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Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun album

Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun album
Performer: Sigur Rós
Title: Ágætis Byrjun
Country: Iceland
Genre: Rock
Style:Ethereal, Post Rock
Released: 1999
MP3 album szie: 1702 mb
FLAC album size: 1711 mb

gætis byrjun (Icelandic:, A good beginning) is the second studio album by Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, released on 12 June 1999. The album was recorded between the summer of 1998 and the spring of 1999 with producer Ken Thomas.

With their second album, Ágætis byrjun, Sigur Rós knew only that they wanted to make things bigger. Their first record, 1997’s Von, was dark and, by the standards of what they became famous for, positively screechy: Back then, they were inspired by the hurtling propulsion of Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine, bands that generated soothing textures from cacophony.

the release of ágætis byrjun was an especially memorable time for myself and an important chapter in the history of smekkleysa records. i had known the band for a few years before ágætis byrjun. i first remember meeting kjartan when sigur rós held their release concert for von. shortly thereafter began talks about making a remix album for "von" ("von brigði. over the music industry, sigur rós created an LP in the classic sense - an album that carried on the tradition of the cohesive, palpable album. they created something that would become a pivotal piece of music. dave cawley, fat cat records (the band's former international record label). a few memories from that time.

Two years passed since Sigur Rós' debut. By this time, the band recruited in a new keyboardist by the name of Kjartan Sveinsson and it seems to have done nothing but take the band to an even higher state of self-awareness. Even on aesthetic matters, Sigur Rós entitle their sophomore effort not in a manner to play up the irony of high expectations (à la the Stone Roses' Second Coming), but in a modest realization. This second album - Ágætis Byrjun - translates roughly to Good Start

gætis byrjun is the second album from the Icelandic post-rock group Sigur Rós. In English, the album’s title means a good beginning or an alright start. The title of the album came from a friend who, after he listened to an early version of the title track, told the band that it was a good start. The album’s sound is a mix of spacial, ethereal soundscapes and loud distortion. The album was released in Iceland in 1999 and through word.

Icelandic post-rock icons Sigur Rós will reissue their 1999 album Ágætis byrjun across seven LPs via Krunk Records this June. Read next: Sigur Rós’ Kjartan Sveinsson collaborates with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Widely acclaimed as the album which propelled Sigur Rós to an international audience, Ágætis byrjun was originally released on Smekkleysa, and appears here alongside an extensive box set three LPs of demos, rarities and alternate versions.

Tracklist

Intro 1:36
Svefn-g-englar 10:03
Starálfur 6:45
Flugufrelsarinn 7:47
Ný Batterí 8:09
Hjartað Hamast (Bamm Bamm Bamm) 7:09
Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása 10:16
Olsen Olsen 8:02
Ágætis Byrjun 7:55
Avalon 4:01

Versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
SM 79 CD Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Ltd) Smekkleysa SM 79 CD Iceland 1999
FATLP11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album) FatCat Records FATLP11 UK 2000
FATLP11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album) FatCat Records FATLP11 UK 2000
none, 946.0001.020 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album) FatCat Records, Pias, Krúnk none, 946.0001.020 Iceland 2000
333342 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album) Festival Mushroom Records 333342 Australia 2000
CTX249CD Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album) Shock CTX249CD Australia 2000
fatcd11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Car) FatCat Records fatcd11 UK 2000
fatcd11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Car) FatCat Records fatcd11 UK 2000
fatcd11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Car) FatCat Records fatcd11 UK 2000
PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.20 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Dig) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings, Krúnk, Krúnk PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.20 Europe 2000
FATCD11PROMO Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Promo) FatCat Records FATCD11PROMO UK 2000
fatcd11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Promo) FatCat Records, PIAS fatcd11 Europe 2000
fatcd11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RP, Dig) FatCat Records fatcd11 UK 2000
PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.20 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Unofficial) [PIAS] Recordings , [PIAS] Recordings , Krúnk , Krúnk PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.20 Russia 2000
74321 95627 4 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(Cass, Album) BMG Russia 74321 95627 4 Russia 2000
PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.20 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Dig) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.20 Belgium 2001
fatlp11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album) FatCat Records fatlp11 US 2001
FATLP11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album) FatCat Records FATLP11 UK 2001
7697422142 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album) FatCat Records 7697422142 Canada 2001
7697422142 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Fatcat Records 7697422142 Canada 2001
TESI/525-2 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Trama TESI/525-2 Brazil 2001
piasA1-2 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Dig) PIAS America piasA1-2 US 2001
CTCM-65010 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Dig) [PIAS] Recordings, Cutting Edge, FatCat Records CTCM-65010 Japan 2001
74321861314 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(Cass, Album) [PIAS] Recordings 74321861314 Poland 2001
TCE/649-2 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Gat) Trama TCE/649-2 Brazil 2002
PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.020, 946.0001.20 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Dig) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.020, 946.0001.20 Europe 2003
7697422142 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Fatcat Records 7697422142 Canada 2005
none, fatcd11, 946.0001.020 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Smekkleysa Sm. Hf., Krúnk, FatCat Records, [PIAS] Recordings none, fatcd11, 946.0001.020 Europe 2008
fatlp11x Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) FatCat Records, Smekkleysa Sm. Hf., Krúnk fatlp11x UK 2009
PIASA01REV Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Dig) PIAS America, Krúnk, FatCat Records PIASA01REV US 2010
XLCD610 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Gat) XL Recordings XLCD610 UK 2012
XLDA610, XLDA 610 Sigur Ros* Ágætis Byrjun ‎(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) XL Recordings, XL Recordings XLDA610, XLDA 610 UK 2013
XLDA610, XLDA 610 Sigur Ros* Ágætis Byrjun ‎(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) XL Recordings, XL Recordings XLDA610, XLDA 610 UK 2013
FATLP11X Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) FatCat Records FATLP11X UK & US 2013
PIAS V 001 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, TP) FatCat Records PIAS V 001 Iceland 2013
FATLP11X Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, Unofficial) FatCat Records FATLP11X Europe 2014
HN1143CD Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE) XL Recordings HN1143CD Taiwan 2014
xllp610, XLCD610 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album, RE + CD, Album) XL Recordings, XL Recordings, Krúnk xllp610, XLCD610 Europe 2015
xllp610 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) XL Recordings, Krúnk xllp610 USA & Canada 2017
FATLP1X Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(2xLP, Album, RE) FatCat Records FATLP1X UK Unknown
fatcd11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Car) FatCat Records fatcd11 Unknown
PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.20 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Dig) [PIAS] Recordings, [PIAS] Recordings, Krúnk PIASV 001 CD, 946.0001.20 Europe Unknown
none Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, Promo) FatCat Records none UK Unknown
piasA1-2, none Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE) PIAS America, Krúnk, FatCat Records piasA1-2, none US Unknown
fatcd11 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Dig) FatCat Records fatcd11 UK Unknown
SM79CD, none, 5690351110913, 946.0001.020 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Smekkleysa, Krúnk, FatCat Records, [PIAS] Recordings SM79CD, none, 5690351110913, 946.0001.020 Iceland Unknown
XLCD610 Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun ‎(CD, Album, RE, Gat) XL Recordings XLCD610 Unknown
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Reviews: (55)
Ximinon
Ximinon
I've been listening to this record since it's release. This press is absolutely fantastic. Flat, heavy vinyl. Very little surface noise. Amazing low end and clear highs. even gave me back my long lost copy of the cd. No reason to buy another version. Get this one while you still can.
