While their previous antics as The JAMs and The Timelords had already firmly put Bill and Jimmy on the map of British dance music, The White Room is without a doubt the album that finally catapulted The KLF into mega-stardom, spawning three hit singles of which one (3 a.m. Eternal) got them to Number One in the UK (their second after Doctorin’ The Tardis).
The album is divided into two parts – while the tracks on Side A are of a more upbeat nature and presented as a mini live concert (the idea of which gets kind of lost on most international releases, see below) the flipside is more of a downtempo affair.
BD: Some of it was recorded incredibly fast, like in half an hour. Other things seemed to take years, like the songs. Some of the tracks we’ve done here we were working on this time two years ago. We seem to be in a constant process of re-working our past.Jimmy Cauty & Bill Drummond (Sound On Sound, Apr 1991)
Unbeknownst to the music-consuming public The KLF were also re-working their not-so-distant future as well since the album both opens and closes with the downtempo version of Justified And Ancient, at this point still featuring the vocal talent of Black Steel rather than Tammy Wynette.
Despite releasing a couple of additional singles not included on the LP The White Room remains the final album The KLF (or any of its various incarnations) would release before their departure from the music business.
Tracks & Formats
|LP Album / 4 Mar 1991|
|A1||What Time Is Love? (LP Mix)||4:43|
|A2||Make It Rain||4:00|
|A3||3 a.m. Eternal (Live At The S.S.L.)||3:36|
|A4||Church Of The KLF||1:53|
|A5||Last Train To Trancentral (LP Mix)||5:33|
|B1||Build A Fire||4:40|
|B2||The White Room||5:15|
|B3||No More Tears||9:24|
|B4||Justified And Ancient||4:44|
|CD Album / 4 Mar 1991|
|1||What Time Is Love? (LP Mix)||4:40|
|2||Make It Rain||4:02|
|3||3 a.m. Eternal (Live At The S.S.L.)||3:35|
|4||Church Of The KLF||1:52|
|5||Last Train To Trancentral (LP Mix)||5:36|
|6||Build A Fire||4:39|
|7||The White Room||5:14|
|8||No More Tears||9:23|
|9||Justified And Ancient||4:44|
Track times for 3 a.m. Eternal and Church Of The KLF are estimates based on JAMS LP006 as the CD version combines both into one single track.
Please also check the FAQ for the differences between the original KLF Communications release and the international versions.