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Pure Phase

Album: Pure Phase
# Song Title   Time
1)    Medication
2)    Slide Song, The
3)    Electric Phase
4)    All of My Tears
5)    These Blues
6)    Let It Flow
7)    Take Good Care of It
8)    Born, Never Asked
9)    Electric Mainline
10)    Lay Back in the Sun
11)    Good Times
12)    Pure Phase
13)    Spread Your Wings
14)    Feel Like Goin' Home
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Performer Notes
  • 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
Professional Reviews
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.
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