Essential 90’s Everclear Double LP Bundle (SPARKLE AND FADE OUT OF STOCK)
Original Release Date: 1995 and 1997
Original Label: Capitol
- BUNDLE WILL BE REPRESSED BY GOTTA GROOVE Q2 2023
- Bundle features Everclear's Multi-Platinum Alt-Rock Classics!
- Remastered From High-Res Archives For The First Time
- Mastered By Kevin Gray At CoHEARent Audio
- Ultra-Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed at GOTTA GROOVEDLE
- Beautiful Old-Style "Tip-On" Gatefold Printed By Stoughton
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.
Sparkle and Fade was Everclear’s second release, and it broke HUGE, a platinum-selling smash with hit tunes like “Santa Monica,” “Heroin Girl” and “Heartspark Dollar Sign.”
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.
Everclear’s Sparkle and Face and So Much For the Afterglow were 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, Evercelar's two 90's classics are 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 classics brought to new life!
The Lost 90's Series
A prime directive at IR is bringing music from the dark days of the 1990s CD era to glorious new life on premium vinyl. So much fantastic music from this era either never saw a vinyl release, 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 analog the music was ripped to digital and loaded into workstations for final editing, mixing, 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 the best source files available, and if needed assembles final mixes, cross-fades, etc. during mastering. The increase in musicality and purity is as exponential! Combining superior master sources with the truly full-range, ultra-transparent mastering chains at studios like CoHEARent Audio and Sterling Sound, our dead quiet 180G vinyl pressings results in hearing the music that is the soundtrack to our lives like never before!