Sufjan Stevens ‎– The Ascension

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Asthmatic Kitty Records ‎– AKR150
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear
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A1 Make Me An Offer I Cannot Refuse
Bass Guitar, Vibraphone – Casey FoubertDrum [Black Magic] – Emil NikolaisenDrums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Electric Guitar, Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6, Prophet X], Vocals – Sufjan StevensElectric Guitar – Bryce Dessner
5:19
A2 Run Away With Me
Drums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Piano, Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6], Vocals – Sufjan StevensElectric Guitar – Casey Foubert
4:07
A3 Video Game
Bass Guitar – Casey FoubertDrums [Additional], Percussion [Additional] – James McAlisterDrums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6], Vocals – Sufjan Stevens
4:16
A4 Lamentations
Drums [Additional], Percussion [Additional], Effects [Vocal Cut-Up] – James McAlisterDrums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6, Prophet X], Vocals – Sufjan StevensElectric Guitar – Casey Foubert
3:42
A5 Tell Me You Love Me
Bass Guitar – Casey FoubertDrums [Additional], Percussion [Additional] – James McAlisterDrums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6], Electric Guitar, Piano, Vocals – Sufjan Stevens
4:22
B6 Die Happy
Drums [Additional], Percussion [Additional] – James McAlisterDrums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6], Vocals – Sufjan StevensElectric Guitar – Casey Foubert
5:47
B7 Ativan
Drum [Black Magic] – Emil NikolaisenDrums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6, Prophet X], Vocals – Sufjan StevensElectric Guitar – Casey Foubert
6:32
B8 Ursa Major
Bass Guitar – Casey FoubertDrums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6, Prophet X], Vocals – Sufjan Stevens
3:43
B9 Landslide
Drums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6], Electric Guitar, Vocals – Sufjan StevensLead Guitar [Lead Electric Guitar], Bass Guitar – Casey Foubert
5:04
C10 Gilgamesh
Drums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6], Electric Guitar, Recorder [Recorders], Vocals – Sufjan StevensLead Guitar [Lead Electric Guitar] – Casey Foubert
3:50
C11 Death Star
Drums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6, Prophet X], Electric Guitar, Vocals – Sufjan StevensElectric Guitar, Bass Guitar – Casey Foubert
4:04
C12 Goodbye To All That
Bass Guitar – Casey FoubertDrums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08], Vocals – Sufjan Stevens
3:48
C13 Sugar
Bass Guitar – Casey FoubertDrums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6, Prophet X], Electric Guitar, Vocals – Sufjan Stevens
7:37
D14 The Ascension
Drums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6, Prophet X], Piano, Vocals – Sufjan Stevens
5:56
D15 America
Drums, Percussion, Drum Machine [Tempest], Synthesizer [Prophet 08, Prophet 6, Prophet X], Electric Guitar, Piano, Recorder [Recorders], Vocals – Sufjan StevensLead Guitar [Lead Electric Guitar], Bass Guitar – Casey Foubert
12:30

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Credits

  • Artwork By, Layout, Design, TypographySufjan Stevens
  • Mastered ByTW Walsh*
  • Performer [All Songs Performed By], Recorded By, Engineer, Arranged By, Mixed By, ProducerSufjan Stevens

Notes

Limited edition pressed on clear vinyl issued with tip-on gatefold sleeve with a 16-page booklet of original drawings by Sufjan Stevens, download card and printed inner sleeves. Some copies included an additional The Ascension insert 17092020.

A hypesticker reads: '2xLP first-run edition includes clear vinyl and tip-on gatefold jacket includes download code'

© 2020 Sufjan Stevens Music/ASCAP
© ℗ 2020 AKR p.o. box 1282 Lander, WY 82520 USA

