Jonah Matranga – Voices + Dedication

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Vinyl
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Jonah Matranga’s latest release is another interesting project where he involved his fans. With the help of Kickstarter Jonah got the funding, and then some, to give Voices + Dedication a pretty wide release all things considered. Enough money was raised through Kickstarter, over $15,000, which far surpassed the $3,600 goal, to fund the recording and production process of the album, which led to it getting released on CD, vinyl and digitally. The album can be purchased on Jonah’s Bandcamp page in a multitude of options; a complete package that includes the CD, vinyl LP and digital download, the CD or vinyl LP on its own, both of which also come with a digital download of the entire album or you can purchase just a digital download of the album.

Voices + Dedication is a covers albums, where Jonah took suggestions from Kickstarters pledgers on what songs to include of the album. There was also a dedication process, where fans pledging enough money had the opportunity to have a little blurb in the album’s liner notes. Jonah also asked for fans/pledgers to submit photos for the project as well, some of which were included in the liner notes. Last but not least, Jonah autographed all physical copies of the release, even personalizing some of them.

In all there are 16 tracks on the album, but unfortunately not all 16 songs would fit on an LP, so some are left out. Here is the full track listing in order:

Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen)

My Girl (The Temptations)

We Can Never Break Up (Alkaline Trio)

Daydream Believer (The Monkees)

In The Summertime (Rural Alberta Advantage)

Stars (Hum)

Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)

To Ramona (Bob Dylan)

Say Yes (Elliot Smith)

Fish And Bird (Tom Waits)

A Sorta Fairytale (Tori Amos)

Something (The Beatles)

Boy Blue (John Francis)

Release (Pearl Jam)

Be Quiet & Drive (Deftones)

Thank You (Led Zeppelin)

The vinyl version includes only the following songs in order (minus original artist) – Side A: Born To Run, My Girl, We Can Never Break Up, Daydream Believer, To Ramona. Side B: Stars, Fade Into You, A Sorta Fairytale, Thank You.

There were 300 copies pressed on black vinyl, all of which are autographed by Jonah on the cover. The jacket is just a plain black jacket with a diecut center. But when Jonah released this himself it’s tough to complain about the packaging.

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