Published Oct 02, 2015Coming off the summer release of Mark Lanegan's rarities collection, Houston (Publishing Demos 2002), the gravelly-voiced singer has announced he's gathered up some of his earliest solo works for an upcoming vinyl box set. Titled One Way Street, the package lands November 20 via Sub Pop.
A press release explains that the five-LP release reaches all the way back to solo recordings Lanegan cut in the early '90s, when he was still fronting Screaming Trees.
All told, about a decade's worth of solo material is preserved in One Way Street, with the set containing new pressings of 1990's The Winding Sheet, 1994's Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, 1998's Scraps at Midnight , 1999's I'll Take Care of You, and 2001's Field Songs.
Sub Pop adds that most of the LPs have been out of print for a number of years, though this marks the first domestic pressing of I'll Take Care of You and the first-ever vinyl edition of Field Songs. The 180-gram pressings will be housed inside a faux-leather box, which also includes a download code.
While Lanegan takes top billing for the set, it's noted that multi-instrumentalist Mike Johnson (Dinosaur Jr.) lent a hand to many of the records from this period. In addition to adding "understated yet incredible guitar work," Johnson acted as a co-writer and co-arranger on various pieces included on One Way Street.
Additionally, it should be noted that 1990's The Winding Sheets features guest appearances from Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. Included is a cover of American folk standard "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," which Nirvana would perform a few years later during their iconic appearance on MTV Unplugged.
I'll Take Care of You was a covers album that featured Lanegan's take on tunes by Buck Owens and the Gun Club. Interestingly enough, 2001 follow-up Field Songs featured a cut called "Kimiko's Dream House" that was co-written between Lanegan and the late Gun Club leader, Jeffrey Lee Pierce. The record also features a guest spot from Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
You'll find a full breakdown of One Way Street on the pre-order page. Down below, you can familiarize yourself with a bunch of Lanegan tunes via Sub Pop's "Beginner's Guide" playlist.