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  • Audio CD (April 8, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tvt
  • ASIN: B000003RFD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brownsville Turnaround On The Tex-Mex Border
2. Pulling Out Of Ricardo And The Dusk Is Falling Fast
3. Six Hours To Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold
4. Dream Time In Lake Jackson
5. Madrugada Eterna
6. Justfied And Ancient Seems A Long Time Ago
7. Elvis On The Radio, Steel Guitar In My Soul
8. 3AM Somewhere Out Of Beaumont
9. Wichita Lineman Was A Song I Once Heard
10. Transcentral Lost In My Mind
11. The Lights Of Baton Rouge Pass By
12. A Melody From A Past Life Keeps Pulling Me Back
13. Rock Radio Into The Nineties And Beyond
14. Alone Again With The Dawn Coming Up

Customer Reviews

Chill Out is not only the best ambient album ever made, it's also one of the best albums ever made.
M. Starr
This is one of those CDs I can listen to 3 or 4 times in a row; perfect for working or reading with in the background... or falling asleep to.
Matthew Hornyak
The concept of sampling random sounds to make beautiful music is familiar to most "techno" fans.
John J. Tabellione

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By John J. Tabellione on February 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The general premise (I assumed) of the album was the concept of a night traveler in Texas and Louisiana who picks up various country, Mexican, blues and Bible-belt radio stations, over which the KLF added the typical nocturnal sounds you hear in the countryside (albeit with a few effects, some thunder and atmospheric synths).
I originally bought this album in the fall of 1990 -- I'm not sure why Amazon says the release date is 1993 (maybe I had a UK import?). I was very disappointed in the album at first by its "lack of beats". I was looking for the big KLF hit at the time "What Time is Love?" and nothing on this CD sounded like that track. Yet despite the absence of danceable rhythms, this album over the years is one of very few that I think captures the ideology and essence of the early 1990s electronic music/rave years, not necessarily as an archive of club hits but more as musical analogy.
The concept of sampling random sounds to make beautiful music is familiar to most "techno" fans. But the radio and other samples the KLF use to depict the culturally chaotic American landscape are just a background to the "big picture". Samples include the broadcast of the "Nassau County (Long Island, NY.) police investigating a fatal accident following a drag race on Merrick Rd. in Wantagh" and God-fearing, but money-scheming Southern preachers armed with phone numbers and scripture. In another sample, a creepily distorted generic radio announcer boasts over FM static, "Rock radio, rock radio, into the '90s and beyond". But above this hodgepodge of everyday Americana, lies a message of hope for life beyond the radio.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By B. Johnson on April 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is the reason why I've held on to my cassette deck all these years. Why, you ask? Because, a long time ago, I recorded the several tracks from this album onto cassette from the FM radio. This music was of atmospheric slide guitars, eternal campfire sounds, train sidings, and Elvis on the radio. The DJ never said who it was and I subsequently never discovered who made this music. I figured I would never find out. Nonetheless, I loved the way this music made me feel. So, I held onto the cassette and my cassette deck so I could listen to this once a year or so. Last night, on a long drive, I got thinking about this music and figured I could Google "Elvis+electronic". Low and behold, the KLF popped up, and my long-time mystery came to an end. I have always loved where this album took my soul. It's ethereal and calming and brings me to a different time. I guess you can say my tape deck has no use anymore as a CD is now ordered and on the way, but that's fine. Them cassettes sucked anyway.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Starr on June 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I could go on for days about how fantastic this album is, but for the sake of your time and patience I'll get right to the point. Chill Out is not only the best ambient album ever made, it's also one of the best albums ever made. If you find yourself being stuck on the likes of Brian Eno or Aphex Twin (who are both great respectively), and feel that there are no other ambient artists who compare, let this album be your challenge. Chill Out is absolutely nothing like Cauty and Drummond's club-type works. You may be familiar with their hit "3 A.M. Eternal." However, this 45 minutes of bliss leaves nothing but the open road and your imagination to wonder wherever it pleases. Regardless of where life takes me, I always manage to come back to this album for a much needed escape.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "crisptwoflower" on September 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Its 6am, the sun won't be coming up for another half hour. You've been out clubbing hard all night in North England, you're feet are hurting and you've just started the journey back. After five minutes on the motorway, you're out of the city and into the countryside, a mist is forming low on the surrounding hillsides. No-one is saying anything in the car, everyone is tired, sitting back satisfied with an amazing night out. Above the subtle rumble of the tires on the tarmac comes the sound of a train rushing past behind you. Subtle melodies emerge from vaporous ambience. You close your eyes and smile, knowing that someone has put 'Chill Out' on.
Designed with one purpose in mind, this album, put simply, is for anyone who can relate to the passage above. No need to repeat earlier reviews and give track descriptions, but ask 10 different people what they think of the album, and you'll agree that not everybody can understand this kind of work. But, find people who can, and as Alexis Petridis says, "Go out clubbing. Crawl home at dawn, bang one up, put this album on, close your eyes and inhale. Ladies and gentlemen you are Floating in Space".
This album paved the way for later ambient-house records, and, through memories and sheer listening pleasure, is my favourite disc of all time. It is the kind of album that in my circle has become an 'event'. Strictly an on-occasion play only!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Sotela on September 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Wow, I still listen to this CD on a regular basis and still find cool things going this fairly shore ambient CD (with the average ambient CDs clocking in the 70 min++ range!). From start to finish this CD holds your attention. The 3 songs I've spotted in this masterpiece are "In the Ghetto" by Elvis, "Albatross" by Fleetwood Mac, and "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk. It's rumoured that the Chill Out session recording went something like 5-6 hours long! Maybe, some day a special edition of this classic will be released with bonus material! Keep our fingers crossed! I think the train sounds with the dog barking has to be a salute to the Beach Boys Pet Sounds! All KLF fans are waiting for the return of Mu!
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