Chill Out

CHILL OUT was recorded live on location at Trancentral (the spiritual home of The KLF).

Don’t bother trying to listen to this LP if you have neither first switched off the lights and then laid your body to rest on the floor. Hopefully then the trip will be complete.

WARNING — Drugs can seriously impair/improve your judgement.

CHILL OUT will be out in early 1990.KLF Info Sheet #7, Dec 1989

“Chill Out” was apparently recorded without edits in one single take. The whole album was attempted several times, and if a mistake was made, they started again.

Cauty: “Well ‘Chill-Out’ was done with two DAT machines and a cassette recorder!”

Drummond: ” ‘Chill-Out’ was a live album that took two days to put together from bits and pieces. It was like jamming with bits from LPs and stuff we had lying around. We’d run around having to put an album on here, a cassette on there, and then press something else to get a flow.”

Cauty: “There’s no edits on it. Quite a few times we’d get near the end and make a mistake and so we’d have to go all the way back to the beginning and set it all up again.Bill Drummond & Jimmy Cauty, Record Collector, Apr 1991

There had been some confusion concerning the recording of ‘Chill Out’ coming from a Volume interview with The Orb’s Alex Paterson, where the interviewer writes the following.

Alex and Jimmy Cauty started the first ‘Chill Out’ room at Paul Oakenfold’s Land of Oz club, upstairs in London’s Heaven. Using two decks and a CD player they mixed tracks by the likes of Kraftwerk and Brian Eno over bird-songs, BBC sound effects and weird tribal chants! Back in Autumn 1989 Alex DJ’d for more than six hours at an eleven-hour ‘ambientathon’ held at the KLF’s Trancentral HQ. And much of the KLF’s ‘Chill Out’ LP is, in fact, made up of cuts from the session! Kopyright Liberation Front: you bet your bottom, matey!Unknown, Volume

However since this is not a direct quote from Paterson, it is more reasonable to believe the KLF’s actual statements. It is possible that the interviewer was confusing ‘Chill Out’ with the Space album, which was recorded originally as an Orb album by Jimmy and Alex, then they split up and Jimmy kept the master tapes (since they were recording in his house at Trancentral), reworked it, removed Alex’s contributions and added some others of his own, finally releasing it on KLF Communications. There were infamous weekend-long parties held at Trancentral though. Paterson will have had some guiding/inspirational input to ‘Chill Out’, but it’s really the interplay between Bill and Jimmy that makes the KLF great. ‘Chill Out’ is unquestionably a KLF record – just listen to steel guitars and sheep noises.

The best way to listen to this album is as follows:

Close all curtains, and switch off all lights and make sure you won’t be disturbed.
Lie on the floor, pillow under your head.
Close your eyes and relax.
Play Chill Out fairly loud and listen to the whole thing in one go.

Various other good times to hear it include ‘in the office on an afternoon’ or over the piped music in shopping malls or cinemas.

Tracks & Formats

JAMS LP5

LP / 05 Feb 1990
A1 Brownsville Turnaround On The Tex-Mex Border 1:43
A2 Pulling Out Of Ricardo And The Dusk Is Falling Fast 1:29
A3 Six Hours To Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold 3:01
A4 Dream Time In Lake Jackson 2:37
A5 Madrugada Eterna 7:41
A6 Justified And Ancient Seems A Long Time Ago 1:09
A7 Elvis On The Radio, Steel Guitar In My Soul 2:40
B1 3AM Somewhere Out Of Beaumont 9:50
B2 Witchita Lineman Was A Song I Once Heard 5:57
B3 Trancentral Lost In My Mind 0:56
B4 The Lights Of Baton Rouge Pass By 3:26
B5 A Melody From A Past Life Keeps Pulling Me Back 1:51
B6 Rock Radio Into The Nineties And Beyond 1:27
B7 Alone Again With The Dawn Coming Up 0:43

The LP release has been bootlegged multiple times – see our FAQ for details.


JAMS CD5

CD / 05 Feb 1990
1 Brownsville Turnaround On The Tex-Mex Border 1:43
2 Pulling Out Of Ricardo And The Dusk Is Falling Fast 1:29
3 Six Hours To Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold 3:01
4 Dream Time In Lake Jackson 2:37
5 Madrugada Eterna 7:41
6 Justified And Ancient Seems A Long Time Ago 1:09
7 Elvis On The Radio, Steel Guitar In My Soul 2:40
8 3AM Somewhere Out Of Beaumont 9:50
9 Witchita Lineman Was A Song I Once Heard 5:57
10 Trancentral Lost In My Mind 0:56
11 The Lights Of Baton Rouge Pass By 3:26
12 A Melody From A Past Life Keeps Pulling Me Back 1:51
13 Rock Radio Into The Nineties And Beyond 1:27
14 Alone Again With The Dawn Coming Up 0:43

The UK CD has only one track, 45 minutes long. The US CD on TVT/Wax Trax separates this into 14 tracks, based on the ‘song’ titles and approximate timings printed on the label of the UK LP. It seems that the KLF consider Chill Out to be one continuous piece of music, but had to invent a separation into songs so that song-writing royalties can be paid to those sampled. For instance P. Green is credited with co-co-writing 3AM Somewhere Outside of Beaumont with Drummond and Cauty, and of course this is Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, writer of Albatross, the melody that is heavily sampled on this track.

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