Strung Out’s last album, 2009’s Agents of the Underground, was their 7th full length and celebrated the band’s 20th anniversary. A true testament to their relevance and longevity is their ability to organically evolve through the years. Strung Out began their career as a strictly melodic punk band known for their tight musicianship and catchy melodies but evolved into a more aggressive, metal-infused veteran punk band. That is what all of us were most interested in capturing: the true musical journey of one of the founding bands on Fat Wreck Chords. This box set, Volume One, showcases the first three albums: Another Day in Paradise, Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues, and Twisted By Design, all fully remixed by Ryan Greene, helping to display the true power of these songs along with nuances previously unheard. We’ve re-scanned all the artwork from the original pieces and included deluxe foldout inserts with never before seen photos and extensive liner notes from the band. The real gem in this set, in the works for a decade (!!!), is the first-ever Strung Out DVD! You get a full 2012 concert where they performed the Suburban and Twisted albums in their entirety, all professionally filmed and recorded, and that’s just the start. There’s a TON of footage from the ‘90s: shows, tour antics, interviews, behind the scenes stuff; a veritable treasure trove of classic Strung Out. For you vinyl hounds, the LP box set includes The Skinny Years… Before We Got Fat, remastered and on vinyl for the first time ever! (It’s also included in the CD box set, as bonus tracks on the Paradise disc). Finally, we think the box set does a nice job of encapsulating the distinct personality of Jim Cherry’s contribution to Strung Out. Jim is another member of the Fat family who passed way too soon, and as Strung Out vocalist Jason Cruz states in his liner notes to the fans, “This box set is as much for Jim as it is for you.” We hope it serves his legacy and your expectations.
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