CD Red Letter Day/Woodson (CD 1064059),
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Red Letter Day/Woodson

  • 1. One Year Later
    2. Red Letter Day
    3. Forgive and Forget
    4. Anne Arbour
    5. Mass Pike
    6. Woodson
    7. Second Place
    8. Newfound Interest in Massachusetts, A
    9. Off the Wagon
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DOG075

  • Credits
    EngineerEd Rose

    2 EPs on 1 CD: RED LETTER DAY (1999)/WOODSON (1997).
    Get Up Kids: Jim Suptic, Ryan Pope, Matthew Pryor, Rob Pope.
    Recorded at Red House Studios, Eudora, Kansas.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Audio Remasterer: Emily Lazar.
    Recording information: Red House, Eudora KS.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: James Dewees; Ryan Pope; Jim Suptic.
    This CD combining two hard-to-find EPs (1997's Woodson 7" and 1999's Red Letter Day 10") provides an entertaining glimpse into two of the more raw and punk-edged stages in the evolution of the Get Up Kids. A brash but melodic nine songs, the thing that really jumps out is the transition that this group made in the two years between recordings. The four songs from Woodson (positioned last on this collection) are very rough-edged and full of furious energy, while the songs that originally appeared on Red Letter Day foreshadow the band's now trademark harmonies and dynamic songwriting. The urgent "Forgive and Forget" is contrasted by the poetic and yearning "Mass Pike," and both are jarred off balance by the indie punk of "Second Place." This pair of recordings serves not only as a fine introduction to one of emo's premier acts, but also as an interesting window into the growth of the band. [The second track appears in an even more refined form on 1999's sublime Something to Write Home About]. ~ Zac Johnson

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