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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

VU Series: SONGS:OHIA/Jason Molina - Magnolia Electric Co. Demos

Well this is not really a vinyl upload, but if it was not for the vinyl version of this album, then I would have never had the chance to get this amazing cd, available only with the 1st pressing of this LP. Long out of print, but this needs to be heard. So forgive me that it's not a "true" VU Series, but trust me this is worth it.

One of the most inticipated albums of 2003 for me was Songs:Ohia 's Magnolia Electric Co.To this day this is one of my favorite albums. When I purchased the vinyl years ago I was unaware of the truely priceless treat that I would find in the sleeve. A CD of demos that Jason Molina created during the complilation of this effort that was only available with the 1st pressing of vinyl on Secretly Canadian. While the album is electric and full bodied, these tracks are stripped down, somewhat acoustic, just Molina's raw and soulful voice with his guitar. An equal contender to the official release and in some ways the victor when compared. Make your own conclusions, but this is one of the best posts I have ever posted here and a true gem.

.: The Long Dark Blues
.: Just Be Simple
.: The Old Black Hen
.: I Made The Change
.: Peoria Lunchbox Blues
.: Whip-Poor-Will
.: The Big Game Is Every Night
.: Hold On Magnolia
.: You Can't Say Everything

*Note: Jason Molina's new solo LP, Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go should be out this July, so make sure you keep your eyes open for that.

*It has been brought to my attention that this is officially refered to as a Jason Molina solo work and not a "Songs:Ohia" work. Understandable, since it is just Molina. I can't change the way the songs are tagged, but how about a new cover I just threw together.

No matter what it's called, all that matters is the tracks and they are amazing. Enjoy.

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posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 12:18 PM


  1. At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Smansmith said…

    Thanks for this M.

    Truly a great find as I didn't ever get the 1st pressing vinyl (lucky S.O.B.)!

    You just made my month. I agree on this being one of the best posts. Keep it up!


  2. At 5:17 PM, Blogger danfun said…

    Supposedly Let Me Go. . . will be in the same format as Pyramid Electric Co. So if you buy the vinly you will also get a CD version.


  3. At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Smansmith said…

    Is it also just me or is the "album cover" saying Songs:Ohia Magnolia ELECTIRC Company Demos???? Type-o, on purpose or fake cover?


  4. At 8:27 AM, Blogger The Perm & The Skullet said…

    looks like a typo


  5. At 8:35 AM, Blogger The Perm & The Skullet said…

    I threw that cover with the typo in the old paint program and corrected it the best I could.


  6. At 8:11 AM, Anonymous woomba said…

    Luck had never occured to me, til I found a burnt copy of this album in my stereo id been intending to pick up from a house id moved out of before heading overseas 02’. (Will think twice about ever checking a multidisc player, before ubplugging it and walking away)

    Needless to say, the SONGS:OHIA was, and remains supreme in my listening pleasure. Though, I don’t really get into the later albums as much, this one I could listen to another 1001 times.

    (Melbourne, Oz)


  7. At 12:27 AM, Blogger Lons said…

    Another incredible post...Also one of my favorite albums.


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