From the outside, Primal Scream seem suitably chaotic, flitting between noise-skronk explorations and dub operas, but there's one truism that applies to the bulk of their career: if they delivered a good album last time around, they'll stumble on the next. More Light, the messy, candy-colored, psychedelic opus they delivered in 2013, found the band at something near their best, so it only follows that 2016's Chaosmosis would be something of a mess – and it is, only in an unexpected fashion.
An all-star cast assists Maynard Ferguson in this disco-tinged big-band outing. Ferguson's trademark trumpet playing is featured in all its screaming glory, and Mark Colby contributes a couple of high-energy sax solos. "Primal Scream" and "Invitation" sound as though they were lifted right off the mid-'70s disco dancefloor, complete with T.S.O.P.-type strings and pulsing rhythms. "Pagliacci," too, has the disco beat pounding underneath a Jay Chattaway adaptation of an operatic melody, with Bobby Militello featured on an energetic, overblown flute solo. Chick Corea's "The Cheshire Cat Walk" sounds like latter-day Return to Forever, as Corea's synth trades licks with Ferguson's horn over a familiar RTF rhythmic/chordal bassline sequence. The final cut, Eric Gale's "Swamp," stands out because of its reggae beat.
Primal Scream always refracted the past through the prism of the present, turning hero worship into something resembling high art. It wasn't always this way, not at the start, when they were part of the delicate, brittle C86 scene, nor was it true when they exploded in a brilliant blast of acid house on Screamadelica. The art came later, after they halted their ascendency via the Stones-aping Give Out But Don't Give Up, a move that in retrospect seems to be an important final foundation within the construction of Primal Scream but at the time seemed odd, halting, flying in the face of Cool Britannia.
Two CD edition contains the original 11 track album remastered by Primal Scream and Kevin Shields, plus a bonus CD containing the four track Dixie Narco EP. Digitally remastered 20th Anniversary edition of this classic 1991 album. The first signs of the genesis of Screamadelica came in Spring 1990 when they released 'Loaded'. Initially a throwaway Dance/Rock excursion, Andrew Weatherall took a sample from I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have from their previous album, slipped in some acid-fried funk and threw on a Peter Fonda sample and transformed it into a masterpiece of the era. 'Loaded' was the Primal's passport to Top Of The Pops and elevated Bobby Gillespie to Smash Hits poster-boy status. Subsequent singles were equally potent: 'Come Together', 'Higher Than The Sun' and the MC5-meets-Rave-Italo sensation 'Don't Fight It Feel It'. The album was released to widespread critical acclaim, and is still today frequently acknowledged as one of, if not THE, best albums of the 1990s.
Screamadelica Live is a Primal Scream live album and DVD, It was released in 2011 for Primal Scream's tour for the 20th anniversary for the 1991 album Screamadelica. The performance was filmed at the Olympia Grand Hall in London on 26 November, 2010 and was released on CD and DVD on 31 May, 2011.
Primal Scream have never rested on their laurels and the chronological running order of Dirty Hits highlights the innovative progression their music made on every album. Beginning with the acid-fuelled dub of their breakthrough Screamadelica, the declaration of hedonism that heralds the horns of "Loaded" couldn't be a more appropriate way to start the album. Moving the tempo up a notch, the band ditched the trippy nuances for Give Out But Don't Give Up–unabashed rock & roll in the spirit of the Stones, demonstrated superbly by "Jailbird" and "Rocks".