Whirlpool: The Original Recordings

CD £11.99
  • UPC: 5023693105925
  • Release Date: 28 June 2019


Label Review. 

Early versions recorded for their 1991 debut album.

Our Overview. 

Hailing from Reading in the late ‘80s / early ‘90s, Chapterhouse were leaders in the British Shoegazing movement. Rehearsing for well over a year before committing anything to demo for record companies, Chapterhouse quickly reached the top of their game with their peak arguably being a performance following Nirvana at the 1991 Reading Festival.

This release consists of the original Whirlpool recordings from VHF Studios Rugby, Sawmills Studio in Cornwall, Stoneroom Studios, London and Refuge Studios in Reading. Featuring five extra bonus tracks, including an alternative cover version of the Beatles “Rain”, a demo version of “Satin Safe”, a longer version of “Guilt” and covers of the Byrds “It Won’t Be Wrong” and the Velvet Underground’s “Lady Godiva’s Operation”.

The completed album with its mixture of reverb guitars and vocals, heavily inspired by the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Ride made No.23 in the UK charts and they were one of the premier ‘Shoegaze’ acts in 1991. However the huge success of Nirvana and the wave of American groups that followed in their wake saw UK indie switch preferances during 1992 and the bands follow up ‘Blood Music’ issued the following year would be their final album before they split up.