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The Fragile (Halo 14) - Nine Inch nails

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The Fragile (also known as Halo 14), released on September 21, 1999, is the fourth studio album by Nine Inch Nails. The album features a rich array of electronic beats, ambient noise, and heavy guitar. While it received critical acclaim from many, it did not receive the commercial success that its predecessor, The Downward Spiral, did (attributed variously to the difference in musical climate, and insufficient promotion by Interscope Records).

Prior to its release, the single The Day The World Went Away came out on July 20; following The Fragile, We're In This Together was released in three parts on December 14. A collection featuring several remixes and new material from The Fragile was released as Things Falling Apart on November 21, 2000.

This release has several bootleg copies in wide circulation, including those pressed on red vinyl, and those with the white shrinkwrap sticker printed as part of the back artwork.

Differences To The CD Version

Many of the tracks on the vinyl release differ from their CD equivalent:

"The Day the World Went Away" has a longer guitar intro

"The Wretched" has an extended outro

"Even Deeper" features an elongated middle section

"La Mer" has a longer intro and an extended ending with more speech samples

"Pilgrimage" does not fade in, but rather begins building without any volume adjusting

"The Mark Has Been Made" does not feature the introduction of "10 Miles High" fading in at the end (the hidden bit of music in the pre-gap of "Please" on the CD version)

"I'm Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally" begins with the full strings sample

"Ripe" does not include the "With Decay" ending section, but rather fades out as the slinking guitars play the main riff

"The Wretched," "We're in This Together," "Even Deeper," "Pilgrimage," "The Mark Has Been Made," "10 Miles High," "The New Flesh" and "I'm Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally" all do not crossfade as on the CD version, because these songs either end or begin their respective sides

Cassette Release

The track list for the double cassette releases of The Fragile follow the CD track list, save for the insertion of "+Appendage" onto the end of "Please" on US and EU copies. The first tape splits between "Just Like You Imagined" and "Even Deeper," while the second tape splits between either "Please (+ Appendage)" and "Starfuckers, Inc." (most US versions) or "Starfuckers, Inc." and "Complication" (non-US and also some US versions). The Fragile was the final NIN release to be officially issued on cassette. Subsequent albums have been issued on cassette in other countries, though they are of questionable authenticity.


Track Listings:
    Left

    "Somewhat Damaged" - 4:31
    "The Day The World Went Away" - 4:33
    "The Frail" - 1:54
    "The Wretched" - 5:25
    "We're In This Together" - 7:16
    "The Fragile" - 4:35
    "Just Like You Imagined" - 3:49
    "Even Deeper" - 5:47
    "Pilgrimage" - 3:31
    "No, You Don't" - 3:35
    "La Mer" - 4:37
    "The Great Below" - 5:17

    Right

    "The Way Out Is Through" - 4:17
    "Into The Void" - 4:49
    "Where Is Everybody?" - 5:40
    "The Mark Has Been Made" - 5:15
    "Please" - 3:30
    "Starfuckers, Inc." - 5:00
    "Complication" - 2:30
    "I'm Looking Forward To Joining You, Finally" - 4:13
    "The Big Come Down" - 4:12
    "Underneath It All" - 2:46
    "Ripe (With Decay)" - 6:34

