Just Like Moby Dick, his first set of new songs since 2013’s 'Bottom of the World', takes its title from the archetypal monster of American literature and the American imaginary. Iconic and iconoclastic Texan songwriter and visual artist Terry Allen’s heartbreaking, hilarious new album features the full Panhandle Mystery Band, including co-producer Charlie Sexton (Dylan, Bowie, Blaze), Shannon McNally, and Jo Harvey Allen; mainstays Bukka Allen, Richard Bowden, and Lloyd Maines; and co-writes with Joe Ely and Dave Alvin. The connections to Melville’s masterpiece are metaphorical and allusive, as elusive as the White Whale. The masterly spiritual successor to Lubbock (on everything), Just Like Moby Dick casts its net wide for wild stories, depicting, among other monstrous things, Houdini in existential crisis, the death of the last stripper in town, bloodthirsty pirates (in a pseudo-sequel to Brecht and Weill’s “Pirate Jenny”), the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (in the “American Childhood” suite), a vampire-infested circus, mudslides and burning mobile homes, and all manner of tragicomic disasters, abandonments, betrayals, bad memories, failures, and fare-thee-wells.
The deluxe tip-on gatefold 2LP package features lyrics, colour labels, high-res Bandcamp download code, 3 sides of music, and a 4th side vinyl Moby Dick etching artwork by Allen.
Gatefold CD edition includes a lyric insert with different Moby Dick artwork by Allen.
A1. Houdini Didn't Like the Spiritualists 4:05
A2. Abandonitis 3:59
A3. Death of the Last Stripper 3:20
A4. All That's Left Is Fare-Thee-Well 3:07
B1. Pirate Jenny 5:20
B2. American Childhood I: Civil Defense 2:33
B3. American Childhood II: Bad Kiss 3:37
B4. American Childhood III:
Little Puppet Thing 2:24
C1. All These Blues Go Walkin' By 3:22
C2. City of the Vampires 3:57
C3. Harmony Two 5:45
C4. Sailin' On Through 4:03
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