Set You Free - 2023 Reissue

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In late 1996, after two years of persistent touring, Chisel was eager to document its quickly evolving sound. Decamping from their native D.C. to Brooklyn’s Rare Book Room, the power trio of Ted Leo, Chris Norborg, and John Dugan teamed with engineer Nicolas Vernhes and came away with Set You Free, a remarkable, but largely overlooked, classic of the era. Originally issued on the venerable Gern Blandsten imprint in April 1997, Set You Free presaged the turn of the century 60s rock revival, providing a counterpoint to second-wave emo. This deluxe 25th anniversary edition has remastered and expanded the original’s 17-song track list with five period alternates and rarities, plus a booklet of lyrics, photos, and an essay by Jes Skolnik. Get ready for the invasion.


1 On Warmer Music
2 All My Kin
3 It’s Alright, You’re O.K.
4 The Mutable Mercury
5 The Town Crusher
6 The Unthinkable Is True

7 River High
8 Every Is A Good Trip
9 Do Go On
10 Privileged & Impotent
11 Oh Dear Friends

12 An Amateur Thief
13 In Our Time
14 Morley Timmons
15 The O.T.S.
16 Rip Off The Gift
17 The Last Good Time

18 The Guns Of Meridian Hill
19 The Town Crusher (live)
20 Morley Timmons (early Version)
21 Every Is A Good Trip (extended)
22 The O.T.S. (early Version)

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