Ed Roland and Jesse Triplett’s quarantine project, The Living Room, is releasing an LP as a part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday exclusive on Friday, November 27.
This release is different from the original songs released under The Living Room EP. More songs have been added to this limited edition long play vinyl.
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She Bows Down (To the Stars)
Just Like You
The Living Room
I’m All for You
Welcome to Life
Coming off their 2019 tour, which marked their 25th anniversary and served to promote their latest full-length Blood, Collective Soul wasted no time getting back into the studio for their 2020 four-track EP titled Half & Half. The EP is a short and sweet taste of classic Collective Soul originals split with two never recorded tributes to R.E.M. and Neil Young.
As avid fans of vinyl, Collective Soul initially offered the EP as a limited edition 45 rpm/180g vinyl release as part of an exclusive for Record Store Day on June 20. Now, the EP is available on streaming platforms and YouTube.
R.E.M., also a Georgia native band, Collective Soul always had a special connection to their music, leading them to create their own version of the R.E.M. hit “The One I Love,” for Half & Half. A groovy revamp of Neil Young’s “Opera Star” made its way onto the EP as well.
“We grew up in Georgia so R.E.M. was a big influence on us,” Turpin shared. “I remember being a teen and being so proud of R.E.M. because they were from Athens, which is just an hour east of us, so they were always a big deal to us. And we started playing that song live and it was a really fun cover to do. The Neil Young tune-we’re just big fans and we wanted to do something fun in the studio, something different for our fans. We haven’t done a whole lot of recorded covers in our career so we just decided to make that part of Half & Half.”
Half & Half tracklist (Digital)
- Opera Star (by Neil Young and Crazy Horse)
- Let Het Out
- Back Again
- The One I Love (by R.E.M)
- Smile (Bonus Track)
Listen now to “Half & Half” at https://cs.ffm.to/halfandhalf
Collective Soul’s triple-platinum sophomore album will be commemorated with its first-ever vinyl pressing, while the CD and digital versions will include six bonus tracks
The legendary alt-rock band’s 1993 debut, Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, will also get its first wide-release on vinyl
Craft Recordings announces a 25th anniversary reissue of Collective Soul’s acclaimed self-titled sophomore album. Affectionately referred to as “The Blue Album”, Collective Soul followed the band’s hit 1993 debut, Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, and would go on to become the highest-selling title of their career. This special anniversary reissue—available on CD and across digital and streaming platforms on August 7th—will include six bonus tracks, plus liner notes from music journalist Jeff Slate, with new insights from the band’s frontman and guiding creative force, Ed Roland.
Collective Soul will also be reissued in its original form on vinyl for the very first time, along with Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. The latter pressing, which will be sold across all major music retailers, follows a limited-edition 2018 Record Store Day exclusive. Both LPs are set for an August 7th release date and, along with all formats of Collective Soul, are available for pre-order today.
The anniversary edition of Collective Soul features all 12 original tracks plus six bonus tracks. These include live recordings of “December,” “Where the River Flows,” “When the Water Falls,” and “Bleed.” Also added is a studio recording of the song “That’s All Right,” which was previously only available on the Japanese edition of the album.
In addition to the wide vinyl reissue Collective Soul, fans can also look out for a special pressing on turquoise marble vinyl (matching the cover art). Limited to 1,000 copies, this version will be available exclusively through Bull Moose Records and Zia Records.
Formed in Stockbridge, GA in 1992 amid the rise of the grunge music scene, Collective Soul put their own spin on the genre, injecting influences of Southern hard rock and soul. The five-piece signed their first major record deal just one year later, following the massive success of their single “Shine.” Though their debut, Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, was culled primarily from demo recordings, the album went double-platinum. Seemingly overnight, Roland, Ross Childress (lead guitarist, backing vocals), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass, backing vocals), and Shane Evans (drums) were skyrocketed into international stardom.
