Giant Sand – Ballad Of A Thin Line Man (25th Anniversary Edition) – LP
2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Valley Of Rain – the debut album by Giant Sand and Fire Records is proud to announce the start of a Giant Sand/ Howe Gelb series of rolling reissues from September 2010, which will see the re-release of roughly 30 albums starting with the re-release of Valley Of Rain and culminating in two box sets to be released next year. Ballad Of A Thin Line Man was originally released in 1986 and is the second reissue from Fire Records. It features the popular single Thin Line Man and the addition of Paula Jean Brown, who would become Howes wife, as a guitartist. Giant Sand is a mood, says Howes of Giant Sands, as if trying to offer a low-key explanation for his dizzying array of artistic exploration that includes a back-catalogue of some 40 albums as a singer, band-leader and producer. After growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1970s, it wasnt until he moved to Tuscon, Arizona that he met his musical soul mate, the guitarist Rainer Ptaceck. The two formed Giant Sandworms and issued only a handful of recordings before the worms were put to rest: since then, Giant Sand have released 24 albums – an impressive haul when considering Howes equally prolific output under other projects including Black Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator as well as his solo releases. Howe, though, is definitely not content to rest on his laurels. Giant Sands 2000 album Chore Of Enchantment has been declared one of the Best 1000 Records Ever Made and scooped up plaudits from NME and The Guardian amongst others, with the former insisting the record cemented his reputation as a founding father of modern Americana. His most recent solo project, meanwhile – 2006s Sno Angel Like You – earned a 5 star review in Mojo and was described by Q as showcasing an immense generosity of spirit and poetic warmth.