Innocent Words Magazine & Records / Troy Michael /July 4, 2016
“If anyone ever deserved to have their albums remastered and put back on wax, it is certainly Alejandro Escovedo. He is a true American gem…”
Gravity; Thirteen Years [Deluxe Reissue]
Alejandro Escovedo is one of the most prolific, not to mention underrated singer/songwriters of the last 20 years. The son of Mexican immigrants, Escovedo cut his teeth in the San Francisco punk band the Nuns. Then he headed to Texas where he formed the roots rock band Rank and File and with his brother Javier, and also formed True Believers.
All three of Escovedo’s bands were local favorites and semi-successful nationally, but growing tired of the band thing, the singer and guitarist struck out on his own and signed a record deal to the influential Austin-based label Watermelon Records. In a nine-year span, 1989-1998, the label would release nearly 100 records, but like many indie record labels closed their doors in 1998. The Watermelon catalog would be inactive for nearly a decade until New West Records bought the rights to the releases in 2010.
New West reissued the influential back catalog from Watermelon, starting with remastered versions of Escovedo’s first two solo albums, ‘Gravity’ and ‘Thirteen Years.’ Both albums are not only remastered, but they are pressed on 180-gram vinyl with gorgeous packaging, including one-of-a-kind linen texture, die-cut, foldable insert.