Widespread Panic Space Wrangler on 2LP
For the first time ever, Widespread Panic’s first four albums from the band's classic line-up will be available on vinyl. The album that started it all, Space Wrangler (1998) and self-titled follow-up Widespread Panic (1991) will drop in July, while third release Everyday (1993) and fourth full-length Ain’t Life Grand (1994) will hit the streets in August.
Early on Widespread Panic began to forge a sound unto themselves, a combination of Michael Houser’s unorthodox guitar playing, John Bell’s coarse growl, Todd Nance’s rock-steady drumming, David Schools’ lead bass playing and Sunny Ortiz’s multi-textured percussion, coupled with a collective commitment to playing original songs from the outset and a willingness to walk the improvisational high wire night after night.
Landslide Records came calling and Space Wrangler, the group’s promising John Keane-produced debut, was issued in September 1988, the first copies of which were hand-delivered to the band by Col. Bruce Hampton, an area shaman, bandleader and early mentor. Looking at touchstones like the Grateful Dead and Mark Knopfler through much more of a Southern rock lens, Space Wrangler is home to such long standing concert staples as J.J. Cale's "Travelin' Light," "Space Wrangler," "Coconut," "Porch Song," and "Driving Song."
This new 2LP-set also includes the three essential numbers "Holden Oversoul," "Contentment Blues" and "Me And The Devil Blues/Heaven" which were added on future reissues but didn't appear on the original release.
Widespread Panic Space Wrangler Track Listing:
1. Chilly Water
2. Travelin' Light
3. Space Wrangler
5. The Take Out
6. Porch Song
8. Driving Song
9. Holden Oversoul
1. Contentment Blues
2. Gomero Blanco
3. Me And The Devil Blues/Heaven