Radiator (Remastered - 20th Anniversary Edition) Super Furry Animals

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Album-Release:
2017

HRA-Release:
28.07.2017

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  • 1Furryvision (2017 Remastered Version)01:25
  • 2The Placid Casual (2017 Remastered Version)02:49
  • 3The International Language of Screaming (2017 Remastered Version)02:14
  • 4Demons (2017 Remastered Version)05:11
  • 5Short Painkiller (2017 Remastered Version)00:38
  • 6She's Got Spies (2017 Remastered Version)04:42
  • 7Play It Cool (2017 Remastered Version)03:15
  • 8Hermann Loves Pauline (2017 Remastered Version)04:43
  • 9Chupacabras (2017 Remastered Version)01:26
  • 10Torra Fy Ngwallt Yn Hir (2017 Remastered Version)01:53
  • 11Bass Tuned to D.E.A.D. (2017 Remastered Version)03:20
  • 12Down a Different River (2017 Remastered Version)05:37
  • 13Download (2017 Remastered Version)03:19
  • 14Mountain People (2017 Remastered Version)06:28
  • 15Smokin' (2017 Remastered Version)05:07
  • 16Ice Hockey Hair (2017 Remastered Version)07:02
  • 17Mu-Tron (2017 Remastered Version)03:17
  • 18Let's Quit Smoking (2017 Remastered Version)01:55
  • 19Smoke03:58
  • 20Dim Ysmygu (Alternate Mix of 'Smoke')03:00
  • 21The Boy with the Thorn in His Side08:00
  • 22Cryndod Yn Dy Lais (2017 Remastered Version)03:13
  • 23Hit and Run (2017 Remastered Version)03:29
  • 24Foxy Music (2017 Remastered Version)03:50
  • 25Pass the Time (2017 Remastered Version)03:49
  • 26Calimero (2017 Remastered Version)02:22
  • 27B Side03:47
  • 28Carry the Can (2017 Remastered Version)04:46
  • 29Wrap It Up (2017 Remastered Version)03:28
  • 30Trons Mr. Urdd (2017 Remastered Version)04:38
  • 31nO.K. / Frosty Night in Gothenberg (2017 Remastered Version)04:58
  • 32Play It Cool (Original U.K. LP Mix; 2017 Remastered Version)03:17
  • 33SFA Theme (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)00:26
  • 34The International Language of Screaming (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)01:12
  • 35Torra Fy Ngwallt Yn Hir (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)02:08
  • 36Down a Different River (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)04:28
  • 37She's Got Spies (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)04:33
  • 38Hit and Run (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)03:37
  • 39Mountain People (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)04:02
  • 40Play It Cool (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)03:49
  • 41Bass Tuned to D.E.A.D. (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)03:17
  • 42Naff Gan (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)03:48
  • 43The Placid Casual (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)03:28
  • 44Music Box (Demo, Big Noise Studios, Cardiff, 16.12.96 - 19.12.96)03:11
  • Total Runtime02:38:55

Info for Radiator (Remastered - 20th Anniversary Edition)

The HighResAudio editions will feature a brand new remaster of the album features a massive 44 tracks, including an unheard cover of The Smith‘s The Boy With The Thorn In His Side which the band recorded for a covermount CD of a French magazine. Speaking of this track, Gruff Rhys says “We wanted to translate the lyrics of The Smiths track into French, so I spoke to a French friend of mine, who was actually working in Manchester, hence the half-French, half-Mancunian accent on the spoken introduction. It didn’t quite work out that way, although there are elements of the translation on it if you listen carefully, so what we have instead is an instrumental homage. I can’t remember why it didn’t get released, but am glad it hasn’t been lost forever and Furries, perhaps even Smiths fans, can now make their own mind up on how it compares to the original.”

19 of those 44 tracks are previously unreleased, and the work of cataloguing the archive material and remastering fell to ‘head archivist’ Kliph Scurlock and Donal Whelan. Scurlock explains that “Taking a more natural approach to the mastering process allows more of what the band did back then to shine through, rather than coat it the unnecessary gloss of nineties mastering techniques. Delving further into the archives, the unreleased tracks, b-sides and demos have had only the faintest of touches to bring them up to a quality the band is happy with, but still puts us in the rehearsal room or studio with them.”

„Using the psychedelicized prog-punk of Fuzzy Logic as a foundation, Super Furry Animals move even further into left field on their second album, Radiator. As before, the group displays a gift for catchy, deceptively complex melodic hooks, but now its songwriting and arrangements are mind-bogglingly intricate and eclectic. Songs boast intertwining melodies and countermelodies, with guitars and keyboards swirling around the vocals. Similarly, the production is dense and heavy with detail, borrowing heavily from prog rock and psychedelic pop, but pieced together with the invention of techno and played with the energy of punk. It's a heady, impressive kaleidoscope of sounds, but what gives Radiator its weight is the way the sonics complement the songwriting. SFA's songs are melodic, accessible, and utterly original -- melodically, they may borrow from '60s pop, but they rearrange the clichés in fresh ways. Also, Gruff Rhys has a fondness for revolutionary politics and the bizarre that helps give Radiator its intoxicating, otherworldly atmosphere, making it one of the few late-'90s albums that sounds inventive, vibrant, and utterly contemporary.“ (Stephen Thomas Erlewine , AMG)

