afghan whigs Gentlemen (Gentlemen At 21) (LP, £14.50)label: blast first
If there is one album fully deserving of a coming of age celebration, it is The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen. Since its original release in October of 1993, Gentlemen's lore has grown in stature as fans new and old continue to embrace the album. "From its bombastic opening to its understated end, Gentlemen remains a fine example of what exactly independent rock music is capable of accomplishing." - Stereogum. GENTLEMEN AT 21 presents the original record's 11 tracks, updated but still retaining the 1993 album's blistering swagger. The same 11 tracks that have made a visceral connection with fans over the last 21 years - the deeply dark and confessional lyrical content, the no-frills production qualities, and Greg Dulli's soul-baring vocal performances captured on tape. The set comes packaged with a faithful reproduction of the original sleeve art and its striking front cover image, a homage to Nan Goldin's iconic "Nan and Brian in Bed, New York City," that has proven to elicit just as profound a connection for the fans as the music on the album. Recorded in Memphis at Ardent Studios and originally released by Elektra Records on October 5th 1993, the album was the band's major label debut after recording two full-length albums for Sub Pop. In the original 1993 biography for the album, Dulli commented: "It was a bad year for me and some of my friends, in terms of relationships and dealing with some of my own little ghosts. A year of just some kinds of remembrances and stuff that I guess I will never be able to forget, especially since I wrote it all down and made a record out of it." 21 years later, we're still all glad he did.
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