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Magnolia Electric Co. - 10 Year Anniversary Edition [VINYL] [Double LP]

Songs: Ohia Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (25 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B00FA1DEYS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Farewell Transmission
2. I've Been Riding With the Ghost
3. Just Be Simple
4. Almost Was Good Enough
5. The Old Black Hen
6. Peoria Lunch Box Blues
7. John Henry Split My Heart
8. Hold On Magnolia
9. The Big Game Is Every Night
10. Whip Poor Will
Disc: 2
1. Farewell Transmission
2. I've Been Riding With the Ghost
3. Just Be Simple
4. The Old Black Hen
5. Peoria Lunch Box Blues
6. John Henry Split My Heart
7. Hold On Magnolia
8. The Big Game Is Every Night
9. Whip Poor Will

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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs: Ohia - Bad Luck Lullabies 25 Nov 2013
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
2013 has been a fine year for reissues although none can be more welcome than this 10 Year Anniversary Edition of Magnolia Electric Co confusingly the last album by Songs: Ohia before Jason Molina took the name of this album for his new band. No surprises there, "Magnolia Electric Co" is Molina's masterpiece and celebrating its decade long existence is right and proper. Molina died earlier this year at the age of 39 as a result of chronic alcoholism. His music had a dark heart and a desolate core. He sung about it, lived it and possibly died of it. Often compared to Neil Young the music of Jason Molina went well beyond that of a mere copyist. He was a true original, always located on the fringes of success and a man whose recognition that he was "paralysed by emptiness" led him towards destruction that played out in "bad luck lullabies". His music is Americana gold including classics like the uber powerful seven minutes of the epic "Farewell Transmission", the quiet wonder of one of his greatest songs "Just be simple", the power surge of "John Henry Split my Heart" and the wasted country beauty of "Hold on Magnolia". The album was also unique in that Molina relinquished his vocal duties on two songs, the Merle Haggard-esque "The Old Black Hen" and the sauntering "Peoria Lunch Box Blues", giving the lead vocals respectively to Lawrence Peters and Scout Niblett.

Beyond the core of the released album in this 10th Anniversary Edition are extra rare tracks and a second disc consisting only of demos, which was originally released, in its first pressing. Taking the demo album first this truly does add weight to the originals. Firstly it has Molina doing his own versions of "Old Black Hen" and "Peoria" which are rough, ready and heartbreaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, emotive; utterly wonderful 6 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I confess, I came late to Jason Molina and Songs:Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co.; too late to hear him sing/play live, or to experience, in relation to both his projects, the thrill one gets when awaiting a new record. He's been dead over 10 months. However, this is a record I will treasure for a long time. From the opening riff on the brilliant Farewell Transmisson every track is captivating: Molina's voice full of yearning, vulnerability and yet control, the guitars simultaneously evoking truck-stops and prairies, the lyrics thought provoking and evocative; the rest of the band all ramshackle thrust, and yet able to tread lightly when the mood demands. Highlights - Farewell Transmission, I've Been Riding with the Ghost, the plaintive Just Be Simple, Peoria Lunch Box Blues (with Scout Niblett providing an ethereal guest vocal), and the swirling John Henry Split My Heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Work Of Art. 13 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
Jason Molina was superb and this is , possibly , his finest album . He made a few beauties though. Red On Black pretty much covers things in his review , saying all i would want to say about this album , which i consider to be a classic. Such a shame that Jason is no longer with us , he had so much left to offer and some beautiful music still to make. Also , in addition to the other albums mentioned by Red On Black i would like to add The Graceless Age by John Murry , another gem in similar style.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Magnolia Electric Co 26 Feb 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
For me the second disc doesn't do it but hey the actual record itself is magnificent especially when you read up on Jason's history.....4 star stuff indeed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs: Ohia - Bad Luck Lullabies 25 Nov 2013
By Red on Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
2013 has been a fine year for reissues although none can be more welcome than this 10 Year Anniversary Edition of Magnolia Electric Co confusingly the last album by Songs: Ohia before Jason Molina took the name of this album for his new band. No surprises there, "Magnolia Electric Co" is Molina's masterpiece and celebrating its decade long existence is right and proper. Molina died earlier this year at the age of 39 as a result of chronic alcoholism. His music had a dark heart and a desolate core. He sung about it, lived it and possibly died of it. Often compared to Neil Young the music of Jason Molina went well beyond that of a mere copyist. He was a true original, always located on the fringes of success and a man whose recognition that he was "paralysed by emptiness" led him towards destruction that played out in "bad luck lullabies". His music is Americana gold including classics like the uber powerful seven minutes of the epic "Farewell Transmission", the quiet wonder of one of his greatest songs "Just be simple", the power surge of "John Henry Split my Heart" and the wasted country beauty of "Hold on Magnolia". The album was also unique in that Molina relinquished his vocal duties on two songs, the Merle Haggard-esque "The Old Black Hen" and the sauntering "Peoria Lunch Box Blues", giving the lead vocals respectively to Lawrence Peters and Scout Niblett.