Gruff Rhys, vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Moog, claps
Huw Bunford, electric guitar, backing vocals
Cian Ciaran, electronics, Rhodes piano, piano, backing vocals, claps
Guto Pryce, bass, sub-bass, claps
Dafydd Ieuan, drums, percussion, backing vocals, piano
Les Morrison, banjo (on "Demons")
Gorwel Owen, E-Bow, samples, electric harpsichord, backwards Rhodes
Martin Smith, trumpet
Simon James, tenor sax and flute
Andrew Frizzell, trombone and alto sax
The Electra Strings:
Sonia Slany, violin
Jules Singleton, violin
Clair Arster, viola
Dinah Beamish, cello

Produced by Gorwel Owen, Super Furry Animals

Digitally remastered




Super Furry Animals
were one of the first post-alternative bands, fusing together a number of disparate musical genres -- including power pop, punk rock, techno, and progressive rock -- creating a shimmering, melodic, irreverent, and willfully artsy rock & roll. As one of the leading bands of the mid-'90s Welsh movement, they were already tagged as outsiders by their tendency to sing entire songs in their native tongue, but their very approach was unique, full of both whimsy and left-wing political activism. What set them apart from their fellow Welsh bands were their infectious melodic sensibilities and their wildly irreverent attitude, which peers like Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, 60 Ft. Dolls, and Catatonia lacked.

Moog Droog Formed in Cardiff, Wales, in 1993, Super Furry Animals were comprised of Gruff Rhys (lead vocals, guitar), Huw "Bunf" Bunford (guitar, vocals), Guto Pryce (bass), Cian Ciárán (keyboards, electronics), and Dafydd Ieuan (drums). All five members had played in bands throughout their teens prior to forming the group, most notably Rhys, who had previously played in a jangle pop band named Emily that was briefly signed to Creation, as well as a Welsh noise rock band called Ffa Coffi Pawb. Following the dissolution of Ffa Coffi Pawb, Rhys played in a trio with Pryce and Ieuan, which eventually evolved into Super Furry Animals. Initially, the group was a techno outfit, yet they quickly evolved into a neo-psychedelic and progressive pop outfit. After two years or writing and touring, the band signed with the Cardiff-based independent label Ankst and released their debut EP, Lianfairpwllgywgyllgoger Chwymdrobwlltysiliogoygoyocynygofod (In Space), which was sung entirely in Welsh. It was followed within a few months by another EP, Moog Droog, which was also sung in Welsh. Both EPs were produced by Gorwel Owen.

Fuzzy Logic By the end of 1995, Super Furry Animals had gained a strong, cross-generational fan base in Wales while gathering a strong cult following in Britain, which led to a six-album record contract with Creation Records. Prior to signing with Creation, the band had decided to sing the majority of their songs in English, in order to reach a wider audience. Super Furry Animals and Owen produced the group's debut album, which was preceded by two singles in the spring of 1996 -- "Hometown Unicorn" and "God! Show Me Magic" -- which became moderate hits. Fuzzy Logic, the band's debut album, was released in the U.K. in June 1996 to uniformly excellent reviews and a place in the Top 40. Within a few months, SFA had become one of the hippest bands in British independent music, with several of the group's lyrical touchstones -- most notably the notorious Welsh dope smuggler Howard Marks, who appeared on the cover of Fuzzy Logic -- having become pop culture references. Super Furry Animals also became infamous during the summer of 1996 for attending all of the pop music festivals in a gigantic tank.

"Something 4 the Weekend" and "If You Don't Want Me to Destroy You" became hit singles in the summer and fall of 1996. The latter single was scheduled to have a B-side called "The Man Don't Give a Fuck," which was built on a sample of Steely Dan's "Showbiz Kids," but Donald Fagen refused to give the group permission to use the recording. By November, he relented and "The Man Don't Give a Fuck" was released as a limited-edition single in early December; it reached number 22 on the U.K. charts, and became the group's default set closer. Fuzzy Logic also placed in the Top Ten of many critics' year-end polls.

RadiatorSuper Furry Animals entered the studios in January 1997 to record their second album, Radiator, which was released in August 1997. Guerrilla followed two years later, and in mid-2000 the band resurfaced with Mwng. Cameos by John Cale and Paul McCartney were featured on the ambitious 2001 album Rings Around the World, while 2003's Phantom Power was a looser affair. The compilation Songbook: The Singles, Vol. 1 and the new album Love Kraft were both released in 2005. The group signed with the Rough Trade label in 2006 and released the addictive pop album Hey Venus! in 2007. Two years later, the group released Dark Days/Light Years and then went on hiatus. Over the next five years, indvidual members pursued solo projects, finally returning to action in 2015 to play concerts promoting the reissue of Mwng. A biography called Rise of the Super Furry Animals saw publication by the end of the year. In 2016, they played several festival dates in the U.S., along with releasing "BING BONG," an anthem for Euro 2016.



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