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Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 MP3
Performer: Aphex Twin
Title: Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Label: Apollo
Country: Belgium
Released: Nov 1992
Style: Techno, IDM, Electro, Experimental, Ambient
Cat: AMB LP 3922
Rating: 4.0/5
Format: MP3, FLAC, WMA
FLAC size: 1393 mb | MP3 size: 2645 mb | WMA size: 1098 mb
Genre: Electronic

5Schottkey 7th Path5:07
6Green Calx6:02
9We Are The Music Makers7:42


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
AMB 3922 CD, AMB 3922CDAphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(CD, Album, RE)Apollo, ApolloAMB 3922 CD, AMB 3922CDBelgiumUnknown
AMBLP3922Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, RM)ApolloAMBLP3922UK2018
noneAphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(13xFile, WAV, Album, RE)ApollononeUKUnknown
AMB3922XI Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, Bro)Apollo AMB3922XI Unknown
AMB3922XI Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial, Pur)Apollo AMB3922XI 2011


  • Artwork [Uncredited]Paul Nicholson
  • Producer, Written-ByRichard D. James


First pressing, with no barcode on the sleeve, no catalog number on sleeve or labels, and containing 3 tracks each on sides C & D.
Some were also pressed with unprinted labels: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

Later pressings:
Same sleeve & labels but different matrix codes: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
Same sleeve & labels but different matrix codes; plays 4 tracks on side C and 2 on side D: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
With barcode on lower right of back cover: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.
With barcode on upper right of back cover: Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

Made in Belgium


  • Barcode: none
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): AMB LP A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): AMB LP 3922 B2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): AMB LP C2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): AMB LP 3902- D2


  • Published By – R & S Records
  • Marketed By – R & S Records
  • Manufactured By – R & S Records


Selected Ambient Works 8592 is the debut studio album by Aphex Twin, the pseudonym of British electronic musician Richard D. It was released by Apollo Records a subsidiary of Belgian label R&S on 9 November 1992 and later widely in February 1993. The album consists of beat-orientated ambient tracks recorded onto cassette reputedly dating as far back as 1985, when James was thirteen to fourteen years old. An analogue remaster of the album was released in 2006, followed by a digital remaster. Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II - Продолжительность. Aphex Twin - Selected Soundcloud Works 2015 - Продолжительность: 1:08:21 Brethren. Формируйте собственную коллекцию записей. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is, rather, an album stretching back to the days before software allowed for heavy sampling or glitch technology. Drum machines serve as its backbone and synthesized bass and keyboard sounds provide the meat. Most of the songs follow a relatively basic formula as well. Selected Ambient Works 85-92. Your Rating. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin, released 09 November 1992 1. Xtal 2. Tha 3. Pulsewidth 4. Ageispolis 5. Green Calx 7. Heliosphan 8. We Are The Music Makers 9. Schottkey 7th Path 10. Ptolemy Ambient Works 8592 is the debut album of electronic music producer Aphex Twin, released on February 12, 1992. As the title suggests, the album is a compilation of songs Richard had recorded from all the way back in 1985 when he was only 14 to 1992. SAW 8592 is Aphex Twins magnum opus. Inspired by his dreams from when he was a child, SAW 8592 is a beautiful piece of ambient techno that is both serene and utterly engaging. On this album, Aphex Twin masterfully demonstrates his ability to incorporate deep baselines, textured synths, and morphing drum patterns into a heavily layered. Though Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works: 85-92 is primarily an ambient piece, it actually has some great appeal. Songs like Xtal, Tha and Pulsewidth are incredibly relaxing and soothing pieces ambient classics. The electronic noises are superb - you'll love most every song on this album. Album 1992 13 Songs. Aphex Twin. Electronic Twin, born in 1971, released his first album, Selected Ambient Works 85-92. Sounding like absolutely nothing before it, Selected Ambient Works was a revolution. It shows no influences or sounds like anything that came before it. The overall sound of the album is rather thin. Some of the tracks on this album were recorded when Aphex Twin was only 15. Listen to this album and you will understand that that is an amazing feat in anyone's book. Amazingly, many of the instruments and sounds used on this album were actually built by Aphex Twin himself. As stated previously, this album is a very thin and sparse sounding record


