Neutral Milk Hotel ‎– In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Merge Records ‎– MRG136CD, Merge Records ‎– mrg136
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Recorded in the Elephant 6 Recording Company July-Sept. 1997.

All Songs © 1996/1997

Cat number is MRG136CD on spine and CD, mrg136 on barcode sticker

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text, From Sticker): 0 36172 94362 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 036172943623
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Mirrored): MADE IN CANADA BY AMERIC DISC 158H2<0241>MRG136CD
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): MADE IN CANADA BY AMERIC DISC 2XNR3<0241>MRG136CD
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): MADE IN CANADA BY AMERIC DISC 3HY61<0241>MRG136CD
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1, Mirrored): IFPI L482
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2 & 3): IFPI L481
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 8119
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 7708
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 81B0

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October 16, 2016
My version has the Matrix/ Runout
REWIGLP21 A2 BE39693-01 A3 on side one and
REWIGLP21 B2 BE39693-01 B3 on side two. Can anyone please confirm, that this is the 2005 US reissue by Domino?


December 30, 2014
This album is the greatest. I love it so much I need to get this on vinyl. Anyways great album.


February 27, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

I know a lot of people who hate this album, but I love it. Jeff Mangum's voice is definately an acquired taste. On first listen it sounds like whiney emo crap with some horns and acoustic ballads, but after a while the nightmarish and phantasmagoric lyrics worm their way into your brain in spite of the eerily "happy" music. Some of the songs here venture onto surreal hallucinatory planes that Syd Barrett only touched upon (the centerpeice, "Oh Comely," is particularly vivid). And yet it's all somehow hopeful and life-affirming. It's a concept album about life, death, rebirth, family life, the Holocaust and Anne Frank, I guess. I'll be damned if I can make heads or tails of it.