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Good Morning, Captain: Slint’s “Spiderland” Gets Super Deluxe Treatment

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SpiderlandSpiderland, the second and final full-length album by Louisville, Kentucky post-rockers Slint, is getting expanded in a big way this spring with a multi-disc box set.

Considered to be one of the best records of its subgenre, brimming with shifting dynamics and intense, narrative lyrics (rumors circulated that the brief, tense sessions that birthed the record sent at least one of the band’s members into a psychiatric hospital for a stay), Spiderland was nonetheless ignored by many upon first release, save a pivotal appearance of closing track “Good Morning, Captain” on the soundtrack to the iconic 1995 drama Kids. Gradually – thanks in part to repeated reunions by the band (who broke up shortly after the album’s release) over the past decade, as well as championing from fans and influences like PJ Harvey, Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor! – it’s become a classic (perhaps the first such) of the post-rock genre.

The limited box set, of which only 3,138 will be made, features a lot of content:

  • The set is packaged in a hand-numbered limited box
  • The original album will be remastered from the original analog master tapes by original producer Bob Weston and pressed on 180 gram vinyl at RTI as well as CD
  • A total of 14 previously unreleased outtakes selected by the band and mastered by Weston feature on two 180 gram vinyl albums and a bonus CD
  • 104 page book features more than 100 never-before-seen photos from the band’s entire history, full lyrics and a foreword by Will Oldham, the singer-songwriter better known as Bonnie “Prince” Billy (who also shot the iconic album art)
  • Breadcrumb Trail, a new, never-before-seen, 90-minute DVD documentary directed by Lance Bangs

As an added bonus, those who pre-order the box before March 8 will get a free T-shirt “created from the recently discovered silk screen Slint used to hand print their one and only 1989 tour T-shirt.” (These shirts will be exclusive to these pre-orders only.)

The box will be available April 15. Pre-order it here and hit the jump for the full track list.

Spiderland: Deluxe Edition (Touch and Go, 2014)

CD/LP 1: Remastered original album (released as Touch and Go LP 64, 1991)

  1. Breadcrumb Trail
  2. Nosferatu Man
  3. Don, Aman
  4. Washer
  5. For Dinner…
  6. Good Morning, Captain

CD 2/LPs 2-3: Bonus material

  1. Nosferatu Man (basement practice)
  2. Washer (basement practice)
  3. Good Morning, Captain (demo)
  4. Pam (Rough Mix – Spiderland outtake)
  5. Glenn (Spiderland outtake)
  6. Todd’s Song (post-Spiderland song in progress)
  7. Brian’s Song (post-Spiderland demo)
  8. Cortez The Killer (live in Chicago 1989)
  9. Washer (4 track vocal demo)
  10. Nosferatu Man (4 track vocal demo)
  11. Pam (4 track vocal demo)
  12. Good Morning, Captain (Evanston riff tape)
  13. Nosferatu Man (Evanston riff tape)
  14. Pam (Evanston riff tape)

DVD: Breadcrumb Trail documentary (directed by Lance Bangs)

Written by Mike Duquette

January 31, 2014 at 14:32

Posted in Box Sets, News, Reissues, Slint, Vinyl

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  1. I would dearly love one of these beautys, but how much extra would I have to shell out in customs, VAT, etc to ship to the UK?!


    January 31, 2014 at 17:31

    • I would imagine it would be available from a UK-based merchant.


      February 2, 2014 at 11:08

  2. Great blog! Never would have known that there is/was s band called Splint….


    February 4, 2014 at 06:49

    • Slint, sorry…


      February 4, 2014 at 06:50

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