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Camper Van Beethoven New Roman Times

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Camper Van Beethoven New Roman Times on 2LP + Download  

Expanded Reissue of 2004 Reunion Album with 4 Previously Unissued Tracks

New Artwork features Liner Notes from CVB’s David Lowery

Camper Van Beethoven, one of America’s premier indie rock bands since forming in 1983, reunited in 2000 following an inactive period from 1990-99, and seized the opportunity to record and release a pair of records (Camper van Beethoven Is Dead, Long Live Camper Van Beethoven; Tusk). But it was 2004’s New Roman Times that was the “official” document of the band’s reformation. As David Lowery states in the liners for the New Roman Times reissue, that album was “the one that got all the press and fanfare. And it was a good thing, because it was an extremely ambitious record.”
 
Omnivore Recordings is proud to celebrate New Roman Times by presenting an expanded reissue on double LP (with download card). Released in association with the band, and following in the footsteps of last year’s Omnivore reissues of Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart and Key Lime Pie, New Roman Times features new artwork, extensive notes from Lowery and four previously unissued tracks culled from the sessions. This definitive edition of Camper Van Beethoven’s “sci-fi alternate-reality rock opera” not only brings the fan favorite to vinyl for the first time, but expands and presents all formats in a way that proves these are indeed New Roman Times.
 
“New Roman Times is a sci-fi alternate-reality rock opera. It is intended as a political farce, a sarcastic commentary on the whole notion of a red state/blue state America. It is not directly a commentary on the Iraq war, although much of it reads that way,” Lowery also explains in the liners. “With tongue firmly in cheek, I created a world where the Christian Republic of Texas opportunistically intervenes in the Republic of California’s civil war. The story is told through the eyes of a young soldier in the Army of Texas."

He adds, "My sympathy lies more with the Republic of California, but as usual, I wanted to tell the story through the eyes of ‘the other,’ the Young Texan. I was torn. In real life, I was born in Texas but raised in California. So once again, it’s me doing battle with myself. All fiction is autobiographical...It was really fun to make this record. Once we had the concept, the record came together quickly. It was nearly effortless. It was like Camper Van Beethoven had not been dormant for 10 years.”
 
Camper Van Beethoven New Roman Times Track Listing:  

1.  Prelude
2.  Sons Of The New Golden West
3.  51-7
4.  White Fluffy Clouds
5.  That Gum You Like Is Back In Style
6.  Might Makes Right
7.  Militia Song
8.  R ’n’ R Uzbekistan
9.  Sons Of The New Golden West (Reprise)
10. New Roman Times
11. The Poppies Of Balmorhea
12. The Long Plastic Hallway
13. I Am Talking To This Flower
14. Come Out
15. Los Tigres Traficantes
16. I Hate This Part Of Texas
17. Hippy Chix
18. Civil Disobedience
19. Discotheque CVB
20. Hey Brother
21. Los Tigres Dub (previously unissued bonus track)
22. Alien Ghost Song (previously unissued bonus track)
23. It’s Gonna Rain (previously unissued bonus track)
24. Might Makes Right Dub (previously unissued bonus track)


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1. Prelude
2. Sons Of The New Golden West
3. 51-7
4. White Fluffy Clouds
5. That Gum You Like Is Back In Style
6. Might Makes Right
7. Militia Song
8. R ’n’ R Uzbekistan
9. Sons Of The New Golden West (Reprise)
10. New Roman Times
11. The Poppies Of Balmorhea
12. The Long Plastic Hallway
13. I Am Talking To This Flower
14. Come Out
15. Los Tigres Traficantes
16. I Hate This Part Of Texas
17. Hippy Chix
18. Civil Disobedience
19. Discotheque CVB
20. Hey Brother
21. Los Tigres Dub (previously unissued bonus track)
22. Alien Ghost Song (previously unissued bonus track)
23. It’s Gonna Rain (previously unissued bonus track)
24. Might Makes Right Dub (previously unissued bonus track)



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