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Godspeed You Black Emperor! - F♯ A♯ ∞ Album

Godspeed You Black Emperor! - F♯ A♯ ∞ Album

  • Performer: Godspeed You Black Emperor!
  • Genre: Rock
  • Title: F♯ A♯ ∞
  • Released: 08 Jun 1998
  • Style: Post Rock
  • Label: Kranky
  • Catalog: krank 027
  • Country: US
  • MP3 version size: 2966 mb
  • FLAC version size: 2297 mb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 295


1'The Dead Flag Blues'(16:27)
2J.L.H. Outro4:48
3The Cowboy…4:19
4The Sad Mafioso…10:01
5Kicking Horse On Brokenhill5:40
6Slow Moving Trains3:30
7Drugs In Tokyo/Black Helicopter5:40
8Dead Metheny…8:15
10"…Nothing's Alrite In Our Life"/Dead Flag Blues (Reprise)2:17
11(;outro)+ # '1:59
12(no audio)3:39
13'East Hastings'(17:58)
14The Dead Flag Blues (Intro)6:40
15String Loop Manufactured During Downpour…4:46


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
CST 003Godspeed You Black Emperor! F♯ A♯ ∞ ‎(LP, Album, Ltd, Num)ConstellationCST 003Canada1997
krank 027, KRANK027Godspeed You Black Emperor! F# A# ∞ ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP)Kranky, Krankykrank 027, KRANK027USUnknown
cst003Godspeed You Black Emperor! F♯ A♯ ∞ ‎(LP, Album, RE, Roa)Constellationcst003Canada1997
krank 027, KRANK027Godspeed You Black Emperor! F# A# ∞ ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP)Kranky, Krankykrank 027, KRANK027US2018
cst003Godspeed You Black Emperor! F♯ A♯ ∞ ‎(LP, Album, M/Print, RE, Wat)Constellationcst003CanadaUnknown
CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
krank 027, KRANK027Godspeed You Black Emperor! F# A# ∞ ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP)Kranky, Krankykrank 027, KRANK027USUnknown
cst003Godspeed You Black Emperor! F♯ A♯ ∞ ‎(LP, Album, RE, Roa)Constellationcst003Canada1997
krank 027, KRANK027Godspeed You Black Emperor! F# A# ∞ ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP)Kranky, Krankykrank 027, KRANK027US2018
cst003Godspeed You Black Emperor! F♯ A♯ ∞ ‎(LP, Album, M/Print, RE, Wat)Constellationcst003CanadaUnknown
PCD-23058Godspeed You Black Emperor! F♯ A♯ ∞ ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)P-Vine RecordsPCD-23058Japan2000


  • Artwork [Blueprint Drawing By]Efrim Menuck
  • Artwork [Locomotive Etching Rendered By]John Arthur Tinholt
  • Artwork By [Envelopes Acetoned By] – Amanda
  • Artwork By [Silkscreening Executed By] – Valium
  • Bass GuitarMauro Pezzente, Thierry Amar
  • CelloNorsola Johnson
  • DrumsAidan Girt, Bruce Cawdron
  • Electric GuitarDavid Bryant, Menuck
  • Electric Guitar, BanjoMike Moya
  • French HornThea Pratt
  • Musician [Godspeed You Black Emperor! 1995-1997]Amanda Aronczyk, Colin , Dan O, Jesse, Peter , Shnaiberg, Sylvain
  • Photography [Photographs Printed By] – Miriam
  • Recorded By, Mixed ByDon Wilkie, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Ian Ilavsky
  • ViolinChristophe
  • Artwork By [Package] – Mark
  • EngineerDaryl Smith (tracks: 2.2, 3.2)
  • PerformerAidan, Amanda, Bruce, Christophe , D. , Dan C. , Dawe, Efrim, Grayson, Jesse, Mauro, Moya, Norsola, Shnaeberg, Thea, Thierry
  • Recorded By, RemixDaryl
  • Remix, Sequenced By, Liner NotesGodspeed You Black Emperor!
  • Sequenced ByRod
  • TrumpetBrian


Re-issue of the Constellation LP.

Tracks 3.5 & 3.6 are hidden/uncredited on the release.

Remastered and changed in some areas, with some new material, and some material missing. Completely different booklet/cover/liner notes, but as with the LP, each track is made up of several different segments.

Recorded at the mighty HOTEL2TANGO and Chemical Sound.
Sequenced at Mile End Studio.

©+℗ 1998 Godspeed You Black Emperor!
© 1998 Kranky

Packaging: Transparent tray jewel case with a 12-page booklet of which 4 of them are transparent.

