Neutral Milk HotelIn The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Label:Merge Records – MRG136LP
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Repress, 180g
Style:Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Folk Rock


A1The King Of Carrot Flowers, Pt. One
A2The King Of Carrot Flowers, Pts. Two & Three
A3In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
A4Two-Headed Boy
A5The Fool
A6Holland, 1945
A7Communist Daughter
B1Oh Comely
B4Two-Headed Boy, Pt. Two

Companies, etc.



180g vinyl
Includes 9.5" x 9.5" insert with lyrics and credits
Includes code for digital download
Vinyl comes in either clear pink or colorless matte plastic inner sleeve

1st pressing:
Round sticker on shrink:
Merge Records
★ Since 1989 ★
Hi-Quality 180 gram vinyl for maximum sound quality
Free digital download
Details and coupon inside

2nd pressing:
Square sticker on shrink:
Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Full download included
180-Gram Vinyl

Runouts are etched, except GOLDEN is stamped.

Recorded in the Elephant 6 Recording Company July - Sept. 1997
All Songs © 1996/1997 The Egg As A Whole Music

Published by Egg as a Whole Music / BMG Songs Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker on shrink, text): 6 73855 01361 9
  • Barcode (Sticker on shrink, scanned): 673855013619
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A): MRG 136 A re1 ② GOLDEN GS 1938.1(3)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B): MRG 136 B GOLDEN GS 1938.2(3)

Other Versions (5 of 34)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (CD, Album)Merge RecordsMRG136CDUS1998
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In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (LP, Album)Merge Records, Merge RecordsMRG136LP, MRG136US1998
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In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (CD, Album)The Blue Rose Record CompanyBRRC 10192UK1998
New Submission
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (LP, Album, Repress, Yellow Bias)Merge RecordsMRG136LPUS1998
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In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (LP, Album, Repress, Dark Bias)Merge RecordsMRG136LPUS2000



  • dedalus2k's avatar
    Clean quiet pressing but the mix is awful. Super flat and muted. My CD copy sounds infinitely better.
    • InfectedObject's avatar
      I'd rate this release a 9/10. The vinyl is mostly quiet, though a few songs have noticeable loud clicks. While many releases often come in flimsy paper inner sleeves to cut costs, this one doesn't, and it was a wise decision. Incredible album.
      • Shalefoot's avatar
        Life changing, devastating and essential. I get people love music for different reasons of course, but it is hard not to connect with this album. Let it into your life
        • LagoonCity's avatar
          Word of warning: the pink inner sleeve is not safe for long term storage!

          After a few years my copy was covered with VERY obvious clouding. They actually washed off with a healthy amount of cleaning fluid (90% distilled water, 10% iso, 2% Liquinox) and a high pressure water rinse, so it's not the same issue non-archival plastic sleeves have historically had, but still not a good sign. It looked exactly like the cloudy ripple marks that are common with records stored in the 1960-70s sleeves lined with glossy plastic, but in this case it wasn't permanent or audible.

          I've never seen a copy with the clear sleeve, so I can't say whether the issue is the plastic itself or the pink dye.
          • Avery________'s avatar
            way too quiet i love the pressing. sounds super clear, but the musics too damn quiet
            • PeopleUnderTheStairs's avatar
              Such a perfect pressing. Spin with no interruptions, beautiful album
              • Slanted-Enchanted's avatar
                Total success, the vinyl is totally quiet, has a nice beefy low end and handles the originally super compressed recording as well as you can hope for. Especially since I see these sell for under $20 all day, it's worth picking up a copy.
                • sovlsacrifice's avatar
                  This old cut by Geoff Sykes packs a little bit more low end punch than the 2015 re-cut by John Golden, so that's pretty much it.
                  • mikeSF_'s avatar
                    Edited one year ago
                    First time listening to this band and record; picked it up with a stack of others that looked interesting.

                    I guess it's indie rock, possibly psychedelic folk even. Some really nice upfront acoustic guitar work. I'm less a fan of the distortion effect, which sounds like it's was achieved by overloading the signal, or impedance mismatch. I know that was a creative choice, but when I hear it, all I want to do is tweak his gain staging, lol.
                    The vocals are not my fave, but props to his confidence and ability to belt at full power when needed. That's a nice touch.

                    Some interesting sounding songs. I was unable to read the lyrics printed very tiny on the inner sleeve, but may come back in the future and figure out what all of this is about. I understand there's some Anne Frank subject matter here.

                    Overall, a decent sounding record. Three stars from me.
                    • Adriantool's avatar
                      Considering that this is not an easy to sound álbum, this pressing do a great job actually. 5 stars


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