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Chris Watson - El Tren Fantasma


2Sierra Tarahumara5:24
3El Tajin10:16
4La Anunciante4:00
5El Divisadero5:34
7Los Mochis6:29
9Mexico D.F.9:14
10Crucero La Joya4:58


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
TO:42Chris Watson El Tren Fantasma ‎(CD, Album, RE)TouchTO:42UK2017


  • Art DirectionJon Wozencroft
  • Mastered ByDenis Blackham
  • Photography By [Images Courtesy]Caminos de Hierro
  • Voice Actor [Station Announcer]Ana Gonzalez Bello


Recorded on location across Mexico.
Inspired by Pierre Schaeffer.

Images courtesy Caminos de Hierro / FNM.
Cartography – “El Magnifico”.

℗ & © 2011.
Published by Touch Music [MCPS]

Released on November 9th for mail order, and November 14th for physical stores.

Made in England.

Tri-fold Digipak packaging.


  • Barcode (Text): 5 027803 144224
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5027803144224
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout: TO42 02
  • Label Code: LC 13014
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY34
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI AEW27


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Touch
  • Copyright (c) – Touch
  • Published By – Touch Music
  • Mastered At – Skye Mastering
  • Pressed By – Sony DADC



El Tren Fantasma by Chris Watson, released 04 November 2011 1. La Anunciante 2. Los Mochis 3. Sierra Tarahumara 4. El Divisadero 5. Crucero La Joya 6. Chihuahua 7. Aguascalientes 8. Mexico D. El Tajin El dia y La noche 10. Veracruz Take the ghost train from Los Mochis to Veracruz and travel cross country, coast to coast, Pacific to Atlantic. El Tren Fantasma, The Ghost Train, is Chris Watson's 4th solo album for Touch, and his first since Weather Report in 2003, which was named as one of the albums you should hear before you die in The Guardian. El Tren Fantasma is a 2011 album by Chris Watson. It was released on 14 November 2011 by independent record label Touch Music on CD and 12 vinyl record. On January 26, 1999, the fourth episode Los Mochis to Veracruz of the fourth season of Great Railway Journeys was broadcast. The episode was presented by chef Rick Stein and featured the Ghost Train which traveled over a now-defunct railway Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México between Los Mochis to Veracruz. Album 2011 10 Songs. El Tren Fantasma Chris Watson. Watson drew on recordings he made for a BBC project on a now discontinued Mexican railway line from the Caribbean to the Pacific to create El Tren Fantasma. With his ear for field recording and collage again at play, the resultant hourlong disc sometimes has the feeling of a retrospective advertisement at work to some unavoidable degree, a tourist impulse that can't be fulfilled. El Tren Fantasma. Chris Watson - El Tren Fantasma 2011. To favorites 0 Download album. Listen album. Field Recordings. Chris Watson. Songs in album Chris Watson - El Tren Fantasma 2011. Chris Watson - La Anunciante. Chris Watson - Los Mochis. Chris Watson - Sierra Tarahumara. Chris Watson - El Divisadero. Chris Watson - Crucero La Joya. Chris Watson - Chihuahua. Chris Watson - Aguascalientes. Формируйте собственную коллекцию записей. Album: El Tren Fantasma The Signal Man's Mix Track: 1 of 2 Title: El Divisadero The Telegraph Artist: Chris Watson Label: Touch Cat: TO42V Formats: 12 Digital Release: 14th November 2011 Physical Release: 14th November 2011. About This Release: 2 special mixes free to Chris Watson El Tren Fantasma La Anunciante, Los Mochis and more. 10 tracks 59:38. El Tren Fantasma by Chris Watson Year: 2011 Release date: 2011-11-11 Overall rank: 52,662nd. Average Rating: 72100 from 2 votes. While Chris Watsons previous sets such as 2003s critically acclaimed Weather Report have generally concerned themselves with this planets myriad beasts and habitats, this narrative inevitably bears an anthropological mark. Indeed, the first voice we hear doesnt belong to a cuckoo or coyote, but station announcer Ana Gonzalez Bello putting out one last call for the ghost train. But its during the points of human absence that El Tren Fantasma works best. Here Watsons ability to create whole worlds, entire lifetimes in the listeners imagination, beyond the moment of recording, comes to the fore

Chris Watson - El Tren Fantasma
Performer: Chris Watson
Genre: Electro / Audio
Title: El Tren Fantasma
Country: UK
Released: 09 Nov 2011
Style: Field Recording, Experimental
MP3 album: 2642 mb
FLAC album: 1354 mb
Source: CD, Album
№ Cat: TO:42
Label: Touch

I begin the journey of El Tren Fantasma at the station, as the announcer calls out the “last call for the ghost train”. The train enters a dark tunnel and I drift away with a rhythmical beat of the wheels falling into the spaces between the old tracks. These sounds remind me of my childhood, when I traveled by train to visit my grandparents for the summer. I arrive in the Mexican village, where the birds chirp and the roosters crow, as the train screeches to a halt somewhere in the heart of the country between Pacific and Atlantic coasts. My ears are awake, picking up on the sounds of the trees talking to each other in the wind, butterflies dismissing the air with their conceded flapping, and the woodpecker’s cryptic beat. The train moves on, and soon its rhythm turns into a soothing pulse, slowly hypnotizing me as I drift in and out of dream state.

Using archive and field recordings, Chris Watson recreates a passenger ride across the country on a line that no longer exists. It’s been more than a decade since the last service operated by the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México (FNM). Watson spent a month on board one of the trains as a sound recordist working with a film crew documenting a BBC TV series on Great Railways Journeys. The atmospheres captured with sensitive microphones in the country reveal the environment at its most open, intimate and natural setting. An additional post-production of looping train samples, turns this mere field recording into a mesmerizing trip. This is more than just a sound portrait lifted off a television show. Watson composes a cinematic narrative bringing the listener (and the observer) into a setting unattainable alone.

“Take the ghost train from Los Mochis to Veracruz and travel cross country, coast to coast, Pacific to Atlantic. Ride the rhythm of the rails on board the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México (FNM) and the music of a journey that has now passed into history.”

El Tren Fantasma is a fourth solo album for Touch by one of the world’s leading sonic archivists of wildlife and natural history. Watson’s 2003 album for the label, titled Weather Report, was named as “one of the albums you should hear before you die” by The Guardian. Watson is a seasoned veteran of sonic architecture. In 1971 he was a founding member of Cabaret Voltaire as well as The Hafler Trio (this is before he left Andrew McKenzie to release his collaborations with Autechre, like æo³ & ³hæ). In 2011 Watson also collaborated with Marcus Davidson on Cross-Pollination (see Headphone Commute review in Sound Bytes : Touch Label Special). And there’s also a 2-track 12″ pressing of El Tren Fantasma: The Signal Man’s Mix. My childlike fascination with trains and the sounds evoked by El Tren Fantasma invite me to listen to the album over and over again. And when you hear this magnificent recording, you will surely agree…