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Archive - Take My Head Album

  • Performer: Archive
  • Title: Take My Head
  • Size MP3 ver: 1296 mb
  • Size FLAC ver: 2860 mb
  • Country: UK
  • Date of release: 1999
  • Style: Breaks, Downtempo
  • # Catalog: ISOM 10CDX
  • Label: Independiente
  • Rating: 4.3 of 5
  • Genre: Electronic
Archive - Take My Head Album

Tracklist

1Take My Head
Engineer – Andy Gray, Gary Langan, Peter BarracloughEngineer [Assistant] – Mark BishopHarmonica – Colin GoodyMixed By [Assistant Engineer] – Matt TaitMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterProducer – Andy Gray, Archive, Ian StanleyWritten-By – Courage Umaigba, Daniel Griffiths, Darius Keeler
4:40
2The Pain Gets Worse
Bass Guitar – Lee PomeroyEngineer – Andy Gray, Gary Langan, Guy Massey, Peter BarracloughEngineer [Assistant] – Mark BishopFlute – Nicholas Strasberg, Peter BarracloughGuitar – Neil TaylorMixed By [Mixer] – Andy Gray, Ian StanleyProducer – Andy Gray, Archive, Ian StanleyWritten-By – Darius Keeler
4:35
3Cloud In The Sky
Bass Guitar, Guitar – Lee PomeroyEngineer – Andy Gray, Peter BarracloughEngineer [Assistant] – Mark BishopFrench Horn – Jane HannaMixed By [Assistant Engineer] – Matt TaitMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterProducer – Andy Gray, Archive, Ian StanleyRecorder – Emily KeelerViolin – Ali KeelerWritten-By – Courage Umaigba, Darius Keeler
4:41
4Rest My Head On You
Engineer – Peter BarracloughGuitar – Toby PitmanMixed By [Assistant Engineer] – Adrian HallMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterProducer – ArchiveWritten-By – Courage Umaigba, Darius Keeler, Suzanne Wooder
3:54
5Brother
Bass Guitar – Lee PomeroyEngineer – Peter BarracloughFrench Horn – Jane HannaMixed By [Assistant Engineer] – Adrian HallMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterProducer – ArchiveProducer [Additional Production] – Chris PotterWritten-By – Courage Umaigba, Darius Keeler
3:45
6Well Known Sinner
Bass Guitar, Guitar – Lee PomeroyEngineer – Andy Gray, Gary Langan, Peter BarracloughEngineer [Assistant] – Mark BishopMixed By [Assistant Engineer] – Matt TaitMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterProducer – Andy Gray, Archive, Ian StanleyWritten-By – Darius Keeler
4:24
7The Way You Love Me
Arranged By [Strings] – Archive, Sally HerbertEngineer – Andy Gray, Gary Langan, Guy Massey, Peter BarracloughEngineer [Assistant] – Mark BishopGuitar – Neil TaylorMixed By [Assistant Engineer] – Matt TaitMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterProducer – Andy Gray, Archive, Ian StanleyWritten-By – Darius Keeler, Suzanne Wooder
3:33
8You Make Me Feel
Engineer – Andy Gray, Peter BarracloughEngineer [Assistant] – Mark BishopFrench Horn – Jane HannaMixed By [Assistant Engineer] – Adrian Hall, Matt TaitMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterPerformer [Sample] – Lu-Sheng EnsembleProducer – Andy Gray, Archive, Ian StanleyWritten-By – Courage Umaigba, Daniel Griffiths, Darius Keeler
4:06
9Home
Engineer – Peter BarracloughMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterProducer – ArchiveWritten-By – Darius Keeler, Suzanne Wooder
1:59
10Love In Summer
Bass Guitar – Lee PomeroyCello – Caroline DaleEngineer – Andy Gray, Gary Langan, Peter BarracloughEngineer [Assistant] – Mark BishopMixed By [Assistant Engineer] – Adrian HallMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterOrgan [Hammond] – Steve WattsPercussion – Peter LockettProducer – Andy Gray, Archive, Ian StanleyWritten-By – Daniel Griffiths, Darius Keeler
4:58
11Woman
Arranged By [Strings] – Sally HerbertEngineer – Andy Gray, Gary Langan, Guy Massey, Peter BarracloughEngineer [Assistant] – Mark BishopFrench Horn – Jane HannaGuitar – Neil TaylorMixed By [Assistant Engineer] – Adrian HallMixed By [Mixer] – Chris PotterProducer – Andy Gray, Archive, Ian StanleyWritten-By – Darius Keeler
3:39

