Father John MistyPure Comedy

Label:Bella Union – BELLA628VX
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Aluminium/Copper
Vinyl, 7"
All Media, Limited Edition
Genre:Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Folk Rock, Folk, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Pop Rock


A1Pure Comedy
Arranged By [Additional Horn Arrangement]Josh Tillman*, James King
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement]Gavin Bryars
Arranged By [String Arrangement]Paul Jacob Cartwright*
A2Total Entertainment Forever
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement]James King, Jonathan Wilson
A3Things It Would Be Helpful To Know Before The Revolution
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement]James King
Arranged By [String Arrangement]Paul Jacob Cartwight*
A4Ballad Of The Dying Man
Arranged By [String Arrangement]Tom Lea
Performer [Performed By]Daniel Bailey, Josh Tillman*, Jonathan Wilson
B2Leaving LA
Arranged By [String Arrangement]Gavin Bryars
Performer [Performed By]Josh Tillman*
C1A Bigger Paper Bag
C2When The God Of Love Returns There'll Be Hell To Pay
Pedal Steel Guitar [Pedal Steel]Greg Leisz
C4Two Wildly Different Perspectives
Arranged By [String Arrangement]Paul Jacob Cartwright*
Performer [Performed By]Josh Tillman*, Jonathan Wilson
C5The Memo
CelloKelsey Lu
Performer [Performed By]Daniel Bailey, Elijah Thomson, Josh Tillman*, Jonathan Wilson
D1So I’m Growing Old On Magic Mountain
Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement]Josh Tillman*
Lap Steel Guitar [Lap Steel]Greg Leisz
VibraphoneGavin Bryars
Vocals [Additional Vocals]Chavonne Stewart
D2In Twenty Years Or So
Arranged By [String Arrangement]Nico Muhly
EReal Love Baby
FRejected Generic Pop Song March '15 #3

Companies, etc.



Released in a die-cut customizable gatefold sleeve with 4 interactive “background” sleeves, with clear slipcase over.
Includes a fold-out poster and an exclusive holographic tarot card by Ed Steed, and download code.
Tracklisting, barcode and copyrights are printed on a large sticker affixed to the shrinkwrap.
LP1 is aluminium, LP2 is copper.

Pre-orders and initial copies sold in stores came with this limited edition bonus 7".

Very special thanks to Gavin Bryars and Ed Steed.

Published by Cripple Creek Fairies (ASCAP) / Kobalt Music Publishing.

℗ & © Bella Union & 2017
Under exclusive license to [PIAS]

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (LP, text): 5 414939 954627
  • Barcode (LP, scanned): 5414939954627
  • Barcode (7", text): 5 414939 954542
  • Barcode (7", scanned): 5414939954542
  • Other (7" cat #): BELLA633V
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (LP side A runout etched): BG62042-01 A1 BELLA-628V-A CB
  • Matrix / Runout (LP side B runout etched): BG62042-01 B1 BELLA-628V-B CB
  • Matrix / Runout (LP side C runout etched): BG62042-02 C1 BELLA-628V-C CB
  • Matrix / Runout (LP side D runout etched): BG62042-02 D1 BELLA-628V-D CB
  • Matrix / Runout (7" side A runout etched): BH65139-01 A1 KR BELLA 633V
  • Matrix / Runout (7" side B runout etched): BH65139-01 B1 KR BELLA 633V

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Pure Comedy (CD, Album, Red Cover)Sub PopSP1200US2017
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Pure Comedy (2×LP, Album, Promo)Sub PopSP-1200US2017
New Submission
Pure Comedy (LP, Aluminum, LP, Copper, All Media, Album, Deluxe Edition)Sub PopSP1200US2017
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Pure Comedy (Cassette, Album, Blue)Sub PopSP1200US2017
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Pure Comedy (Cassette, Album, Yellow,Transparent )Sub PopSP1200US2017



  • superbarands's avatar
    My copy sounds great. Dead quiet and flat as a pancake. Originally had the standard black copy which came warped and sounded terrible. My only concern with these Limited Edition pressings is the stiff plastic outer sleeve which may end up 'gassing' your records.....
    • benjamingreen's avatar
      Edited 5 years ago
      I got a standard black replacement version from Bella Union in the end... clear as a bell. Think there's a case for a repress on the coloured as they are ridiculously noisy and distorted.
      • benjamingreen's avatar
        I’ve now had a replacement copy to my original one which had bad noise/popping throughout. Unfortunately the replacement was no better. I assume then the coloured UK vinyls were badly pressed. Can anyone say if the standard black were better?!
        • muzik4life's avatar
          I was lucky enough to pre-order and get the bonus 7". My US copy, although slightly off-centered, is very quiet and sounds great. Yes, it is not 180gr (145-150gr), but I believe it was never advertised to be 180gr. The color of the vinyls are beautiful metallic, marbled (aluminum & copper). I do see there is a version listed with a sticker of FJM caricature with a cellphone included in addition to the tarot card.
          • vanbasten6247
            I don't know, maybe I'm in the minority here but both records (colored, UK press from the Deluxe edition) play flawlessly on my system (Ortofon 2M Bronze) and look pretty cool to me. One thing is that they don't seem to be 180 gr. ones, more like 140-160 if you ask me but since I don't have an scale I can't be sure, in any case I do think it's kind of pricey anyways but well, I knew that already. Mine (fortunatelly) came with the aditional 7", probably because I preordered the next day when you were able to do so.
            • __David__'s avatar
              Have to agree with the previous reviews....the UK-version looks nothing like advertised. It has a very plastic-like look and though it seems to be pressed at Optimal it is relatively noisy (constant "swoosh"). Absolutely not worth the money! I suggest buying the US version at Amazon (56 Euros including shipping to Europe) or the standard black pressing!
              • zwentner's avatar
                I'm a bit disappointed with this release. It's not that the UK-Version is totally overpriced, i knew that and it was ok. But the coloured pressing itself looks different from the US-Version. The Vinyls are just "plain" Silver and Copper coloured. Not "marbled" like the US-Pressing, wich is way more cooler....
                • meinleben's avatar
                  PROS: The Music itself. Also, the interchangeable cover really does look nice.
                  CONS: No 7" came with my copy. The colored vinyl has surface noise and nonfill-issues from time to time.

                  Despite the fact that this limited "deluxe" edition does look cool, I felt buyers remorse instantly after unwrapping. The Eu-pressing is way overpriced, the coloured vinyl is far from silent or audiophile and last but not least, there was no "Real Love" 7inch inside my package! I dig the music, but paying 56 Euros for this special edition feels like a total rip-off to me. Wish I would have gone with the standard pressing instead.


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