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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - American Babylon: 25th Anniversary Edition [2CD]
Artist - Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers

For those unaware, the anticipation is building for the upcoming re-release of American Babylon, the 1995 album by Pittsburgh rock legends Joe Grushecky And The Houserockers.

The 25th Anniversary Edition of the album, produced by Bruce Springsteen, will be out on Friday, Oct. 29th, 2021 from Cleveland International Records and offers not only the original album’s twelve tracks but also three bonus tracks that are demos Grushecky and Springsteen worked on together before the album was recorded.

Beyond that, there is an entire companion disc consisting of 13 tracks recorded live with Springsteen joining Joe and the Houserockers on stage at Nick’s Fat City in Pittsburgh during the band’s “October Assault Tour.”

While the expanded edition of American Babylon is set for digital and streaming and a 2CD release right about now, a quite wondrous 2LP deluxe vinyl set will follow early in 2022.

Disc 1:
1. Dark and Bloody Ground
2. Chain Smokin’
3. Never Be Enough Time
4. American Babylon
5. Labor Of Love
6. What Did You Do In the War
7. Homestead
8. Comin’ Down Maria
9. Talk Show
10. No Strings Attached
11. Billy’s Waltz
12. Only Lovers Left Alive
13. Chain Smokin’ / demo [Bonus Track]
14. Never Be Enough Time / demo [Bonus Track]
15. Only Lovers Left Alive / demo [Bonus Track]

The first disc of this quite brilliantly vibrant new album opens on the throaty storytelling of Dark and Bloody Ground and the Human Touch ambiance of the mid-tempo ballad Chain Smokin’ and then we get the gentle meanderings of Never Be Enough Time, the rambunctious title track American Babylon, more Human Touch vibes within the dulcet rocker Labor Of Love, the acoustic guitar-led rocker What Did You Do In the War, the harmonica-driven Homestead and then comes the impassioned Comin’ Down Maria.

Next up is the rock-pop shot, Mellencamp-esque bounce of Talk Show, the rocker No Strings Attached and they are in turn followed by the reflective yearning of Billy’s Waltz, the Americana storytelling of Only Lovers Left Alive, with the first disc rounding out on the previously unreleased trio of demo’s: Chain Smokin’, Never Be Enough Time and Only Lovers Left Alive.

Disc 2 (Recorded Live at Nick’s Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA October 1995)
1. No Strings Attached
2. Only Lovers Left Alive
3. Bruce Springsteen Intro
4. What Did You Do In The War *
5. Chain Smokin’ *
6. Labor Of Love *
7. Never Enough *
8. Dark and Bloody Ground *
9. Pumping Iron *
10. Homestead *
11. American Babylon *
12. Light of Day (feat. Bruce Springsteen)
13. Down The Road Apiece (feat. Bruce Springsteen)
* Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers with Bruce Springsteen

The second disc documents live performances recorded at Nick’s Fat City in Pittsburgh during the Houserockers’ memorable “October Assault Tour” that launched the album that month in 1995.

Joe and the band with Springsteen performed not only in Grushecky’s hometown but also in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Asbury Park. Springsteen plays on eight of the album’s tracks and his voice is heard on Light of Day, his own song, as well as a version of Down The Road Apiece, the album’s closer.

One track featured on the live disc that is not part of the American Babylon tune stack is Pumping Iron, a fan favorite from The Iron City Houserockers’ 1980 Have A Good Time But Get Out Alive album.

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