Primal Scream’s understanding of rock’s varied vistas is encapsulated on this release. At its core are a series of dance-oriented tracks that broach several musical barriers. Samples, tape loops, dub and plangent chords gel together over various grooves, at times uplifting, at others ambient. Mixmasters Terry Farley and Andrew Weatherall add different perspectives to individual tracks, with gospel choirs, pumping brass and spaceward basslines bubbling around several selections. Former Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller generated the spirit of Beggars Banquet for the rousing ‘Movin’ On Up’, while elsewhere the group imply acknowledgement to talismen the Beach Boys and Big Star. Screamadelica is the ultimate confluence of rock and dance music cultures. The striking cover was designed by Paul Cannell, the in-house artist for Creation Records. It is often described as one of the best ever album covers, and in 2010 the Royal Mail issued it as one of a series of classic British album cover stamps.
Tracks: Movin’ On Up; Slip Inside This House; Don’t Fight It, Feel It; Higher Than The Sun; Inner Flight; Come Together; Loaded; Damaged; I’m Comin’ Down; Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts); Shine Like Stars....