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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Pop
  • ASIN: B0035KGDX0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. TEXTURE
2. I WANNA TO TOUCH YOU
3. BLACK METALLIC
4. INDIGO IS BLUE
5. SHE'S MY FRIEND
6. SHALLOW
7. FERMENT
8. FLOWER TO HIDE
9. TUMBLE DOWN
10. BILL AND BEN
11. SALT
12. 30 CENTURY MAN (30 CENTURY MAN LTD EP)
13. FREE OF MIND (30 CENTURY MAN LTD EP)
14. THAT'S WHEN I REACH FOR MY REVOLVER (30 CENTURY MAN LTD EP)
15. DON'T WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE LONELY (30 CENTURY MAN LTD EP)
16. BALLOON (NON-ALBUM SINGLE)
17. INTRAVENOUS (B-SIDE TO `BALLOON' SINGLE)

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the British Shoegazer's 1992 debut album including six bonus tracks. Hailing from Great Yarmouth, Catherine Wheel were one of the original 'Shoegazer' bands and certainly the most popular, even scoring a U.S. hit with 'Black Metallic'. Produced by Talk Talk collaborator Tim Friese-Greene, Ferment features 'Shallow', 'I Want to Touch You', 'She's My Friend & 'Salt' as well as the aforementioned 'Black Metallic'. This edition comes expanded with six bonus recordings including the four 30 CenturyMan E.P. tracks, the non-album single 'Balloon' and live fan favorite 'Intravenous'. Cherry Red. 2010.

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One of the finest albums to arise out of the shoegazing trend coating the early 1990s, Ferment is rich, lush, and wrenching. For what it's worth, Catherine Wheel get a mention in the liner notes of the Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream. Perhaps it's indicative of the fact that this album rocks a little harder than the genre-defining releases from the likes of the Stone Roses, the Charlatans, and the Inspiral Carpets. Ferment includes guitar solos, albeit tasteful guitar solos, that most of Catherine Wheel's contemporaries would have balked at. Later releases abandon the ethereal noise wash, leaning a little more toward the sound of their admirers the Pumpkins. A beautiful, spiraling release, Ferment is pliable but impenetrable. --Beth Bessmer --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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As soon as I saw the music video for "Black Metallic" on MTV's 120 Minutes back in my high school days, I knew I had to have this album. Ferment is unbelievable and Catherine Wheel instantly became one of my favorite bands of the 1990s. Ferment was their debut album and has a more raw, stuffy sound than their next recordings. It has very loud guitars and drums but the songs are also very melodic and catchy. "Texture" really rocks and is an excellent opening track, hooking the listener right away. "I Want To Touch You" is very catchy and is perhaps, next to "Balloon," the most accessible track on Ferment. It was also released as a single. "Black Metallic" is heavy but is also one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard and the album version clocks in at over 7 minutes. It is amazing, especially when the guitars kick in again after the quiet interlude towards the end. Other favorites of mine include the rocking "Shallow," "Tumbledown" which has a beautiful melodic guitar that turns into a blazing riff, "Bill and Ben," the catchy "Salt" with the kickin' drums, and the fun Ba-B-Ba-Ba-"Balloon." The title track is interesting. It is very quiet and soothing and just explodes with headbangin' guitar. Catherine Wheel's later albums may be better produced with crisper sound, but Ferment is, perhaps, their most solid release. No weak tracks here at all. One final note: the lead singer is Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson's cousin! How cool is that?!
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I am completely and hopelessly addicted to Catherine Wheel's "Ferment". It is difficult to imagine that a hard rock album can be beautiful, but this album truly is. The brilliant vocals, guitar work, and drumming all fuse to form an almost hypnotic masterpiece. The album starts off with the fantastic trio of "Texture", "I Want to Touch You", and "Black Metallic" and from then on you will be hooked. Just go along for the ride! Every single track is better than most singles that are played on the radio! In particular, the songs "Indigo is Blue", "Ferment", and "Tumbledown" are so incredible that I simply can't get the music out of my head!! This may sound like a bad thing, but believe me it isn't. Catherine Wheel is one of those bands that simply did everything right and yet failed to be commercially successful. For the life of me I can't understand why! As a band they are so incredibly talented and sophisticated that it makes the stuff on MTV and MuchMusic look like it it was written by third-graders on a PC music program! Unfortunately, the damage to this band is already done. They are nowhere to be found nowadays, and every true fan of rock music should feel a great sadness because of it. If you are a rock music fan, I beg you to give Catherine Wheel a listen! "Ferment" is one of the best albums of the 1990's bar none, and I simply can't recommend this album enough!
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My gut tells me that this album simply will not appeal to most people. It's rich, lush, atmospheric music that does more toward putting you in a mood then it does make you stand up and stomp your feet or sway your hips.
That said, this album is my favorite album of all time. This from a guy who owns or has owned over a thousand records of all shapes and sizes and styles.
I bought this CD in '92 on a complete whim (I think a friend of mine thought the cover looked cool, to give you an idea of what twits we were when we were 18). Since then, it's probably played out in my player and my mind thousands of times.
There's really not much else I can say specifically about the album. It either grabs you and surrounds you and transports you to another place, or it's a bunch of "noise". Probably depends on who you are, what makes you happy, and your psychological state.
That said, if you like this disc, pick up Chrome, a close second to this one in quality. And all of CW's music is fantastic. Coldplay is a recent Brit band that comes even near CW in terms of quality - check them out too.
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although i hesitate to refer to catherine wheel as ever qualifying as "shoegazers" ('loveless' and 'souvlaki' are the best examples of that genre) due to CW's more up-front songwriting tendencies, i do think that this excellent LP evokes similar feelings in the (lucky) listener...rob dickinson's extraordinary voice (one of the loveliest male voices in all of rock music) is prominently featured over the depth charges of guitar, rather than the reverse (Shoegazing 101)...
anyway, this is a truly wonderful album, with nary a single track being forgettable...CW has since faltered album after album, trying to be more "rock" and/or "pop" really has never suited them, and all of their albums after 'chrome' are not very good, in spite of what hardcore fans may attest...
'ferment' features a few standout tracks and a wealth of lovely "supporting cast members"...the title track and 'black metallic' are both stunning, as if the band had tapped into the emotional heart of what the real shoegazers were missing...regardless of the lyrics, dickinson's vox and the shimmering, hissing, soaring guitar torrents make for beautiful stuff...'indigo is blue' has a perfectly timed pause before its guitar solo (don't let the phrase "guitar solo" scare you off), and also makes gorgeous use of dickinson's uniquely "hollow" vocal style...the words to "salt" are mostly unintelligible (perhaps CW were gazing shoeward on occasion), yet the song gallops along gracefully, with peals of feedback buried behind the wall of guitars in its fadeout...like slowdive's 'machine gun', the song manages to be moving without any sort of decipherable lyrical hook...
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