Warner Bros. will release remastered versions of six classic Steve Earle albums beginning with a trio of reissues which includes The Mountain, Earle's Grammy-nominated 1999 collaboration with the legendary Del McCoury Band, the Grammy-nominated Transcendental Blues, originally released in 2000, and Earle's 2002 compilation album, Sidetracks. Following will be 2002's Jerusalem, which contains the controversial "John Walker's Blues," Earle's 2003 live set, Just An American Boy, and his Grammy-winning 2004 album, The Revolution Starts Now. This will mark the first time that Sidetracks and Just An American Boy have been released on vinyl.
With 2000's Transcendental Blues, Earle continued to expand and consolidate his broad musical palate; delivering his fifth consecutive pillar-to-post jewel since his triumphant return in 1995 from a nearly-four-year recording hiatus. Earle's long-held Beatles/Merseybeat jones is very much in evidence, either flat-out – as on the psychedelic title track and the rubbery soul of "Everyone's In Love With You" – or in hybrid on the touching, Jules Shear-goes-Fab beauties, "I Can Wait" and "The Boy Who Never Cried." "Steve's Last Ramble" conjures up a giddy Dylan on a two-step breakaway, while the lilting "The Galway Girl" magically closes the gap between the Emerald Isle and the Great Smoky Mountains.
"Another Town" and "Wherever I Go" are vintage Earle shitkickers – the latter taking on a distinct Petty flavor with the addition of Benmont Tench's swirling organ and David Steele's chiming electric 12-string. Steve and sister Stacey Earle team up to interweave a classic country duet with ringing folk-rock on the memorable "When I Fall." Earle keeps his hill-country hand sharp with Tim O'Brien & The Bluegrass Dukes (featuring ringers Darrell Scott, Casey Driessen and Dennis Crouch) on the sprightly pledge, "Until The Day I Die."
"Lonelier Than This," "Halo 'Round The Moon" and "Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song)" pay elegant homage to Earle's singer/songwriter mentors, and perhaps only a man who's been married six times could have added that last word to the gorgeous "I Don't Want To Lose You Yet." The stompin', tuneful "All Of My Life" seamlessly bridges the gap between grunge and '60s garage rock via the power trio of Steve, brother Patrick Earle on drums and Ray Kennedy on bass.