Posted May 8, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Matador Records Gives Yo La Tengo’s ‘Electr-o-pura’ the Deluxe Reissue Treatment

Yo Lo Tengo photo by Michael Lavine
Yo Lo Tengo photo by Michael Lavine

Matador Records announced that Yo La Tengo’s Electr-o-pura will be the latest installment in its Revisionist History Series. The 25th anniversary reissue of the album will come in a gatefold sleeve. The new reissue is pressed for the first time on two LPs to ensure the highest quality of audio the album has had on vinyl to-date. 

Reuniting with Painful co-producer Roger Moutenot, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew set up shop at Alex the Great studios in Nashville to record the album that includes tracks such as “Tom Courtenay,” “Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2)” and “Blue Line Swinger,” Electr-o-pura expands on the venturous songwriting established on the band’s previous album with “stunning craft and a deepened exploration of contrasting textures, moods and atmospherics.” 

“Now 25 years since its release, Electr-o-pura remains an electrifying document of one of America’s most beloved bands hitting their creative stride and stands as one of the most sublime records the band has released in their uninterrupted 36-year career,” reads the press release announcing the reissue.

The reissue serves as the third entry in the 2020 edition of Matador Records’ Revisionist History series and follows the previously announced special edition release of Guided by Voices’ Alien Lanes and a limited edition, three-song shaped disc in honor of Pavement’s Wowee Zowee. Over the course of the year, Matador will mark anniversaries for some of the most celebrated releases in its catalogue with new reissues and re-pressings.

Photo: Michael Lavine (provided by Matador Records)


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