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Mark Lanegan / One Way Street: The Sub Pop Albums / 5LP box

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The first five solo albums by former Screaming Trees and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Mark Lanegan will be available on vinyl in one box set this November.

Eighteen months after Light In The Attic’s release of Has God Seen My Shadow, a simply packaged two-CD anthology of Lanegan’s solo work from 1989-2011 (read the SDE review here), comes a somewhat more elaborate offering. This time, each of gravelly-voiced singer-songwriter’s five solo albums for the Sub Pop label have been pressed on 180g vinyl, housed in sleeves decorated with reproductions of the original albums’ artwork, and all packaged together in a faux-leather box.

Contributing to the appeal of this set for latecomers to his oeuvre is that Lanegan’s first three albums – The Winding Sheet (1990), Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1994) and Scraps at Midnight (1998) – have been out-of-print on vinyl for many years, while I’ll Take Care of You (1999) was only released on vinyl in Europe, and Field Songs (2001) was only ever issued on CD.

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These early albums feature the likes of Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, Dan Peters of Mudhoney, Mike Johnson of Dinosaur Jr. and Jeffrey Lee Pierce of Gun Club fame.

On debut The Winding Sheet Cobain lends vocals and guitar with Novoselic playing bass on the folk classic Where Did You Sleep Last Night, a track that Nirvana would perform on MTV’s Unplugged. Peters guests on the second album,Whiskey for the Holy Ghostplaying drums on the songs Borracho and House a Home. Multi-instrumentalist Johnson was a regular collaborator with Lanegan, co-writing, arranging and co-producing many of his early tracks, and co-producing the whole of Scraps at Midnight.

On his fourth solo long-player I’ll Take Care of You, Lanegan covered songs by artists who have influenced him and inspired him over the years (see track listing below for full list of names), including Lee Pierce, who would go on to co-write a track with Lanegan called Kimiko’s Dream House on Field Songs, his fifth solo and final studio album for Sub Pop.

Lanegan is currently playing a few international live dates, and fans in London, can whet their appetite for the release of this vinyl box set when he plays at the Barbican on 25 October as part of the ‘Love and Other Crimes: The Songs of Lee Hazelwood’ tribute event.

One Way Street is released on 20 November 2015.

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The Winding Sheet (May 1, 1990):

Tracklist: 1. “Mockingbirds” / 2. “Museum” / 3. “Undertow” / 4. “Ugly Sunday” / 5. “Down in the Dark” / 6. “Wild Flowers” / 7. “Eyes of a Child” / 8. “The Winding Sheet” / 9. “Woe” / 10. “Ten Feet Tall” / 11. “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” / 12. “Juarez” / 13. “I Love You Little Girl”

Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (January 18, 1994):

Tracklist: 1. “The River Rise” / 2. “Borracho” / 3. “House a Home” / 4. “Kingdoms of Rain” / 5. “Carnival” / 6. “Riding the Nightingale” / 7. “El Sol” / 8. “Dead on You” / 9. “Shooting Gallery” / 10. “Sunrise” / 11. “Pendulum” / 12. “Judas Touch” / 13. “Beggar’s Blues”

Scraps at Midnight (July 21, 1998):

Tracklist: 1. “Hospital Roll Call” / 2. “Hotel” / 3. “Stay” / 4. “Bell Black Ocean” / 5. “Last One in the World” / 6. “Praying Ground“ / 7. “Wheels” / 8. “Waiting on a Train” / 9. “Day and Night” / 10. “Because of This”

I’ll Take Care of You (September 21, 1999):

1. “Carry Home” (Jeffrey Lee Pierce) / 2. “I’ll Take Care of You” (Brook Benton) / 3. “Shiloh Town” (Tim Hardin) / 4. “Creeping Coastline of Lights” (Leaving Trains) / 5. “Badi-Da” (Fred Neil) / 6. “Consider Me” (Eddie Floyd, Booker T. Jones) / 7. “On Jesus’ Program” (Overton Vertis Wright) / 8. “Little Sadie” (Traditional) / 9. “Together Again” (Buck Owens) / 10. “Shanty Man’s Life” (Stephen Harrison Paulus) / 11. “Boogie Boogie” (Tim Rose)

Field Songs (May 8, 2001):

Tracklist: 1. “One Way Street” / 2. “No Easy Action” (feat. Wendy Rae Fowler) / 3. “Miracle” / 4. “Pill Hill Serenade” / 5. “Don’t Forget Me” / 6. “Kimiko’s Dream House” / 7. “Resurrection Song” / 8. “Field Song” / 9. “Low” / 10. “Blues for D” / 11. “She Done Too Much” / 12. “Fix” (feat. Duff McKagan)

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5 responses to Mark Lanegan / One Way Street: The Sub Pop Albums / 5LP box

  1. Nibs says:

    I wish Sub Pop would re-release Screaming Trees Change Has Come EP.

  2. Simon F says:

    Will these be issued as seperate album as well? Would like to get the Winding Sheet cos of the Cobain involvement but don’t want the others.

  3. Jukka R says:

    This is excellent boxed set. Each album is great, and in my opinion, on every album of this boxed set Mark gets better. So my favourite is Field songs. All vinyls are on gatefold sleeves and include download codes. All the albums, except covers album I’ll take care of you, have also lyrics printed on inner sleeves. I have all of these on cd, and none have those. So this is improvement to me. And the vinyls sound very good.

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