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Whirlpool [Import]

ChapterhouseAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cherry Red Records
  • ASIN: B000EHTO8I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Breather
2. Pearl
3. Autosleeper
4. Treasure
5. Falling Down
6. April
7. Guilt
8. If You Want Me
9. Something More
10. Need (Somebody)
11. Inside Of Me
12. Sixteen Years
13. Satin Safe
14. Rain
15. Feel The Same
16. Come Heaven
17. In My Arms
18. Die Die Die

Editorial Reviews

Newly expanded version of this classic early '90s 'shoegazer' album, from a band who never quite made the impact of those that preceded them, maybe because their music was uptempo by the standards of the genre. The album has now been boosted to a full 18 tracks by the addition of all the b-sides from their singles and EP, along with 'Die Die Die' which was originally only available on a free record that came with the album, and has never appeared on CD before. Producers include Robin Guthrie, Stephen Hague and Ralph Jezzard, guest vocals are from the divine Rachel Goswell (Slowdive, Mojave 3). Cherry Red. 2006.

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Celebration of the Possibilities of Sound! April 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It goes without saying that any mention of the term "shoegaze" immediately brings to mind the name of one band more than any other: My Bloody Valentine. Anyone with even a modicum of interest in alternative/indie pop music has no doubt at least heard of, if not heard, My Bloody Valentine's 1991 opus, "Loveless," an album that many critics and music fans consider to be the *definitive* shoegaze recording of all time and a landmark album in the history of pop music. Of course, all the critical and fan slobber is not without merit---"Loveless" is indeed a masterpiece, and in the horrifying possiblity that you haven't heard it, consider yourself officially ordered to drop everything you're doing and buy it right now!
But there is one problem with "Loveless." Yes, there actually *is* a problem with "Loveless." And that is this: MBV's musical apex has somehow succeeded in completely overshadowing several absolutely stunning albums of the shoegaze genre. I can't tell you just how frustrating it is to hear a music fan say something along these lines: "Well, as far as shoegaze goes, I have MBV's 'Loveless,' and since that album is clearly the benchmark of the genre, I don't need anything else or want to hear any other shoegaze albums."
This attitude makes no sense whatsoever. Imagine if this person had the same mindset about 60s guitar pop and only had "Sgt. Pepper" in his or her collection. That would mean this person would never hear "Pet Sounds," which is a frightening thought.
Well, let me just say this: If "Loveless" is the "Sgt. Pepper" of the shoegaze genre, than "Whirlpool" clearly is its "Pet Sounds.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not the whirlpool album you are familiar with November 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is not the whirlpool album you may be familiar with. These are the original mixes produced by chapterhouse with the original engineers who recorded the material during 1990.

The whirlpool album most people are familiar with was remixed by ralph jezzard, robin gutherie, and john fryer and has a much more polished sound and better production value.

This version of whirlpool sounds much more raw and almost demo sounding at times. I would say it sounds more like the EP singles that came out before the album. Is it good? Not really. Is it bad? Not really. Is it worth owning? If you are a die hard chapterhouse fan and want to own everything they have ever put out like I do then I would recommend picking it up for sure...just to hear what a difference can be made in the final mixing stage.

The track "thrasher" is actually just the song "satin safe" with a different name...it is not a `never before released' rare track. the ambient version of "something more" is actually the original EP single version with the drums removed...it is not the version that robin gutherie re-recorded for the more popular version of whirlpool. The cover of the beatles' song "rain" is a slightly different mix but it is nice to have it on CD if you don't own "rownderbout" or the original EP single it was on.

The extended version of guilt is nothing special...just an extended noisy middle section, and treasure is a little longer here as well. But there are times where the poor sound quality spoils the experience and the drums sound like Tupperware containers...

But like I said...if you love chapterhouse and want everything then I recommend picking it up.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars possibly defective September 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
this version of whirlpool is most likely the defective pressing that was released in 2006. cherry red records has since fixed the problem and reissued it. but you can only be sure you are getting the correct version if you order it directly from cherry red rcords.

the sound quality of this release is sub par. it is a very old pressing of the album which omits the lush album version of my favorite song "something more" and replaces it with an old single version (hard rocking) of "something more".

i ended up contacting "cherry red records" and told them of my problem. they were aware of the problem with the original pressing and have since corrected the problem. they sent me a brand new copy of whirlpool in the mail with a stamped envelope to return the old copy...free of charge.

the copy cherry red records sent me was of a much better sound quality and the song "something more" was the correct album version...not the old rocker single version.

i would sugest that you don't order it from amazon but instead order it directly from cherry red records instead. then you will be assured you are getting the proper pressing.

there is no way to tell by just looking at the cover wether you have the new better pressing. but if you look on the bottom of the cd you want to check and see that the code numbers (really small print)read as follows...TC2159. if it says anything else...you have the defective copy. cherry red records were very professional in correcting this mistake for me.

my suggestion would be to only purchase it from the record company itself. there are so many old defective copies out there for sale at various internet sellers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
One of my favorite shoegaze albums of all time! It's great to have a physical copy of such a masterpiece. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bailey Barkley
5.0 out of 5 stars shoegaze classic
This is one of the great albums from the original era of shoegaze. Which is back again, and not just because "m b v" just came out. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding?
I went to the farthest regions of outer space with this album. No joke. The early '90s were a wash of Brit pop and this album was nestled nicely in the upper echelons of audio... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jason Kokal
5.0 out of 5 stars Defective Deshmective, it's all in your perspective.
As a Ride, Catherine Wheel, Stone Roses, Charlatans UK fan, I'm pissed I never stumbled across Chapterhouse. Read more
Published on September 14, 2009 by Apexing
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
One of my favorite albums from the early 90's. Originally had it on tape. This edition has bonus songs from earlier releases. Great find!
Published on January 21, 2008 by Kelly Labrecque
5.0 out of 5 stars EDIT...Don't sell your old copy just yet...
EDIT!!!!
I apparently have been the only reviewer on this reissue and appologize for saying how great the reissue is. Read more
Published on October 20, 2006 by Mike S.
2.0 out of 5 stars A very patchy album
I've no idea why fans of Chapterhouse rate Whirlpool as their best album. Blood Music is much more consistant, the tracks are stronger and well produced, and it has also aged much... Read more
Published on May 9, 2006 by Carpet Master
2.0 out of 5 stars another over-rated shoegazer "classic"
this is an ok album, typical ambient reverby guitar throughout with classics like pearl and april but to be honest it sounds seriously dated. Read more
Published on September 28, 2005 by grimesiepanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, melodic and dreamy.
Whirlpool from Chapterhouse is one of the most melodic and interesting efforts from any of the Shoegazer, bands. Read more
Published on July 24, 2005 by Oddmoore
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Warning: CD does NOT include Die Die Die etc.
Was this in fact remastered? Credits do not indicate. Agree that this is a nice expanded reissue and worth having.
Aug 18, 2006 by E. Torres |  See all 5 posts
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