180g Dead Quiet Vinyl Pressed at RTI! Mastered by
Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!
Remastered from High-Res Archives for the First Time!
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Double-Platinum Alt Rock Classic! Billboard's Modern Rock Artist of the Year
Three Top Five Hits: Everything to Everyone, I Will Buy You a New Life,
Father of Mine
The very title of 1997's So Much for the Afterglow announced that Everclear
would address head on the swelling expectations established by the breakout
success of 1995's Sparkle and Fade. The tunes sketch out this theme completely,
with songs like "One Hit Wonder," "White Men in Black Suits," and of course the
title track, "So Much for the Afterglow."
So Much for the Afterglow is the rare follow-up that bested the original in both
critical acclaim and sales, going double platinum, yielding three top-five hits
and landing the band a Billboard Modern Rock Artist of the Year award in 1998.
"Kevin Gray’s vinyl remastering throughout So Much for the Afterglow brings out more clearly small details that help open up this music. It’s easier to hear that the guitar riff that begins “White Men in Black Suits” is double tracked, and Alexakis’s guitar triplets behind the vocals sustain longer and have more sparkle. The guitars in “Sunflowers” sound less insistent but more expansive here, and it improves the song. The acoustic instruments in “Why I Don’t Believe in God” sound more natural, and Eklund’s snare is not as aggressively bright." - Joseph Taylor, www.soundstagehifi.com
Everclear remains one of the few elite acts to emerge from the post-Nirvana
grunge explosion, rockers that could not only match the crunch and aggression of
Seattle’s finest, but the hooks and emotional honesty. Everclear’s Art Alexakis
wrote songs that were a mature but hard rocking brand of power pop with gritty,
achingly true lyrics about addiction, failed relationships and loneliness.
Everclear’s So Much For the Afterglow was captured on analog master tapes, but
never fully assembled in the analog domain. That means choosing the final mixes,
sequencing, crossfades, etc. was performed only in the digital domain, which in
a real sense means no analog master exists of the final album. Universal
archived the original tapes in high-resolution digital and supplied IR with
specially prepared flat 24-bit/96kHz files for compatibility with Cohearent
Audio’s 24-bit capable Pacific Microsonics D-A conversion system and what notes
were available regarding which files contained final mixes, sound effects,
crossfades, etc. Cohearent’s Kevin Gray and IR’s Shane Buettner then spent
painstaking hours running down the title comparing the files to the original
Capitol LP to ensure final mixes and sequencing, crossfades, sound effects and
properly space the time between tracks.
Sonically, So Much For The Afterglow is now better than ever before, with true
timbres and textures, a much more expansive soundstage, no dynamic
limiting/compression, and unsurpassed musicality and listenability. A ‘90s alt
rock classic brought to new life!
The Lost '90s Series:
A driving passion at IR is bringing music from the dark days of the CD era to
glorious new light and life on premium vinyl. So much fantastic music from this
era either never saw a vinyl release at all, or saw only a very limited and all
too often low-quality release ripped from CDs without much care. During that era
even if the original capture was to analog tape it was often ripped to digital
and loaded into workstations for choosing final mixes, sequencing and final
assembly. If vinyl was released during this era it is more than likely sourced
from CD files. For releases that were never assembled in analog or were
fully-digital recordings IR acquires and masters from high-resolution 20-24-bit
files and if needed assembles final mixes, cross-fades, etc. during mastering.
The increase in musicality and purity is as exponential as the increase in bit
depth! Combining superior master sources with the truly full-range mastering
chain at Cohearent and RTI’s dead quiet vinyl pressing results in hearing the
music that was the soundtrack to our lives like never before!
• Dead Quiet 180g Vinyl
• Remastered from high-res archives for the first time
• Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Pressed at RTI
• Exquisitely restored cover art printed by Stoughton
1. So Much For The Afterglow
2. Everything To Everyone
3. Ataraxia (Media Intro)
4. Normal Like You
5. I Will Buy You A New Life
6. Father Of Mine
7. One Hit Wonder
1. El Distorto De Melodica
3. White Men In Black Suits
5. Why I Don't Believe In God
6. Like a California King