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Blake Babies "Innocence and Experience" Vinyl Reissue *PRE-ORDER*

American Laundromat Recordings We are beyond excited to reissue this fantastic Blake Babies collection on vinyl. It’s always been a favorite and we worked with John, Freda and Juliana on every aspect of the reissue.

The title is a reference to the William Blake collection of poems Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

Perched right on the edge of genuine stardom thanks to the critical adoration of 1990’s Sunburn and the general sea change heralded by the commercial success of Nirvana and other alt rockers, the Blake Babies chose instead to break up. It was nothing personal; John P. Strohm and Freda Boner were homesick for Indiana and Juliana Hatfield didn’t want to leave Boston. That sort of casualness typified the band throughout their brief existence, and indeed, it’s a huge part of their charm. Coyly taking their name from the most famous book of poetry by their name’s inspiration, Innocence and Experience is a similarly off-the-cuff collection. Less a full-career overview than a collection of rarities, favorite tracks, and demos, the 14-track collection hits all of the group’s releases, paying particular attention to Sunburn and its immediate predecessor, 1989’s Earwig. It has some faults as a retrospective, but it does hit almost all of the high points (Earwig’s “Take Your Head off My Shoulder” and Sunburn’s “Look Away” are the most egregious omissions) and the demos are interestingly different from the more familiar versions. Also of interest to Hatfield fans is the inclusion of “Boiled Potato,” the rarity that Hatfield would rework as the anorexia metaphor “Feed Me” on her 1992 EP I See You.

Our good friend and long-time collaborator Sean Glonek at SRG Studios handled remastering, Carl Saff in Chicago cut metal, and vinyl was pressed by hand at Burlington Record Plant in Burlington, VT. The artwork is recreated from the original Mammoth art but with a little twist thanks to the skill and creativity of award-winning designer Aaron Tanner of Melodic Virtue. We also included the liner notes and photos from the original CD booklet as a newly-designed inner sleeve. We’re very proud of this reissue and hope you enjoy it.

Band members

  • Juliana Hatfield – vocals, guitars, bass, piano and keyboards
  • John Strohm – vocals, guitars, bass and keyboards
  • Freda Love Smith – vocals and drums

 

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