Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Universal
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


The Jayhawks Mockingbird Time 180g 2LP

The Jayhawks

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Audiophile-Quality 180g Vinyl! Mastered by Bob Ludwig! Impeccable Vocal Harmonies!

Mockingbird Time is the first album recorded with the original lineup including Gary Louris and Mark Olson since 1995's Tomorrow The Green Grass.

During their heyday in the first half of the 1990s, The Jayhawks perfected a captivating sound that seamlessly blended the elegant folk-rock of The Byrds, the adventurousness of Buffalo Springfield, the hippiebilly soulfulness of The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the soaring harmonies of The Beach Boys.  So it's richly ironic that their reappearance coincides with a dramatic resurgence of the musical approach they played such a central role in perpetuating - but this time around, The Jayhawks themselves are revered as icons by the young bands carrying on those same traditions, and it's their own legacy that they're advancing.  On Mockingbird Time, their 8th album, and the first with the original lineup since 1995's Tomorrow The Green Grass, they're once again pushign the envelope in songs and performances of rarified dynamism and grace.  The album's shapes and textures range from the string-laden grandeur of "Hide Your Colors" and the widescreen vistas of "Tiny Arrows" to the streamlined 12-string jangle of "She Walks In So Many Ways" and the amphetamine frenzy of "High Water Blues".

The 12-track album is the first full-band studio release featuring both founding members Gary Louris and Mark Olson since 1995’s Tomorrow the Green Grass. Of returning to the studio Louris tells Rolling Stone magazine, “Our goal is to make the best Jayhawks album that’s ever been done. Mark and I both feel that there is some business left undone and we got together and wrote some great songs.”

"This is a record for a true Jayhawks fan who loves Tomorrow The Green Grass," said Louris. "It's not a mirror image, but it has a lot of the same elements."

In addition to co-writing all the songs with Olson, Louris also produced the record. Mockingbird Time was recorded in Minneapolis at The Terrarium Recording Studios over a month’s time during the winter of 2010. Other original band members featured on the record include Karen Grotberg (keyboards, vocals), Tim O’Reagan (drums, vocals) and Marc Perlman (bass). Of returning to the studio as The Jayhawks, Louris notes, “The difference from then and now is that Mark and I have both experienced different kinds of music and expanded our palates. So this record has moments of experimentation and a bit of worldliness. I like a well-crafted, in-and-out kind of song, but with Mark, the lyrics dictate the music, and he’ll go off into interesting, asymmetrical compositions. So it’s a nice balance. Certain things were meant to be—like peanut butter and jelly—and Mark and I just work well together. And having done a lot of co-writing during the last six or seven years, I’m more appreciative of the magic that we have together. That doesn’t come along very often for anybody.”

Of the band’s performance as a reunited quintet, the Chicago Tribune heralded, “During a soaring two-hour set, the Jayhawks put on a clinic in the art of blended melodies and balanced songwriting. As always, Olson and fellow guitarist/singer Gary Louris’ impeccable vocal harmonies held sway.”

"Mark Olson and Gary Louris have reconvened The Jayhawks' classic lineup and made one more great album." - UNCUT, 4 Stars!!!

• 180g Double Vinyl
• Deluxe Gatefold Packaging
• Mastered at Gateway Mastering
• Mastered by Bob Ludwig
• Pressed at Rainbo Records

Gary Louris
Mark Olson
Karen Grotberg
Tim O'Reagan
Marc Perlman

LP1 - Side 1:

1. Hide Your Colors
2. Closer To Your Side
3. Tiny Arrows
LP1 - Side 2:
1. She Walks In So Many Ways
2. High Water Blues
3. Mockingbird Time
LP2 - Side 3:
1. Stand Out In The Rain
2. Cinnamon Love
3. Guilder Annie
LP2 - Side 4:
1. Black-Eyed Susan
2. Pouring Rain At Dawn
3. Hey Mr. Man

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