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned (Hypesticker)): 729920164608
  • Barcode (Printed (Hypesticker)): 7 29920 16460 8
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout, etched / -54844- stamped): AKR 150 A R1 -54844- RFM
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout, etched / -54844- stamped): AKR 150 B R1 -54844- RFM
  • Matrix / Runout (C side runout, etched / -55116- stamped): AKR 150 C R1 -55116- RFM
  • Matrix / Runout (D side runout, etched / -55116- stamped): AKR 150 D R1 -55116- RFM
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AKR150 Sufjan Stevens The Ascension(CD, Album) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR150 USA & Europe 2020 Sell This Version
AKR150digital Sufjan Stevens The Ascension(15xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR150digital 2020
AKR150JD Sufjan Stevens The Ascension(CD, Album) Asthmatic Kitty Records, Big Nothing AKR150JD Japan 2020 Sell This Version
AKR150 Sufjan Stevens The Ascension(2xLP, Album) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR150 USA & Canada 2020 Sell This Version
AKR150 Sufjan Stevens The Ascension(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR150 USA & Canada 2020 Sell This Version

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madssounds

madssounds

October 27, 2020

After reading the reviews on here, I was scared to open my copy. But lo and behold, my copy actually sounds and looks pretty great! Not only is it super crisp and clear, but hearing it on vinyl is quite an atmospheric experience. Such a shame that the Pallas pressing plant managed to screw up a number of copies here and there though ://

P.S. I can also vouch with what's been said about the packaging because it is indeed fantastic! Highly recommend this variant if you could get one without any QC issues.
hoemogenic

hoemogenic

October 26, 2020

just had to pop in to say what a FANTASTIC packaging this has, the sleeve is thick and hard as a box, the printed inner sleeves are also heavyweight cardboard, one arrived with a seam split unfortunately, but still, the material is super sturdy, the flattened edges on the records are a nice touch too! great job AKR 💜
jermax

jermax

October 20, 2020
Such mixed reviews BUT my copy is crystal clear (both in appearance and sound quality). LOVE it.
hans_gruber

hans_gruber

October 16, 2020
My girlfriend has brought this over to me to clean on a ultra sonic cleaner because of the background noise. It's a disgraceful pressing that cannot be cured. Whoever made this needs to be closed down. They are not fit to manufacture records. It's one of the worst new pressings i've ever heard in all my years of buying records.
perrinfaerch

perrinfaerch

October 15, 2020
Thank God my copy sounds amazing. The first time I haven't had issues with an Asthmatic Kitty pressing. Literally have no problems with mine. Luck of the draw. Whew.
noodles666

noodles666

October 13, 2020
I can not believe that this was pressed at Pallas Germany Diepholz. if so, this is by far the absolute worst LP they delivered out of this pressing plant. If this is now their quality control, we have lost one of the greatest pressing plants worldwide. I never had any issues with them. I have hundreds of Speakers Corner LPs and hundreds more from Pallas. Not sure, what happend here?
Lost_Trax

Lost_Trax

October 11, 2020
I returned the EU black vinyl as it had a lot of issues with surface noise and non-fill. I really like the album though so after reading some positive reviews on the clear vinyl I picked up a copy from Rough Trade today. It’s still not a great pressing, but it doesn’t suffer with non-fill like the black vinyl pressing. I wet cleaned it twice on a vacuum RCM and finally got it to a point where there was little surface noise on sides A & C. On side B, Die Happy still has issues so these must be inherent in the pressing. Side D had a significant number of loud pops throughout both tracks, however, by running over the spots with the stylus in two directions, I was able to clear most of it, pointing to it being down to a lot of debris stuck in the grooves. So, a good result overall but really, for a new pressing, should it involve this much work? Now I get why people who stream exclusively laugh at the vinyl crowd. I hope they manage to sort the issues with the EU pressing and hold the pressing plant accountable for poor QC.
NerMiNAc

NerMiNAc

October 9, 2020
edited 20 days ago
EU Clean version here, no clicks or pops... But unfortunately it seems compressed like crazy, love the music after streaming the album for a couple of days. I had high hopes that the vinyl would open up the dynamics in the songs, unfortunately that’s not the case with the the vinyl release. BRICKWALLED! Hopefully i can return it.
itchyring

itchyring

October 9, 2020
Seems I got a real dud! Some tracks are completely unlistenable due to crackle, particularly on A/B. Shame, because the music deserved better than this.
WeHaveTheFacts

WeHaveTheFacts

October 8, 2020
I saw some reviews about surface noise. I have the clear version and haven't experienced any issues in my two full playthroughs thus far. As for the album itself, I'm really digging it! Like a combo of Age of Adz and Planetarium with a dash of his side project Sisyphus.