IR launches with the inaugural titles of its “Lost ‘90s Series," Everclear’s 1995 breakout Sparkle and Fade and its double-platinum follow-up So Much for the Afterglow. 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 of a mature but hard rocking brand of power pop with gritty, achingly true lyrics about addiction, failed relationships and loneliness.
Sparkle and Fade’s gems include “Santa Monica,” “Heroin Girl” and “Heartspark Dollarsign.” So Much For the Afterglow delivered three top-five hits in “Everything to Everyone,” “I Will Buy You A New Life” and “Father of Mine.”
Everclear Sparkle and Fade and So Much For the Afterglow:
• Remastered From High-Res Archives For The First Time!
• Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
• Dead Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI
• Exquisitely Restored Cover Art Printed By Stoughton
IR's (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!