ALMOST KILLED ME and SEPARATION SUNDAY have been remastered from the original tapes, with each now appended by an array of bonus material (see tracklistings below). ALMOST KILLED ME: DELUXE EDITION comes joined with five rare tracks, including the very first Hold Steady 7" single, "Milkcrate Mosh," and songs previously only available on the album's original Australian CD release. SEPARATION SUNDAY: DELUXE EDITION features six additional tracks, including the never before available "212-Margarita" and "The Most Important Thing" along with previously unreleased demos of "Cattle and the Creeping Things," "Charlemagne in Sweatpants," and "Crucifixion Cruise." All extras will be available on the Deluxe Edition CD releases and via vinyl download cards.
As if all that were not enough, ALMOST KILLED ME will be offered on bright blue vinyl, with SEPARATION SUNDAY pressed on pristine white vinyl. The Deluxe Edition LPs mark the first time both albums have been available on vinyl in more than a decade. Digital pre-orders of ALMOST KILLED ME will receive "Milkcrate Mosh" immediately and digital pre-orders of SEPARATION SUNDAY will receive "212-Margarita" instantly.
The Deluxe Editions arrive just as The Hold Steady embark on a very special series of shows celebrating the 10th anniversary of their classic third album, BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA. The band kicked off the festivities at Labor Day weekend's Riot Fest in Denver, CO and will next perform the album in its entirety at Chicago, IL's Riot Fest (Saturday, September 17th) and Toronto, ON's Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) (Sunday, September 18th). The Hold Steady will then take over their home borough's Brooklyn Bowl for four extraordinary sold out BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA concerts, slated for November 30th, December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. For complete details, please log on to theholdsteady.net/shows.
The BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA concerts mark The Hold Steady's only official headline shows of 2016. All announced BOYS AND GIRLS IN AMERICA performances will see The Hold Steady joined by keyboardist Franz Nicolay, returning to the band's live line-up after more than half a decade.
Released by Frenchkiss on March 16th, 2004, ALMOST KILLED ME instantly marked The Hold Steady as one of the most vital and original rock 'n' roll bands of the new millennium, blazing with the raw riffs and conceptual songcraft that continue to define their extraordinary canon. Kicking off with the classic "Positive Jam," the album introduces singer/guitarist Craig Finn's utterly unique lyricism and intensely detailed storytelling, a world of tough love, hard drugs, and barstool blues unlike any other before or since.
ALMOST KILLED ME received unanimous praise upon its arrival:
"Bizarrely touching and insanely original." - Rolling Stone
"Born from the ashes of Minneapolis' beloved Lifter Puller, The Hold Steady emerge as a bar band far too good for the bars, a spectacular mess of sprawling guitar, ferocious vocals, and well-channeled, raucous irritation...Earnest without being sentimental, and authentic without sounding contrived, The Hold Steady are one of the most convincing rock bands to emerge in recent years, a can-crushing throwdown of unadulterated aggression and ear-splitting amps." - Pitchfork
"A striking album about a world in which music both wrecks and saves lives, handing out instructions and inspiration like pills and powder." - The A.V. Club
ALMOST KILLED ME was ultimately ranked at #2 on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums of the 2000s" tally, praising its "Springsteen-size cast of characters, lost kids staggering through America in search of sex, drugs and salvation. The band sounded so real and raw, so loaded with compassion and wit and raunch, they became a word-of-mouth sensation. Suddenly the 2000s didn't look so hopeless after all."