skm1.jpgIf you just read the above headline and asked yourself, “Wait, a reissue? Didn’t that album just come out a few years ago?” You would indeed be correct, as Sun Kil Moon’s Ghosts of The Great Highway was released in 2003 on Jet Set Records, who apparently dropped the ball and let it go out of print.

Not to fear. Mark Kozelek’s own Caldo Verde label saves the day and re-releases the neo-classic complete with a bonus disc of extra tracks. An admitted sucker for all things Kozelek related, I picked this up a couple of weeks ago while record shopping at Amoeba on Sunset.

Bottom line: Pick up this album if you don’t already own it. When I say “neo-classic,” I mean it. It’s quite possibly Kozelek’s finest moment in terms of song quality and overall album cohesiveness. The bonus disc (consisting of alt versions and acoustic renderings), while nice, is not “essential,” but a nice add on considering the reissue sells for the same price as the original.

Below: Listen to this alternate version of “Carry Me Ohio.” off the bonus album. The original version happens to rank as one of my favorite Kozelek penned tunes.

Elsewhere: Captain’s Dead has a Sun Kil Moon show from 2004 available for download

Sun Kil Moon :: Carry Me Ohio (alternate version)
Amazon: Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts of the Great Highway (Reissue) ++ ++

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+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional Sun Kil Moon MP3s

8 Responses to “Ghosts of the Great Highway :: 2007 Reissue”

  1. Wow – such a great album. Glenn Tipton is another doozy. Congrats on the radio show. Looking forward to hearing your mixes.

  2. This has been one of my favorite albums since I bought it. Great songs from top to bottom, especially Glenn Tipton and Salvador Sanchez. Best songs about a Judas Priest guitarist and a boxer ever written.

  3. couldn’t agree more, great album…we def need a new album of originals

  4. Whenever you post anything about Kozelek, I always leave the same sort of comment – Can’t get enough of that guy, all hail the mighty Koz, etc.

    But, you know, I don’t mind being predictable.

  5. I haven’t been able to stop listening to that album since it came out. Kozelek’s best work. I put Old Ramon in second place.

  6. the link of the alternative version doesn’t work

  7. links are only good for 2 weeks

  8. […] Following folksy opener Kath Bloom, Kozelek played a wide variety of songs including the requisite Modest Mouse covers as well as covers of Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s “New Partner” and Judy […]

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