Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold jacket. Includes bonus track. Overseen by Pixies producer Gil Norton and recorded at Pink Floyd's Britannia Row Studios, where band favourites, Joy Division, had made Closer, Chrome marked a huge step forward, honed on the road after the constant touring to support previous album Ferment. With it's sleeve designed by Storm Thorgerson, it's as if the album was a dry run for Muse. There is increasing experimentation the 7 minutes plus of Fripp are, as writer Ben Cardew noted, "celestial and full of dread." As Pitchfork wrote, "It's as if Chrome were imported from another history of alt-rock, one more textured and romantic, where it sits deservedly atop the pile."
Double vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold jacket. Includes bonus tracks. After a contract race with Creation and Opal Records, Catherine Wheel signed to Fontana. In June 1992, they released their debut album, Ferment, which was produced by Tim Friese-Greene, who had just recently finished working with Talk Talk. It's muscular rock was often mesmeric, and it's lead single Black Metallic created huge interest. The album was ranked No 23 in Pitchfork's 50 Best Shoegaze albums of all time. Also included is the three-track live 12" EP, recorded at Bath Moles Club on 6 November 1991.
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold jacket. Includes bonus track. 1995's Happy Days found the group travelling further into a hybrid of heavy metal and improvisation certainly with the addition of Mark Feltham (from Nine Below Zero) on harmonica, who had added his distinctive sound to the later Talk Talk albums, the group create a mesmerizing sound on the more ambient tracks, offering a clear pathway to later groups such as Mogwai. There is still room for some anthemic shoegaze, however, on tracks such as Shocking and Judy Staring Up At The Sun, which features guest vocals from Tanya Donelly.