Sufjan Stevens ‎– Illinoise

Rough Trade ‎– RTRADLP 250
2 × Vinyl, LP

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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
B7 Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
Backing Vocals – Daniel Smith, Elin Smith*, Matt Morgan
B8 One Last "Whoo-Hoo!" For The Pullman!!
B9 Go! Chicago! Go! Yeah!
B10 Casimir Pulaski Day
B11 To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament, And It Involves Tube Socks, A Paper Airplane, And Twenty-Two Able-Bodied Men
C12 The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
C13 Prairie Fire That Wanders About
C14 A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
C15 The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
C16 They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
Vocals – Craig Montoro
C17 Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bloomington-Normal
C18 In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
D19 The Seer's Tower
D20 The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders Part I: The Great Frontier Part II: Come to Me Only With Playthings Now
D21 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
D22 Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run
D23 The Ava Lanche

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Issued with trifold cover and printed insert with artwork, lyrics and credits. Tracks are numbered consecutively regardless of sides.

The Illinoisemaker Choir are Jennifer Hoover, Tara McDonnell, Beccy Lock, Katrina Kerns and Tom Eaton.
The cover shows "Come On Feel The Illinoise" as a title. However, on the record, the album is called "Illinois".

D23 is a Bonus Track

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 050159 825011
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5050159825011
  • Label Code: LC-11945
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout, etched): RTRAD LP 250 A-1 - DAMONT DOUG@TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout, etched): RTRAD LP 250 B-1 - DAMONT DOUG@TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (C side runout, etched): RTRAD LP 250C-1 - DAMONT DOUG@TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (D side runout, etched): RTRAD LP 250 D2 - DAMONT
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

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September 3, 2016
My Rough Trade press has a press review hype sticker over the area where the Superman should be so I presume he's under there. I purchased this record in first week of release. The picture here does not contain either so different pressing?


January 30, 2011
Outstanding artwork done with this release.