This release is very similar to F♯ A♯ ∞ and also has "p.o. box 578743" printed on the back cover (see image of back cover), but it has different matrix/runout text, manufacturer and SID codes.The album was recorded May 1997 at the Hotel2Tango on a 16-track recorder. This initial run was limited to 500 numbered copies. The band name, album title, and image frame are debossed on the front cover. The handmade jacket is a deep purple cardstock. One of three glossy darkroom prints is glued onto the cover, whereas reissues use offset prints. The back cover includes a hand-drawn cross, catalog number, copy number (e.g. 297/500), and a stamped Constellation Records logo all in silver ink. A manila envelope with an acetone transfer on it is included. The envelope contains a Canadian penny flattened by a train, blueprint ("Faulty Schematics of Ruined Machine"), credit sheet, concert bill, and a card with purchasing information. Additionally, a silkscreen print of a locomotive with "For the Reverend Gary Davis" on the side is included. The vinyl label itself lacks any indication of what is on it, with the track titles and catalog number instead etched into the runout. The clear outer jacket sleeve has a sticker on it which reads "godspeed you black emperor! f#a#∞" in blue ink.


  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): CST 003-A / Nervous, Sad, Poor...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): CST-003-B R-1 / Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful...
  • Mastering SID Code (Mirrored): L385
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI6100
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): L385 9902 O04 FAILSAFE C80927-11 A


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Godspeed You Black Emperor!
  • Copyright (c) – Godspeed You Black Emperor!
  • Copyright (c) – Kranky
  • Manufactured By – Failsafe Media
  • Recorded At – Hotel2Tango
  • Recorded At – Chemical Sound
  • Recorded At – Hotel2Tango
  • Mixed At – Hotel2Tango



