A brand new tradition at Light In The Attic – “What’s Inside”! This is where we show you all the goodies that are in store for you when you pick up a copy of our latest releases on CD and/or LP. This week, we give you the incomparable Shin Joong Hyun and the first ever anthology (outside of South Korea) of his work–Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74–as a songwriter, producer, singer, and scorching guitar player! LPs (available now) and you may also pre-order the CD now (available 9/20)! But for now, have a look at “what’s inside”!
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“Deserter’s Songs is at once a lullaby, a trip, and a triumph.”
-9.3/10 – Pitchfork (Top 100 Albums of the 1990’s)
“A modern classic.” – NME
In 1998 Mercury Rev delivered the unexpected, a hit album. Deserter’s Songs, the fourth studio long player from the New York-based band not only delivered three UK Top 40 singles, but also struck cultural pay dirt across the globe that still resonates today. The story goes something like this: the band felt that they’d run their course and went into the studio to record their swan song. Diving in with full abandon, the album took on grandiose proportions, merging jazz, folk, sweeping orchestrations, and a dose of 60’s rock, and ended up fully cementing Mercury Rev’s rebirth as purveyors of a cosmic brand of the popular American songbook.
As the first release on our new imprint, Modern Classics Recordings, this marks the first vinyl reissue ever of Deserter’s Songs and in typical Light In The Attic fashion, we’ve gone all out. Gorgeously housed in an expanded Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jacket with a 4-page insert and pressed on heavy 180-gram wax, while co-producer David Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Low, Sparklehorse) has lovingly remastered the album, this is a package dressed to the nines. And it doesn’t stop there, as you can see in the “What’s Inside?” video below, the package also includes a free download card for two live tracks (circa ’98) plus an exclusive Audio Commentary/Interview recorded with LITA’s Matt Sullivan and Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper.
Alas, for an album that blew our young minds, how could we stop there? 100 random copies of the LP include an autographed photo of Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper. If you’re not one to gamble on those odds, we’re also giving away an autographed photo to the first 100 pre-orders at LightInTheAttic.net. If you already pre-ordered the LP you will get one but we’re running low on them so get those orders in now!
Pre-order Mercury Rev Deserter’s Songs (MCR 900 | 180-gram + Bonus Download) here!
“Imagine the Everly Brothers plus God and cowshit: that’s the Louvins.” – The Independent
“Undoubtedly the package of the month” – The Word
“9/10″ – Spin | ” 4 Stars “ – The Times | ”5 Stars” – Mojo | ”5 Stars” – Uncut
Alabama natives Ira and Charlie Louvin were country music pioneers, Baptist blood brothers known for their trademark close harmony vocal style, mandolin magic, and emotive material ranging from spiritual standards, well-crafted covers to influential originals. Out today is the deluxe Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 075, 2xCD + Audio Commentary Download), which pairs the Louvins’ landmark 1959 album Satan Is Real with a star-studded curatorial “best of” featuring classic original Louvin Brothers recordings “handpicked” by the likes of Beck, Emmylou Harris, Will Oldham, Kris Kristofferson, Jim James, Dolly Parton and many more.
As you can see in the “What’s Inside?” video above, this set features exquisitely re-mastered audio (from the original master tapes) and comes housed in a handsome 6-panel Digipak with a 40-page booklet with period archival photos, extensive liner notes by Jessica Hundley (Grievous Angel: The Intimate Biography of Gram Parsons), track-by-track testimonials from the “handpickers”, along with a download link for an exclusive audio commentary and interview with Charlie Louvin recorded in Nashville, June 2010.
Also available today, is our equally deluxe edition of the Louvin’s 1956 album Tragic Songs of Life (LITA 070, LP). Pressed on virgin 180-gram vinyl and expanded as a gatefold “tip-on” jacket that includes a full color booklet with liner notes also by Jessica Hundley and rarely seen photos, this is a respectfully presented package for Louvin Brothers fans both old and new.
Stay tuned, for in the coming weeks we’ll also be rolling out (available for pre-order now) separate 180-gram vinyl editions of Satan Is Real (LITA 073) and Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 074), both sporting the same exquisite packaging and attention to detail. Whether you like “The Christian Life” or find yourself often reciting the “Kneeling Drunkard’s Prayer”, this series is not to be missed.
Finally, finally, finally! We have all three vinyl editions from our Louvin Brothers series IN STOCK! That’s right, Satan Is Real, Tragic Songs Of Life, and Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 are dressed to the 9′s in gorgeous old-school “tip-on” jackets with sturdy 180-gram wax nestled inside, not to mention in-depth liner notes by Jessica Hundley and loads of archive photos. But what are words on a screen when you can see with your own eyes all of the goodies in store for you? Below, check out the three “What’s Inside?” videos for each release.
The Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real (LITA 073 | 180-gram LP) – Available now!
The Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs Of Life (LITA 070 | 180-gram LP) - Available now!
