The Decemberists have announced the March 13 release of We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11), a 20-track live double-album (and triple-vinyl set) culled from the band’s 2011 tour supporting their chart-topping, Grammy-nominated album The King Is Dead. With songs spanning their entire first decade as a bandâ€”from their debut EP 5 Songs through each of their six LPâ€™sâ€”We All Raise Our Voices To The Air is the first-ever live album from a band that has grown into one of rockâ€™s most thrilling live acts.
Before the January 2011 release of The King Is Dead, TIME magazine made the prescient prediction that the albumâ€™s release would â€œmark their crossover to the realm of important American rock groups alongside the likes of Wilco and the White Stripes.â€ They were proven right when the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Fueled by the #1 AAA radio hit â€œDown By The Waterâ€â€”which is nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance at the 54th Grammy Awardsâ€”the album has produced three Top 10 AAA singles (â€œThis Is Why We Fightâ€ and â€œCalamity Songâ€) and become the bandâ€™s best-selling album of their career, earning them a legion of new fans.
In concert, The Decemberistsâ€”lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Colin Meloy, keyboardist & accordionist Jenny Conlee, guitarist Chris Funk, bassist Nate Query, and drummer John Moen, with additional member Sara Watkins on fiddle, guitar and vocalsâ€”deliver an unforgettable live experience full of spontaneity. A band of breathtaking versatility, The Decemberists can reach deep into their rich catalog of songs for gorgeous fok-rock gems (â€œRise To Meâ€), murderously driving rockers (â€œThe Rakeâ€™s Songâ€), expansive suites (â€œThe Crane Wife 1, 2, and 3â€), the worst song Meloy ever wrote (â€œDraculaâ€™s Daughterâ€), or epic sea shanties that inspire enthusiastic crowd participation (â€œThe Marinerâ€™s Revenge Songâ€).
The performances on We All Raise Our Voices To The Air are drawn from 12 different shows at venues including the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Stubbâ€™s BBQ in Austin, Marymoor Amphitheatre in Seattle, and their final two shows at McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre in their hometown of Portland, which featured the addition of a horn section that can be heard on several songs.
In a review of the bandâ€™s first of three sold-out shows that kicked off the 2011 tour at New York Cityâ€™s Beacon Theatre, the New York Post wrote that â€œduring this two-hour show, the set spanned the bandâ€™s 10-year career, but wisely leaned heaviest on the just-released CD, The King Is Dead. Songs from that record made the best case for why the group should be superstars.â€
The track listing for We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11) is as follows:
1. The Infanta (5:15)
2. Calamity Song (3:57)
3. Rise To Me (4:55)
4. The Soldiering Life (3:58)
5. We Both Go Down Together (4:30)
6. The Bagmanâ€™s Gambit (8:05)
7. Down By The Water (3:59)
8. Leslie Ann Levine(4:15)
9. The Rakeâ€™s Song (3:34)
10. The Crane Wife 1, 2, and 3 (16:20)
1. Oceanside (3:15)
2. Billy Liar (6:33)
3. Grace Cathedral Hill (4:35)
4. All Arise! (4:30)
5. Rox In The Box (3:15)
6. June Hymn (4:20)
7. Draculaâ€™s Daughter > O Valencia! (5:49)
8. This Is Why We Fight (4:35)
9. The Marinerâ€™s Revenge Song (10:20)
10. I Was Meant For The Stage (10:00)