Gldasiy
Gldasiy
I have to agree with the previous comment. Incredible pressing.
blac wolf
blac wolf
The sound quality of this issue is astonishing! One of the best sounding records I have. Fans of this album, do not hesitate to buy.
Grillador
Grillador
Ultra flat and ultra quiet vinyl. Dimensional and wide soundstage. The recording is linear and well balanced. Moderate bottom end, punchy mids and clean, crisp highs. Vocals are very natural and out front. One of the best sounding records I own, and the content is fantastic. Highly recommended. (Rega Planar 3, Exact 2 cart, PSE Studio SL, Linn LK85, Linn interconnects, Linn Katans - Linn Sizmik 12.45" for 2.1 - )
Lemana
Lemana
Mine came with a CD for ( ) anyone else had the same?
Ann
Ann
Same here. Christmas gift with a little extra I guess
invasion
invasion
Just checked and I've also got the ( )-CD. Bought my LP a few days ago in Germany..
mr.Mine
mr.Mine
Sounds stunning. Am also wondering if anyone knows why the heck this release is so weird, with the minimal info printed on it. I reviewed all other pressings on Discogs, and they all appear different from this one, with much more info on the wax and packaging.
Browelali
Browelali
Great pressing, only issue is that the packaging is literally blue construction paper so I don't know how it will hold up, at least it probably won't get ringwear. the angel fetus is semi-shiny, like spraypaint, so thats pretty cool.
Gabar
Gabar
I just bought a copy and it had ringwear.... I think the shrink wrap is the culprit, either way the music is what's most important
tref
tref
Great pressing of the great record. Almost no surface noise. Superb soundstage and definition. Maybe gatefold cover suits the release little bit more. Otherwise really great item, finally in my collection.
Zololmaran
Zololmaran
This is an incredible release. So detailed and crisp. It's one of the most beautiful albums I've ever played. The packaging is gorgeous too. Simple but the matte card on the cover makes the print look like it's glowing and is so pleasing to the touch. The album is provide in poly-lined paper record inner sleeves which appear to be very good quality. I highly recommend this one for everyone's collection.
Bragis
Bragis
My copy sounds great! Im very happy to finally own this. If you are new to Sigur Ros, please don't miss the importance of this music!
Folsa
Folsa
Great copy , I have 3 versions include this. This one is so live.
Danial
Danial
Sound of this pressing is awesome !
Sha
Sha
I just picked this up and it is an awesome press of a great album. I was talking to the owner at my local record store today and he said this is getting a re release soon.
Yadon
Yadon
Beautiful vinyl pressing. So much clarity, and the full dynamic range of the music comes through. Better than the original CD, I reckon. Will have to find the recent re-release of ( ) as well.
Pemand
Pemand
Just in case anyone is still there wondering, this pressing is an absolute 10. Great definition and minimal to non existent surface noise. Decent dynamics in the vinyl, unlike the CD it comes with which is way too loud. Go get this album.
Irostamore
Irostamore
This is a stunning pressing of this record. Very, very quiet and clean. I'm a bit in awe. Well done Optimal Media GmbH!
Kagalkree
Kagalkree
This copy is perfect, all clean clear sound ! Perfect reissue of an perfect album
Lightseeker
Lightseeker
My copy also sounds awesome - Death to too tight shrink-wraps though. It is impossible to peel off that bastard without a little sleeve damage at the corners.
Doomredeemer
Doomredeemer
Just bought this in the US and it sounds beautiful. No surface noise at all. Easily one of the best sounding records I own. So excited to finally have this.
Hulore
Hulore
US release sounds phenomenal! One of the best pressings I've heard in quite a while. Little to no surface noise or pops. Excited to get my hands on the () re-release soon.
Agrainel
Agrainel
I'm starting to wonder if they're even releasing ( ) in the US. . .
Hellstaff
Hellstaff
THIS ARRIVED BY EMAIL THIS MORNING!!!!!ágætis byrjun re-issueannouncing the expanded limited edition boxset of ágætis byrjunto mark its 16th birthday, a definitive, much expanded edition of ágætis byrjun is in the works for early summer. the deluxe boxset edition will feature previously unheard studio recordings and rare live versions from this pivotal period in the band's development, as well as a welter of photographic and documentary material from their personal archives and plenty more besides. it will be a beautiful thing to behold, and the last word in completist editions of sigur rós catalogue releases.while we are still finalising design and content - and will share with you as soon as it's fixed - we wanted you to know about this now [as well as other expanded editions of von and ( )], since the band's first three albums have all just become available on re-mastered, heavyweight vinyl for the first time in ages. go either look for the vinyl reissues now, or hang on for something grander still.watch preview video on sigur-ros.co.uk
Aria
Aria
Anyone got any news on this? It somehow just seemed to disappear.
Xarcondre
Xarcondre
My EU copy has some noise, but not too bad.My greatest concern is that it seems a bit off center.Otherwise sounds great.
Kea
Kea
THIS ARRIVED BY EMAIL THIS MORNING!!!!!ágætis byrjun re-issueannouncing the expanded limited edition boxset of ágætis byrjun to mark its 16th birthday, a definitive, much expanded edition of ágætis byrjun is in the works for early summer. the deluxe boxset edition will feature previously unheard studio recordings and rare live versions from this pivotal period in the band's development, as well as a welter of photographic and documentary material from their personal archives and plenty more besides. it will be a beautiful thing to behold, and the last word in completist editions of sigur rós catalogue releases.while we are still finalising design and content - and will share with you as soon as it's fixed - we wanted you to know about this now [as well as other expanded editions of von and ( )], since the band's first three albums have all just become available on re-mastered, heavyweight vinyl for the first time in ages. go either look for the vinyl reissues now, or hang on for something grander still. watch preview video on sigur-ros.co.uk
Majin
Majin
My (European) copy had LOTS of surface noise...
lolike
lolike
Played back once last night ... seems to be a good press. No surprise pops. Surface noise minimal ... lots of silent moments before sonic swells were truly silent.
olgasmile
olgasmile
I think it sounds awesome. I haven't heard the original but I can't imagine its better. Super quiet background. Can't wait for the other reissues. Also, isn't it strange that this is on shelves before we received any email from the newsletter?
Obong
Obong
How does it sound?
Gholbirdred
Gholbirdred
One of the best vinyls I've heard. Sounds amazing!
Macill
Macill
It sounds great imo. Good pressing, mastering.
Simple fellow
Simple fellow
Regarding the different runout, it says: Það besta sem Guð hefur skapað er nýr dagurTranslated to: The best thing that God has created is new days
HappyLove
HappyLove
Unofficial or not, this thing is perfect. Sounds great, looks exactly like the official release. I suspect it may have been a promotional copy for record stores to display alongside the latest reissue rather than a bootleg. DEFINITELY a more-than-suitable alternative to the $90 official copies.
in waiting
in waiting
Is the cover art up there accurate? I recently obtained a copy I can't place, but the cover art is different: https://www.discogs.com/Sigur-R%C3%B3s-%C3%81g%C3%A6tis-Byrjun/release/10250024
Doukasa
Doukasa
the same as UK version 2000, only sticker on the shrink to mention for sell in US.
Ironfire
Ironfire
So it appears that the first 400 of these had the image a bit upright and the the ones pressed after that (same year and immediately) had he image turned a bit to the left (counterclockwise) where the head is pointing more towards the top left corner. Appears that labels and cat numbers are the same. The dead wax inscriptions might be different, though.
Whiteflame
Whiteflame
Then there was the DMM done a year later.
Ucantia
Ucantia
astonishing sound album. happy record store day 2013!
Vizuru
Vizuru
this wasn't the one published on RSD....it was pressed in the usa.. Maybe they released in uk too?I'd like to see the us one on there.
Dagdage
Dagdage
can anyone put up the new RSD version that was made in usa and limited to 1k?
riki
riki
can anyone put up the new RSD version that was made in usa and limited to 1k?
Dddasuk
Dddasuk
Just received a copy, and it appeared to have two copies of disc 1? I'm in the process of moving, so my turntable isn't set up, but both discs have the same stickers and the groove patterns look to be the same. Has anyone else experienced this? Or, if anyone has received two copies of disc 2, let me know!
Mr_Mix
Mr_Mix
Sorry, I'm a bit late on this one. I had the same problem. It wasn't just the sticker. Had to take it back to the shop for a refund.
Danskyleyn
Danskyleyn
The end of crazy speculation, lp finally "free" to all music and vinyl lovers!
Qudanilyr
Qudanilyr
New UK 2013 re-issue. Sounds amazing. I compared to the CD in real time. The CD is too loud and has too much treble compared to the natural warmness of the vinyl issue. I am more than happy with the DMM re-issue. Awesome.
BOND
BOND
There are copies that have a different matrix/runout on Side D : FATLP-11 D2 iad bszta semgud hefer skapad or nyr dagur
Fenritaur
Fenritaur
Does anyone have any good tips on how to remove the stickers from the record cover? Since the record has a matte paper texture I'd be weary to use any fluids and I had tested a blow dryer on another (cheaper) cover only for the adhesive to loosen and the entire sleeve fell apart.
Freaky Hook
Freaky Hook
I use Bestine Rubber Cement Remover. Works extremely well - but be careful, not appropriate for some printing processes, such as color xerox - test before you use.
Manazar
Manazar
You better leave it as it is.Otherwise you may rip it and...Well, imagine what.I agree with you that some stupid shops stick stupid tags into cover when they could easily avoid it, but if you remove it and rip it or get it sticky and dirt attach to the surface you will lose a lot of value. ( and certainly FORGET about fluids)
Walan
Walan
The title 'Agaetis Byrjun' means 'A good start' or 'An OK start' and comes from a comment one of their friends made on hearing an early demo of a song from this album. If you haven't heard any Sigur Ros, this album is the best place to start. It was voted Iceland's Album of the Millenium (despite no albums being released in Iceland for the first 9 centuries). This album, compared to their other efforts is quite string-heavy and also features the singer's trademark, playing the guitar with a bow, and the first time they sung in Hopelandic, a made-up language that features heavily in () and Takk. One aspect of their music that is lost on a lot of their fans is the lyrics. Translations are available on the net, search them out and have a read of them whilst you listen to the album! It should add an extra dimension to their music!
Fenrikasa
Fenrikasa
At a push, I'd say this is my favourite record in my collection. Whilst not all is to my tastes ('Starálfur' sounds a little too much like a Disney number), there are moments here of such intense beauty that it's hard not to get caught up in it all. Even after 5 years of heavy rotation, the climax of 'Viðrar Vel Til Loftárasa', 'Ný Batterí' and co still get me. Every time. Despite their later release '( )' seemingly reaching a much wider audience, for me this will always be their landmark album. Essential.
Kit
Kit
Translation/explanation of the track titles: 'Svefn-g-englar' = 'Sleepwalkers', but if you drop the -g- in the middle it changes to 'Sleep angels'; 'Starálfur' = 'Staring elf'; 'Flugufrelsarinn' = 'The liberator of flies'; 'Ný batterí' = 'New batteries'; 'Hjartað hamast' = 'The heart is pounding'; 'Viðrar vel til loftárása' = 'Good weather for airstrikes', words that were actually spoken by an icelandic TV weatherman during the first gulf-war; 'Olsen olsen' is the name of a popular cardgame; 'Ágætis byrjun' = 'A pretty good start'.