The Louvin Brothers – Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 074 | 180-gram LP) - Available now!
Hey, Hey, never fear…THAI FUNK IS HERE! These are hot off an international flight from the past and ready to get in your head and mess things up. YUH! Compiled by Maft Sai (of Thailand’s ZudRangMa Records, who released the original CD versions), Thai Funk Volume 1 and Thai Funk Volume 2 are expanded and remastered and decked the funk out.
Both volumes feature:
- Double LP housed in a deluxe “tip-on” Stoughton jacket
- Beautifully packaged in a HAND-STITCHED CLOTH OUTER SLEEVE (10+ pattern variations)
- Meticulously restored and remastered audio
- Features original album art and introduction by Maft Sai
- Download card for full album + three bonus tracks!
In 2011, we reissued Michael Chapman’s second album, Fully Qualified Survivor. We’re kicking 2012 off right with a deluxe CD and LP reissue of his debut album Rainmaker (originally relased on Harvest in 1969). Like the ‘FQS’ album, Rainmaker (LITA 079) is a psychedelic-guitar-folk delight and features one of Chapman’s best known songs, “It Didn’t Work Out.”
A true stylist in his own right, Chapman holds a middle line between John Martyn and Bert Jansch with the provocative electric rock of Martyn juxtaposed against the traditional folk so wonderfully espoused by Jansch. Along for the ride on other songs are acoustic bassist Danny Thompson (Pentangle, John Martyn, Nick Drake) and electric bass player Rick Kemp (later to join Steeleye Span). All of the proceedings were produced by Gus Dudgeon who also did Chapman’s “FQS” album as well as David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” single – and a ton of the early work of Elton John.
We’ve reproduced the gatefold jacket in its exact original form (including a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket), while the CD version includes 6 rare bonus tracks from the Rainmaker sessions, including 3 previously unreleased songs never heard else-where! And if that wasn’t enough, journalist Byron Coley (Ecstatic Yod, Wire & Arthur magazines) penned 5,000 words of new liner notes taken from a fresh Chapman interview detailing the recording sessions. All packaged with many unseen photos of the era. For a look at all the goodies contained within, check out the “What’s Inside?” videos below.
For audio samples, more info, and to pre-order, click here!
The day has come! We’re kicking off 2012 with a deluxe reissue of Michael Chapman’s debut Rainmaker. Originally released on Harvest Records in 1969, Rainmaker is a psychedelic-guitar-folk delight. Featuring some of Chapman’s best loved songs, “It Didn’t Work Out,” which features a stellar cast of legendary English musicians of the era; Guitarist “Clem” Clempson was in the prog-band Bakerloo (soon after playing with Chapman he’d join jazz-rockers Colosseum and then Humble Pie) Drummer Aynsley Dunbar (his resume includes John Mayall, Eric Burdon, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Lou Reed), bassist Alex Dmochowski (long time Dunbar comrade) were both in Dunbar’s Retaliation. Organ player Norman Haines was in Locomotive (another obscure, but legendary progressive English band of the day).
Check out the “What’s Inside?” videos below for the visual scoop on the CD and LP versions, listed below:
- Gorgeously remastered from the original master tapes
- CD contains 3 previously unreleased tracks PLUS 3 rarities
- LP remains a faithful reproduction of the original album tracks
- 180-gram wax housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jacket
- Both CD and LP feature new liner notes by Byron Coley and unseen rare archive photos, gig flyers and more
For more info, audio samples and to order Michael Chapman Rainmaker (LITA 079 | CD | 180-gram LP) click here!
PS – Live in Los Angeles? Next Tuesday, 1/31 from 8pm-9pm Origami Vinyl in Echo Park will be hosting a listening party for Rainmaker. We’ll be there and so should you! The beer is free and flowing, so float on over to the Facebook invite and chime in!
Curious to take a peek at Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974 (LITA 081)? Well, wait no longer. Check out the “What’s Inside?” videos for both the CD and 2xLP versions below. What about the book, you ask? Watch the video preview Fantagraphics put together after the jump. Don’t forget, we’ve got exclusive Book + CD and Book + 2xLP packages here!
For this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays, we’re very pleased to share with you Annette Peacock‘s I’m The One (FDR 601). Reissued here for the first time on vinyl and the first CD reissue outside of Annette’s own limited pressing from a few years back, I’m The One is a landmark record from this pop avant-garde icon. Out now on CD and LP, the vinyl pressing is a limited edition and sports 180-gram wax, liner notes insert with never-before-seen photos (also included in the CD version), and an oversized 18″ x 24″ folded poster. This thing is slammin’…just check out the “What’s Inside?” video for the CD below.
For your chance to win, tell us why YOU are THE ONE. Let us know in a comment below (don’t forget to include your name and email address). Winner will be selected at random next Friday, June 15th at 12PM pst.