Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session

£79.00

Lacquers cut by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound. Expanded gatefold edition with additional photos, new cover design as the musicians/artist intended

 

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Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session

Recorded originally at 44.1kHz/16-bit

Remastered by original recording engineer Peter Moore, and Cowboy Junkies

Lacquers cut by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound

Expanded gatefold edition with additional photos, new cover design as the musicians/artist intended

New liner notes written by author and music editor Jason Schneider

Stoughton Printing old-style tip-on gatefold jacket

Plated and pressed on 180g vinyl at Quality Record Pressings

Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session

Yes, this is a digital recording. True to company principles, Analogue Productions in almost all cases reissues recordings only where the analogue master tape is available.

However, there are rare exceptions that whether digitally recorded or otherwise, a recording is so outstanding it’s worthy of the highest quality vinyl reissue.

 “Regardless, sonics are first-rate, as is Analogue Productions’ knockout reissue.

 The sound is exceptionally ambient and airy, with a remarkable sense of depth and a seemingly endless stage.

 Instruments are creamy-rich in texture, as is Timmins’ come-hither vocal style. If you love Trinity Sessions, you’ll want this edition.”Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, February 2017.

Cowboy Junkies recorded this spectacular LP as a “live” event Nov. 27, 1987 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto. It was recorded with a digital R-Dat and using only a Calrec Ambisonic Microphone.

What this means is the record sounds like the band was playing right in front of you with the perfect ambiance.

Featuring the sultry voice of Margo Timmins, the precise musicianship of her brothers Peter (on drums) and Michael (on guitar), and bassist Alan Anton, The Trinity Session is a spare, evocative, countrified-rock classic.

First released in late 1988, The Trinity Session was named “Album of the Year” by The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times described it as “a quiet, special record that challenges traditional music.” Rolling Stone declared the album to be “as important as it its inspiring.”

Today, it remains much more than a snapshot of a single day’s work captured on tape.

So for this deluxe Analogue Productions reissue, they have pulled out all the stops.

Starting with new mastering from the original session digital tapes by the original recording engineer, Peter Moore. And lacquer cutting by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound.

The church where the album was recorded was selected on the basis of work Moore had done there with other jazz and classical artists. Using a single Calrec Ambisonic microphone, the results are stunning.

Next, they kicked up the packaging and content several notches.

You’re holding a heavyweight old-style tip-on Stoughton Printing jacket, and it has brand-new liner notes by author and music editor Jason Schneider. Schneider is the author of Whispering Pines: the Northern Roots of American Music from Hank Snow to The Band.

He’s also the roots music editor at Exclaim! and his work has been published in Paste, The Word, The Toronto Star and other publications.

The liner notes share space with additional recording session photos, inside and on the back cover.

Additionally, the cover has been redesigned to remove the lettering and photo distortion originally applied and make it appear as the musicians/artist originally intended. Lastly, this sonic treasure has been pressed on 180g vinyl at Quality Record Pressings, maker of the world’s finest LPs, with stampers plated by master plating technician Gary Salstrom.

The inspired reworking of both “Blue Moon” and “Working On A Building” reveal the Timmins family to be talented interpreters and insightful neo-traditionalists.

Mixing the ambitious song writing of Margo and Michael Timmins with subdued covers of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” and Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” The Trinity Session is an exquisite collection that holds up quite well under repeated listening.

“The main appeal of The Trinity Session, the Cowboy Junkies’ second album, remains its lo-fi sound. The ambient buzz of Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity, where the Junkies recorded the album around one microphone, colours every song, reinforcing the live setting and generating vinyl intimacy even on CD. It’s as if the church itself was an instrument, one that Junkies could play pretty well. It allows Margo Timmins’ voice to fill your field of vision, simultaneously soothing and unsettling, while her brother Michael’s guitar rumbles through the songs, a little louder and sharper than anticipated.”— Pitchfork

 

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Analogue Productions It was in 1992 that Acoustic Sounds owner Chad Kassem reissued his first Analogue Productions title, Virgil Thompson's The Plow That Broke The Plains, originally on Vanguard. Analogue Productions began as a vehicle for Kassem to license his favorite all-time recordings and reissue them as remastered and as a superior version to the original release. Since its inception AP has reissued hundreds of titles, ranging from classical to folk, pop, rock, blues and jazz. Included in the many highlights of Analogue Productions' history are the Fantasy 45 Jazz Reissues, the Blue Note Reissues, and premium box sets of the music of such legendary acts as The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nat "King" Cole and Norah Jones. True to its name, Analogue Productions works with the original analogue master tapes - more than any other reissue label! The result is superior sound - richer, warmer and more lifelike, than digital.

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