Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jayhawks Are Circling

It's good to be a Jayhawks fan right now. For the first time in more than a decade, Mark Olson and Gary Louris reunited to tour and record. New West released 'Ready for the Flood' in January, and I thought it was at least as good as those early Jayhawks albums. And let's not forget that one-off show with the 'Tomorrow the Green Grass'-era lineup in Spain last summer. Now comes word there will be an anthology, reissues and a DVD.

For those of you who don't have the band's catalog, 'Music From the North Country' is going to be a great place to start. It will be released as a single-disc anthology with much of the band's best work. A deluxe edition with a second CD of rare and unreleased tracks, as well as a DVD of music videos and live performances, will have superfans giddy. Mark your calendars for July 7.

There's more. Sony/Legacy plans to reissue the band's entire catalog from 'Hollywood Town Hall' through Rainy Day Music'. Between the five albums, there will be 30 bonus tracks.

This is just talk, but the band's first record (known as 'Bunkhouse' because of the local label it was on) may actually see the light of day. There have been rumors of this for years, but Olson and Louris are even saying the Lost Highway-owned album could hit the shelves. With all of this going on, will the band reunite for a new record? Word of more reunion shows is a good sign. Here are a few of my favorite Jayhawks songs to keep you company while we wait for these releases. Enjoy.

The Jayhawks - Waiting for the Sun (mp4)
The Jayhawks - Blue (mp4)
The Jayhawks - The Man Who Loved Life (mp4)

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