Juarez Out 20 May, Lubbock (on everything) out in the Autumn
Artist and musician Terry Allen has announced definitive reissues of his first two albums, the classics Juarez and Lubbock (on everything), via Paradise of Bachelors. These albums have influenced countless musicians in the country music world, the art world, and beyond. These editions, produced in collaboration with Allen, are the first time they have been reissued on vinyl, and in the case of Juarez, the first to feature the originally intended artwork, including the art prints that accompanied the first edition. The album has been remastered from the original tapes and features a booklet of essays by Dave Hickey, Dave Alvin, and Paradise of Bachelors.
Legendary Texan artist Terry Allen occupies a unique position straddling the frontiers of country music and visual art; he has worked with everyone from Guy Clark to David Byrne toLucinda Williams, and his artwork resides in museums worldwide. Widely celebrated as a masterpiece—arguably the greatest concept album of all time—his spare, haunting 1975 debut LP Juarez is a violent, fractured tale of the chthonic American Southwest and borderlands.
Today NPR shared “Cortez Sail” from Juarez in their Songs We Love column, saying; “With Juarez, Allen conjures a still-Wild West, at once romantic and grotesque, nourishing and mystical… It’s a dialogue between the freedom to move, to flee, to choose one’s destination, and the power to dominate — or the powerlessness of being dominated. The juxtaposition of such notions makes human agency feel vital, tenuous and jealously guarded indeed. The fact that Allen isn’t the least bit hung up on being linear or realistic in his telling of these tales make them all the more riveting.”