Beyond the core of the released album in this 10th Anniversary Edition are extra rare tracks and a second disc consisting only of demos, which was originally released, in its first pressing. Taking the demo album first this truly does add weight to the originals. Firstly it has Molina doing his own versions of "Old Black Hen" and "Peoria" which are rough, ready and heartbreaking. There are also sterling versions of "Farewell Transmission", an uber poignant "Hold on Magnolia", a stripped back version of "I've been riding with the ghost" that this reviewer prefers to the original and two acoustic demos of the extra tracks "Whip Poor Will" and what must rank as one of Molina's greatest songs "The Big Game is Every Night". The former appeared in a polished version on 2009's "Josephine" but both sweet versions here beg the question why Molina left them of "MEC". The lines on "Whip Poor Will" still resonate not least "so all of you folks in heaven not too busy ringing the bell/some of us down here ain't doing very well/ some of us with our windows open in the Southern Cross motel". When it comes to the "The Big Game is Every Night" this was originally included on the Japanese pressing of the album. It pick ups up the whole gamut of Molina themes of the moon, blues, artists, musicians and a hardy perennial references to snakes. The acoustic version of the song is actually less harrowing than the electric version which stretches to 10 minutes and where he finishes with the embittered observation "Show an American if really I am the snake they're all saying/If they look up here do they see just my black tail swaying?/If I'm all fangs and all lies and all poison/If I'm really what they're saying/I don't want to disappoint them". Like "Blue Factory Flame" it is utterly engrossing and compelling. The raw power of the songs conclusion sees Molina reach the pinnacle of his recording career.

The passage of ten years and the passing of Jason Molina confirms that "Magnolia Electric Co" is every bit the equal of Neil Young's "On the Beach", Will Oldham's "I See A Darkness" and Johnny Cash's "American III - Solitary Man". Sadly we just didn't know how great Molina was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 10 Jan 2014
By That Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't view many albums as worthy of five stars, but from the opening cut (Farewell Transmission) I was drawn in. The lyrics are painfully honest and introspective (similar to Elliott Smith), while the melodies and performances are at points ethereal and always beautiful. There are shades of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Vic Chesnutt, Sun Kil Moon and Neil Young here, but Molina's voice is definitely his own.

The second disc is great too - alternate cuts that stand on their own, even if some have an under-engineered demo vibe (which I like a lot).

Overall, the music is quite dark and sad, but also hopeful. It's really unlike anything else in my collection and I give it my highest recommendation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do the bandmates takeover lead vocals?! 25 Jan 2014
By Tex: Innocent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Jason Molina, we all loved him. This is my favourite of the Songs:Ohia albums. Full-bore, full band country without the burning barns and dead dogs of the mainstream country world. Some of the poetry on this one is truly lovely, sketching out some of the feelings and phrasing that would shine on the later 'Fading Trails' by Magnolia Electric Co (band).

Still wish he sang lead on all 8 tracks though.
5.0 out of 5 stars long dark blues 7 Dec 2013
By jimbo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In five years i've gone from never having heard of Jason Molina to owning every album he has released. This deluxe issue with demo's adds to what already was an all-time great rock-n-roll record.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best record ever? 6 Dec 2013
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Why is album not considered one of the greatest ever made? I guess it's because somehow it's gone unnoticed by the mainstream know it alls. Long live Jason Molina!
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