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Family Tree (Björk album)

Family Tree is a boxed set of musical material by Icelandic singer Björk. The set consists of a book of lyrics entitled "Words", five 3-inch compact discs of rare and previously unreleased material, and a regular-sized compact disc of "Greatest Hits" selected by Björk herself.

Family Tree was released in November 2002, concurrent with the release of Björk's Greatest Hits album, in which the tracks were selected by her fans.

The five 3-inch compact discs include: "Roots CD 1", which features songs recorded before Björk's "second solo debut" (ie. previous to her 1993 album Debut). This compact disc features songs by her previous bands: KUKL, The Elgar Sisters, and The Sugarcubes. "Roots CD 2" features b-sides and alternate versions of album tracks; "Beats", which focuses on both new and old songs with a heavier electronica influence; and finally "Strings", CDs 1 and 2, which feature live and studio recordings of Björk with the Brodsky Quartet through 1999 and 2000.

The artwork on the CD was done in collaboration with Icelandic contemporary artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir.

Track listing

CD 1: Roots 1

Time length: 14:05.

Track Title Group Length
01 Síðasta Ég The Elgar Sisters 03:00
02 Glóra The Elgar Sisters (instrumental) 01:42
03 Fuglar KUKL 03:00
04 Ammæli The Sugarcubes 03:55
05 Mamma The Sugarcubes 02:57

CD 2: Roots 2

Time length: 17:28.

Track Title Length
01 Immature 02:53
02 Cover Me 03:07
03 Generous Palmstroke 04:42
04 Jóga (Strings & Vocals) 04:42
05 Mother Heroic 02:44

CD 3: Beats

Time length: 16:28.

Track Title Length
01 The Modern Things 04:11
02 Karvel 04:30
03 I Go Humble 04:47
04 Nature is Ancient 03:40

CD 4: Strings 1

Time length: 18:18.

Track Title Length
01 Unravel 03:38
02 Cover Me 02.50
03 Possibly Maybe 04:55
04 The Anchor Song 03:44
05 Hunter 04:31

CD 5: Strings 2

Time length: 19:00.

Track Title Length
01 All Neon Like 05:07
02 I've Seen It All 05:59
03 Bachelorette 05.09
04 Play Dead 03:25

Booklet - Words

No. Song
01 All is Full of Love
02 Aurora
03 Cocoon
04 Cover Me
05 Headphones
06 Human Behaviour
07 Hyperballad
08 Jóga
09 Pagan Poetry
10 Pluto
11 Scatterheart
12 The Anchor Song
13 The Modern Things
14 Unravel
15 Venus as a Boy
16 All Neon Like

CD 6: Greatest Hits as Chosen by Björk

Time length: 57:01.

Track Title Length
01 Venus as a Boy 04:41
02 Hyper-Ballad 05:23
03 You've Been Flirting Again 02:29
04 Isobel 05:48
05 Jóga 05:04
06 Unravel 03:12
07 Bachelorette 05:17
08 All is Full of Love 04:46
09 Scatterheart 06:39
10 I've Seen It All 05:29
11 Pagan Poetry 05:14
12 It's Not Up to You 05:08

Credits

CD 1 - Roots 1

”Síðasta Ég”
Written by: Björk, Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson. Production: Björk and Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson. Engineering: Mel Jefferson. Mix: Jim Abbiss.
Note: recorded in 1986 when Björk and G. K. Óttarsson were together in The Elgar Sisters.
”Glóra”
Written by: Björk. Flute: Björk. Production: Björk. Engineering: Mel Jefferson. Mix: Jim Abbiss.
Note: recorded in 1986, during The Elgar Sisters period.
”Fuglar”
Written by: KUKL. Production: KUKL. Engineering: Tony Cook.
Note: this song is also known as “Seagull” and it first appeared in The Eye (1984).
”Ammæli”
Written by: The Sugarcubes. Production: Ray Schulman and Derek Birkett.
Note: “Ammæli” is the Icelandic version of “Birthday” The Sugarcubes’ biggest hit. This track appeared for the first time in 1986 in the single Einn Mol’á Mann.
”Mamma”
Written by: The Sugarcubes. Production: Ray Schulman and Derek Birkett.
Note: this song belongs to Life’s Too Good (1987).

CD 2 - Roots 2

”Immature”
Written by: Björk. Piano: Björk. Production: Björk. Mix: Mike “Spike” Stent. Engineering: Markus Dravs.
”Cover Me”
Written by: Björk. Production: Björk and Nellee Hooper. Engineering: Howie Bernstein. Assistant engineer: Oswald “Wiz” Bowe. Programming: Marius de Vries. Keyboards: Björk.
”Generous Palmstroke”
Written by: Björk and Zeena Parkins. Harp: Zeena Parkins. Live recording: Kevin Pruce at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome on November 10, 2001. Production: Björk. Mix: Valgeir Sigurðsson.
”Jóga (Strings and Vocals) ”
Written by: Björk and Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson (Sjón). Production: Björk and Mark Bell. Mix: Howie Bernstein.
”Mother Heroic”
Written by: Björk and Guy Sigsworth. Lyrics: taken from the poem Belgium (1925) by E. E. Cummings. Celeste: Guy Sigsworth. Pro Tools: Yan “Stan” Kybert. Engineering: Valgeir Sigurðsson. Mix engineer: Paul PDub Walton. Assisted by: Matt Fields and David Treahearn. Mix: Mike “Spike” Stent.

