Monday, August 27, 2012

Archers Of Loaf - All the Nations Airports - Clear Vinyl

Merge (2012, Reissue)

When it comes to the 3rd Archers of Loaf record to be reissued by Merge, I'll start off with the same complaint that I had for the 1st 2 reissues. The bonus material should have been on a 2nd LP, not included as a download only. Not that there's anything particularly revelatory about the demos and other outtakes that make up this bonus material, but still, if you are doing a proper reissue campaign, do it right.

This is the 2nd Archers reissue that features redone artwork. A painting of the original cover. I think this is a great idea, and I wish they had thought of this when Icky Mettle came out. Musically, this is where Archers of Loaf started to lose me a bit. I only like about 1/2 of the record and even the stand out tracks like Strangled By The Stereo Wire, Vocal Shrapnel & the song All The Nations Airports, all would be lesser tracks on either of the 1st 2 Archers records.

The clear vinyl looks good, the artwork is nicely done and It's great news that the Archers Of Loaf catalog is available again, but my money will always go to Vee Vee & Icky Mettle before I move on to to any of their other albums.

Archers Of Loaf - All The Nations Airports:

Archers Of Loaf - Vocal Shrapnel:

1 comment:

  1. Icky Mettle is the standard by which all other AOL records are judged by. I agree these should have been double vinyl.