Sufjan Stevens ‎– Carrie & Lowell

Asthmatic Kitty Records ‎– AKR099
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Includes printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits on one side and a photo on the other.
Includes a postcard with an mp3 download code

All songs by Sufjan Stevens © New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
©&℗ Asthmatic Kitty Records P.O. Box 1282 Lander, WY 82520.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker, Scanned): 656605609911
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): AKR099A BONATI MASTERING NYC 23413.1(3)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): AKR099 B BONATI MASTERING NYC 23413.2(3)

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December 8, 2018
I would pay $$$ if this music received the pressing it deserves... Hey AKR, how about a special run at RTI or QRP? As of now my two copies are poop.


August 27, 2018
Thanks, John at AKR for the response. My copy too is not 100% pristine, but I enjoy this record and its intimacy and it gets lots of spins...


August 11, 2018

amazing album a lot of surface noise i do not mind


August 10, 2018
Long time lurker, first (ok, second) time poster. This is John at AKR.

I'm happy to answer any questions here about the pressing or the process. I want you to know that we appreciate all of you. I'm not proud of some of the manufacturing issues we experienced with our first few runs, and we have subsequently moved almost all of our pressing from that original plant to IRP in Jersey. But honestly our pressings up to that point, as many have pointed out, were fine - and those were on that same manufacturer. There was no way to do anything differently. THat's why we've always replaced vinyl upon request. We stand behind our vinyl.

This is more my personal take, but frankly this is not an album that aspires to fidelity. Some of these tracks are literally straight from an iPhone. We knew that putting this to vinyl was risky because Blue Bucket, the most dynamic song on a very quiet record, pushed the maximum amount of play on vinyl and was placed in the inner groves. We took that risk, and I'm sorry that some of you folks here aren't happy that we did. It was take that risk, or not press to vinyl. For my part, I'm happy it exists on vinyl. It's a special record for me. But it's not the record I play for a system to sound good. It's a record I play when I want to feel something. If you're looking for an AKR release, I'd point to Linda Perhac's record which was pressed at the same manufacturer and sounds absolutely fantastic.

Let me know if I can answer any questions.


August 2, 2018
Yup... Terrible pressing! Everyone was complaining about a moon shaped pool, but this tops that... Must have been work experience week at the pressing plant! Shocking... Not recommended, shame as the songs are lovely, and if the interference wasn't there, the mastering sounds great! I'll continue to clean, see if I can improve, shouldn't have to do that with a new record though hey!


July 10, 2018

yeah no this pressing really is not good, I bought it at his show back in 2015 and as soon as i played it, there was a lot of nice and it would skip a lot... not good


April 19, 2018
Got mine new from a 2nd and Charles... it sounds good enough, if a little noisy on some tracks, but the real bothersome thing is that both sides were scuffed, even sealed in a seemingly unharmed sleeve. So, be aware.


February 10, 2018
My copy from Barnes & Nobles is pretty horrendous. 2 cleanings improved it somewhat, but it's still pretty bad. Under all that noise, the mastering is actually pretty decent. I love this record so much, I may try another copy. It's pretty cheap at around $17. Who knows, I might get lucky.


December 8, 2017
A lot of marks on the vinyl + small warping.

Fortunatzly it does not affect playing, no distortion or pops/clicks.
I was afraid after reading comments here and seeing the lp, but was releaved upon listening.
I took 5 minutes cleaning it toroughly though, might have helped !


November 1, 2017
Well, this is a surprise.

My copy straight from Amazon sounded phenomenal. As in, super quiet, with little to no crackle, surface noise et. al.

Very surprising due to the reviews I read on here before giving this pressing a go. Sadly luck of the draw, I guess :/