When the intense and inhumanly prolific career of the legendary Hüsker Dü went supernova in 1987, Bob Mould all but went into self-imposed exile.
Two years later Mould would re-emerge with his first solo album–the incredibly impassioned and personal Workbook.
While recognized from day one as an astonishing guitarist, as well as a master of pop songcraft discernible even through the ear-splitting din of Hüsker Dü classics like Zen Arcade and New Day Rising, Mould’s compositions and performances on Workbook plumbed emotional depths and hit musical heights few expected. Instant classics like “Wishing Well” and “See A Little Light” would remain live staples of Mould solo sets for decades to come.
On February 25, 2014 Omnivore Recordings will commemorate the 25th anniversary of this iconic work with the deluxe 2-CD 2-LP Workbook 25. In addition to the original album’s 11 tracks, the first CD adds “All Those People Know,” originally issued as the B-side of the single “See A Little Light.” The second CD is Bob’s complete 1989 performance at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro. 13 of the 17 tracks are previously unissued from this mythical show, which features music from the then two-week old Workbook, as well as Hüsker Dü favorites and a cover of Richard & Linda Thompson’s classic “Shoot Out The Lights.” Workbook 25 will also make the album available on vinyl for the first time since its original release, pressed on 2 LPs for sonic superiority. The vinyl edition will include “All Those People Know” as well.
Pre-orders for Workbook 25 can be placed at http://omnivorerecordings.com/shop/records/bob-mould/
Workbook 25‘s release will be followed in short order by a previously announced “25 Years of Workbook” set February 27 at the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco and a six-date run of select, intimate dates where Bob, along with long-time bassist Jason Narducy, will be performing selections from Workbook as well as other songs in his catalog that sit nicely alongside this album.
The itinerary is as follows:
Fri February 27 – San Francisco – Great American Music Hall (Noise Pop Festival)
Sat March 1st – Chicago – Old Town
Sun March 2nd – Chicago – City Winery
Tues March 4th – Minneapolis – The Women’s Club
Wed March 5th – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
Fri March 7th – New York – City Winery
Sat March 8th – New York – City Winery
For tickets, additional information etc., visit individual show pages as hyperlinked in the above itinerary.
Released in 1989 – a year after Hüsker Dü disbanded – Workbook is a singular statement of renewal. It has proven an inspiration to a generation of musicians ranging from Dave Grohl to Ben Gibbard. Ryan Adams describes the album as “the sound of the internal and the subconscious, of dream, of regret, and of a silence that was lingering.”