Nickel Creek by Nickel Creek
Roots Music Audiophile Classic: Remastered and Available for the First Time on Vinyl!
Virtuosos Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Scott Thile Have Never Sounded Better: Wait Until You Hear the Dimensionality, Textures, and Body on These Pressings
Produced by Alison Krauss: Grammy-Winning Band Redefined Bluegrass, Roots, and Folk for Modern Era
Nickel Creek's Most Instrumentally Oriented Album: Phenomenal Acoustic Performances, Songwriting, and Sonics
Also Available on Remastered LP: This Side and Why Should The Fire Die?
The debut from the band that changed the face of bluegrass and roots music, Nickel Creek has long been an audiophile classic on SACD. Now available, entirely remastered, on LP for the first time, the release joins a rare batch of records that claim extraordinary sound, virtuosic musicianship, and stunning performance.
Mandolinist Chris Thile kicks things off with a display of virtuosity on "Ode to a Butterfly," negotiating the twists and turns of the melody with seemingly effortless abandon. All four musicians are incredibly sure-footed and comfortable in each other's company. Bassist Scott Thile shines in an often under-appreciated role, his round sound and perfect intonation provide the harmonic underpinning and subtle rhythmic cushion that lends buoyancy to the ensemble sound.
Highlights abound. Violinist Sara Watkins contributes a tender lead vocal on the ethereal "Out of the Woods," and the harmony vocals are nothing short of sublime. "Sweet Afton," a setting of the famous poem by Robert Burns, shows off the group's Celtic leanings. Chris Thile's high tenor vocal is heart stopping.
The production values are exceptionally high, reflecting the intense musicality of producer and iconic "newgrass" artist Alison Krauss. The instrumental envelope, acoustic properties, rich body, and vocal presence on this pressing need to be experienced by every fan of acoustic music, Americana, and folk. These newly remastered Nickel Creek LP pressings blow the great-sounding SACD counterparts away.
1. Ode To A Butterfly
2. The Lighthouse's Tale
3. Out of the Woods
4. In the House of Tom Bombadil
5. Reasons Why
6. When You Come Back Down
7. Sweet Afton
8. Cuckoo's Nest
9. The Hand Son
10. Robin and Marian
11. The Fox
12. Pastures New
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