Finally, this oft-sought gem is to be re-released on vinyl by Warner. But not until June 2009.
Receiving a very limited vinyl release in 1999 this record is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the Flaming Lips career so far. Sonically inventive and packed full of gems without ever suffering the whimsiness of later releases.
Following on form Wilco's Summerteeth reissue announcement, Warner are releasing Soft Bulletin in a deluxe edition of 2 HQ180g vinyl discs with a low-res bonus CD thrown in for good measure(Sorry, aren't all CDs low res?)
I sat down with Emmylou Harris last night–at least the vinyl version of her on her All I Intended to Be album released last year (2008) on Nonesuch Records. I had listened to the record several times before and found it an easy listen and her voice was smooth and crystalline as ever–few have a sound anywhere approaching hers.
But I finally sat down with the two substantial 180-gram LPs last night and really listened to the richly layered, beautifully structured work by Harris and a cast of capable musicians and producer who is well-matched to her in Brian Ahern.
The title for this album draws on Billy Joe Shaver's song, "Old Five and Dimers Like Me,"which is on this album. A blend of solid country songwriting favorites and new pices by Emmylou and Kate and Anna McGarrigle, this album is all about the songs.
And that, it turns out, is what had me slowing down to listen deeply, especially cuts like "How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower." This is an album of love, loss, regret, heartache, loneliness and bursts of wistful joy. In essence, the perfect piece of Emmylou's work. It's at the front of the record rack now wating for more listens, more discoveries and more joy in the details of songs well sung by a beautiful woman whose voice still makes her the sweeheart of the rodeo.
Some long overdue vinyl releases are on their way.
After releasing some much sought after records by Elliot Smith, Plain Recordings are about to release the classic Its a shame about Ray by the Lemonheads.
Wilco, one of the best bands of modern time are about to see their early catalogue released on vinyl. AM, Being there and Summerteeth are all going to be re-released by Nonesuch in the coming months. Summerteeth is the real gem here aslike many mid 90s albums it only saw a very limited release on vinyl.
And Fat Cat are to release DMM copies of () and Agaetis Byrjun by Sigur Ros, recently released in a stupendously overpriced limited edition box book thingy.
Now all we need are the folowing albums to be released on vinyl (again)
The Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin
Emmylou Harris – Wrecking ball
Lucinda Williams – Car wheels on a gravel road
Spiritualized – Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden & Laughing Stock
What else do we need reissued??