regina spektor - FAR
Special Edition / Bonus DVD - SIRE RECORDS 519748
Standard Edition - SIRE RECORDS 519396
Vinyl Edition - SIRE RECORDS 519396
RELEASED 23 JUNE 2009

INTRO

Jeff Lynne makes a welcome return to the producer's chair after having previously worked with Tom Petty on the highly acclaimed 'Highway Companion' album in 2006. In fact, it was this very release that had come to the attention of regina spektor when she was considering who should produce her next album...

 

"Yeah, I love Highway Companion. I just remembered his name from the CD jacket. “Oh, that guy’s got to be really good, that sounds awesome.” Everyone’s like, “Yeah, he’s also done some other things…” He’s really amazing, really kind, and it was f*@#ing awesome working with him. I loved the whole atmosphere that he made because it was at his home, and he’s just so talented, it’s crazy."

regina spektor speaking about Jeff Lynne, The Smoking Section, Rolling Stone Online, April 2009

 

spektor's previous breakthrough, 'Begin To Hope', had been a success in many countries charting in the US top 20 and achieving gold status in several territories including Australia & the US, producing the hit single 'Fidelity' in the process.

For this release she had decided that it would be a great idea to work with several producers, all from whom she could learn. Jeff Lynne was one of the four producers that the Russian-born singer, songwriter-pianist approached to produce her new album. The others being David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes), Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Maroon 5) and Garret "Jacknife" Lee (U2, R.E.M.).

Jeff produced five tracks for regina with four of them making it onto the standard album and the fifth track appearing on the special edition. The first single, 'Laughing With', coupled with the Jeff-produced track 'Blue Lips' was released on May 18. An EP containing 'Laughing With', 'Folding Chair' (produced by Jeff Lynne) , 'The Call' and 'The Noise' was released June 9 in the US.

Adria Petty (Tom Petty's daughter) directed the four video clips that appear on the special edition's DVD. Three of the videos can be found on regina's regularly updated MySpace page along with tour details and several song clips including 'Blue Lips' and 'Folding Chair'.


regina has done several interviews regarding her new album, two in particular reveal what it was like working with Jeff in the studio. Links to these interviews can be found at the foot of this page.

regina will begin a world tour later in June to promote 'Far'.

 


FORMATS
The album will be released in three formats: A Standard Edition, a Vinyl Edition and a Special Digipak Edition, the latter featuring bonus tracks (one of which was produced by Jeff Lynne), a 20-page booklet and a bonus DVD featuring four music videos. 'Far' will also be available for download via iTunes. Fans pre-ordering via the iTunes store will recieve a couple of bonus tracks, but neither are produced by Jeff.

 


TRACKLISTING
SPECIAL EDITION

Disc 1 (CD)

01. The Calculation - 3:13 Produced by Mike Elizondo
02. Eet - 3:54 Produced by Mike Elizondo
03. Blue Lips - 3:34 Produced by Jeff Lynne
04. Folding Chair - 3:35 Produced by Jeff Lynne
05. Machine - 3:51 Produced by Mike Elizondo
06. Laughing With - 3:18 Produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee
07. Human Of The Year - 4:12 Produced by David Kahne
08. Two Birds - 3:23 Produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee
09. Dance Anthem Of The '80s - 3:44 Produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee
10. Genius Next Door - 5:10 Produced by Jeff Lynne
11. Wallet - 2:30 Produced by Jeff Lynne
12. One More Time With Feeling - 4:03 Produced by David Kahne
13. Man Of A Thousand Faces - 3:12 Produced by Mike Elizondo

Bonus Tracks:
14. Time Is All Around Produced by Mike Elizondo
15. The Sword & The Pen - Produced by Jeff Lynne


Disc 2 (DVD)

01. Laughing With (video)
02. Dance Anthem of the '80s (video)
03. Eet (video)
04. Man of a Thousand Faces (video)


All songs written and arranged by regina spektor


TRACK DETAILS

Blue Lips
Produced by Jeff Lynne
Engineered and Mixed by Marc Mann & Steve Jay
Recorded at Bungalow Palace Studio, CA

Voice, Piano, and Keyboards by regina spektor
Bass, Guitar, 12 String Guitar by Jeff Lynne
Orchestral Programming and Keyboard (OB-Xa) by Marc Mann
Shaker by Steve Jay


Folding Chair
Produced by Jeff Lynne
Engineered and Mixed by Marc Mann and Steve Jay
Recorded at Bungalow Palace Studio, CA

Voice, Piano, and Keyboards by regina spektor
Bass and Guitar by Jeff Lynne
Orchestral Programming by Marc Mann

Genius Next Door
Produced by Jeff Lynne
Engineered and Mixed by Marc Mann and Steve Jay
Recorded at Bungalow Palace Studio, CA

Voice, Piano, and Keyboards by regina spektor
Bass, Guitar, and Background Vocals by Jeff Lynne
Orchestral Programming by Marc Mann

Wallet
Produced by Jeff Lynne
Engineered and Mixed by Marc Mann and Steve Jay
Recorded at Bungalow Palace Studio, CA

Voice and Piano by regina spektor
Bass and Keyboard (OB-Xa) by Jeff Lynne
Orchestral Programming by Marc Mann

The Sword & The Pen (Bonus Track)
Produced by Jeff Lynne
Engineered and Mixed by Marc Mann and Steve Jay
Recorded at Bungalow Palace Studio, CA

Voice, Piano, and Keyboards by regina spektor
Bass by Jeff Lynne
Orchestral Programming, Guitars, and Mandolin by Marc Mann

 


Special thanks to Mark Kraz
for allowing us to use his photographs.



WEB PAGE LINKS

regina regina's MySpace page
regina regina's official US website
regina regina's official UK website

 


VIDEO LINKS

regina An interview has just been posted at regina.org in which she talks about working with Jeff.
regina regina spektor performing Blue Lips on the Jools Holland Show May 19, 2009

 


INTERVIEWS

regina regina was interviewed by 'Pitchfork' about her new album and working with Jeff. That interview can be found HERE...
regina Another great interview can be found at the Rolling Stone website. Click HERE for that one.

 

 


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