The Late Great Townes van Zandt – Vinyl & CD reissue


Charly Records press on with their exploration of the Townes Van Zandt catalogue with the Friday October 30th 2015 release of The Late Great Townes Van Zandt – a fresh digital remastering of one of Van Zandt’s finest recordings. It contains original takes of the classics Pancho and Lefty, If I Needed You and No Lonesome Tune covered by the likes of Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Don Williams and many others.

This reissue (also available as a deluxe white vinyl edition) contains four previously unavailable tracks – early mixes of Pancho and Lefty and If I Needed You , and alternate versions of Snow Don’t Fall and Heavenly Houseboat Blues (The vinyl edition does not contain the CD bonus tracks).

The album was originally released in 1972, and is roundly acknowledged as one of the most consistent and rewarding albums of Van Zandt’s storied and controversial career. 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Van Zandt’s first professional live shows, and this reissue is a suitable tribute to a great lost songwriting talent.

CD / Vinyl

Vinyl Love – Alpaca Sports – When You Need Me The Most

Alpaca Sports have released a free digital single ‘Just Like Them’, taken from their upcoming mini-LP ‘When You Need Me The Most’, which is out Friday 2nd October on Elefant Records where you can also download it using the code 02EBQKXDQ7AT

The band describes the mini album as a “truly international” record with Andreas Jonsson, Amanda Åkerman and Carl Jirestedt originating from Sweden, joined by Lisle Mitnik in Chicago (VERY TRULY YOURS, TINY FIREFLIES) on guitar, organ and strings.

The drums, bass and trumpets were recorded in New York by Gary Olson (LADYBUG TRANSISTOR). Musicians Julia Rydholm (THE ESSEX GREEN, LADYBUG TRANSISTOR) and Hampous Öhman-Frölund (percussion for JENS LEKMAN, TAKEN BY TREES) were also added later.

The album was ultimately recorded and produced by Ian Catt (TREMBLING BLUE STARS, SAINT ETIENNE) in London, and the artwork is straight from Japan by illustrator Ray Kimura. The first two videos were filmed in their native Gothenburg and Paris, and finally their label Elefant Records is Spanish.

Sat 24th Oct – PARIS, L’Espace B with The School
Sat 14th Nov – LONDON, Seabright Arms with Brideshead, The Haywains, Zipper

Mini-LP ‘When You Need Me The Most’ can be pre-ordered on limited edition blue 10″ vinyl from: Elefant UK, Darla (USA) , The Stone Records (Japan) and Elefant RoW

Luxury Records are also releasing a CD version, available from Bandcamp.

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Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule – the complete Neko Case discography on vinyl


Can’t tell you how excited I got when I read the news about this……………

“Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule” is the complete Neko Case discography on vinyl. Remastered from the original analog tapes, many of these hard-to-find and out of print LPs are now available together for the first time. Includes an 80 page full-color photography book designed and curated by Neko (exclusive to this collection!) and a vinyl slipmat – all in a handy-dandy storage box. Albums include:

The Virginian
Furnace Room Lullaby
Canadian Amp
The Tigers Have Spoken
Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
Middle Cyclone
The Worse Things Get, The More I Fight, The More I Fight, The More I Love You

Due on the 15th November the box-set is available to pre-order now UK/Euro / US

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