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Vinyl LP repressing of this 1996 album. In a career full of brilliant, groundbreaking music, the Richard D. James Album remains Aphex Twin s drill n bass masterpiece. It was James s fourth and most widely popular full-length to date upon its original release, and reinvented the artist as a commanding influence on like-minded groups such as Radiohead who were tiring of the guitar / bass / drums format. Moving even further away from his ambient and acid house beginnings, the album matches James s trademark fragile, slow-moving melodies with harsh, quick breakbeats. When it was released, fellow electronic artists such as Orbital and Underworld had just begun to filter moderate amounts of drum n bass in their work, but the Richard D. James Album was more extreme than virtually all jungle at the time. The album continues to gain high marks from music critics, ranking 40th on Pitchfork s Top 100 Albums of the 1990s and 55th on NME s Top 100 Albums of All Time. A peculiar and personal work, the Richard D. James Album is a modern classic which offers the same thrill on the first listen as the hundredth.


1. 4
2. Cornish Acid
3. Peak 824545201
4. Fingerbib
5. Carn Marth
6. To Cure A Weakling Child
7. Goon Gumpas
8. Yellow Calx
9. Girl/Boy Song
10. Logan-Rock Witch

Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 18, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B008RZ0KL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Maxx on May 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Richard D. James Album is the first ten tracks of this album:
1. 4
2. Cornish Acid
3. Peek 824545301
4. Fingerbib
5. Corn Mouth
6. To Cure a Weakling Child
7. Goon Gumpas
8. Yellow Calx
9. Girl/Boy Song
10. Logon Rock Witch
When bringing the album to America, the record companies decided that 32 minutes was too short for an album and added on the (entertaining, but IMO inferior) 5 tracks from the Girl/Boy EP.
11. Milkman
12. Inkeys
13. Girl/Boy Song [£18 Snare Rush Mix]
14. Beetles
15. Girl/Boy Song [Redruth Mix]
Those five tracks are BONUS TRACKS - they are NOT part of Richard D. James Album. Please consider this when reviewing the album.
As for my opinion, RDJ Album is a masterpiece of Drill n Bass, which is the term for the lightning quick, spastic drumming that is so prominent in this work. Note that this rather up-tempo drumming isn't always intense...it can actually be quite soothing (For the best example of this, see Flim from the Come to Daddy EP). For this, I couldn't do anything but give it 5 Stars. Once again, Aphex Twin has released something completely alien to my ears and I love it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By darrahs@ucsub.colorado.edu on July 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be spinning inside the head of an insane genius at the peak of his insanity and creativity? Well, probably not, but if you find yourself wondering what the soundtrack to such an event would sound like, then you should check this album out. The tracks move along at such dizzying paces that you don't have time to catch your breath throughout the 45 minutes that he has a hold of your throat. Each song has its own, unique cheesy melody to accompany often non-rhythmic beats that would be utterly impossible to dance to. That's why this album is the anthem of the sanity-free: the music grabs ahold of you, and you want to do something like dance to it, but you can't. You have to sit there while he's rummaging through your brain breaking everything he can find, rendering you helpless to breathe, think or move for 3/4 of an hour. The only downfall of this album is that it's not longer.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Etc on October 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you consider yourself a fan of electronic music at all, you probably already own this... and if you don't you should slap yourself and immediately run out and buy it. This is one of the albums that defined and expanded the potential of IDM music. Many people consider this to be Aphex Twin's greatest work, and I wouldn't disagree.

The drums don't just drum, they explode and morph in ways that sound so natural (and almost acoustic) that it's somewhat baffling. The frantic beats somehow manage to stay soothing throughout, which is quite a feat when you consider how intense and impressive they are. The melodies are clear, beautiful, and almost catchy... with something signature and nostalgically familiar about them that you'd swear you'd heard them before.

Though there's a good chance that you have. 4 and To Cure a Weakling Child have already been established as classic pieces of electronic music wizardry.

Few electronic musicians have come anywhere near to expressing the kind of complex personality that runs through The Richard D. James Album . To call this album a benchmark would be an understatement, but it would be hard to find the words to explain just how revolutionary and perfect this album is.

Absolutely required.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Coish on July 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm an avid music fan, always looking and exploring new types of music (or trying to anyways), and so, it was only a matter of time before I delved into the Aphex Twin collection. I'm pretty interested in electronic music, and I've heard a lot of great things about Aphex Twin, and so I decided to pick this album up (the only one by Aphex Twin in the store) even though it was (price). Anyways, I put the album on and immediately I liked most of it in some way, and so that was a good thing. I was immediately blown away by Girl/Boy Song, and so I said to myself "Good, it wasn't a waste of money."
That was two nights ago, and I have been listening to this album almost non-stop since then. I'm listening to it now. I don't just think this album is good now, I think is amazing. Every song (with maybe the exception of tracks 10 and 11) is awesome, with the standouts being Girl/Boy Song, 4, Corn Mouth, TO Cure a Weakling Child, Goongumpas, and Yellow Calx. But they're really all good. I find this album as a paradox of sorts. It's very abrasive, but yet it also is very dreamy even with the abrasivness. I find I can listen to it, and focus on it, or just play it in the background and be equally satisfied with it. It's very interesting if you want it to be, but also very ambient if you want that. It's very cool to listen to the hard and fast beats, and to catch a glimpse of the ambient song underneath, and that is a great effect. Girl/Boy Song which is my favorite song on the album is absolutely amazing. It's a classical ambient song, but with loud and fast, random beats throughout. My favorite part of the song is around the 3 minute mark where the drums stop, and it becomes straight ambience with the strings for a portion of the song.
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