The Black Angels ‎– Directions To See A Ghost

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You On The Run 4:53
Doves 4:29
Science Killer 4:45
Mission District 5:12
18 Years 5:26
Deer-Ree-Shee 5:49
Never / Ever 8:34
Vikings 4:38
You In Color 5:53
The Return 4:31
Snake In The Grass 16:13

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(CD, Album) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US 2008 Sell This Version
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(11xFile, ALAC, Album) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US 2008
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(11xFile, FLAC, Album) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US 2008
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US 2008
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(11xFile, ogg, Album, VBR) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US 2008
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(3xLP, Album, Ltd) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US 2008 Sell This Version
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(CD, Album) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US 2008 Sell This Version
DDCB-12214 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(CD, Album) BounDEE, Inc. DDCB-12214 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(CD, Album) Light In The Attic LITA 033 Canada 2008 Sell This Version
none The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(CDr, Album, Promo) Not On Label none France 2008 Sell This Version
LITA 033, none The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(Cass, Album, Ltd, Num) Light In The Attic, Burger Records LITA 033, none US 2008 Sell This Version
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(3xLP, Ltd, Num, RP, Red) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US 2019 Sell This Version
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(3xLP, Album, RE, RP) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US Unknown Sell This Version
LITA 033 The Black Angels Directions To See A Ghost(3xLP, Album, RP) Light In The Attic LITA 033 US Unknown Sell This Version

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RKoster

RKoster

June 11, 2021
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, 3xLP, Album, RP, LITA 033
The last two tracks are not untitled:
F1 Surf City (Revisited) 5:13
F2 Paladin's Last Stand 3:43
martijnvdwielen

martijnvdwielen

March 30, 2021
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, 3xLP, Album, RP, LITA 033

Such a great record! Too bad there is something wrong with 18 Years, sounds super distorted.
mscheaf

mscheaf

April 14, 2020
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, CD, Album, LITA 033
I have a 12 track cd. Of COURSE it i not listed here
djloctgruv

djloctgruv

January 11, 2020
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, 3xLP, Ltd, Num, RP, Red, LITA 033
I don't know, mine has a lot of distortion that is not on og pressing on side 2, 18 years is almost unlistenable
djloctgruv

djloctgruv

September 24, 2019
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, 3xLP, Album, Ltd, LITA 033

I pre-ordered it when it came out and mine came with a autographed poster that was outside the record. The poster came inside too but wasn't autographed.
gotgot13

gotgot13

September 4, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, 3xLP, Ltd, Num, RP, Red, LITA 033

Ok,what a perfect pressing for this masterpiece !!! The sound is awesome and like on the 2008 original on side F its : Surf City (revisited) & Paladin's Last Stand..
But there is no poster with lyrics & no sticker..
Reptiled

Reptiled

June 16, 2018
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, 3xLP, Album, Ltd, LITA 033

Mine sounds terrible. Like a dirty press. Light In The Attic 3x vinyl version. When I get a better copy, straight to the trash.
Euphonics

Euphonics

November 8, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, CD, Album, LITA 033

Exactly what I needed in 2007. I remember being more excited for this record than any other current band's material. Was really hoping they could deliver another "Passover", and thank Krishna, "Directions to See A Ghost" was the perfect medicine.

I was just about ready to retire my interest the hippie jamband circuit — but still attached to songs that could "expand my mind" and stretch out longer than 7 minutes. And here they pull it off in a way that was expertly primitive, darkly introspective and explicitly separate from the 'flower child' motif. Like the Velvet Underground rising out of a commercialized cesspool of feel-good bubblegum shlock.
The band pulls out all the stops on this one, and what a refreshing reappraisal of psychedelic rock it was. Druggy, sexy, and still nothing to lose. Droning, but not slow. Fierce, but not quite unhinged. This is what solidified their position as forerunners of the American movement, bringing the notoriety and respect that ultimately served as a sort of right-of-passage, allowing them to create the vessel that is Austin Psych Fest. Today, (almost 10 years later) psychedelic music is a well-worn mainstream item again, and I think the Black Angels have a lot to do with bridging that cultural gap, for better or worse.

This album also marks the end of an era. The band would soon pack up their sound in exchange for a wispier pop-dilution that may be structurally the same as it ever was, but the magic left along with the caveman's echo in the final moments of the 16-minute "Snake In The Grass".
streetmouse

streetmouse

July 16, 2014
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, CD, Album, LITA 033

Directions To See A Ghost with it’s menacing, staggering, stumbling, Jim Morrison over tones, drenched in hypnotic intoxicating drones of heavy acid trip visuals, primal drumming, and garage guitar, all blend to create a bleary eyed fantasy of mind meets soul meets eye, and washes oceans of sound through your ears. As persuasive as The Black Angels are on record, they are even more so live, and not to be missed on any account. The Black Angels are a psychological rhythmic reason for stepping into the moonlight, downing a handful of psychedelics, and watching the pageant unfold before your very eyes. Even the gated album and disc jackets are heavily embossed to visually and texturally trip you out.

There’s a dynamic chemistry found here, created from low end vibrations, Jimmy Page hooks, and Middle Eastern influences that don’t so much build in momentum ... rather they steadily carry you forward with an intoxicating obsession. As dark and lustrious as this album is, it feels very warm, nuturing, inviting, and impressive ... at times startling, fuzzed out, and breathtaking. But you see, I’m trying to describe an acid trip, or a head full of mushrooms, and that’s just about impossible ... you’re either on board and know exactly what I’m talking about, or you’re at the station, ticket in hand, waiting on sixty tons of locomotive to pull up, drop the steps, punch your ticket, and take you for the ride of a lifetime.

Interesting Note: The Black Angels, like many others, have been heavily influenced by The Velvet Underground, copping their band name from The Velvet's track "Black Angel's Death Song." And as if that weren't enough, they drew the connection even tighter by naming their publishing company Death Song, thus completing the song title in full.

Review by Jenell Kesler
Tomsen

Tomsen

December 1, 2013
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Directions To See A Ghost, 3xLP, Album, Ltd, LITA 033

Via Christian Bland: "Light in the Attic just repressed 'Directions to See a Ghost'. The 2nd pressing no longer includes the poster with lyrics and the sticker, but we still have copies of the first pressing which do have the poster and sticker, so if you order on-line or catch us at a show in the US, you can still get the first pressing." Anyway, seems like the poster is included i later copies, but not the sticker. Confusing...