Sigur Ros  Ágætis byrjun - A Good Beginning (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Ágætis byrjun - A Good Beginning (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Sigur Ros

Released on July 5, 2019 by KRUNK

Main artist: Sigur Ros

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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Rock? New Age? Post-rock? Trippy? Progressive? Psychedelic on Xanax? Or something even more alien? Sigur Ros’ second album has retained the same extra-terrestrial quality since its release in June 1999. Like with shoegaze, layer after layer of the Reykjavík collective’s light electro creates a unique hypnotizing effect, similar to the echoes featured in Brian Eno’s work. But under the guise of an experiment lab for the mad scientist, Agætis byrjun ("a good beginning" in English) marries real songs with solid harmonic constructions. Whether it’s the impressive falsetto and heady chorus of Svefn-g-englar, the refined violins of Staralfur or the faux-jazz with a touch of trip-hop in Hjartao Hamast, Sigur Ros’ magnum opus is just one gorgeous idea after the next. This 20th anniversary edition celebrates the shock to the senses that this album truly is; in addition to the remastered album, it includes a 1999 live performance at the Islenska Operan as well as a number of demos. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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Album : 3 disks - 34 tracks Total length : 04:22:35

    DISC 1
  1. 1 Intro

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  2. 2 Svefn-g-englar

    Holm, Composer - Georg Hólm, Writer - KEN THOMAS, Producer - Sigur Ros , Producer, MainArtist - Agust Aevar Gunnarsson, Writer - Jon Thor Birgisson, Writer - Kjartan Svenisson, Writer - Orri P. Dyrason, Writer Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 XL Recordings Limited

  3. 3 Starálfur

    J T Birgisson, Composer - K Sveinsson, Composer - G Holm, Composer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson, Composer Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  4. 4 Flugufrelsarinn

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  5. 5 Ný batterí

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  6. 6 Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  7. 7 Viðrar vel til loftárása

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Arni & Kinski, Video Director Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  8. 8 Olsen olsen

    J T Birgisson, Composer - K Sveinsson, Composer - G Holm, Composer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson, Composer Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  9. 9 Ágaetis byrjun

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  10. 10 Avalon

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  11. DISC 2
  12. 1 Intro (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 2002 KRUNK

  13. 2 Von (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  14. 3 Syndir guðs (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  15. 4 Flugufrelsarinn (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  16. 5 Olsen olsen (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  17. 6 Ágaetis byrjun (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  18. 7 Viðrar vel til loftárása (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  19. 8 Svefn-g-englar (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  20. 9 Ný batterí (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  21. 10 Nýja lagið (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  22. 11 Hafsól (Live at Íslenska Óperan, 1999)

    Kjartan Sveinsson, Mixer - Ted Jensen, Masterer - Birgir Jon Birgisson, Mixer - Sigur Ros , MainArtist - Hildur Ársælsdóttir, Violin - María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Violin - Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Cello - Valgerður Ólafsdóttir, Violin Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  23. DISC 3
  24. 1 Svefn-g-englar (Live at Popp í Reykjavík, 1998)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  25. 2 Starálfur (Original Speed Version)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  26. 3 Flugufrelsarinn (1998 Demo)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  27. 4 Ný Batteri (first mix)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  28. 5 Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm) (1995 Demo)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  29. 6 Viðrar vel til loftárása (Alternative Ending)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  30. 7 Olsen olsen (1998 Demo)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  31. 8 Ágætis byrjun (1998 Demo)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  32. 9 Hugmynd 1 (1998 Demo)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  33. 10 Hugmynd 2 (1998 Demo)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  34. 11 Hugmynd 3 (1998 Demo)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  35. 12 Debata mandire (Live at Laugardashöll, 1999)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  36. 13 Rafmagnið búið (From Ný batterí EP, 2000)

    Sigur Ros , MainArtist Copyright : 1999 KRUNK 1999 KRUNK

  • Album description
  • Rock? New Age? Post-rock? Trippy? Progressive? Psychedelic on Xanax? Or something even more alien? Sigur Ros’ second album has retained the same extra-terrestrial quality since its release in June 1999. Like with shoegaze, layer after layer of the Reykjavík collective’s light electro creates a unique hypnotizing effect, similar to the echoes featured in Brian Eno’s work. But under the guise of an experiment lab for the mad scientist, Agætis byrjun ("a good beginning" in English) marries real songs with solid harmonic constructions. Whether it’s the impressive falsetto and heady chorus of Svefn-g-englar, the refined violins of Staralfur or the faux-jazz with a touch of trip-hop in Hjartao Hamast, Sigur Ros’ magnum opus is just one gorgeous idea after the next. This 20th anniversary edition celebrates the shock to the senses that this album truly is; in addition to the remastered album, it includes a 1999 live performance at the Islenska Operan as well as a number of demos. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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