Sufjan StevensIllinois (Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition)

Label:Asthmatic Kitty Records – AKR 014
Vinyl, LP, White (Cape White)
Vinyl, LP, Blue (Antimatter Blue)
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Shape, Red
All Media, Album, Limited Edition
Style:Folk Rock


A1Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
A2The 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!"
A3Come On! Feel The Illinoise! Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream
A4John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
A6A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
B1Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
B2One Last "Whoo-Hoo!" For The Pullman
B4Casimir Pulaski Day
B5To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament
C1The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
C2Prairie Fire That Wanders About
C3A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
C4The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
C5They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
C6Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bushnell
C7In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
D1The Seer's Tower
D2The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders Part 1: The Great Frontier Part II: Come To Me Only With Playthings Now
D3Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, And The King Of Swing, To Name A Few
D4Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run
D5The Avalanche
EChicago (Demo)
FChicago (Demo)

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Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide. This edition features Blue Marvel on the cover instead of Superman or the balloons. The records are on "Antimatter Blue" and "Cape White" colored vinyl. A red star-shaped 12" featuring "Chicago (Demo)" is also included. The audio from this release comes from the 2014 remaster of Illinois.

Triple gatefold sleeve.
Includes printed insert with lyrics on one side and a photo of "Sufjan Stevens and the Illinoisemakers" on the other.

Digital download card offers 10% discount on a future purchase from the Asthmatic Kitty label.

© ℗ 2005 Asthmatic Kitty Records
All songs © 2005 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP

All songs recorded/engineered/produced Fall 2004 - Winter 2005.

Most of the songs were recorded at The Buddy Project (Astoria, Queens).
Many of the quiet parts were recorded at Sufjan's apartment in Brooklyn.
The piano was recorded in the dead of night at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
The string quartet was recorded at Marla's apartment in Washington Heights.
Matt Morgan's vocals were recorded in Redhook, brooklyn.
The electric organ was recorded at the New Jerusalem Recreational Room in Clarksboro, NJ.
The vibraphone was recorded at Carroll Music Studios, New York City.

Mastered at West West Side Music, Tenafly, NJ.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 656605613017
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): SAE MASTERING AKR-014-A RE-1 23137.1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): SAE MASTERING AKR-014-B RE-1 23137.2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout): SAE MASTERING AKR-014-C RE-1 23137.3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout): SAE MASTERING AKR-014-D RE-1 23137.4
  • Matrix / Runout (Bonus 12'' side A runout): AKR14LP-C2 25529.1(2)
  • Matrix / Runout (Bonus 12'' side B runout): AKR14LP-C2 25529.2(2)
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 33)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Illinois (CD, Album, Superman Cover)Rough TradeRTRADCD250Europe2005
Recently Edited
Illinois (2×LP, Album)Rough TradeRTRADLP250Europe2005
Recently Edited
Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise (CD, Album)Cycle (2)CYCLE 027Benelux2005
New Submission
Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise (CD, Album)Sinnamon RecordsSINCD105Spain2005
Recently Edited
Illinois (CD, Album, Superman Cover)Asthmatic Kitty Records, Sounds FamilyreAKR 014, noneUS2005


  • advancedbeginner's avatar
    There's some distortion on the highs with this one, which is a shame because it looks gorgeous
    • dbernath's avatar
      Edited 2 years ago
      Awful sounding pressing. The highs are harsh and distorted and the lows lack depth. The overall sound is grainy and fatiguing
      • drfindley's avatar
        Edited 6 years ago
        I have both the early repress mastered by Kevin Gray and this one and the KG repress is richer and with more texture. The bells ring out more and Sufjan draws me in more. This pressing isn't bad, though it's way more poppy than my first pressing and I cleaned both with an ultrasonic cleaner.
        • spoonfreude's avatar
          Anyone else having problems with the side 2 label overlapping the runout groove? I bought two at my local record shop and on both the runout groove dipped into the label.
          • mckk's avatar
            how does this pressing sound? my copy of earlier one sounds terrible :/
            • Holmes1981's avatar
              Edited 6 years ago
              Do all copies come with the star shaped Chicago demo?
              • plucker's avatar
                Oh, is it only "limited" to 10 000? ... LOL.



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