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Magnolia Electric Company Co. (Deluxe 2xCD Reissue)

Songs: Ohia Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,951 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 (Bonus Track)
10. Whip Poor Will (Bonus Track)
Disc: 2
1. Farewell Transmission (Demo)
2. I've Been Riding With the Ghost (Demo)
3. Just Be Simple (Demo)
4. The Old Black Hen (Demo)
5. Peoria Lunch Box Blues (Demo)
6. John Henry Split My Heart (Demo)
7. Hold On Magnolia (Demo)
8. The Big Game Is Every Night (Demo)
9. Whip Poor Will (Demo)

Editorial Reviews

The hallmark of Jason Molina's career, Magnolia Electric Co., is both a confluence of all he would create and a line in the sand to mark a shift in his songwriting approach. It was the last statement under his iconic Songs: Ohia moniker, and the moment before he began making new legends as Magnolia Electric Co. for the next 10 years. Now with Molina gone, his work gathers more weight and meaning. This expanded 10-year anniversary edition of Magnolia Electric Co. features one never-before-released track plus many rarities.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs: Ohia - Bad Luck Lullabies November 25, 2013
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime January 10, 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why do the bandmates takeover lead vocals?! January 25, 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars long dark blues December 7, 2013
By jimbo
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.
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