CD 3 - Beats

”The Modern Things”
Written by: Björk and Graham Massey. Original demo - production:
Björk and Graham Massey. Programming:Z Graham Massey. Keyboards: Graham Massey and Björk. Mix engineer: Graham Massey.
”Karvel”
Written by: Björk and Graham Massey. Production and mix: Graham Massey. Engineering: Markus Dravs.
”I Go Humble”
Written by: Björk and Mark Bell. Programming: Mark Bell and Marius de Vries. Keyboards: Mark Bell. Recording engineers: Mark Bell and Alan Fisch. Assistant engineer: Oswald “Wiz” Bowe. Mix engineer: Howie Bernstein.
”Nature is Ancient”
Written by: Björk and Mark Bell. Production: Björk and Mark Bell. Recording: Markus Dravs. Mix: Mark “Spike” Stent.

CD 4 - Strings 1

”Unravel”
Written by: Björk and Guy Sigsworth. String arrangements: Brodsky Quartet. Mix: Jake Davies.
”Cover Me”
Written by: Björk. String arrangements: Brodsky Quartet. Mix: Jake Davies.
”Possibly Maybe”
Written by: Björk, Nellee Hooper and Marius de Vries. String arrangements: Brodsky Quartet. Mix: Jake Davies.
”The Anchor Song”
Written by: Björk. String arrangements adaptation for string quartet: Brodsky Quartet. Mix: Jake Davies.
”Hunter”
Written by: Björk. String arrangements: Brodsky Quartet. Mix: Jake Davies.

CD 5 - Strings 2

”All Neon Like”
Written by: Björk. String arrangements: Brodsky Quartet. Mix: Jake Davies.
”I’ve Seen It All”
Written by: Björk, Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson and Lars von Trier. Mix: Jake Davies, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Björk.
”Bachelorette”
Written by: Björk and Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson. String arrangements adaptation for string quartet: Brodsky Quartet. Mix: Jake Davies Valgeir Sigurðsson and Björk.
”Play Dead”
Written by: Björk, David Arnold and Jah Wobble. Mix: Jake Davies.

  • Note: Björk and Brodsky Quartet live and studio recordings from 1999 to 2000.

CD 6 - Greatest Hits as Chosen by Björk

”Venus as a Boy”
Written by: Björk. Production: Nellee Hooper.
”Hyperballad”
Written by: Björk. Production: Nellee Hooper and Björk.
”You’ve Been Flirting Again”
Written by: Björk. Production: Björk.
”Isobel”
Written by: Björk, Nellee Hooper, Marius de Vries and Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson. Production: Nellee Hooper and Björk.
”Jóga”
Written by: Björk and Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson. Production: Björk and Mark Bell. Mix: Mark “Spike” Stent.
”Unravel”
Written by: Björk and Guy Sigsworth. Production: Björk and Guy Sigsworth. Mix: Mark “Spike” Stent.
”Bachelorette”
Written by: Björk and Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson. Production: Björk. Mix: Mark “Spike” Stent.
”All Is Full of Love”
Written by: Björk. Production: Björk. Mix: Mark “Spike” Stent.
”Scatterheart”
Written by: Björk, Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson and Lars von Trier. Production: Björk and Mark Bell. Arrangement: Björk and Vince Mendoza. Mix: Mark “Spike” Stent.
”I’ve Seen It All”
Performer: Björk and Thom Yorke. Written by: Björk, Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson and Lars von Trier. Production: Björk and Mark Bell. Arrangement: Björk, Vince Mendoza and Guy Sigsworth. Mix: Mark “Spike” Stent.
”Pagan Poetry”
Written by: Björk. Production: Björk. Mix: Mark “Spike” Stent.
”It’s Not Up to You”
Written by: Björk. Production: Björk. Mix: Mark “Spike” Stent.

Booklet - Words

”All Is Full of Love”
Written by: Björk.
”Aurora”
Written by: Björk.
”Cocoon”
Written by: Björk and Thomas Knak.
”Cover Me”
Written by: Björk.
”Headphones”
Written by: Björk and Tricky.
”Human Behaviour”
Written by: Björk.
”Hyperballad”
Written by: Björk.
”Jóga”
Written by: Björk and Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson.
”Pagan Poetry”
Written by: Björk.
”Pluto”
Written by: Björk and Mark Bell.
”Scatterheart”
Written by: Björk, Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson and Lars von Trier.
”The Anchor Song”
Written by: Björk.
”The Modern Things”
Written by: Björk.
”Unravel”
Written by: Björk.
”Venus as a Boy”
Written by: Björk.
”All Neon Like”
Written by: Björk.

  • Note: All lyrics by Björk.

List of templates

  1. Telepathy
  2. Uppspretta
  3. The Conquest of the Polyconsoler
  4. A Fortiori
  5. Rhapsody
  6. Temper Examples
  7. Balderdash
  8. Operazione Morizia
  9. The Elipted Mouthed Illusionist
  10. The Bottom Seeker
  11. The Core
  12. Equilibrium
  13. Portrait of Denial
  14. Mjaldur
  15. Eliptics
  16. Fernando
  17. Halfman Halfbeast
  18. Simplicity
  19. The Bottle Run
  20. Terrific Snowman
  21. Zahir
  22. Attack to the Minor-Complex Bacteria
  23. M.I.R
  24. Melancholy
  25. Reason
  26. Sculptor
  27. Operazione Pane
  28. Sculptor

Personnel

Master: Howie Weinberg.
Digital editing: Roger Lian.
Production management: Jennifer Quinn. Masterdisk, New York City. Sleeve notes edition: Louise Neri.
Photography (plates [16], [24] and [25]): Jiri Hronik.
Art design: Gabríela Friðriksdóttir.
Package design: M/M Paris.

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