Popular albums are sometimes quickly re-issued as “special editions” with a new cover and some bonus crap. Labels sometimes overhaul career catalogs and drop double-disc reissues celebrating the 10th and 20th anniversaries of classic albums. But what do you make of it when Jimmy Eat World takes Bleed American, an album released in 2001, and gives it the “now with a bonus disc featuring demos and b-sides!” treatment? Especially when they just put out a new album, Chase The Light, last October? Guess A&R doesn’t hear another single on that one.
This 2-disc deluxe edition of Bleed American not only restores the record’s original title-the band re-titled the record Jimmy Eat World following the events of 9/11 and the subsequent deployment of U.S. troops to the Middle East-but also provides further documentation of Jimmy Eat World’s powerful and prolific output circa 2001-2002: Obscure fan favorites “No Sensitivity,” “Softer” and “(Splash) Turn Twist,” the collectors item holiday single “Last Christmas”/”Firestarter,” the band’s cover of Guided By Voices’ “Game of Pricks,” and the piece de resistance, the never before heard “Your House 2007.” The stunning reimagining of the Bleed American track the band debuted on its 2007 stripped down semi-acoustic tour elicited an unexpectedly intense response from fans at the shows and later on message boards, moving the band to commit the arrangement to tape to honor its fans if nothing else…
The 2-disc Bleed American deluxe collects all this and more for the first time in one place, creating an essential and comprehensive document for any fan of Jimmy Eat World-or any fan of what USA TODAY called “euphoric, uplifting, reassuring rock.”
You’d think they could at least wait until we had a new president. Out April 29, the same day as Kiss’ Playlist Plus.
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American Deluxe Out April 29 [press release via Skope]