My memory is that SAW and SAWII received a wider critical reception, had better distribution and had generally remained widely available. Surfing On Sine Waves, stop me if I'm wrong, actually went out of circulation at some point, and while not rare exactly, was a bit trickier to find... the early AFX and Caustic Window records were somewhat similar in that respect. I don't remember people not realising that it was all being produced by Richard James at the time, at least in my circle of DJ friends.
― MikoMcha, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 15:42 (four months ago) link
“It’s these people called Aphex Twins” 😭 pic.twitter.com/G6aygIiaFL— arj (@shempiii) April 27, 2019
― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 27 April 2019 19:04 (three months ago) link
Great retrospective SAWII review by Sherburne: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/aphex-twin-selected-ambient-works-volume-ii/
― blokes you can't rust (sic), Sunday, 5 May 2019 21:27 (three months ago) link
It was a great piece, provides lots of context.
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 5 May 2019 21:40 (three months ago) link
trying not to take the bait on that rating
― but everybody calls me, (lukas), Sunday, 5 May 2019 22:20 (three months ago) link
what sort of maniac reads a numerical rating on a record review
― blokes you can't rust (sic), Sunday, 5 May 2019 23:08 (three months ago) link
Good piece. (I think the album deserves a 10, if any album does...)
― get your hand outta my pocket universe (morrisp), Monday, 6 May 2019 00:22 (three months ago) link
in the unlikely event anyone wants Collapse but doesn’t have it, send me a webmail and i’ll send you a download code
― but everybody calls me, (lukas), Monday, 15 July 2019 22:00 (one month ago) link