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  • Too Late To Turn Back Now (Pre-Order) Too Late To Turn Back Now (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Too Late To Turn Back Now (Pre-Order)

    First-Time Vinyl Release


    The year is 1997. Gas cost $1.19 a gallon, and Drivin N Cryin is a three-piece band comprised of founding members Kevn Kinney on vocals/guitar and Tim Nielsen on bass/mandolin, along with Jeff Sullivan on drums. If you're like me, you probably haven't heard much about their Kosmo Vinyl (The Clash, Sex Pistols, and more) produced (Casino Studio, Atlanta, GA) self-titled album. The record had a short life on radio, with their cover of John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" getting some airplay in Alabama. Why this album went relatively unnoticed is a mystery to me. Maybe it was their return to their hometown, independent roots, after having left Geffen Records, that resulted in the album's release with little momentum. What I do know for certain, though, is that Drivin N Cryin stayed true to their sound and who they are. A little grit, a little roots.


    Now, 21 years later, the record has a title, new cover art (courtesy of Kosmo Vinyl himself), and momentum. With newly remastered songs, the album still holds true to who they are as a band. It's even being released on vinyl for the first time. A quote from tour manager, Scott Munn, gives insight into the climate surrounding that time. "The band was firing on all cylinders going into the studio, and there was a feeling that *this* was their truest representation and the record they had always wanted to make. Have a listen for yourself, and let me know if you solve that mystery. I remember the songs sounded great already, and then Kevn Kinney brought in his secret weapon, Michelle Malone. Her recitation on 'Passing Through' was stunning, timeless, and signaled that the record was totally complete. - Scott Munn "...I'd been around enough musicians, and in enough recording studios, to know what didn't work. I wanted to make a record that sounded, and felt, like the Drivin N Cryin you would go see live. If I could do that, then I knew it would be good. All told, we spent about 2 weeks at Casino, and I think we got what we wanted.


    - Kosmo Vinyl

    1. Keepin It Close To My Heart
    2. Roof Garden
    3. I've Got A Message
    4. Drivin' N' Cryin'
    5. Around The Long Way
    6. Let Jenny B.
    7. Paid In Full
    8. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
    9. Beneath The Undertow
    10. Passing Through
    11. Leaving On A Jet Plan
    12. Nothing To Lose
    Drivin' N' Cryin'
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    Mystery Road (Expanded Edition)


    Expanded Edition


    Containing never before heard material, this package features the original album, remastered and a bonus LP of the
    album's original demo sessions produced by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, including the album's title track, "Mystery Road"
    and an early take of "MacDougal Blues". Includes liner note recollections by former manager Jim Barber and Peter
    Buck. The album is visually reimagined using Kevn Kinney's grandmother's unaltered original painting.

    LP 1
    1. Ain't It Strange
    2. Toy Never Played With

    3. Honeysuckle Blue

    4. With The People,
    5. Wild Dog Moon
    6. House For Sale

    7. Peacemaker

    8. You Don't Know Me

    9. Malfunction Junction

    10. Straight To Hell

    11. Syllables


    LP 2
    1. Honeysuckle Blue [Demo]
    2. Toy Never Played With [Demo]

    3. You Don't Know Me [Demo]

    4. Malfunction Junction [Demo]

    5. 1988 [Demo]

    6. Mystery Road [Demo]

    7. MacDougal Blues [Demo]

    8. Not Afraid To Die [Demo]
    9. Mountaintop [Demo]

    Drivin' N' Cryin'
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    Superchunk

    The remastered LP features updated artwork and includes an 11 × 17 replica of an early Chunk show flyer, with photos and notes from the band on the reverse.

    Mac shared his memories of these early days of Superchunk: When I listen to our first album now, other than cringing at some clams and the vocals and the juvenile attitude of the whole thing what was I angry about? You'll have to ask 21-year-old me because in my memory, we were having fun. I hear the accumulation of our influences, which I suppose is normal for a first album-weaving all the things you loved up to that point into your own first thing. The Buzzcocks, HÜsker DÜ, Dinosaur Jr, and Sonic Youth are all right there and what we were listening to. Hearing this record recently, though, I was surprised at how southern some of it sounds, and I think the influence of bands like Drivin' n' Cryin' and of course R.E.M. is there under the fuzz. I remember thinking the solo 4-track demo of Slack Motherfucker sounded like Tom Petty. I can't find it now to prove it to you, but take my word for it. I was living in NYC finishing school when we made this record, so rehearsals and recording were all rushed. I'm surprised we knew this many songs well enough to record them. Twenty-seven years later, we still play at least three or four of these songs live occasionally (one of them all the time ), which says something good about a few of the songs, anyway! We got so much better as a band, and as songwriters, that it's hard to even see this as any kind of template for what Superchunk would eventually be, but it's definitely where we were at in 1989/90.

    1. Sick to Move
    2. My Noise
    3. Let It Go
    4. Swinging
    5. Slow
    6. Slack Motherfucker
    7. Binding
    8. Down the Hall
    9. Half a Life
    10. Not Tomorrow
    Superchunk
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