140 / 150 Gram Vinyl Record
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Stunning collaboration with a symphony orchestra by the Grammy-winning folk rock duo
Spanning material from throughout the Indigo Girls' career
Plated and pressed on 150-gram 3LP by Quality Record Pressings!
The Grammy-winning folk rock duo Indigo Girls — Amy Ray and Emily Saliers — in 2012 embarked on a bold new chapter, collaborating with a pair of orchestrators to prepare larger-than-life arrangements of their songs to perform with symphonies around the country. A challenging endeavor to be sure, but Ray and Saliers managed to find that elusive sonic sweet spot with the project, creating a seamless blend of folk, rock, pop, and classical that elevated their songs to new emotional heights without sacrificing any of the emotional intimacy and honesty that have defined their music for decades.
Now, after more than 50 performances with symphonies across America, the experience has finally been captured in all its grandeur on the band's stunning new album, Indigo Girls Live With The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Recorded in front of a sold-out audience in Boulder, Co., and deftly mixed by Grammy-winner Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), the record showcases Indigo Girls at their finest: raw, real, and revelatory. Ray and Saliers' voices are both powerful and delicate here, their intertwined harmonies riding on the crest of an emotional tidal wave created by Sean O'Loughlin and Stephen Barber's dazzling arrangements. The orchestrations are as richly cinematic as a film score (think John Williams rather than J.S. Bach), and the 64-piece symphony wrings every ounce of passion from them, helping to bring the band's evocative storytelling to more vivid life than ever before. To add to the magestic presence of these recordings, they're being released as a 3LP set plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs noted for their super-quiet audiophile-quality vinyl.
"We didn't want to just slap some classical music on an Indigo Girls track and call it a day," says Ray. "We wanted these songs to be as dramatic and as big as they could be. We wanted active arrangements that would make full use of the symphony and give them total reign. There was no way we were going to get onstage with all those amazing musicians and waste their talent."
Spanning material from throughout the band's career, the 22-song set features a mix of reimagined classics, unexpected deep cuts, and tracks from Indigo Girls' latest studio album, One Lost Day.
"Compromise" wraps its punk roots around spaghetti western strings, while the brass on "Go" flexes explosive marching band muscle, and "The Power Of Two" nods to the lush arrangements of legendary songwriters like Tom Waits and Harry Nilsson. The energy in the room that night was infectious, with both the musicians and fans feeding off the same visceral electricity, and the crowd couldn't help but join in for a massive sing-along on "Closer To Fine." There's an unmistakable sense of community and inclusion on the album, in part because that's a hallmark of every Indigo Girls show, but also in part because Ray and Saliers considered themselves pieces of the orchestra for the performance, no more and no less important than any other artist on the stage.
|Able To Sing|
|Happy In The Sorrow Key|
|Power Of Two|
|Love Of Our Lives|
|Come A Long Way|
|Come On Home|
|Closer To Fine|