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Regions Of Light And Sound Of God - 2022 Reissue

    Released in 2013, ‘Regions of Light and Sound of God’ was the debut solo album from Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

    This deluxe reissue features the original album plus a second LP of twelve B-sides, demos and alternate versions, including ‘State of The Art (Demo)’ and the previously unheard ballad ‘Begin Again’.

    The double LP is housed in a rainbow foil tip-on gatefold spot matte jacket with revised artwork, a fold-out handwritten lyrics insert and new custom inner-sleeves and centre labels. Pressed on clear/purple blob vinyl.

    TRACK LISTING

    ‘Regions Of Light And Sound Of God’
    State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
    Know Til Now
    Dear One
    A New Life
    Exploding
    Of The Mother Again
    Actress
    All Is Forgiven
    God’s Love To Deliver

    Bonus Disc
    All Is Forgiven (Alt Version)
    State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.) [Demo]
    A New Life (Alt Version)
    Dear One (Demo)
    Actress (Demo)
    God’s Love To Deliver (Demo)
    You Always Know
    Read Between (Begin Again)
    Epichord
    Sweets
    Moving Away (Alt Version)
    Hallway Of Trees

    James Righton

    Jim, I'm Still Here

      ‘Jim, I’m Still Here’ is the second album from James Righton under his own name; produced by David & Stephen Dewaele of Soulwax and released on their label DEEWEE, the album follows The Performer released in 2020. James’ musical past is well documented; as the frontman of the genre inventing Klaxons, he helped create a revolution in British music and spawned a youth subculture. ‘Jim, I’m Still Here’ is a captivating meditation on the artists experience of the pandemic as James looks to conceptualize the myriad of emotions and events into a fascinating third person narrative. One of the album tracks features Benny Andersson from Swedish pop legendary band ABBA, with whom James has been working on putting together their new live band.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Livestream Superstar
      2. Pause
      3. Touch
      4. Release Party
      5. Real World Park
      6. Never Give Up On The City 
      7. A Day At The Races
      8. I Want To Live
      9. Lover Boy
      10. Empty Rooms
      11. Playing To Win
      12. Farewell Superstar

      “The idea for UNIFORM CLARITY came from UNIFORM DISTORTION,” says James, “an album of intentional chaos/dirt: literal and figurative distortion of lyrics and sound meant to echo and hopefully shed some light on the twisted times and distortion of the truth in which we now live. UNIFORM CLARITY is meant to illuminate the other side – raw and real, but very clear, much like in the early days of recording where all you could hear was the truth because there were no ways to manipulate recordings in the studio. Working with Shawn Everett, we created a document style recording of these songs- just vocals, guitar and the space itself- no special FX. A crystal clear illustration of the flawed beauty of what a song starts off as or sometimes remains- a thought. a seed. a light from the womb of the universe brought to life down here on earth."

      TRACK LISTING

      1 Just A Fool
      2 You Get To Rome
      3 Out Of Time
      4 Throwback
      5 No Secrets
      6 Yes To Everything
      7 No Use Waiting
      8 All In Your Head
      9 Better Late Than Never
      10 Over And Over
      11 Too Good To Be True
      12 It Will Work Out
      13 Flash In The Pan

      Jim James third studio album ‘Uniform Distortion’ follows on from his previous success from being frontman of My Morning Jacket.Uniform Distortion was produced by Jim James and Kevin Ratterman at Louisville, KY’s La La Land, with Ratterman also serving as recording engineer. All songs were written by James, who is backed on the album by bassist Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) and longtime touring drummer Dave Givan, with backing vocals provided throughout by Dear Lemon Trees’ Leslie Stevens, Jamie Drake and Kathleen Grace. “The name of my new record is Uniform Distortion because I feel like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news and important information. More and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth…and finding hope in places like the desert where I write this now...finding hope in the land and in the water and in old books offering new ideas and most importantly in each other and love.” says James. Uniform Distortion is James’ finest work to date filled with compassion and brimming with meaningful ideology. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Jim James does things differently on his solo records and this one's no exception. Raw, playful and rocking, but still with melodies galore, which other massive alt-rock stars keep things this fresh!

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Just A Fool
      2. You Get To Rome
      3. Out Of Time
      4. Throwback
      5. No Secrets
      6. Yes To Everything
      7. No Use Waiting
      8. All In Your Head
      9. Better Late Than Never
      10. Over And Over
      11. Too Good To Be True

      Jim James

      Tribute To

        Tribute To is a collection of George Harrison songs recorded by Jim after George’s death. “All I had was that eight track at our studio and right after George died I just went up there and sat in a room and played those songs to try and deal with the emotions I felt from his passing and pay tribute to him” said Jim James.

        Spin described the EP as “spare and somber – just that windy Americana tenor against a squeaky acoustic guitar … Many of us remember where we were when Harrison died; now we hear when James began to heal.”


        This re-issue includes a bonus track, a cover of "If Not For You".

        TRACK LISTING

        Long, Long, Long
        Behind That Locked Door
        Love You To
        If Not For You
        My Sweet Lord
        Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
        All Things Must Pass

        Jim James

        Tribute To 2

          After releasing the politically charged solo album ‘Eternally Even’ in 2016, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James returns with ‘Tribute To 2’, a collection of cover songs that reverberate with hope.

          Unlike his 2009 mini album of songs by George Harrison and the Beatles, ‘Tribute To’, which was recorded on an eight-track, reel-toreel tape recorder in the days following Harrison’s passing, the 11 songs of ‘Tribute To 2’ were recorded over a period of years, in different places, with different gear and varied instrumentation. James explains, “These are some of my favourite covers - songs I recorded trying to bring myself peace during a rough time or trying to make myself laugh or just have fun. I hope others can relate and enjoy the journey during these tough times and hopefully in times of peace and love as well!”

          "If you don't vote it's on you, not me," Jim James sings on his second solo album. It's an election-year entreaty geared towards too-pure leftoid lintheads, but the song is no screed, befitting a guy whose music usually turns inward. James floats his humidly ethereal soul mumble over seven minutes of a languid beat, cottony strings and chill organ bleat. Throughout Eternally Even, the My Morning Jacket mainman renders his change gospel with conversational grace, Bill Withers warmth, Sly Stone optimism and Neil Young conviction – less soap box pugilist than lazy-Sunday sage.

          The music recalls Aquarian soul, Nineties trip-hop and laser-gun funk: "True Nature" ties a find-your-mission message to a hazily coiled Blacksploitation groove; the loose flowing prettiness of "Here in Spirit" links today's battles to a history of struggle. The sonic spaciness can sometimes undercut James' less probing moments ("This world is war and blood when it could've been love," he observes on "We Ain't Getting Any Younger (Pt. 2.)" More often, the effect is charming. The gentlest moment is the title cut, in which his Kentucky coo cuddles against a track that's like Dark Side of the Moon as an astral doo-wop lovers prayer, reaching for a personal and social over-the-rainbow moment of Zen so sweetly visioned it feels like it's already unfolding –walking in the shadows, tripping towards the light. 



          STAFF COMMENTS

          Andy says: This record has the meandering, groovy, mellow and melancholic vibe of Marvin's masterpiece "Here, My Dear". Stoned, soulful, fuzzy songs bleed into one another to create a powerful meditation on the times (political and personal). It is a stunning record.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Hide In Plain Sight
          2. Same Old Lie
          3. Here In Spirit
          4. The World's Smiling Now
          5. We Ain't Getting Any Younger Pt. 1
          6. We Ain't Getting Any Younger Pt. 2 [Explicit]
          7. True Nature
          8. In The Moment
          9. Eternally Even


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