Collective Soul, meanwhile, is regarded by Roland to be the band’s true debut. The album was written during downtime amid the band’s ascension—on the tour bus, between rehearsals, and in hotel rooms across the country. “I was writing like a fiend,” Roland recalls in the liner notes. “I would show the band new songs at soundcheck in the afternoon and we’d play them that night. That was our pre-production. And every day we had off, we were in the studio going for it, because I needed to get the band sounding the way I thought the band should sound, and get it out ASAP.”
These new songs included the single “Smashing Young Man,” inspired during the band’s time in England, and the chart-topping hit “Where the River Flows,” written about Roland’s mid-tour breakup with a girlfriend. Another fan-favorite off the record, “The World I Know,” was penned during a stop in New York City. “I had met this girl—the first girl I’d met on the road—and I was trying to impress her,” recalls Roland. “I told her, ‘I’m going to walk around for an hour. I’ve got this chord progression and this melody in my head.’ Back then, Times Square was still kind of hard. You’d walk by homeless people, and you’d see stretch limos, with people getting out with furs on. So when I got back, I used that concept, and threw in some spirituality, too.”
Roland produced the album along with old friend and collaborator Matt Serletic, who would go on to helm best-selling titles by Matchbox Twenty, Joe Cocker and Taylor Hicks, and later serve as chairman of Virgin Records. Released in March 1995, Collective Soul proved the band’s creative prowess. The album peaked at No.23 on the Billboard 200 and spent a whopping 76 weeks on the chart. It would eventually be certified triple-platinum by the RIAA.
Collective Soul also yielded five singles, including “December,” “The World I Know,” and “Where The River Flows”—all three of which went to No.1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. “December” and “The World I Know,” meanwhile, both hit the Billboard Hot 100 Top 20, and peaked at No.2 and No.1, respectively, on the Canadian pop charts.
25 years on, Roland still looks back the mid-’90s fondly, when, at 30, he was finally able to enjoy the fruits of his labors. “People always say you have your whole life to make your first record, and then the other ones are harder to write,” he says. “To me, it was the opposite. It took me my whole life to be able to get that first record out, and all of a sudden I could pay my rent. I could buy a car. That took so much pressure off.”
He adds, “I’m not afraid to say that I’m very proud of our body of work. We overcame a lot. We sustained and survived through it all, and continue to make new music. So I’m thankful to everybody who’s been supportive of us.”
To date, the Atlanta-based group has released a total of ten studio albums, and continues to actively tour and release new material—including 2019’s Blood and 2015’s critically acclaimed See What You Started by Continuing, which topped Billboard’s Alternative Album chart, and peaked at No.4 on the Rock Albums chart.
Collective Soul’s current line up now includes Ed Roland (vocals), Dean Roland (guitar), Will Turpin (bass), Jesse Triplett (guitar) and Johnny Rabb (drums).
Collective Soul tracklist (CD, digital)
- The World I Know
- Smashing Young Man
- Where The River Flows
- She Gathers Rain
- When The Water Falls
- Collection Of Goods
- That’s All Right
- December (Live)
- Where The River Flows (Live)
- When The Water Falls (Acoustic Live)
- Bleed (Acoustic Live)
- December (Acoustic Live)
Collective Soul tracklist (LP)
3. The World I Know
4. Smashing Young Man
6. Where The River Flows
2. She Gathers Rain
3. When The Water Falls
4. Collection Of Goods
Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid tracklist
- Goodnight Good Guy
- Wasting Time
- Sister Don’t Cry
- Love Lifted Me
- In A Moment
- Heaven’s Already Here
- Pretty Donna
- Burning Bridges
Legacy Lounge: A Conversation with Ed Roland and Tommy Shaw
Ed sits down with Tommy Shaw of Styx for a conversation in the Legacy Lounge. The music community needs our help! We are partnering with the Recording Academy’s foundation MusiCares to support their #COVID19 Relief Fund! Please consider making a donation https://bit.ly/MusiCaresCS
E Roland LIVE from his front lawn for a special set!
“No Man’s Land” – Demo
LISTEN NOW to hear this exclusive demo of “No Man’s Land.” This is a demo Collective Soul had in the can and since we are going through uncertain times we wanted to give you this song to take your mind off everything. Stay safe, we love you guys!
