“Sparely and intuitively performed, it’s simply excellent.”
“The music of Gillian Welch exists outside of time.”
“It is a splendid record, full of intricacies and deep feeling and subtle associations and turns of mind.”
“…a slow, sad, lovely, meditative collection of songs in which their voices intertwine with characteristic grace.
Gillian Welch’s 2011 album, the GRAMMY-nominated The Harrow & The Harvest, described by the Washington Post as “Welch…at her haunting, heart-aching best,” will be released for the first time ever on reel-to-reel tape via her own Acony Records. David Rawlings reveals about the release, “as someone who spends a lot of time listening to analog tape, I’ve been a big fan of the reel-to-reel culture that has slowly grown over the past decade. So, given a window of time waiting for the construction of a new top-notch pressing plant (that’s another story), technician Brent Bishop and I decided to develop our dream duplication system for making peerless reel-to-reel tapes. Gillian and I are particularly proud that this release of The Harrow & The Harvest is, from the writing, recording and final reel-to-reel, completely homegrown.” The special limited release of The Harrow & The Harvest is available to pre-order here and will ship by mid-November.
Housed in a deluxe slipcase and custom tape boxes beautifully made by Stoughton Printing and featuring the original artwork by John Dyer Baizley, each reel-to-reel set is personally produced by David Rawlings at Woodland Studios in Nashville, TN and hand leadered on two ¼” archival quality SM911 tapes. The set also includes a complete song lyric sheet as well as an exclusive photo print by Mark Seliger, hand printed by the artist himself, autographed by Mark Seliger, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
These 1/4″ two track 15ips one-to-one duplicates are produced in real time from an original 30ips 1/2″ master tape on meticulously calibrated ATR 102 tape machines through a custom distribution system providing proper impedance matching and the most direct path for the highest possible fidelity.
Showcasing this remarkable album in a way you’ve never experienced it before, this ultimate package brings outstanding sonic fidelity and clarity to The Harrow & The Harvest, heralded as Welch’s greatest achievement to date.
This weekend, Pitchfork The Sunday Review revisited Welch’s album Time (The Revelator) hailing it as “an Americana masterpiece whose prophecies reverberate through modern folk and indie rock” and saying that “Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings saw the future in the past, and made an album for all time.” Read Pitchfork’s 9.6/10 Sunday Review of the album here.