Am Byth

Ffa Coffi Pawb

Featuring Gruff Rhys and Dafydd Ieuan of Super Furry Animals with Rhodri Puw (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Psyco Vii) and others…

“AM BYTH” is a compilation of songs principally for those few Ffa Coffi Pawb fans whose tapes have long since been chewed up in cassette machines that were thrown out years ago. The band recorded 3 albums for the Ankst label (Welsh label that was the original home to Super Furry Animals, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, etc), one on their own Siwgwr label and released numerous 12″, flexi-discs and one-off songs on Welsh language compilation albums. This is the first attempt to bring some of those disparate recordings together and is also the first time many of these songs have appeared on CD. Most of the master tapes are lost, so this collection was mastered direct from a variety of formats; cassette, vinyl, mini disc, dat tapes and of course flexi-disc.

Packaged with a fold-out mini-poster, translations (from Welsh to English), lyrics, quotes on each song from Gruff Rhys, and US-only bonus track “Tocyn”!

REWIEVS AND QUOTES

“Back in the 80’s, Super Furry Animals (and friends) were listening to a lot of Jesus and Mary Chain and Velvet underground and reproducing those noise rock touchstones with lyrics in their native Welsh. And dping it pretty well, judging by these ’86-92′ tracks, which are rife with spacey, happy drone-rock, hazy jams, and ungodly consonant combos.”
– SPIN

“…Ffa Coffi Pawb recorded three albums and assorted singles between ’86 and ’92, and Am Byth collects the group’s highlights. Deeply indebted to the Jesus And Mary Chain (“Gweneud Fy Mhen I Fewn”) and jangly shoegazers (“Ffarout”) but also showing hints of SFA’s inventive hybrids (“Hydref Yn Sacramento”), Am Byth sounds surprisingly fresh and loose, all buzzy guitars and zippy melodies. Fear not the Welsh: Regardless of the language, what translates directly on Yr Atal Genhedlaeth and Am Byth is a joyful, free-spirited love of music-making.”
– MAGNET

TRACK LISTING

  1. Valium
  2. Allan O’i Phen
  3. Breichiau Hir -listen-
  4. Gafael Yn Dynn
  5. Sega Segur
  6. Arwynebol Melyn
  7. Lluchia Dy Fflachlwch Drosta I
  8. Gweld Dim Byd
  9. Llosga Nhy I Lawr
  10. Ffarout
  11. Gwneud Fy Mhen I Fewn
  12. Gwn
  13. Hydref Yn Sacramento
  14. Colli’r Goriad
  15. Mynd I Lawr
  16. Dw I’n Troi’n Ffrwyth
  17. Tocyn

Released: 2005-03-01

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