior to Screamadelica, Primal Scream were Stonesy classic rock revivalists with a penchant for Detroit rock. They retained those fascinations on Screamadelica -- one listen to the Jimmy Miller-produced, Stephen Stills-rip "Movin' on Up" proves that -- but they burst everything wide open here, turning rock inside out by marrying it to a gleeful rainbow of modern dance textures. This is such a brilliant, gutsy innovative record, so unlike anything the Scream did before, that it's little wonder that there's been much debate behind who is actually responsible for its grooves, especially since Andrew Weatherall is credited with production with eight of the tracks, and it's clearly in line with his work. Even if Primal Scream took credit for Weatherall's endeavors, that doesn't erase the fact that they shepherded this album, providing the ideas and impetus for this dubtastic, elastic, psychedelic exercise in deep house and neo-psychedelic. Like any dance music, this is tied to its era to a certain extent, but it transcends it due to its fierce imagination and how it doubles back on rock history, making the past present and vice versa. It was such a monumental step forward that Primal Scream stumbled before regaining their footing, but by that point, the innovations of Screamadelica had been absorbed by everyone from the underground to mainstream. There's little chance that this record will be as revolutionary to first-time listeners, but after its initial spin, the genius in its construction will become apparent -- and it's that attention to detail that makes Screamadelica an album that transcends its time and influence. [The 2015 reissue of Screamadelica replicates almost exactly the 2011 edition. Along with a remastered version of the album itself, both add the Dixie Narco EP, a full disc of remixes and a live show recorded March of 1992 at the Hollywood Palladium. The disc collection the remixes is the most edifying addition to the album as it's fascinating to hear the songs being further warped and twisted by a team of ace remixers (the Orb, Hypnotone, BBG, Graham Massey of 808 State and Screamadelica's main architects Andrew Weatherall and Hugo Nicholson.) The Dixie Narco EP is less interesting, but does show the band getting deeper into the American South influences that informed their next album Give Out But Don't Give Up, with two bombed out ballads (including a Dennis Wilson cover) and a long, meandering Funkadelic-inspired track "Screamadelica." The live set offers a fascinating glimpse of the band trying to combine their hard rock poses and electronic adventurism into a cohesive whole. The package is topped off with cool behind the scenes liner notes with insight from the band and Weatherall. It's hard to argue that the original album is improved much by any of the additions, but the reissue is worth getting anyway since it gives context and scope to one of the truly innovative albums of the era.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0888751387522
catalogNumber: 5040344
Rank: 50663


Disc 1

  1. Movin' on Up
  2. Slip Inside This House
  3. Don't Fight it, Feel it
  4. Higher Than the Sun
  5. Inner Flight
  6. Come Together
  7. Loaded
  8. Damaged
  9. I'm Comin' Down
  10. Higher Than the Sun (A Dub Symphony in Two Parts)
  11. Shine Like Stars

Disc 2

  1. Movin' on Up
  2. Stone My Soul
  3. Carry Me Home
  4. Screamadelica

Disc 3

  1. Loaded
  2. Loaded
  3. Come Together
  4. Come Together
  5. Come Together
  6. Come Together
  7. Come Together
  8. Higher Than the Sun
  9. Higher Than the Sun
  10. Higher Than the Sun
  11. Don't Fight it
  12. Don't Fight it
  13. Don't Fight it
  14. I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have

Disc 4

  1. Movin' on Up
  2. Slip Inside This House
  3. Don't Fight it, Feel it
  4. I'm Losing More (Than I'll Ever Have)
  5. Than I'll Ever Have
  6. Damaged
  7. Screamadelica
  8. Loaded
  9. Come Together
  10. Higher Than the Sun
  11. Cold Turkey
  12. No Fun

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Primal Scream   Primary Artist
Paul Daley   Percussion
Martin Duffy   Organ,Piano
Bobby Gillespie   Vocals
Andrew Innes   Guitar
Denise Johnson   Vocals
Henry Olsen   Bass
Thrash   Group Member
Toby Tomanov   Drums
Robert Young   Guitar
Alex Patterson   Group Member
Hugo Nicolson   electronics,Dubs

Technical Credits

Orb   Producer
Hypnotone   Producer
Jimmy Miller   Producer
Terry Farley   Producer
Bobby Gillespie   Composer
Andrew Innes   Composer,Producer
Brian O'Shaughnessy   Engineer
Andrew Weatherall   Producer,Liner Notes
Dennis Wilson   Composer
Graham Massey   Producer
Robert Young   Composer
Grant Fleming   Back Cover Photo,Inside Photo
Gregg Jakobson   Composer
Paul Taylor   Programming
David Burnham   Engineer
Hugo Nicolson   Producer,Additional Production
Sister Anne   Producer
Tony Martin   Producer

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