- PURE PHASE includes tracks from Spiritualized's ELECTRIC MAINLINE EP.
- Spiritualized: Jason Pierce (vocals, guitar, dulcimer); Kate Radley (vocals, piano, Farfisa organ); Sean Cook (harmonica, bass).
- Additional personnel: Caroline Crawley, Marilyn McFarlane, Helen White (vocals); Mark Refoy (guitar); Leon Hunt (banjo); Stuart Gordon (violin); The Balanescu Quartet (strings); Bammie, Simon Clarke (saxophone, flute); Tim Sanders (saxophone); Tam Tam, Roddy Lorimar, Stephen Sidwell (trumpet); Rico (trombone); Chris Sharrack (drums); Jon Mattock (percussion).
- Engineers: Mike Long, Andy Wilkinson, Julian Withers, Barry Clempson, Mads Bjerke.
- Personnel: Jason Pierce (vocals, guitar, dulcimer); Helen White, Caroline Crawley, Marilyn McFarlane (vocals); Mark Refoy (guitar); Leon Hunt (banjo); Balanescu Quartet (violin, viola, cello); Stuart Gordon (violin); Bammie, Simon Clarke (flute, saxophone); Sean Cook (harmonica, Fender Rhodes piano); Tim Sanders (saxophone); Roddy Lorimar, Steve Sidwell (trumpet); Kate Radley (piano, Farfisa); Chris Sharrock (drums); Jon Mattock (percussion).
- Audio Mixers: Jason Pierce; John Coxon; Mads Bjerke.
- Photographers: Merton Gauster; Michael Lavine.
- Much of the reason that the Pure Phase album seemed a tad disappointing upon its 1995 release was that the Electric Mainline teaser EP issued over a year earlier was so fantastic -- its three tracks possess an organic vitality and soulful grit that the overly fussy versions reprised on Pure Phase sorely lack. "Good Times" exists at the intersection of cosmic rock & roll and salt-of-the-earth R&B, fusing a chugging, hypnotic guitar riff with backing vocals and horn arrangements channeled from some off-planet franchise of Muscle Shoals Studios. "Lay Back in the Sun" somehow manages to achieve exit velocity despite (or maybe because of) a grinding, circular melody that actually goes nowhere, and the two-part instrumental title cut captures the same arriving-without-traveling zeitgeist. Jason Pierce advises in the liner notes to "play loud 'n' drive fast" -- words worth heeding at all times. ~ Jason Ankeny
Rolling Stone (5/18/95, p.93) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...[Jason] Pierce's inspirations have been immersed in a lush stream of sound, head music that alternately caresses and bombards the senses....more like a loop unraveling than a series of songs..."
Q (3/95, p.104) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Music for the unhurried."
Alternative Press (5/95, p.80) - "...the velvety noise of Spiritualized decadently envelops you....Sonically, PURE PHASE is a more soothing than fuzzed-out album, smoothed over by a string quartet....very gorgeous and intriguing, using repetition in a way that never becomes monotonous..."
Option (7-8/95, p.139) - "...the songs themselves [are] worth the effort...this is very good for an album of ballads..."
NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #23 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995.