Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition)

  • Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition)

Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition)


Info3CD & 3LP4th December 2015

In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of this iconic album, Jagjaguwar are proud to present the ‘Black Sheep Boy: Anniversary Edition’, a 3CD / 3LP set combining Okkervil River’s classic ‘Black Sheep Boy’ album and its counterpart the ‘Black Sheep Boy Appendix’ with an all new unreleased album entitled ‘There Swims a Swan’: fullband recordings made six months prior to the release of ‘Black Sheep Boy’ which illuminate the album’s roots in the traditional American songbook. Featuring beautiful, emotional readings of songs popularized by such artists as Washington Phillips, Lead Belly, the Louvin Brothers and Roscoe Holcomb, ‘There Swims A Swan’ takes the listener on a trip through the songs that inspired the band’s Will Sheff while composing ‘Black Sheep Boy’ and reads like a run-through of that album’s themes.

‘Black Sheep Boy’ is celebrated for its album artwork as well as its music, and the Anniversary Edition collects that artwork in a meticulously reworked package, combining every previous element of William Schaff ’s imagery with a large new piece by Schaff depicting an updated ‘Black Sheep Boy’. The release also includes lengthy liner notes by Sheff walking the listener through the circumstances surrounding the album.

For Okkervil River fans (the most high-profile of whom was recently revealed to be President Barack Obama, who included ‘Down Down The Deep River’ on his 2015 summer playlist), the Anniversary Edition is a loving, comprehensive, richly expanded presentation of a record many consider to be one of the band’s best. For those new to the band, this might be the best place to start, the first step on a long road, the opening to a forest you can get lost in.

Volume I (CD1 / LP1)
Black Sheep Boy
For Real
In A Radio Song
Get Big
A King And A Queen
A Stone
The Latest Toughs
Song Of Our So-Called Friend
So Come Back, I Am Waiting
A Glow

Volume II (CD2 / LP2)
Missing Children
No Key, No Plan
A Garden
Black Sheep Boy #4
The Next Four Months
Another Radio Song
A Forest
Last Love Song For Now

Volume III (CD3 / LP3)
Goodnight Irene
I’m In Love With Susan Smith
See See Rider
Knoxville Girl
Satan Is Real
Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down
Willow Tree
Oh, The Wind And Rain
What Are They Doing In Heaven
Trouble In Mind