Giant Sand – Storm (25th Anniversary Edition) – CD
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. ‘Storm’ was originally released in 1988 is the third reissue from Fire Records. It features the popular single ‘Uneven Light Of Day’ and a cover of Robbie Robertson’s ‘The Weight’ “Giant Sands is a mood” says Howe’s 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 1970’s, it wasn’t 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 Howe’s 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 Sand’s 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 â€œa founding father of modern Americana’. His most recent solo project, meanwhile – 2006’s ‘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” Rather than retrospect, then, this is a time for celebration. Howe and his band marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Valley Of Rain by hosting a very special evening of brand new collaborations and performances. They played some of their choice cuts from their back catalogue, and were joined by Kristin Hersch, guitarist and founder of the seminal art-rock band Throwing Muses. ‘ll jump at any chance to be on stage with the wild and wacky, kooky and cozy Howe’ says Hersch. “With Howe, I never know exactly what will happen, but it’s always great to be a part of it” With the re-issues and Giant Sand box set still to come from Fire Records, 2010 will certainly be a celebration to remember for Howe and all of his fans. OTHER RELEASES New Album: ‘Blurry Blue Mountain’ – released October 25th 2010 Re-issues: Fire Records will be releasing all 25 records by Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, Arizona Amp & Alternator, Band of Blacky Ranchette.