Sufjan Stevens ‎– Illinois

Asthmatic Kitty Records ‎– AKR014, Sounds Familyre ‎– none
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress

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A1 Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
A2 The Black Hawk War, Or, How To Demolish An Entire Civilization And Still Feel Good About Yourself In The Morning, Or, We Apologize For The Inconvenience But You're Going To Have To Leave Now, Or, "I Have Fought The Big Knives And Will Continue To Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!"
A3 Come On! Feel The Illinoise! Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream
A4 John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
A5 Jacksonville
A6 A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
B1 Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
Backing Vocals – Daniel Smith, Elin Smith*, Matt Morgan
B2 One Last "Whoo-Hoo!" For The Pullman
B3 Chicago
B4 Casimir Pulaski Day
B5 To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament
C1 The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
C2 Prairie Fire That Wanders About
C3 A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
C4 The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
C5 They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
Vocals – Craig Montoro
C6 Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell
C7 In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
D1 The Seer's Tower
D2 The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders Part 1: The Great Frontier Part II: Come To Me Only With Playthings Now
D3 Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, And The King Of Swing, To Name A Few
D4 Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run
D5 The Ava Lanche

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Most of the songs were recorded at The Buddy Project (Astoria, Queens). Many of the quiet parts were recorded at Sufjan's apartment in Brooklyn. The piano was recorded in the dead of night at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The string quartet was recorded at Marla's apartment in Washington Heights. Matt Morgan's vocals were recorded in Red Hook, Brooklyn, minutes before the firemen arrived, wielding their axes, in order to address the problem of the gas leak. The electric organ was recorded at the New Jerusalem Recreational Room in Clarksboro, NJ. The vibraphone was recorded at Carroll Music Studios, New York City.

This pressing has balloon artwork on the front cover (a homage to the balloon sticker used to hide the Superman artwork of the original pressing). In addition, on the back cover, note that the police cars have Illinois license plates "AKR014" and "A NO NO".

Double gatefold.

PLEASE NOTE: The title of the album is "Illinois"(see the jacket spine or Asthmatic Kitty website for confirmation).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (sticker): 6 56605 89261 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): AKR-014LP-A, 14855.1(2) KG@ATM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): AKR-014LP-B, 14855.2(2) KG@ATM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 3): AKR-014LP-B [Scratched out] C, 14855.3(2) KG@ATM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 4): AKR-014LP-D, 14855.4(2) KG@ATM


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July 14, 2017
One of the best sounding pressings I've ever heard. Simply incredible.


April 5, 2015

A beautiful artwork AND record. for the best from him besides CARRIE........


June 29, 2013
The Tri-fold vinyl sounds AMAZING. Great release and great artwork. So solid. Pick this record up for your collection ASAP.


January 22, 2012
The title of the album is simply 'Illinois' (see the CD spine) - the 'Invites you to...' is just part of the excellent artwork. The UK release (on Rough Trade) sports the cover you display above - no Superman anywhere.