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Hoi' Polloi

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Folk Evaluation and Family Vineyard proudly present the first authorized LP reissue of Richmond, Indiana's fabled Hoi' Polloi. The band's lone 1972 self-titled album, recorded over spring break at Earlham College by means of "bouncing" between two stereo tape decks, is a fantastic collection of country twangers, breathtaking singer-songwriter material, and bizarre tape cut-ups. With five songwriters in the band, what could have felt like another grab-bag student compilation instead feels like lost tapes of Emitt Rhodes hanging with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young while Faust producer Uwe Nettlebeck makes a guest appearance in the control room. Hear the opening track "Who's Gonna Help Me?" below:

Remastered from the original 1/4" tapes, this deluxe vinyl edition comes jam-packed with extras:

Extensive liner notes featuring Patrick 'The Lama' Lundborg's 2003 conversation with the band (expanded with newly conducted interviews), a digital download of the album featuring the original stereo mix of "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and a wealth of bonus material from the band members' vaults, including rare cuts from Earlham's annual student-produced "Crucible" LPs and a collection of never-before-heard live recordings.

Hoi' Polloi - Reissue Trailer

Edition of 500 copies with reproduction of the original xerox insert

"Here's proof that great finds are still out there awaiting us." - Aaron Milenski

"This is way beyond what you usually find on local college project albums." - Patrick Lundborg