The Virgin Years
We're pleased to announce the release of deluxe LP and CD versions of pivotal Walkabouts albums from the mid '90s; Devil's Road and Nighttown. In addition to the stand alone reissues of these two albums our friends at Glitterhouse Records have released a limited run of 500 of the Virgin Years Box Set that contains LPs and CDs of Devil's Road and Nighttown as well as an LP/CD set of The Walkabouts performing live with the Nighttown Orchestra in Bruxelles on June, 28th 1997 at the amazing Ancienne Belgique.
Visit the Glitterhouse Records website to learn more about the releases and to order your copies. For those of you in North America you can pick up the goods at Glitterhouse mailorder or try Forced Exposure.
"That the majority of the world has not noticed is their loss."
Rolling Stone, DE (4 **** for Devil's Road & Nighttown reissues)
"Devil's Road/Nighttown... plush melancholia styled along Cohen/Bad Seeds/Walker Brothers... the American Triffids."
Uncut, UK (8/10)
"[Devil's Road & Nighttown] are the culmination of an artistic vision walked resolutely."
Roots Highway, IT
"The Walkabouts were really projecting a music of the future: a crafty blend of pop, rock, and soul that is now at the heart of a new popular movement in music."
KEXP Blog, US
“Devil's Road & Nighttown - two formidable folk rock masterpieces."
Die Stern, DE
"Seattle alt-folk stalwarts' dalliance with major label production values delivered this (Devil's Road) lush upgrade of their badlands balladry."
Mojo, UK (4 ****)
"Devil’s Road is arguably the quintessential Walkabouts statement; being a go-to record that distills the band’s core vision into a suite of indomitable songs that hold regular fixtures in the band’s live set-lists to this day. Encapsulating themes of love, loss, escapism and redemption throughout, Devil’s Road is a ruralized road-trip mapped out across a landscape of ravishing widescreen orchestral epics."
"One reason to be cheerful is that the Walkabouts are still going after more than a quarter of a century. Another is that they can put out an album as good as [Travels In The Dustland] when they've worked so long together. For more than a decade, their music has taken on a more cinematic sweep, and that seems to find its apex in this journey through a mythical American Southwest. It's an epic ambition, and one that they pull of magnificently."
"The Walkabouts are layered between folk, rock, country and desert blues music...after all these years, they still sound as warm and vital. Very reassuring."
“Dark, haunting, and elegiac: The Walkabouts sprung forth from the storytelling traditions of American roots music and the kinetic excitement of rock & roll.”
Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide, US
"'Berlin' isn't the sound of a band growing old gracefully or coasting along on their back catalogue. No, it's an angry record drawn in good part from their last studio record 'Travels in the Dustland' and drawing on other songs from their well that fit the mood of controlled anger. That's impressive for a band that's been around since 1988, you can feel the indignation from the opening of 'Rainmaker Blues' it's as muscular and as seething as they've ever sounded"
Americana UK - (8/10)
"Berlin is a wonderful instant classic, a cornerstone of modern American music."
Onda Rock, Italy - (9/10)
"From the first sound of [Berlin] opener "Rainmaker Blues" to the final cymbal crash of the twelve-minute masterpiece "Grand Theft Auto," the long wait was worth it."
Laut, DE - (4/5)
"Travels in the Dustland conjures up a haunting, almost mythical American landscape of lost highways and endless skies... worthy of far wider attention."