When Mark Linkous tragically died in 2010, he left behind a catalog that seemed destined for constant reappraisal: his sonically daring, broken and sad deconstruction of folk rock, indie rock, and singer-songwriter music was ahead of its time in 1995, and feels even more out of lockstep with anything happening today. He remains a singular talent, a performer who deserves the kind of lavish box set that performers who sell many more records than he did in his day get. Which is why VMP is pleased to announce this: Box of Stars: The Sparklehorse Collection, a new box set that compiles Sparklehorse’s first four LPs, all of which are out of print on vinyl, and none of them have received the kind of reissue treatment we’re giving these albums.
The box set features 1995’s Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot, 1998’s Good Morning Spider, 2001’s It’s A Wonderful Life, and 2006’s Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain, which have been remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, plated at QRP, and pressed on 180 gram vinyl. To make sure these sound better than they ever have before, we’ve expanded this from a 4LP set to a 7LP set, with exclusive Side D etchings on three of the albums, done by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering. The set comes with a liner notes booklet by Erin Osmon, and the deluxe edition comes with a T-shirt.
Box of Stars is available to everyone right now, but VMP Members will be able to get it for $50 less than non-members. You can head over here to purchase the standard edition, and the deluxe edition. In the meantime, let’s listen to “It’s A Wonderful Life”: