JONATHAN RICHMAN – ” I Jonathan “

Posted: August 16, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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I, Jonathan’ is the fourth solo album by Jonathan Richman, released by the Rounder Records label in 1992. This is the first time it has ever been available on vinyl. As the founder of influential protopunk band The Modern Lovers, Richman had strived to convey authentic emotions and storytelling with his music. “I, Jonathan” continued this aesthetic with simple and sparse rock and roll arrangements, and straightforward lyrics about mundane topics. Songs on the album addressed topics such as backyard parties (“Parties in the U.S.A”), memories of neighbourhoods in which Richman had lived (“Rooming House on Venice Beach” and “Twilight in Boston”) and his admiration of his primary musical inspiration, the Velvet Underground (“Velvet Underground”). The latter song includes a brief interlude of the Velvet Underground song, Sister Ray.

The album helped increase Richman’s cultural profile, which would include a 1993 appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in which Richman performed one of the album’s songs, “I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar”

In celebration of Rounder Records’ 50th anniversary, we’re pleased to announce the first-ever vinyl reissue of “I, Jonathan”, the 1992 lo-fi masterpiece from singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman.

I, Jonathan exemplifies Richman’s childlike ability to see the everyday–block parties, dancing, twilight walks–with wide-eyed wonder. The pop traditionalist’s familiar trademarks are all here: sometimes wobbly, but charmingly sincere vocals; crisply strummed guitars and simple, ‘60s-rooted rhythms. One of our most anticipated releases of the year is finally here! The first-ever vinyl reissue of I, Jonathan, the 1992 lo-fi masterpiece from singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman, is out now. Due to demand, the first pressing is already sold-out, with a second pressing due back in stock mid-September. In the meantime, you can still reserve your copy at the Craft store!

I, Jonathan exemplifies Richman’s childlike ability to see the everyday–block parties, dancing, twilight walks–with wide-eyed wonder. The pop traditionalist’s familiar trademarks are all here: sometimes wobbly, but charmingly sincere vocals; crisply strummed guitars and simple, ‘60s-rooted rhythms

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