Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Live After Deaf - Ryan Adams (Live Vinyl Box Set)

Ever the enigmatic troubadour, Ryan Adams has had his fans simultaneously drooling and scratching their heads over the past couple of days with his somewhat vague news of a new release this Friday. On Tuesday, Ryan tweeted, "Live after Deaf. Friday." with a pic of the box set. The title is a clever play on Ryan's return after his 2009 withdrawal from the stage due to his struggle with Meniere's Disease. Apart from the artwork and the fact that you could tell it was a box of something, there wasn't a lot to go on. However, with rumors of a "proper live release" being floated around for quite sometime and Ryan's recent successful tour supporting Ashes & Fire being his first were bootleg recording was actually discouraged, most assumptions were that this was going to be a live release of some kind. On Wednesday night, Ryan tweeted, "moar info? live acoustic. 15 LP's w a download card. 144 tracks on LP + 74 digital only. limited. buy 6/15 @ 1:30pm EST" Well, well, well. That's a lot of amazing music on a lot of wax. While suspicions of a live release were confirmed, I'm not sure anyone was prepared for the enormity of this box set. Not that we should really be surprised since Ryan hasn't exactly shied away from his prolific creative output. The man put out three albums (one being a double album) in 2005 alone. While Live after Deaf looks pretty amazing, it also looks amazingly huge. 15 records and 218 total tracks on a limited release box set for... well, I guess we'll find out Friday afternoon. 

Live after Deaf will be released via Ryan's PAX-AM Records website on Friday, June 15.

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