Sufjan Stevens has announced that he has partnered with Third Man Pressings to release a new special edition vinyl in honor of the 20th anniversary of his third studio album, Michigan. Featuring alternate versions of “Romulus” and “Vito’s Ordination Song,” as well as never-before-heard tracks like “Marching Band” and “Wolverine,” the remake will expand to include the sonic world Stevens created while paying homage to his home state. Both colorful vinyl figures will hit shelves this coming week.
In coordination with the Detroit-based Third Man location, the new vinyl comes in three colors. The “Great Lakes Blue” Edition will be released on June 13 at 10:30 a.m. ET, and will be available online as well as in physical Third Man stores. The “University of Michigan/Michigan State AKR” edition, released with Asthmatic Kitty Records, will be available at the Asthmatic Kitty Store starting June 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET, though only 500 copies will be produced. Next up will be a “1921 Centenary Edition” released on June 17, which will also celebrate the centenary of HMV, which is currently reissuing “The Best Albums of the Past Century” to mark the occasion. Check out photos of the three different versions below.
Michigan It first dropped on July 1, 2003, and has become one of Stevens’ most beloved records. write to a result In 2013, Erin Carson gave five reasons why the album should inspire feelings of hope, celebrating its honesty and ability to paint a picture of American life. “The struggle is an undeniable part of the modern Michigan narrative,” Carson wrote. “Stevens found a way to address the problems of the state with songs that reference bleak conditions, but also contain a will not to be beaten by them.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that Stevens’ other acclaimed country-themed album, Illinois, will be adapted into a stage musical. In May, the 47-year-old songwriter shared his latest project, Reflectionswhich is a ballet score choreographed by Justin Beck to be performed by two pianos.
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