Nkeiy Nkeiy
My train etching is black on red. I don't think any of these listings have that.
Cordanara Cordanara
Most reliable way to to know what print your copy is?
Sorryyy Sorryyy
Look at the color of the jacket. The original press is a dark purple while the repress is more like a wine color. Also the picture is diferent, the limited 500 uses a glossy dark room photo and the repress use offset prints that is matte.
elektron elektron
What is the date on your crushed coin? If it is not 1997 or earlier, then you have a re-issue and not an original!
TheJonnyTest TheJonnyTest
  Vinyl.Ship, lol what you said doesn't contradict him. He said that ones with coins post-1997 are reissues. Not that editions with pre-1997 coins aren't reissues
Non sense.. I have a reissue with a coin from 1975
Elildelm Elildelm
Does anyone know if "East Hastings" has ever been released on a vinil edition ?
Thanx, but I know that as well as I know wikipédia. I'm just looking for a vinyle pressing of the song East Hastings. Even a single version or live version.
Faulkree Faulkree
The first 2 movements on Side B of the album are the same 2 movements on the CD track 2. 3rd movement is different. Wikipedia page has details.
Yozshujind Yozshujind
Unfortunatly : No, but it would great !!!!! maybe one day :)
Qane Qane
Is there anyone here who knows when the Road sign edition with the ''godspeed you black emperor! F♯ A♯ ∞ original 1997 lp'' black on translucent sticker have been released ?
Iarim Iarim
no one could say when exactly it's from, but it is a repress from sometime in the 2000's. constellation has had these lp's for sale on their website for $12 since forever, but they don't release information on exactly when pressings are made.
Cemav Cemav
Luckily, there have been represses of the album, so lots of other people can enjoy it! (Including me..not really in my budget right now)
Malaris Malaris
this record is limited to 500 numbered copies & more than 1000 discogs-users already have it?
MegaStar MegaStar
For quite a long time there was only one entry for this album in LP format so most people added it to their collection, over the years Discogs now allowes seperate entries for different pressings but most haven't moved their collections.
Lianeni Lianeni
Was convinced I had this for years... turns out I have (Godspeed You Black Emperor! - F♯ A♯ ∞)Seems like the glossy photo and hand numbering is what to look for. Ah well, awesome record no matter the pressing.
Barinirm Barinirm
Buyers, be very careful when buying these. There are definitely fakes of this out there. I bought a numbered copy on ebay, but when it arrived it became very clear that this was a reissue that had been numbered by the seller. It did not have the printed envelope, the picture on the front was not a darkroom print, and one of the inserts was actually dated "autumn 2001". Luckily I got my money back through ebay. Someone had numbered a later issue to pass it off as an original.
Yozshugore Yozshugore
The LP versions of this release are so sporadic and i don't even know what's canon and what's not. it's better to settle for the CD version as there is just one version of the CD (hopefully).
Joony Joony
wtf happened here, world asleep? Was voted positive from the buyer:
Runehammer Runehammer
That makes me want to cry
Gnng Gnng
Hoping to be helpfull I think the most detailed difference from the original and limited version and the reissue are described by edgeoftime"The main differences in the first 500 are that the pictures on the cover are of much higher quality (glossy, actual dark room photos) and the jacket cover is a darker purple. The back left corner has the edition number hand-written in silver ink (in my case, I have 297/500). The manila envelope that holds the inserts has an ink transfer on it—I believe they're different for each. Most of the same inserts are included (different concert bill, additional insert info from Constellation), as is the penny. The "Reverend Gary Davis" illustration and "Faulty Schematics" are there too. That's really about it."Please read it and control your own copy, in any case if it's not numbered it's only the reissue not this.
Nalaylewe Nalaylewe
Also, if it has the original clear dust jacket/cover thing, it may have a sticker on the top right corner with "godspeed you black emperor!" on the first line and album title on the second line. Mine is printed in metallic blue ink. (Owner of #462/500)
Bearus Bearus
Now 708 persons has a 500 limited version nobody has the suspect it's strange? .... I think it's simple: description says NUMBERED COPIES the reissue it's not numbered. Please control your own copy and cancel from this release if not numbered.
Ariurin Ariurin
Could somebody please help me out - I have been to a Godspeed gig recently and purchased my copy of this at the merch counter. I'm wondering if I got the original or the reissue. There is a sticker that says original LP and there is clearly a print glued onto the cover. But somehow I doubt if I was really this lucky to get the original. What are the other ways of telling the difference please? thx
Bajinn Bajinn
hi,i hope that may help you:"LP jacket made from 80lb. burgundy textured uncoated cardstock with blind embossed front cover text. Three different front cover images (train, water tower, highway lights) are hand-glued on the front cover (original first run of 500 featured black and white darkroom prints; subsequent editions are offset printed). Back covers are individually hand-drawn with illuminated cross icon and catalogue number and are hand-stamped with Constellation logo; all in silver ink. Inserts include a penny crushed on Montreal railroad tracks, blueprint album graphic and notes, credit sheet and reproduction of an early GY!BE show handbill - all placed inside a plain manila envelope (original first run of 500 featured acetone transfers hand-printed on each envelope). Additional 8"x8" insert card of train locomotive image silkscreened in various colours on various recycled papers over the years."-
Jozrone Jozrone
It turns out the "faulty schematics of ruined machine" insert is not a perfect indicator. I own two copies of F♯ A♯ ∞: one bought from the band in January 2011, and one from circa 2001. On the newer copy the insert is light blue with clear white border and no scuffs (clearly a digital print), but on the older copy the print is darker and has lots of scuffs on the border etc. However, both contain a ticket to a show from 1999, so I gather they are reissues.The constellation website points to only two differences:- original first run of 500 featured black and white darkroom prints; subsequent editions are offset printed- original first run of 500 featured acetone transfers hand-printed on each envelopeMoreover, from what I read the initial 500 copies were numbered.
Detenta Detenta
There are three ways; if it has a sticker that says "Original 1997 LP" is is not the original, but a copy, you have the reissue!. Another thing is the photo, if it is an actual photo on photo paper, and not a print glued to the front, it is the orignal cover. the "faulty schematics of ruined machine" insert, is the easiest way; this was made on a blue ink press with the original, which made ink scuffs and a light blue color on the paper (look at the first photo of the insert, here on discogs!) this is the original! if the insert os very blue, but has a clear white perimeter, without scuffs and small areas of ink - it is the reissue... (there is also an image of this particular insert in the images here on discogs)Unfortunately it is VERY hard to distinguish the two, i also bougth the LP at the concert (Astra, Berlin) knowing it was the reissue, then today i recieved what should have been the original in the mail, but again this was the reissue... Bad luck! the only way to be sure, is to check the merchandise before you buy... Best RegardsSoren IversenDenmark
Jarortr Jarortr
LOL how can 525 people have a 500 limited vinyl.... Still want one of these though ;-)
Kupidon Kupidon
I'm sure the vast majority of them have a repress.
Windbearer Windbearer
It is quite interesting how this reissue was limited to 500 copies and all but 2 have been claimed on discogs. Wonder where the other 2 are?
Bolv Bolv
You'll notice now, that 17 more than exist have been claimed. Oh Godspeed fans, you so crazy.
Inerrace Inerrace
Yes, I think a lot of people think they have an original because they have the picture on the front and all the inserts.
Moonshaper Moonshaper
Amazing coincidence that I only noticed this last night too! I would guess the other 2 are the ones for sale right now...
fire dancer fire dancer
I feel I should ask before editing - has anyone else noticed a never ending loop on the end of side 2? About 3 seconds? Otherwise, incredible record. Quite different from the CD version; I was surprised to not hear the "that's what the preacher says bit" and other cut out instrumental parts. This vinyl captures the essence of GSY!BE like few others do in my opinion, mostly due to how spontaneous and intuitive it feels.
Erthai Erthai
yep, i love to spin that b-side when I go to bed.this will modify the sound on the last groove after a while ;-)
The_NiGGa The_NiGGa
Yeah I think the infinite loop is on all of them. #462/500 here.
Granijurus Granijurus
Side A begins in the key of F#, and the b side starts in A#. Thats where the title comes from. ∞ signifies the never ending loop that is only on the vinyl. Neat, Huh?
Micelhorav Micelhorav
The loop is the notes F# and A# played infinitely ;)
Venemarr Venemarr
What I find interesting about this LP version when compared to the later CD release (and indeed the rest of their material), is the almost complete lack of crescendos. It is important to note that the CD release is remixed, re-sequenced and includes two new movements that brought it closer to the familiar GYBE! sound of build-build-buld...crescendo! This LP predominantly features GYBE!'s more droney sound - something that featured less and less in future releases. My guess is that the style shift was a result of their much-lauded early live performances showing a more intense side, which they wanted to document. That's not to say this release is anything less than utterly engaging, and provides an interesting counterpoint to the whole Post Rock movement which so often relies on pure dynamics.