The Living Room – EP
Introducing “The Living Room,” a band made out of quarantined friends making music in the living room. Ed & Jesse packed up their gear and headed to Sarasota, once the quarantine came about they did what they do best…created.
“The Living Room” – Ed Roland, Jesse Triplett, Shawn Grove, & Cheney Brannon.
Listen now on YouTube:
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LISTEN NOW ON SOUNDCLOUD, YOUTUBE, ITUNES, AMAZON AND ALL OTHER PLATFORMS: https://found.ee/thelivingroom
Tour Dates & Postponements
Please see below for tour dates that have been rescheduled or cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. All purchased tickets for rescheduled shows will be honored on the new show dates – for any ticketing questions please refer to your point of purchase. We are so excited to get back on the road to see y’all! ✌️http://www.collectivesoul.com/tour-dates/
TOURING UPDATE: Please see above for tour dates that have been re-scheduled or canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. All purchased tickets for rescheduled shows will be honored on the new show dates – for any ticketing questions please refer to your point of purchase. We are so excited to get back on the road to see yall! We love you guys, please stay safe ✌️
Photos by: Paris Visone
Ed sits down with Tommy Shaw of Styx for a conversation in the Legacy Lounge. The music community needs our help!
We are partnering with the The Recording Academy’s foundation MusiCares to support their #COVID19 Relief Fund. Join us on Thursday!
Set a reminder now! Please consider making a donation https://bit.ly/MusiCaresCS
We hope to see you on the road soon! Please reach out to your point of purchase for any ticket related questions.
SET TO RELEASE ‘HALF & HALF’ EP
FOR RECORD STORE DAY, SATURDAY, APRIL 18
ON FUZZE-FLEX RECORDS
As part of what is now one of the most eagerly awaited days for true music fans, Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18), COLLECTIVE SOUL–E Roland (vocals / keyboards / guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar), Johnny Rabb (drums)—will release a limited edition 45 rpm/180g vinyl EP exclusively to independent record stores only entitled HALF & HALF. It features covers of “Opera Star” (Crazy Horse and Neil Young), “The One I Love” (R.E.M.), and two brand new songs.
The band will celebrate Record Store Day with a special in-store signing at Park Avenue CDs in Orlando.
For participating stores, fans can go to Recordstoreday.com.
“It’s an honor to be a part of Record Store Day with this exclusive new EP,” proclaims singer/guitarist E Roland. “Being a vinyl guy myself, that’s all I listen to when I am home, I don’t stream, and it has always been about vinyl for me. I think I have over 5,000 pieces of vinyl now.
“We decided to do covers on HALF & HALF’ which we have never really done as a band. The first one we chose is “Opera Star” by Crazy Horse and Neil Young, originally released on Re·ac·torin 1981. I had been playing guitar for about two years, at that point, and I remember getting that record and going, ‘This is how I want to play guitar!’ My father was also operatically trained, so the line in there, ‘You were born to rock, you’ll never be an opera star…,’ was kind of where I got the vibe of…’I’ll just rock man!’
“We also did a cover of R.E.M.’s, ‘The One I Love.’ Being from Georgia, or really anywhere, R.E.M.is one of the most influential bands of all time. For everyone in the band, being able to play something from another Georgia band is very special.
“Support vinyl and support mom-and-pop record stores man, it is very important. It is the way music should be heard, vinyl.”
Here’s the track listing:
Let Her Out
The One I Love
COLLECTIVE SOUL’s highly anticipated tenth studio album, BLOOD, was released June 21 on Fuzze-Flex Records/ADA as a download or CD on any of these digital retailers. Vinyl copies of the album are currently available on the band’s official website. It garnered impressive debuts on various Billboard’s charts thanks to devoted fans whose support continues to help the band celebrate their 25th anniversary, including #3 on the “Alternative Albums” chart. Elsewhere, it debuted at #4 on the “Independent Albums” chart, #5 on the “Rock Albums” chart, #12 on the “Digital Albums” chart, #15 on the “Top Current Albums” chart, and #19 on the “Internet Albums” chart.