Continuing with their ever-expanding Revisionist History series, Matador Records is pleased to announce a 25th anniversary reissue of Yo La Tengo’s 1995 album Electr-o-pura. Now in a gatefold sleeve and cut from the original 58 minute master, the new reissue is pressed for the first time on two LPs to ensure the highest quality of audio the album has had on vinyl to date. Pre-orders for the new edition are available now via the Matador store HERE.
Reuniting with Painful co-producer Roger Moutenot, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew set up shop at Alex the Great studios in Nashville, TN to record their seventh studio album Electr-o-pura. Chock full with moments of pop gold like “Tom Courtenay,” melancholic ballads such as the gorgeous, Hubley fronted “Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2)*,” and sweeping, feedback-laden jams like the show-stopping “Blue Line Swinger,” Electr-o-pura expands on the venturous songwriting established on Painful with stunning craft and a deepened exploration of contrasting textures, moods and atmospherics. Now 25 years since its release, Electr-o-pura remains an electrifying document of one of America’s most beloved bands hitting their creative stride and stands as one of the most sublime records the band has released in their uninterrupted 36-year career.
The new reissue serves as the third entry in the 2020 edition of Matador Records’ Revisionist History series, following the previously announced special edition release of Guided by Voices’ Alien Lanes and a limited edition, three-song shaped disc in honor of Pavement’s Wowee Zowee. Over the course of the year, Matador will mark anniversaries for some of the most celebrated releases in its catalogue with new reissues and re-pressings. With each release accompanying rare live footage, photos, music videos and more will also be shared. Full list of anniversaries below.
April 4, 1995 — GUIDED BY VOICES Alien Lanes — 25th anniversary
April 11, 1995 — PAVEMENT Wowee Zowee — 25th anniversary
May 2, 1995 — YO LA TENGO Electr-O-Pura — 25th anniversary
Anniversary releases for CHAVEZ’s Gone Glimmering, BAILTER SPACE’s Wammo, and MARY TIMONY’s Mountains to follow later this year.