Ben Folds Five ‎– The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner

550 Music ‎– B 69808
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Narcolepsy
A2 Don't Change Your Plans
A3 Mess
A4 Magic
Written-By – Darren Jessee
A5 Hospital Song
B1 Army
B2 Your Redneck Past
B3 Your Most Valuable Possession
Written-By – Ben Folds, Caleb Southern, Darren Jessee, Dean Folds, Robert Sledge
B4 Regrets
B5 Jane
B6 Lullabye
Written-By – Anna Goodman, Ben Folds

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Includes glossy artwork inner sleeve with lyrics and credits.

Recorded at Sound City Studios (Los Angeles), Grandmaster Studios (Los Angeles), Water Music (Hoboken, NJ) and RPM Studios (NYC), November 1998 - January 1999

When we chose "The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner" as the title for this album, we were unaware of the existence of a living, breathing, and famous Reinhold Messner. The name was part of a story from Darren's school days when a friend suggested using "Reinhold Messner" on fake ID's. Allegedly, there were many 27 year old Reinholds who looked suspiciously adolescent, inhabiting the bars of Charlotte, North Carolina in the late eighties.

Maybe we liked the name because it had an exotic ring; maybe we had been aware of the name subliminally; or maybe it was the energy behind a name responsible for some of the world's most incredible feats of mountaineering, and a global legion of inspired any rate we'd love to tell you we're just fucking cool and knew what we were doing, but alas, the credit goes to our cosmic collaborator on this album; coincidence. Thanks to Reinhold Messner for being a hero, and now a good sport.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 074646980811
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side A): AL69808-1A 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side B): BL69808-1A 2



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September 27, 2016
This is finally getting reissued and can be pre-ordered from a popular site: