Double LP in gatefold sleeve. “Christmas” is released on vinyl for the first time, here on red vinyl, and “Christmas II” appears on white vinyl.
The band christened themselves Sunturns, harking back to the pre-Christian celebrations marking the winter solstice; the point the dark Norwegian days start to fall back and give way to the light.
The seasonal band formed back in 2011, under the direction of Oslo based label Spoon Train. They immediately recorded and released their debut album Christmas to rave critics among Norwegian press, and went on tour in Norway and England to spread their somewhat different Christmas gospel. With both serious and humorous songs about many of the holiday’s backsides, the album became a hit record amongst indie fans both in Norway and abroad. The single The Sun Turns was listed on Norwegian radio station NRK P3’s official Christmas list and has been played heavily every December since. Sunturns’ come together once a year for an annual Christmas show in Oslo, and is for many a dear festive tradition.
New album Christmas II is released on vinyl, alongside 2011’s album Christmas on vinyl for the very first time, in a double LP package in a gatefold sleeve, including a download code of both albums. 18 original Sunturns tracks and covers of Low’s Just Like Christmas, Swearing At Motorists’ Losing Mine and The Ramones’ Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) make up this double album package.
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.