Sufjan Stevens
Illinoise =2LP=

  2 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

2015 EU reissue on 180g vinyl 2 LP set from the deep thinking Christian= This 2005's conceptual pop opus features a one-man trawl through the history of the state of IL-With two states down and only 48 to go, Sufjan Stevens' ambitious musical map of the

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Release date: 18-04-2015(originally released in 2005)
 
2015 EU reissue on 180g vinyl 2 LP set from the deep thinking Christian= This 2005's conceptual pop opus features a one-man trawl through the history of the state of IL-With two states down and only 48 to go, Sufjan Stevens' ambitious musical map of the Unites States of America should be completed, if he puts out one a year, sometime around 2053. It's a daunting task, but if each subsequent record is as good as Illinois, fans who live long enough to witness the project's completion will no doubt find themselves to be scholars of both state history and its narrator's shape-shifting soul. Stevens' soulful folk epics, as played by his signature mini-orchestra, have changed little since his 2003 foray into Michigan, a charge that may cause some grumbling among that album's detractors, but there's a newfound optimism that runs through much of Illinois that echoes the state's 'Gateway to the West' pioneering spirit. Glorious road trip-ready cuts have an expansiveness that radiates with the ballast of history and the promise of new beginnings. Stevens has done his research here.
 
Tracks:
LP1:
A1 Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
A2 The Black Hawk War, Or, How To Demolish An Entire Civilization And Still Feel Good About Yourself In The Morning, Or, We Apologize For The Inconvenience But You're Going To Have To Leave Now, Or, "I Have Fought The Big Knives And Will Continue To Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!"
A3 Come On! Feel The Illinoise! Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream
A4 John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
A5 Jacksonville
A6 A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
 
B1 Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother! (Backing Vocals – Daniel Smith, Elin Smith*, Matt Morgan)
B2 One Last "Whoo-Hoo!" For The Pullman
B3 Chicago
B4 Casimir Pulaski Day
B5 To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament
 
LP2:
C1 The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
C2 Prairie Fire That Wanders About
C3 A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
C4 The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
C5 They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh! (Vocals – Craig Montoro)
C6 Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell
C7 In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
 
D1 The Seer's Tower
D2 The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders Part 1: The Great Frontier Part II: Come To Me Only With Playthings Now
D3 Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, And The King Of Swing, To Name A Few
D4 Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run
D5 The Ava Lanche
Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Rough Trade
Originally released: 2005
This release: 2015
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