Comments (32)
I like this record too. I went through an Aphex Twin 'phase' where ironically I listened to virtually every major release by him (which ranged from pretty good,caustic and hit or miss), except this one.Having just heard it, it is indeed 'the one that got away'. It's in a very nice place of its own and like a fine red wine, needs time to breathe. You realize the record will require many repeat listens to ingratiate itself with you and I like that.Everyone seems to have their own individual favourite tracks - mine are Schottkey 7th Path/Ptolemy and Actium.
I have the 2006 repress, to make up for the original, I lost! (Used to drink. A LOT) the 2006 version sounds fantastic on my system. Wouldn't mind comparing the new pressing, though.. y'know.. jus for science n that...????
Speculation about the provenance of the title aside, this record is a foundation of my listening and influence since 92. You cannot put a price, or conjecture, on such a beautiful and influential record. AW1 came out at a perfect time to enhance the proliferation of electronic music that branched off from the House/Techno/Rave scenes of the early 90's. Being one of the first records I heard that went deep instead of straight for the throat, it woke me up to another side of club music that wasn't in the hedonistic rush of the dancefloor, but was absolutely perfect for the post club 'back to my place' session.Rest assured it's an all time classic album for many reasons, the beautiful and warm production, the inherent atmosphere, staggering beauty and wide ranging styles, and last but not least the goddamned great music within it. Listening now, 26 years after it's release, and my worn copy sounds just as ethereal, and inspirational as it did back in my teenage bedroom. To add a little info to go along with such praise, to make reading this review more worthy than just another gush on RDJ's prodigious talents. Xtal, one of the highlights of this LP, samples the vocal from 'Evil At Play' found here: https://www.discogs.com/Various-Atmospheric-Vocal/release/5130614 Making it sound like it was made for this LP, such a heavenly piece of music that once heard is forever ingrained on your listening memory. I often wonder if it's more contextual than I give it credit for, if the way I listen is coloured by my long years of appreciating this LP, or if someone who only just hears it now, feels the same way. Regardless, contextually it's timeless and an extremely influential and important record for lovers of electronic music. Xtal is also named after the exclusive effect on the Lexicon Prime Time II delay unit, which is (to those who are lucky enough to have played on one) a fantastic and unique piece of kit. Personally I don't care a bit when he made these tracks, it's an irrelevance, I'm just in debt to RDJ for letting me hear them.
Brilliant. Still sounding as good as my copy looks after all these years. Xtal's always a good track to put through a decent sub! And Ptolemy? Being an acid house fan, it's the best of both worlds!
I have a serious problem with the '1985' here.I know how RDJ is in some rarified of untouchability, so please, don't take it the wrong way, please. This is a forum for open discussions and I am not criticizing the quality of the material, which is great, but I am prefacing this because I can already see the RDJ fans coming with the pitchforks and torches. If you disagree, fine, but then prove me wrong.So back to the question: is some of this material seriously from 1985? Recorded as is? Please, I will not accept some weak apologetic argument ala (he had some tapes with similar experiments or had it in his brain or yadda yadda). Were some of the tracks here finalized, as is in 1985?If there is real proof, great, I will accept being in the wrong here.Or maybe some of you gurus may tell me that obviously nothing is from back then, one can look at discogs and see that his earliest release is from 1991.So if not, why put that date then?Pure speculation from my part, but I wonder if it is some subliminal pretentiousness of being able to say "see, I was there in the thick of things right at the same time as those people from Detroit".Again, please don't hate me and keep it civil.
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Good question, I asked that myself then. My guess is he started recording and experimenting with 14 in his bedroom, as many of us do. And the album title just reflects that, the best of the journey so far. I think it's obvious that nearly all of the material on this album is in some form a reaction to the stuff he has heard at the end of the 80ies, a guy called gerald, early 808 state, some lesser known house stuff like virgo, model 500, and so on. Still unique of course.
