On July 23, 2001, “Epic” label released “Rings Around the World”, the fifth Super Furry Animals studio album. It was recorded April – September 2000, at “Monnow Valley Studios” in Rockfield, Monmouthshire, and “Bearsville Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Chris Shaw, Gruff Rhys, Huw Bunford, Guto Pryce, Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Leuan. “Mojo” magazine voted “Rings Around the World” album of year 2001.
- Gruff Rhys– lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
- Huw Bunford– lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, backing vocals
- Cian Ciaran– keyboards, backing vocals
- Guto Pryce– bass guitar
- Dafydd Leuan – drums, backing vocals
- Kris Jenkins – percussion
- John Cale– piano
- Osian Gwynedd – piano
- Matt Sibley – saxophone
- Gary Alesbrook – trumpet
- Tony Robinson – trumpet, flugel horn, trombone
- John Telfer – flute
- Howard Gott, Harriet Harris, Sally Herbert, Steven Hussey, Jackie Norrie – violin
- Sonia Slany, Lucy Theo, Brian Wright – violin
- Nick Barr, Sophia Sirota, Clare Smith – viola
- Nick Cooper, Sophie Harris – cello
- Beti Rhys – harp
- Anna Smith – backing vocals
- Paul McCartney– carrot and celery
All tracks by Chris Shaw, Gruff Rhys, Huw Bunford, Guto Pryce, Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Leuan, except where noted.
- Alternate Route to Vulcan Street
- Sidewalk Serfer Girl
- (Drawing) Rings Around the World
- It’s Not the End of the World?
- Receptacle for the Respectable
- (A) Touch Sensitive – contains a sample of “Ann” by Dave Alexander
- Shoot Doris Day
- No Sympathy
- Juxtapozed with U
- Presidential Suite
- Run! Christian, Run!
- Fragile Happiness