Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen

Ben Folds Five
Whatever And Ever Amen
Label: 550 Music ‎– 486698 2, 550 Music ‎– 01-486698-10
Type: CD, Album
Country: Europe
Date of released: 1997
Category: Rock, Pop
Style: Indie Rock

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces
Written-By – Ben Folds
2 Fair
Written-By – Ben Folds
3 Brick
Organ [Hammond] – Caleb SouthernWritten-By – Ben Folds, Darren Jessee
4 Song For The Dumped
Written-By – Ben Folds, Darren Jessee
5 Selfless, Cold And Composed
Arranged By [Strings] – John Mark PainterCello – John CatchingsConductor [Strings] – John Mark PainterViola – Kristin WilkinsonViolin – Chris Teale*, David DavidsonWritten-By – Ben Folds
6 Kate
Written-By – Anna Goodman, Ben Folds, Darren Jessee
7 Smoke
Written-By – Anna Goodman, Ben Folds
8 Cigarette
Written-By – Ben Folds
9 Stevens Last Night In Town
Clarinet – Matt DarriauTrumpet – Frank LondonViolin – Alicia Suigals*Written-By – Ben Folds
10 Battle Of Who Could Care Less
Written-By – Ben Folds
11 Missing The War
Written-By – Ben Folds
12 Evaporated
Arranged By [Strings] – John Mark PainterCello – John CatchingsWritten-By – Ben Folds

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
  • Distributed By – Sony Music
  • Made By – Sony Music


  • Artwork [Cover Design] – Ben Folds Five, Leigh Smiler
  • Bass – Robert Sledge
  • Drums – Darren Jessee
  • Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
  • Mixed By – Andy Wallace
  • Piano, Vocals – Ben Folds
  • Producer, Recorded By – Ben Folds, Caleb Southern


6-panel foldout insert with pics of the band, lyrics and credits and this text below :
Kind of hidden track between "Brick" and "Song For The Dumped", and another one a moment after "Evaporated" .

"This recording was made with the utmost care and professionalism. Microphones were chosen and placed in the general vicinity of each instrument in order to capture the sonic characteristics of the music performed. Each instrument was tuned before and often during the recording sessions and arrangements were rehearsed or at least discussed.

The lyrics or text were created to detract from the repetition inherent in modern instrumental pop music. Iambic pentameter was not always an option, however where possible, the last syllable of a line was manipulated in order to rhyme with the last syllable of the preceding line. Where this technique has served to distort the meaning of the original text, the fuzz tone of the electric bass guitar or a virtuosic drum fill has been inserted to detract the listener temporarily from the actual song.

Finally the best takes were chosen and the others were culled and thrown away or erased, otherwise this record could have easily been hundreds of hours long; much longer than the generally accepted running time of a modern commercial recording. Every measure was taken to keep this record mistake-free. The mixing engineer, Andy Wallace, who has mixed many top notch famous recording stars, often took the initiative and muted or "ducked" missed notes, and unsavory textures.

The band and producer are confident that your money was well spent on an album relatively free of major sonic and musical problems."

CD is "Made in Austria"

Produced and Recorded at home by Caleb Southern & Ben Folds, Sept./Oct. 1996; Chapel Hill, NC.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5099748669827
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): S01 48669810-0101 43 C3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 941B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): Sony Music S0148669810-0101 23 A3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 943C
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): Sony Music S0148669810-0101 43 C4
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L551
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 941A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3, Mould Inscription): *
  • Rights Society: SACEM BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 5257
  • Price Code: CB 791
  • Pressing Plant ID (Manufacturer's code): 01-486698-10
  • Other: CDC
  • Other: FFM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): Sony Music S0148669810-0101 23 A3
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI L553
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 94K3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): Sony Music S0148669810-0101 23 B1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI L553
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 941B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6): Sony Music S0148669810-0101 23 A1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI L553
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI 946A

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
B 67762 Ben Folds Five Whatever And Ever Amen ‎(LP, Album) Sony 550 Music, Caroline Records B 67762 US 1997
ORGM-2026, 88843087871S1, 88843087871 Ben Folds Five Whatever And Ever Amen ‎(LP, Album, RE, 180) ORG Music, ORG Music, Epic ORGM-2026, 88843087871S1, 88843087871 US 2015
CDEPC5231 K Ben Folds Five Whatever And Ever Amen ‎(CD, Album) 550 Music CDEPC5231 K South Africa 1997
BK 67762 Ben Folds Five Whatever And Ever Amen ‎(CD, Album) 550 Music, Caroline Records, Epic Records Group BK 67762 US Unknown
S30905C, 5198752 Ben Folds Five Whatever And Ever Amen ‎(CD, Album, RM) Sony Music Entertainment (Korea) Inc., Epic S30905C, 5198752 South Korea 2010