Daniel Johnston – Hi, How Are You (Full Mono/Stereo Album) (1983)

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Daniel Dale Johnston es un cantautor, musico y artista norteamericano, sin duda que una de esas mentes atormentadas que en medio de ese tormento logran sacar lo mejor de sí, en su momento fue diagnosticado de depresion maniaca y esquizofrenia. La fama le salto en un momento muy particular, lo que le llevo a una serie de abusos que descarrilaron con mas fuerza su enfermedad, obligando el agente, los padre y la justicia a dejar el negocio de la musica por un tiempo.

Hi, How Are You, es su sexto cassette (sacaba su musica en cassette, luego vendrian un par de cd’s en los 90’s). Considerado su mejor trabajo, Johnston admitio haber tenido un colapso nervioso y por ello lo llamo “The Unfinished album” (El album inconcluso), fue lanzado en 1983, re-lanzado en 1988 en vinilo, y nuevamente re-relanzado en el 2007. La fama en la cultura popular recae en que se lo vio a Kurt Cobain con una remera con el figurin del cassette.

Daniel Dale Johnston (born January 22, 1961) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and artist. Johnston was the subject of the 2006 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. He currently lives in Waller, Texas. Johnston has been diagnosed with manic depression and schizophrenia. Both conditions have been recurring problems throughout his life.

Hi, How Are You is the sixth self-released music cassette album by singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, recorded in September 1983. It is arguably his most popular album. Johnston claims he almost had a nervous breakdown recording it and calls this his “unfinished album.” The album is one of the most sonically varied of Johnston’s early output. While earlier records found him focusing on piano or chord organ songs almost exclusively, this album blends both approaches along with experiments in tape and noise collage, and some tentative guitar playing. Two songs feature Johnston singing along with an instrumental LP by Johnny Dankworth. This was the first Daniel Johnston album to be given a widely distributed release, as a vinyl LP, on Homestead Records, in 1988. It has been released on CD at least once as a two-fer with his 1985 album Continued Story. The album was reissued in 2007 by Eternal Yip Eye Music as a vinyl LP. Kurt Cobain was frequently photographed wearing a t-shirt featuring the album’s cover image which music journalist Everett True gave him.

PUNTAJE PSICODELICO: 5/5

1. Poor You 0:00
2. Big Business Monkey 2:02
3. Walking The Cow 4:05
4. I Picture Myself With A Guitar 7:39
5. Despair Came Knocking 8:23
6. I Am A Baby (In My Universe) 11:07
7. Nervous Love 12:45
8. I’ll Never Marry 13:04
9. Get Yourself Together 13:24
10. Running Water 13:55
11. Desperate Man Blues 15:27
12. Hey Joe 19:07
13. She Called Pest Control 21:52
14. Keep Punching Joe 22:43
15. No More Punching Joe Around 25:55

Personnel:
Daniel Johnston — Piano, Chord Organ, Guitar, Vocals

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