Sleater-Kinney to Release Limited Edition ‘Start Together’ Vinyl Box Set
If binge-watching ‘Portlandia‘ has got you thinking about picking up a few of the Sleater-Kinney LPs that helped make Carrie Brownstein famous, you might want to hold off about a month.
The Pacific Northwesterners have announced their entire remastered discography in a limited edition vinyl box set called ‘Start Together’ on Oct. 21 via Sub Pop. Remastered versions of each of Sleater-Kinney’s seven albums — from their self-titled 1995 debut to 2005’s ‘The Woods’ — will also be released individually on LP and CD the same day.
The box set comes with all seven albums on colored vinyl, a 44-page hardcover book featuring never-before-seen photos and a limited edition print. The individually released albums will be pressed on black vinyl.
Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound remastered the albums from their original analog tapes and said in a statement that the new versions are a sonic step up:
For such ferocious music, it was actually a very delicate process. I found, in dealing with one of the earlier albums, that my signal path and compression, including my Burl B2 convertor, gave me a more resonant, deeper sound on the guitars than the originals. Because the band rarely, if ever, used bass, I felt that this added to the aggressiveness and power of the band overall. I believe this treatment added a subtle, yet important, dimension to the band, and I explored each of the other albums with the same intention. Above all, their music, from inception, stands the test of time for the cleverness and emotional impact they brought to their genre.
After the band broke up in 2006, singer-guitarist Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss played together in Wild Flag and Brownstein went on to co-create the sketch comedy show, ‘Portlandia,’ with Fred Armisen. Brownstein is also writing a movie version of the British minseries, ‘Lost in Austen.’
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