"i" is the only track that could be 85, many tracks are probably from 90-91.
Of course anybody that collects vinyl knows that, unless one lives under a rock. They say that Acid Trax, for instance, is from 1985. But Spanky isn't the one releasing an album called "Selected Acid Works: 1979-1988", if you know what I mean. "Take that Juan Atkins, I came before you!"He is essentially padding his resume with a whopping 6 years. So part of the SAW tracklist started before Acid Trax, when he was the age of my son, 14?Let's take a silly example of somebody an RDJ fan probably dislikes: Armin Van Buuren. let's pretend he releases an album called Selected Trance Works 1987-2005, or whatever. Wouldn't you be like "yeah right, you were doing this before The Orb, riiiiiight. And I guess we can now start counting our fiddling with grandma's piano recorded by daddy on a cassette?" You know what I mean?Again, I apologize to any fan that cannot tolerate any critical analysis of their idol (not saying that's your case), I have no ill will, have tons of RDJ work and like much of his stuff but this is something that I was always curious about so please don't take it the wrong way if I say that looking at it objectively it really comes across as smugness.Maybe I am wrong and the man himself or somebody can come here and prove me wrong.
His earliest published (and pressed to disc) works date to 1991, yes, but it sounds like you may be unfamiliar with the fact that most musicians may wait a while before releasing the songs that they write and record; Aphex's own "Windowlicker" was finished in 1996 but wasn't released until 1999, for example.As of this reply, I still haven't seen any proof of "85-92" being correct. Perhaps when RDJ adds this album to his current website, he'll offer some details on what year each piece came from. So the answer you're looking for is still based on speculation. But I do know many musicians personally who have sat on a song for years before releasing it, so I'll trust the title until something more factual is placed in front of me.
sounds almost perfect. i love the minimalistic look, it's telling of the album's sound even though the album isnt minimal at all. i do wish that the track Xtal didn't skip every ten seconds, but that might just be my record player.
One of my most played and treasured albums.I bought this when it was first released and have been mesmerised with it ever since.The music is delicate, eerie, and extremely beautiful and absolutely ingrained witht the typical Aphex Twin sound.The haunting use of sampled vocals is utterly genius and partly why i absolutey adore this album.This album will always hold special place in my heart and rightly has its place as one of the best electronic ambient albums ever produced!!!!A landmark album and way ahead of its time!!Utter genius and a flawless 10/10. Bravo!
Freaky Hook
One of the best ambient electronic albums ever written period. It always will hold a special place in my Heart. I know it doesn't sound perfect, but that has always added to its mystique. Powerful stuff.
Xtal contains vocals sampled from 1986's Steve, Jefferies, Carewe and Greig's "Evil at Play" from Various - Atmospheric - Vocal LP
thanks for the vocal sample ID, in my opinion they should be added to the Notes section.
AMBLP3922 has surface noise throughout sides A and B. Annoying at times. C and D much better.
Yep, mine has it. So disappointing. What a terrible pressing.
the new repress sounds pretty good to my ears on the first pass. nothing mind blowing.
SAW 1 is not ambient music. As one of the first downtempo techno album released in 1992, I guess RDJ has used the word "ambient" to describe a kind of techno music that is better to listen at home than in clubs, maybe... Ambient music refers to a kind of music that envelops the listener without drawing attention to itself; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting. This is the case of SAW 2, but not of SAW 1.
I love this album. It has long been one of my favourites and has definitely passed the test of time. Listening to it now brings back so many memories, and reminds me its perfect for listening to on headphones, in the car or as background with friends over a drink or smoke. My only problem with it is the fact that the follow up, 'SAW II' is too leftfield by comparison, and contains way too many unsettling tracks compared to the simple, achingly beautiful melodies present on 'SAW 85-92'
One of the first Aphex Twin albums I ever listened to. The album encompasses soft synth sounds with soft drums to create beautiful atmospheric tracks that are catchy and make for good background music.If you are trying to get a vinyl copy, be careful not to get ripped off. There are a lot of copies on ebay that claim to be an original pressing. Most are not, they are the 2013 WARP repress that is still sealed in mint condition. Don't be fooled!
This is just a sick nasty record from top to bottom. I originally bought the record only for the Heliosphan track, but now i am left with many new favorites I never was aware of before. I was always just an admirer of his work, and this album really does a good job of telling a musical story as each song flows into the next smoothly. If there are any others who enjoy the sounds of Aphex Twin but are not too familiar with his works over the years i HIGHLY recommend this pick up, you will not regret it.
Just a classic! I listened to it so often but still like it. I simply love the liveact character. Unbelievable that Richard composed this stuff in age of 14 to 21! My favorite track on this is 'Green Calx' the playing with this shot and 'boing' samples...A must have if you ask me!
This is one of very few albums, regardless of genre, that I can confidently refer to as "a perfect album". It just blows my mind how every track sounds so simple and he makes it sound so "easy" to do, and yet there are all of these nuances and subtleties that just confirm how calculated all of it actually was. Perfect listening for any occasion, no matter who you are around, no matter where you are driving. Truly a modern classic.
one of the best albums ever made. beautiful music, and very creative!the album very emotional. a must have album, you wount regret buying this album at all.
Although Aphex twins First ambient work is very well designed I never quite understood why it was so praised. When I started listening to other ambient works from the same time I realized... Other ambient works during the 85-92 streak seemed more like his second release, which isn't ground breaking at all, Just more Biran Eno wanna be stuff. Or were just electronic drums with no heart to it. Aphex Combined Synths and drums beats like no one else had quite done yet, but were very soon to once it was released, he he. But the big difference is, these are just so well produced! and even if they're are other tracks just as good, which they're are... don't let the Aphex hype fool you. these are good enough to keep you entertained in his music without even having to listen to the other stuff. It kept me entertained enough until his Analogue bubblebath series kicked off and the Brilliant ON EP. So to sum it up, it's not amazing, but its damn fine work, and good enough so that you'll have all the ambient goods you need for a long time.
Skunk Black
Richard D. James was well beyond the curve when he released this. Furthermore, works from 1985 were on the album - 20 years on, holding their own amongst current IDM producers. Without a doubt, his best work. Green Calx is still a favourite today with it's acid bassline burbling and bubbling just beneath the surface.
Who can seriously criticise this album? This is the album above all else that got me hooked on electronic music from uk indy boy roots. In fact it set me off on a whole life path. A real work of beauty, with Pulsewidth being perhaps the most accessible and resonant track, and Schottkey 7th Path being the most disturbingly eery. Almost every tune gives me the shivers. A must.
This album freaks me out every time I listen to it. It's so dope! Compared to his later material its like two different artists! I know he is very creative, and explores the abstract, but this is an exclusive. The slick arrangements & flowing layers of percussion, the old school house beats and wicked analogue synths hold their own and beyond. Absolutely brilliant.
Much nicer than all of his later crazy material, Selected Ambient Works is one of my all time favourite albums. I could never really understand the inclusion of Green Calx though, theres no denying, it's a top track, but it's ping pong beats and acid mentalness are completely at odds with the rest of the album.
This is Aphex Twin's best album in my opinion. The first half in particular is simply breathtaking. An absolute must for your collection. My copy of this has the rather odd cat no. of AMB LP.
An essential release for a new way of listening in ambient in 1992. I heard a part of the track "Agaispolis" in radio at this time and was looking after it for 5 or 6 years because I had no information about it. When this album was rereleased and I listened to it in the recordstore I remembered immediately that this is the one I wanted to have since I was 15...