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|2. I WANNA TO TOUCH YOU|
|3. BLACK METALLIC|
|4. INDIGO IS BLUE|
|5. SHE'S MY FRIEND|
|8. FLOWER TO HIDE|
|9. TUMBLE DOWN|
|10. BILL AND BEN|
|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)|
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.
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.
Owning this album is more than a gesture in supurb musical taste. Adding Ferment to your collection elevates you to rock guru status. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003 by sne296
If you are looking for a gazer band with some kick this is it! I Want TO TOuch You chugs along and Black Metallic has a feeling that Ride never got. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2002 by Neyko
Hey this is the album with the hit Black Metallic. Certainly a milestone in the whole shoegaze movement. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by David C. Anderson
(Nice cover, guys. Whose is it? Next time maybe a photo of an armpit, okay? You could name the album "Stinker" and maintain a tradition all your own. Jeez. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2001 by Mark Champion
This album is not the pinnacle of shoegazing that a lot of people seem to think it is. This band seems to have stole most of its ideas from the band Ride, and its album Nowhere. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001 by D. R. Eriksen
I think the Catherine Wheel are magnificent. Ferment is their first album, and it should be taken as such.
Now don't get me wrong. Ferment is far from bad. Read more
The title to this review is misleading as this was CW's 1st album....I first heard of CW because of their latest album -- Wishville -- and have since worked my way backwards to... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2001
I have had this disc for 8 years and it still amazes me. Everything Catherine Wheel puts out is fantastic, but Ferment is by far, my favorite. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2000