During its heyday between December 2007 and February 2008, the special Thunderegg Platinum fan club delivered secret download instructions for a series of originals and covers, all recorded at Thunderegg's then-headquarters in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Now all of that era's sessions have been mastered by our friend Carl Saff in Chicago and are collected for the first time as a single album. Originals include the pretty "Smoke Signals" and the sour-grapes anthem "Retarty," but Platinum's most shining moments may be on the covers: Greg Zinman (Sea Ray) turns Ronee Blakely's "Dues" into a shimmering, sprawling guitar epic, Josh Nelson (Rusticators) takes Bob Wills's "Bubbles in My Beer" on a smoldering banjo-uke ride, and John Prine's "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore" becomes a flat-out party (with requisite space-rock breakdown) thanks to Will's cousin Fletcher C. Johnson (the Fletcher Band, King Tuff, The Weight). Now an entirely free download.
released 01 September 2009
See individual songs for composition credits. Recorded to a Tascam 424 at Manhattan Bridge Four-Track Operation, this time located at 136 Westminster Road, Brooklyn, December 2007 to February 2008, except for "The Voice," which was recorded there in March 2009, and "And We Were Happy," which was recorded on the porch of 180 Springdale Road, Princeton, NJ, in June 2007. Big thanks to Tom Colligan, Greg Zinman, Josh Nelson, and Fletcher Johnson. Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago. Mosaic by Mark Hewko.
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