Chill Out is the third studio album by The KLF, released in February 1990 and one of the earliest ambient house concept albums. The music describes a mythical night-time journey to the U.S. Gulf Coast states beginning in Texas and ending in Louisiana.

Chill Out was conceived as a continuous piece of music, with original KLF music interwoven with samples from songs by Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, Acker Bilk, Van Halen, 808 State and field recordings of Tuvan throat singers. Its best known track is "Wichita Lineman Was a Song I Once Heard".

Chill Out is a single continuous musical piece having many distinctive sections, each of which either segues into or introduces the next. The album as a whole is a progression, with percussion gradually introduced during the second half. The KLF have stated in interviews that the album was recorded in a 44-minute "live" take in their studio, Trancentral, located in the basement of The KLF member Jimmy Cauty's squat in Stockwell, South London.

The album has many recurring musical elements, which unify and merge the parts into the collective whole. Common characteristics of most parts include ethereal background synthesizers, the use of echo and pitch bend, samples of nature and transport, and the punctuation of soft synthesizer loops by sudden flourishes of harmonious sound. The Deep South is variously represented using original pedal steel contributions from Graham Lee and emotionally charged samples of US radio broadcasts: an evangelist's sermon, a range of samples of a very intense salesman, and, in "Madrugada Eterna", the detailed news report of a fatal road accident.

Despite the specific US settings, Chill Out is multi-ethnic, its journey taking in pastoral shepherds, Russian broadcasts, Tuvan throat singers ("Dream Time in Lake Jackson"), exotic birds, and an African-sounding original female vocal from The JAMs' 1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) that later became The KLF's "Justified and Ancient".

Elements of The KLF's "Pure Trance" singles "3 a.m. Eternal" and "Last Train to Trancentral" are brought to the fore during the second half of the album, progressing from the minimalist synths of the opening half.

Again, haunting melodies and memories of being so stoned we couldn't walk, never mind run away from cardboard cut-out alien greys in the bushes (Sam you twat! lol) - I love the way the throat singing is "grabbed" and turned into an entirely new, other-dimensional instrument - but the preacher gets a bit much!

This album is different every time I hear it, yet also strangely the same. :)

Brownsville Turnaround On The Tex-Mex Border 1:47
Pulling Out Of Ricardo And The Dusk Is Falling Fast 1:29
Six Hours To Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold 3:01
Dream Time In Lake Jackson 2:35
Madrugada Eterna 7:40
Justified And Ancient Seems A Long Time Ago 1:08
Elvis On The Radio, Steel Guitar In My Soul 3:01
3AM Somewhere Out Of Beaumont 9:24
Witchita Lineman Was A Song I Once Heard 5:56
Trancentral Lost In My Mind 1:16
The Lights Of Baton Rouge Pass By 3:34
A Melody From A Past Life Keeps Pulling Me Back 1:41
Rock Radio Into The Nineties And Beyond 1:26
Alone Again With The Dawn Coming Up 0:16

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