Wooden ShjipsBack To Land

Label:Thrill Jockey – THRILL 351
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Pink
Vinyl, 7", Single, 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition
Style:Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock


A1Back To Land
A4These Shadows
B1In The Roses
B2Other Stars
B4Everybody Knows
Bonus 7"
DThese Shadows (Acoustic)

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Pre-order version, comes with a bonus 7". Packaged in a heavy duty old-style tip-on gatefold jacket with an artworked flood on the pocket jacket, also features high gloss UV printing and is housed in a deluxe die cut slipcase. A free download coupon is included.

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  • Barcode: 790377351118

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Back To Land (CD, Album, Digisleeve, O-Case)Thrill JockeyTHRILL 351UK, Europe & US2013
Back To Land (LP, Album, Green)Thrill JockeyTHRILL 351US2013
Back To Land (LP, Album)Thrill JockeyTHRILL 351US2013
Back To Land (8×File, MP3, Album, 320 kbps)Thrill JockeyTHRILL 351US2013
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Back To Land (Cassette, Album, Limited Edition)Thrill JockeyThrill 351US2013


  • Mickyw1's avatar
    The first copies of this ordered directly from Thrill Jockey also came with a canvas tote bag with WS logo etc, a nice extra!
    • Jewbotcrusher's avatar
      I have a RED vinyl of this album bought just yesterday on their european tour. It seems like red edition is tour exclusive... does anyone have any info about this release?
      • streetmouse's avatar
        Edited 8 years ago
        Wooden Shjips, San Francisco’s neo-psychedelic hippy-dippy pirate band have been around long enough to be the centerpiece of hazy inspired legends, half-truths, and enough rumors to fill Owsley’s chemistry set twice over ... so, let me set the story straight, or perhaps fuel the fires and fan the flames of these high flying midnight musical alchemists.

        Now ... given the right atmosphere, you might get vocalist and founder of Wooden Ships, Ripley Johnson, to admit that back in 2003 he was still on the hippy trail, not in search of fortune or fame, but for musicians who could share his vision for crafting acid laced tunes filled with distortion, in much the same vein as The Velvet Underground had done ... though replacing the speed induced edges with a softer more melodic trance inducing trippy haze. And while he wasn’t necessarily looking for brilliantly talented musicians, those are exactly what showed up on his doorstep, talented outcasts of the music industry who’d been raised on lo-fi droning sojourns into the nether regions of the subconscious.

        As luscious and enticing as their previous releases have been, Back To Land sees the band pulling together all they’ve learned, and creating one of the most cohesive hallucinogenic bodies of work you’re ever going to treat your wayward ears to. The songs move together, they rise with the sun and set with the moon, though not always in that order ... and if you happen to stumble on their acoustic version of “These Shadows,” you’ve just added an extra day to your week. But what separates this release from their others, is the length of the tracking, where each song has been crafted to clock in at around five minutes. And what five minute sonic gems these are, proving that capturing the essence is always rewarding, and certainly allows for expansive gestures while preforming live. Here, Wooden Shjips don’t weigh you down or bake your brain into submission ... Back To Land gives you room to breathe, and a chance to raise your head into the clear air of the stratosphere before diving headlong into the narcotic laced psychedelic waves and wobbly-headed loopings that are so very satisfying.

        Review by Jenell Kesler



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