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Mountain Goats’ “West Texas” Gets an Expansion

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All Hail West TexasMerge Records last week reissued a pivotal album by lo-fi folk outfit the Mountain Goats with a bevy of bonus tracks. The group’s 2002 effort, All Hail West Texas, remains one of the group’s most treasured recordings.

the Mountain Goats, initially the nom de folk of singer/songwriter/guitarist John Darnielle but now a fluid ensemble built around him, have existed since the early 1990s, in the form of largely low-fidelity, quickly-assembled, urgent records. All Hail West Texas, released on the small Emperor Jones label, remains one of the most beloved albums in the Mountain Goats’ canon. At once, it treads familiar ground (it’s the last in the band’s discography to have been recorded solely onto a Panasonic boombox) while approaching new territory (Darnielle began to spin conceptual character sketches on record). From West Texas, the Mountain Goats would enjoy success on the 4AD and Merge labels, where they continue to reside (their most recent album being 2012’s Transcendental Youth).

The reissued All Hail West Texas features seven extra tracks from the original “sessions” that birthed the album, sourced from surviving cassettes and transferred to analog tape like the original album. Darnielle also contributes a 1,800-word essay on the history of the album. The reissue is available on CD (packaged in a digipak) or LP (the original album, packaged in a new gatefold design, with the expanded presentation available as a packed-in digital download), and can be purchased now, after the jump.

All Hail West Texas: Expanded Edition (originally released as Emperor Jones EJ41-CD, 2002 – reissued Merge MRG-481, 2013)

Amazon U.S.: CD / LP

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  3. Color in Your Cheeks
  4. Jenny
  5. Fault Lines
  6. Balance
  7. Pink and Blue
  8. Riches and Wonders
  9. The Mess Inside
  10. Jeff Davis County Blues
  11. Distant Stations
  12. Blues in Dallas
  13. Source Decay
  14. Absolute Lithops Effect
  15. Hardpan Song *
  16. Answering the Phone *
  17. Indonesia *
  18. Midland *
  19. Jenny (Alternate) *
  20. Tape Travel is Lonely *
  21. Waco *

* previously unreleased bonus track

Written by Mike Duquette

July 29, 2013 at 13:34

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  1. This is one of my favorite albums, and I’m tempted to pick up the reissue, but the remastering has me concerned–Merge has a penchant for brickwalling their CDs to oblivion.

    Warren Buffet

    July 29, 2013 at 19:30


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