Neutral Milk Hotel - The Collected Works Of Neutral Milk Hotel

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Pre-Order. Released 24th February, via Merge

The two full-length records that Jeff Mangum made as Neutral Milk Hotel sound both in and out of time. Like translations of a shared subconscious, 1996’s On Avery Island and 1998’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea give voice to the perennial spirit of youthful epiphany, of beginning to see the world clearly, to process and express it—no matter when you encounter them. With lo-fi indie rock, accordion, singing saw, tape collages, the so-called “zanzithophone” and beyond, Neutral Milk Hotel created an eternal entry into their Elephant 6 scene and an enduring feeling of possibility. Mangum was born in the small city of Ruston, Louisiana, coming of age within the ’80s and ’90s indie and punk undergrounds, a movement of teenagers recording in their bedrooms, sharing zines and trading tapes, listening to hardcore and experimental music on college radio. For all the mythology Mangum’s elusive persona has accrued, it’s the beguiling songs themselves that have resonated so deeply for generations. In 2011, Mangum collected nearly all of the band’s recorded output in a limited-edition box set (self-released under Neutral Milk Hotel Records, a small operation helmed by Mangum and his mother) which is now being updated for wide reissue by the band’s longtime label Merge RecordsBlack matte box is a 2-piece telescoping casewrapped package. Outer shrinkwrap includes a front sticker with “Neutral Milk Hotel,” and a back sticker listing box contents.

Full Contents: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea LP is 11 tracks pressed 33RPM to black vinyl in a gatefold jacket + printed insert for full album download. On Avery Island 2LP is 12 tracks pressed to double black vinyl in a gatefold jacket + 11 x 11 printed insert + printed insert for full album download. Sides A, B and C pressed 45RPM. Side D pressed 33RPM. Live at Jittery Joe’s 12” picture disc is 11 tracks pressed 33RPM to a full color picture disc in a heavyweight poly jacket + printed insert for full album download. Ferris Wheel on Fire 10” is 8 tracks pressed 45RPM to black vinyl in a printed jacket + postcard insert + printed insert for full album download. Everything Is 10” is 7 tracks pressed 45RPM to black vinyl in a printed jacket + postcard insert + printed insert for full album download. “Little Birds” 7” is 2 tracks pressed 45RPM to black vinyl in a printed jacket + printed insert for full album download. 7” housed in a heavyweight poly jacket. “You’ve Passed” 7” is 2 tracks pressed 45RPM to black vinyl in a printed jacket + printed insert for full album download. 7” housed in a heavyweight poly jacket. “Holland” 7” is 2 tracks pressed 45RPM to black vinyl in a printed jacket + printed insert for full album download. 7” housed in a heavyweight poly jacket. 2 folded posters, each printed one side and each 24” x 24” when flat. 1 postcard, printed front and back with box set information and sized 3.75” x 5”. All of above assembled in a 12" two-piece telescoping case-wrapped box.

Track Listing: "On Avery Island" 2LP Side A (45 RPM) 1 Song Against Sex 2 You've Passed 3 Someone is Waiting Side B (45 RPM) 4 A Baby for Pree 5 Marching Theme 6 Where You'll Find Me Now Side C (45 RPM)7 Avery Island/April 1st 8 Garden Head/Leave Me Alone 9 Three Peaches Side D (33 RPM) 10 Naomi 11 April 8th 12 Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey's Eye. "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" LP. Side A. 1 The King of the Carrot Flowers Part One 2 The King of the Carrot Flowers Parts Two & Three 3 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 4 Two-Headed Boy 5 The Fool 6 Holland, 1945 7 Communist Daughter. Side B. 8 Oh Comely 9 Ghost 10 Untitled 11 Two-Headed Boy Part Two. "Ferris Wheel On Fire" 10". Side A.1 Oh Sister 2 Ferris Wheel On Fire 3 Home 4 April 8th Side B. 5 I Will Bury You in Time 6 Engine 7 A Baby for Pree/Glow Into You 8 My Dream Girl Don't Exist. "Everything Is" 10". Side A. 1 Everything Is 2 Here We Are (For W. Cullen Hart) 3 Unborn. Side B. 4 Tuesday Moon 5 Ruby Bulbs 6 Snow Song 7 Aunt Eggma Blow Torch. "Little Birds" 7". Side A.1 Little Birds Side B. 2 Little Birds (Studio Version). "You've Passed" 7". Side A. 1 You've Passed. Side B. 2 Where You'll Find Me Now. "Holland" 7". Side A 1 Holland, 1945 Side B. 2 Engine. "Live at Jittery Joe's" 12" Picture Disc. Side A (33 RPM). 1 A Baby for Pree 2 Two-Headed Boy 3 I Will Bury You in Time 4 Garden Head/Leave Me Alone 5 Two-Headed Boy Part Two 6 I Love How You Love Me Side B (33 RPM) 7 Engine 8 Naomi 9 King of Carrot Flowers Part Two 10 King of Carrot Flowers Part Three 11 Oh Comely