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Karen Dalton

Recording is the Trip – The Karen Dalton Archives

Release Notes
  • Pressed on clear vinyl
  • 3 Hours of Karen Dalton!
  • 3 LPs: The 1962 double live album Cotton Eyed Joe remastered + the 1963 home recordings album Green Rocky Road remastered
  • 3 CD: same albums + 1download card of 13 unreleased home recordings including a mesmerizing take on “God Bless The Child”
  • 56 PAGE BOOK with scans of KAREN DALTON PERSONAL ARCHIVES photographs, music sheets, lyrics, memos) disclosed here for the first time
  • Karen Dalton Recycled Fabric One-Size T-Shirt (featuring her own guitar tabs)

“All the informality of someone thinking aloud, which suits her signature vocals perfectly. In overdubbing, she seems to consider tempos and time signatures almost as restricting as a real studio. A particularly personal statement, a career marker.” 8/10 Pitchfork

“Like a lost book of the Old Testament. Less like a folk record and more like a warp in the space-time continuum. The most beautiful and harrowing album you’ll hear this year. The results are startling. Her rendering of Katie Cruel on In My Own Time has been hailed as definitive but she improves it here. Bewitching.” 4/5 UNCUT

“Proving her masterly command of both the material and the audience. Using her uncluttered fingerpicking and keening phrasing to a reimagine a pair of lesser known Ray Charles numbers to devastating effect. Sounds great. The set captures a side of Dalton that her original releases never could. Such a personal statement it’s far more challenging.” SF Weekly