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“Way­ward Bus/ Dis­tant Plas­tic Trees (2LP – reis­sue)”

MERGE De­cem­ber 2 – The Mag­netic Fields’ first two al­bums, The Way­ward Bus and Dis­tant Plas­tic Trees, make their de­but ap­pear­ance here on vinyl, pack­aged to­gether as a two-LP set. Dis­tant Plas­tic Trees was orig­i­nally re­leased in Eng­land and Ja­pan in 1991. For its do­mes­tic de­but, Dis­tant Plas­tic Trees was paired with the Mag­netic Fields’ 1992 al­bum The Way­ward Bus on a sin­gle CD that came out on the band’s own PoPuP Records im­print be­fore its re-re­lease on Merge in 1994. While both al­bums fea­ture singer Susan An­way, the lat­ter in­tro­duced sev­eral new play­ers who would sub­se­quently make reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on front­man Stephen Mer­ritt’s var­i­ous mu­si­cal projects. Wendy Smith’s orig­i­nal al­bum art fea­tured as beau­ti­ful wrap-around paint­ings, now printed in a larger for­mat, along with re­mas­tered au­dio make this two-LP set an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the Mag­netic Fields discog­ra­phy.

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