Alejandro Escovedo With These Hands Numbered Limited Edition 180g 2LP
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Strict One Time Pressing! Very Limited Quantities! Order Now Or Miss Out!
Numbered, Limited Edition 180g Vinyl Double LP!
First Time On Vinyl!
ROG issues Alejandro's Rykodisc debut, With These Hands, on vinyl for the
very first time!
Alejandro Escovedo is a Mexican-American rock musician, songwriter and singer
that has been recording and touring since the late 1970s. The son of Mexican
immigrants to Texas, Escovedo is from a musical family that includes several
professionals, including his brothers Coke Escovedo and Pete Escovedo, and
Sheila E. (Pete's daughter and Alejandro's niece). Alejandro's brother Mario
fronted the hard rock band the Dragons, and another brother, Javier, was in the
punk rock band, the Zeros. He began performing in the first-wave punk rock group
the Nuns, with Jennifer Miro and Jeff Olener in San Francisco.
In the 1980s Escovedo moved to Austin, where he adopted a roots rock/alternative
country style in the bands Rank and File and the True Believers (with his
brother Javier). His first solo albums, Gravity and Thirteen Years, were
released in 1992 and 1994. In 1997, Alejandro collaborated with Ryan Adams and
Whiskeytown in sessions for their album Strangers Almanac. He sings on "Excuse
Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight", "Dancing with The Women at the Bar" and
"Not Home Anymore". In 1995 he signed with Rykodisc and released his solo album,
With These Hands. With a bit more money at his disposal, the production on this
record displays greater depth and polish and he was able to bring along a few
celebrity side guests – Willie Nelson, Jennifer Warnes, and his cousin
Sheila E. – who add to the music without calling undue attention to
themselves. In 1998 No Depression magazine named him Artist of the Decade. In
1999 he contributed to a tribute album for Skip Spence, co-founder of Moby
Grape, who was critically ill with cancer. More Oar: A Tribute to the Skip
Spence Album was intended to raise funds to address Spence's medical bills.
Critic Rob Brunner commented, "Alejandro Escovedo offers an appropriately bleary
'Diana'. Spence's darkest song."
In 2003 after having lived with hepatitis C for many years, Alejandro collapsed
on stage in Arizona. In his long road to recovery he faced substantial medical
bills, which lacking medical insurance, he could not pay. Friends and admirers
organized benefit shows to help. This effort grew into the album Por Vida: A
Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo, whose proceeds benefited the
Alejandro Escovedo Medical and Living Expense Fund. Contributing musicians
included Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, John Cale, Jennifer Warnes, Ian Hunter,
The Jayhawks, Son Volt and various members of Escovedo's family.
Escovedo continues to release solo albums on various labels including Bloodshot,
Blue Rose, Fantasy and Yep Roc. In 2014 he appeared in the movie and contributed
to the soundtrack of the movie Veronica Mars, singing an acoustic version of "We
Used to Be Friends". That same year he co-produced and co-hosted the SXSW
Tribute to Lou Reed with Richard Barone.
• Strict One Time Pressing based on preorders received
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• First time on vinyl
• Pressed at Record Industry
• Gatefold tip-on style jacket with insert
• Bonus Track
1. Put You Down
3. Crooked Frame
1. Pissed Off 2AM
2. Nickel And A Spoon
3. Little Bottles
2. Guilty Was His Name
3. Tired Skin
1. With These Hands
2. Tugboat (For Sterling Morrison)
3. Can't Take It*