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Portugal. the Man digs up archival live-in-studio album, 'Oregon City Sessions'

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Portugal. the Man has announced the official release of the long-archived live-in-studio album, Oregon City Sessions.

The set captures a young version of the Alaskan band, long before the release of “Feel It Still.” It was recorded in 2008 at a Portland suburb studio, and includes live performances of 15 tracks without any re-takes or overdubs.

For longtime PtM fans, Oregon City Sessions is something of a Holy Grail. Shortly after it was recorded, the project was shelved in favor of making the band’s next album, 2009’s The Satanic Satanist. Still, whispers of Oregon City Sessions‘ eventual release continued for over a decade, and now you’ll finally get to hear it in full via digital outlets on April 16.

“The first few years of PtM were whirlwind,” says frontman John Gourley. “We didn’t have a place to live so we were pretty much either recording or touring. We were so wide-eyed coming out of Alaska that every day was an exciting new adventure. I think you can see it in our playing.” 

For a preview, you can check out the Oregon City Sessions version of the song “The Devil” streaming now on YouTube.

Oregon City Sessions will be released on CD and vinyl June 11. Here’s the track list:

“Church Mouth”
“Horse Warming Party”
“New Orleans”
“Bellies Are Full”
“1989”
“My Mind”
“Lay Me Back Down”
“Chicago”
“And I”
“The Devil”
“AKA M80 the Wolf”
“Colors”
“March with 6”
“Tommy”  
“Helter Skelter”

By Josh Johnson
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