    12" Vinyl

    A1 "Somewhat Damaged" – 4:31
    A2 "The Day The World Went Away" – 5:01
    A3 "The Frail" – 1:54
    A4 "The Wretched" – 5:36
    B1 "We're In This Together" – 7:17
    B2 "The Fragile" – 4:35
    B3 "Just Like You Imagined" – 3:49
    B4 "Even Deeper" – 6:14
    C1 "Pilgrimage" – 3:41
    C2 "No, You Don't" – 3:35
    C3 "La Mer" – 5:02
    C4 "The Great Below" – 5:17
    D1 "The Way Out Is Through" – 4:17
    D2 "Into the Void" – 4:49
    D3 "Where Is Everybody?" – 5:40
    D4 "The Mark Has Been Made" – 4:43
    E1 "10 Miles High" – 5:13
    E2 "Please" – 3:30
    E3 "Starfuckers, Inc." – 5:00
    E4 "Complication" – 2:30
    E5 "The New Flesh" – 3:40
    F1 "I'm Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally" – 4:20
    F2 "The Big Come Down" – 4:12
    F3 "Underneath It All" – 2:46
    F4 "Ripe" – 5:15
Total Time: 103:39
Artist Name(s):
Adrian Belew - Guitars ("Just Like You Imagined," "The Great Below," "Where Is Everybody?")
Heather Bennet - Vocals (Background)
Paul Bradley - Programming
Buddha Boys Choir - Choir, Chorus, Chant
Buddha Debutante Choir - Vocals (Background)
Di Coleman - Vocals (Background)
Charlie Clouser - Programming, Atmosphere, Synthesizers
Melissa Daigle - Vocals (Background)
Paul DeCarli - Programming
Jerome Dillon - Drums (on "We're In This Together")
Mike Garson - Piano (on "Just Like You Imagined," "The Way Out Is Through" and "Ripe (With Decay)")
Page Hamilton - Guitar (on "No, You Don't") - uncredited
Tracy Hardin - Vocals (Background)
Keith Hillebrandt - Programming, Choir, Chorus, Sound Design
Danny Lohner - Drum Programming, Ambiance, Synthesizers, Guitar on "Somewhat Damaged", "Just Like You Imagined," "The Great Below," "Complication"
Clint Mansell - Choir, Chorus
Trent Reznor - Vocals, Guitars, Cello, Piano, Synthesizers, Programming, Producer
Elquine Rice - Vocals (Background)
Terry Rice - Vocals (Background)
Bill Rieflin - Drums (on "La Mer")
Barbara Wilson - Vocals (Background)
Leslie Wilson - Vocals (Background)
Steve Duda - Programming, Choir, Chorus, Percussion, Violin
Eric Edmonson - Choir, Chorus
Cherry Holly - Trumpet
Doug Idleman - Choir, Chorus
Marcus London - Choir, Chorus
Denise Milfort - Vocals (on "La Mer")
Judy Miller - Vocals (Background)
Gary I. Neal - Vocals (Background)
Matthew Nicholls - Vocals (Background)
Christine Parrish - Vocals (Background)
Adam Persaud - Choir, Chorus
Martha Prevost - Vocals
M. Gabriela Rivas - Vocals (Background)
Nick Scott - Choir, Chorus
Rodney Sulton - Vocals (Background)
Stefani Taylor - Vocals (Background)
Nigel Wiesehan - Choir, Chorus
Willie - Cello
Martha Wood - Vocals (Background)
Producer(s):
Trent Reznor, Alan Moulder
Release Year: 1999
Style:
Industrial
Album Type:
Studio
Formats:
Cassette, Compact Disc, Digital / Download, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
David Carson
Studio Name:
Nothing Studios
Mastering: Tom Baker
Engineer(s): Leo Herrera
Liscense:
Copyright
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Nothing - Interscope
Catalog Number(s):
0694904732
Location:
New Orleans, LA
Sources
Editions / Reissues
  1. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904732 US 1999
  2. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 490 473-2 (27/2) Mexico 1999
  3. CD, Promo, Smplr Not On Label (Nine Inch Nails) none US 1999
  4. Nothing Records, Universal 490 473-2 Argentina 1999
  5. Nothing Records 0694904732 Canada 1999
  6. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904732 US 1999
  7. Nothing Records 0694904732 US 1999
  8. TNothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904732 US 1999
  9. Nothing Records 490 473-2 Europe 1999
  10. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 490 473-2 Taiwan 1999
  11. Nothing Records 490 473-2 Europe 1999
  12. Nothing Records, Interscope Records MVCT-30001/2 Japan 1999
  13. Nothing Records 490 473-2 Europe 1999
  14. Universal Music, Interscope Records 490 473-2 South Korea 1999
  15. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904732 US 1999
  16. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904732 Europe 1999
  17. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904732 US 1999
  18. Island Records, Nothing Records CIDD 8091, 490 473-2 UK 1999
  19. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904732 US 1999
  20. Nothing Records MVCT-30001/2 Japan 1999
  21. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 490 473-2 Australia 1999
  22. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 490 473-2 Australia 1999
  23. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904732 US 1999
  24. Nothing Records (4), Interscope Records (2) 0694904732 Russia 1999
  25. Motor, Universal none Germany 1999
  26. Not On Label (Nine Inch Nails Self-released) none Australia 1999
  27. Nothing Records 490 474-4 Poland 1999
  28. Nothing Records 490 474-4 Europe 1999
  29. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904734 Canada 1999
  30. Nothing Records, Вирджиния Рекърдс 490 473-4 Bulgaria 1999
  31. Interscope Records 06069 490473-4 Philippines 1999
  32. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 490 473-4 Malaysia 1999
  33. Nothing Records 490 473-4 (47) Mexico 1999
  34. Universal Music, Interscope Records 490473-4 Russia 1999
  35. Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904734 US 1999
  36. Nothing Records 490 473-4 Thailand 1999
  37. Nothing Records (4), Interscope Records (2) 490 473-1 Europe Unknown
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