Back to the Woodlands

Ernest Hood

Previously unheard recordings from Portland jazz guitarist and ambient pioneer Ernest Hood's archives between 1972 and 1982, Back to the Woodlands, available on exclusive Cloudy Blue Sky vinyl.

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VMP Exclusive Pressing

This record was pressed by VMP and you can't get this specific variation anywhere else.

Exclusive Features

color Cloudy Blue Sky
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes

Other Features

download code Yes
exclusive VMP Exclusive
jacket style Tip-On
jacket type Single
label Freedom To Spend
mastering engineer Jessica Thompson
mastering studio Jessica Thompson Audio
pressing location Viryl Technologies
release type New Release
remastering details Remastered from the original 1/4" tapes

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Back to the Woodlands is a collection of archived recordings by Ernest Hood, jazz guitarist and ambient pioneer, recorded around the same period Hood's celebrated Neighbors was recorded and released. Along with the release of the track "Bedroom of the Absent Child" Freedom to Spend and Hood's Estate have also shared a new music video for the Back to the Woodlands song, directed by Contagious Yawns, the video features grainy shots of various landscapes with ghostly cars and figures fading in and out of frame. 

Limited to 300 copies the VMP exclusive edition of Ernest Hood's Back to the Woodlands is pressed on Cloudy Blue Sky vinyl at Viryl Technologies. The 1 LP will arrive in a single, tip-on, foil-stamped and numbered jacket with a download code. It was mastered by Jessica Thompson at Jessica Thompson Audio.

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*Audio and/or tracklist may vary slightly from the vinyl version.


Back to the Woodlands

Ernest Hood

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