Versions

CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
ISOM 10CDArchive Take My Head ‎(CD, Ltd)IndependienteISOM 10CDUK1999
ISOM 26Archive Take My Head ‎(CD, Album, Enh, Promo)IndependienteISOM 26UK1999
ISOM 10CDArchive Take My Head ‎(CD, Album)IndependienteISOM 10CDUK1999
noneArchive Take My Head ‎(CDr, Album, Promo)SmallnoneFrance1999
ISOM 10LPArchive Take My Head ‎(LP, Album)IndependienteISOM 10LPUK1999

Credits

  • Art Direction, DesignIntro , Mat Cook
  • Artwork [Production]Elaine Macintosh
  • Design [CD-ROM Design And Production]Intro
  • ManagementPhil Sasada, Swarm Management
  • Performer [Archive]Daniel Griffiths, Darius Keeler, Matheu Martin, Suzanne Wooder
  • Photography ByRick Guest
  • Triangle [Guest Trianglist]Anita Hill

Notes

Sticker on the case:
Special edition: enhanced CD features internet hyperlink www.archive-web.com

Enhanced CD with the same cover/booklet as ISOM 10CD.

Sample T1 taken from Tien Chang [General's March] by Lu-Sheng Ensemble from 'China Shantung Folk Music', appears courtesy of Electra/Nonesuch Explorer Series.

All tracks recorded at Southside Studios.
Tracks 1, 2, 4-9 recorded at Westside Studios.
Tracks 2, 5-6 recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
Tracks 5-6, 9 recorded at Trident 2 Studios.

Tracks 1-4, 6-10 & A0 mixed at Metropolis.
Track 5 mixed at Westside.

℗ & © 1999 Independiente Ltd. Published by Island Music Ltd.

Track 10.2 is a semi-hidden track (referred to in the booklet as track A0). It starts after 1 minute of silence following track 10.1.
Track 10 total duration: 6:55.

Durations are not printed on the release.

Barcodes

  • Barcode: 5099749476929
  • Matrix / Runout: Sony Music IFPI L554 S0100288654-0101 24 A2
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L554
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 94W1
  • Other (Distribution Code): CB 791

Companies

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Independiente Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Independiente Ltd.
  • Published By – Island Music Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Southside Studios, London
  • Recorded At – Westside Studios
  • Recorded At – Abbey Road Studios
  • Recorded At – Trident 2
  • Mixed At – Metropolis Studios
  • Mixed At – Westside Studios
  • Made By – Sony Music

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Comments (2)

Ranicengi
Back in the '90s, my local indie stocked a brilliant range of obscure singles that never charted, at 99p each. The cover of Archive's 1996 release 'Londinium' caught my eye (I was obsessed with FSOL's Dead Cities at the time, and it had a similar vibe). I loved the song, but never came across anything else of Archive's until stumbling across Take My Head a couple of years later in the albums section. It was an immediate purchase. What a surprise I got...

With vocalists Roya Arab and Rosko John out of the picture, Archive core members Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths reconvened with Matheu Martin and vocalist Suzanne Wooder to create a collection of gorgeous, sweeping trip-hop-tinged pop songs. At ten songs running to 42 minutes, Take My Head is very much the pop album: dramatically shorter than the band's other records, and front-loaded with singles.

'You Make Me Feel' opens the album on a dramatic note - guitars pushed into the red and drums pounding - before giving way to harpsichord and gentle vocal harmonies. It's an odd, confrontational song, but strangely accessible at the same time. It's followed by 'The Way You Love Me', a beautiful, energetic ballad, with live strings and a haunting repeated bell tone. The characteristic lead synth so recognisable from Archive's debut finds its way into the mix, reminding us that, underneath, this is still the same band.

The rest of the album skates between these two approaches. The first half is definitely the poppiest, with even hints of pop-country popping their head up on songs like 'Brother' and 'Woman' (the latter, I'm sure, being many listeners' least favourite on the album). Later on we get three tracks that bring back the experimental side of the band: 'Cloud in the Sky' is a string-drenched trip-hop piece that should have been a hit; the title track, with its hypnotic looped vocals lurching head-first into a wall of organ and breakbeats, is one of the strangest pieces in the band's expansive catalogue; 'Love in Summer' is an instrumental that verges on post rock.

Take My Head is an odd album, even for a band who are known for taking unpredictable left-turns. Fans of the group's expansive, electronic rock and trip-hop may be put off by some of the more commercial tracks on the album; similarly, those who find refuge in the record's sincere ballads may find the later tracks that bit too odd. But those able to enjoy both sides will be able to appreciate this album for what it is: in the band's own words, "a collection of symphonic torch songs for the new millennium". At heart, Take My Head is a beautiful record, and one that's been on heavy rotation since that first chance purchase 16-odd years ago.
Winasana
My CD has the "Enhanced CD" sticker on the front but for some reason the CD itself is labelled ISOM 26 not ISOM 10 - Noew added as separate release 28-11-13

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