All Hail West Texas (Remastered)

The Mountain Goats

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MRG481 | Release Date 2013

The last of the "all-home-recordings albums" by the Mountain Goats and the only one about which that claim is true, All Hail West Texas was originally released as a free-standing compact disc on the late, lamented Emperor Jones. That was about a decade ago. The songs were originally transferred from the cassettes onto which they were recorded to 1/4" reels at Tiny Telephone by Alex Newport, who also played in Fudge Tunnel. John got really excited when he realized his tapes were being EQ'd by the guy from Fudge Tunnel.


Remastered from those reels, along with 7 unearthed songs from the two surviving contemporaneous cassettes, All Hail West Texas stands as the peak of the Mountain Goats' home recording era, a time people like to refer to as "when John Darnielle had his four-track," except John did not actually use a four-track. He used the condenser mic of a Panasonic boombox and there was no overdubbing. All songs recorded on the day they were written, usually within minutes of the actual composition. Highlights include "Jenny," "Fall of the Star High School Running Back," and "The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton," a song which has compelled audiences around the globe to yell "Hail Satan," and to mean it.

Package art features a newly penned 1,800-word essay by John detailing his songwriting and recording process for the album.

The LP is packaged in a deluxe gatefold jacket and includes a digital download of the full record plus the seven additional tracks. The CD, which includes the full album and extra tracks on one disc, comes in a premium digipak with a 12-page booklet.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton 02:37 $0.99 Buy
Play Fall of the Star High School Running Back 01:49 $0.99 Buy
Play Color in Your Cheeks 02:40 $0.99 Buy
Play Jenny 02:51 $0.99 Buy
Play Fault Lines 02:38 $0.99 Buy
Play Balance 02:03 $0.99 Buy
Play Pink and Blue 02:30 $0.99 Buy
Play Riches and Wonders 03:58 $0.99 Buy
Play The Mess Inside 03:36 $0.99 Buy
Play Jeff Davis County Blues 03:15 $0.99 Buy
Play Distant Stations 03:05 $0.99 Buy
Play Blues in Dallas 04:16 $0.99 Buy
Play Source Decay 03:47 $0.99 Buy
Play Absolute Lithops Effect 04:08 $0.99 Buy
Play Hardpan Song (Bonus Track) 02:00 $0.99 Buy
Play Answering the Phone (Bonus Track) 02:29 $0.99 Buy
Play Indonesia (Bonus Track) 02:29 $0.99 Buy
Play Midland (Bonus Track) 03:16 $0.99 Buy
Play Jenny (alt. take) [Bonus Track] 02:52 $0.99 Buy
Play Tape Travel Is Lonely (Bonus Track) 02:36 $0.99 Buy
Play Waco (Bonus Track) 03:07 $0.99 Buy

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