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ďYou donít want your stuff to vanish,Ē says Joe Perniceabout the twenty-fifth anniversary reissue of Overcome By Happiness. ďNot that Iím looking to get famous, but you need to connect with the world. Thereís something that reaffirms your own life in that echo that comes back to youóeven if itís your own voice coming back.
ĒThe story of Overcome By Happinessis one of great risk and greater payoff. Itís the story of a disgruntled country singer struggling to define himself against prevailing musical trends. Itís the story of a songwriter just finding his voice, an artist so desperate to express himself that he scrapped one band to form another, risking his record contract and arguably his career to put the sounds he heard in his head onto tape. Itís the story of a musician embracing the sounds of his childhood: AM easy listening, sophisticated chamber pop, baroque lounge music, Bread, the Carpenters, Bacharach, Manilow. Itís the story of a poet driving through Massachusetts in a rusted-out Bonneville with a wooden bumper.
This time has come for this story to be told on vinyl. Released 25 years later to the day, New West Records is proud to present the remastered 25th anniversary edition of Overcome By Happinesson vinyl. This release features two orange and white splatter LPs held by thumb notch sleeves inside of a hardback book gatefold. The album audio also includes a 13 Track Bonus LP featuring 8 Previously Unreleased Demo Recordings The package features a 52-page book showcasing extensive liner notes, printed lyrics, forward and track by track written by Joe Pernice as well as previously unseen photographs. Each copy comes with a 5x7 autographed print.