The Magnolia Demos

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I’ve written about The Magnolia Demos before – 9 solo acoustic versions of tracks that appeared on Songs: Ohia’s final album before Jason Molina transitioned into Magnolia Electric Co.  The songs are truly spectacular in this stripped down format – undeniable proof of just how much Molina had grown as a singer and songwriter over the last few years of Songs: Ohia.  To my knowledge they’ve never seen release anywhere else since appearing with the very early pressing of the CD and LP versions of MEC.  But following the recent passing of Molina, Secretly Canadian has made it (as well as every other Molina offering) available for a limited time as a bandcamp stream.  Here’s your chance to check it out if you have never had the pleasure.  The highlights are many (Molina sings lead on “The Old Black Hen” + “Peoria Lunchbox Blues”!), but to me this contains the best version of “Whip-Poor-Will” these ears have ever heard.  Listen:

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