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Screamadelica by Primal Scream

Screamadelica

by Primal Scream

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Barcode: 0888751387218
Format: Vinyl
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”Screamadelica” stands as the third studio album by Scottish rock band Primal Scream, debuting on 23 September 1991 in the United Kingdom via Creation Records. The album signified a notable shift from the band’s initial indie rock sound, drawing inspiration from the burgeoning house music scene and substances such as LSD and MDMA. A significant portion of the album’s production was helmed by acid house DJ Andrew Weatherall and engineer Hugo Nicolson, who transformed the band’s original recordings into dance-centric tracks.

Featuring vocalist Denise Johnson from Manchester, “Screamadelica” marked Primal Scream’s inaugural commercial success, reaching number eight on the UK Albums Chart upon its debut. Critically acclaimed, it has consistently ranked among the best albums of the 1990s and secured the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 1992. Its global sales have exceeded three million copies.

In terms of its genesis, lead singer Bobby Gillespie outlined diverse musical influences, spanning free jazz, funk, soul, country, blues, electronic music, post-punk, ambient, and 1960s psychedelic music. Gillespie highlighted the profound impact of post-punk bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Buzzcocks, and Joy Division on Primal Scream’s musical and lyrical ideas. Additionally, the influence of the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” and Nico’s “The Marble Index” is evident in the album’s softer tonal shifts. The band’s affinity for ’70s reggae and dub also played a significant role in shaping the album’s sound.

Guided by the burgeoning acid house scene, Primal Scream enlisted house DJs Andrew Weatherall and Terry Farley for production. Weatherall, who had never previously produced in a studio, collaborated with the band on reshaping their music. “Loaded” was the initial track where Weatherall contributed, remixing “I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have” and adding elements from an Italian bootleg mix and a sample from the Peter Fonda B movie “The Wild Angels.”

Noteworthy is the absence of the track “Screamadelica,” which the band composed but did not include in the album. This ten-minute dance track, produced by Weatherall and featuring Denise Johnson, found its place on the Dixie-Narco EP released in 1992.

The album cover, painted by Paul Cannell, was inspired by a water spot seen on the ceiling of Creation Records’ office after an LSD experience. It gained further recognition by being featured on a set of “Classic Album Cover” postage stamps issued by the Royal Mail in January 2010. The artwork also inspired a limited run of Fender Stratocasters for the album’s 30th anniversary.

Concerning its release, the lead single “Loaded” achieved a top 20 position on the UK Singles chart in early 1990. “Screamadelica” reached number 8 on the UK Albums Chart, later earning platinum certification from the British Phonographic Industry. The single “Movin’ on Up” became a breakthrough hit in the United States, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Critically, “Screamadelica” garnered widespread acclaim. Simon Reynolds, in a contemporary review for Spin, described it as a “totally mind-blowing” record with almost unclassifiable songs. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic termed it “an album that transcends its time and influence,” rating it as the band’s best. Various publications, including Melody Maker and NME, acclaimed it as the best album of the year in 1991, with the Mercury Music Prize in 1992 adding to its accolades. Its enduring impact is underscored by its inclusion in numerous lists of the greatest albums of all time, with a significant presence in the 2020 revised edition of Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The album’s music featured prominently in diverse media, including television ads, video games, and films. French electronic duo Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo acknowledged “Screamadelica” as the record that “put everything together in terms of genre.”

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2010, Primal Scream performed the entire album live at Olympia London. This included a full gospel choir and horn section, with the first gig broadcast live on BBC 6 Music. The 30th anniversary in 2021 saw the release of custom Fender Stratocasters and the “Demodelica” album, consisting of early demos and work-in-progress mixes.

Tracklist
A1 Movin' On Up
A2 Slip Inside This House
A3 Don't Fight It, Feel It - feat Denise Johnson
B1 Higher Than The Sun
B2 Inner Flight
B3 Come Together
C1 Loaded
C2 Damaged
C3 I'm Comin' Down
D1 Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts)
D2 Shine Like Stars
Catalogue No.: 888751387218
Barcode: 0888751387218
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Leftfield, Psychedelic Rock, House
Label: Sony Music
Released: 2015
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Repress, Gatefold, 180 gram
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