10 rarest albums in the gothic country genre

About the list: This list is about joy and frustration. I collect the albums in a physical form (cd). In several articles on this website I have highlighted the problem with the cd format: very small editions released on record labels that often no longer exist (or the re-release is zero) together with the fact that I’m living on the other side of the world. However, I’ve been equipped with the patience that withstands a comparison with Job. I have eight albums on the list.  

   

No

 Cover Album Artist

Notes

 

 

1

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One Year Lost at Sea 

(2009)

 

 

Reverend Glasseye

Demos recorded from 2007-2009 in various locations across Austin Texas, telling angrier stories from a very defeated Adam Glasseye. Self-released. Silk screened cover. No. of copies: 50 or 100 (figures vary). 

 

 

2

 

dis mbd

 

 

Built with Bones

(2007)

 

 

Christian Williams

The "Holy Grail" of all Gothic Country albums. Ultra-rare and unsurpassed. A true masterpiece. The album will stand the test of time under all circumstances. Paper/ Cardboard Sleeve. No. of copies: 200.

 

 

3

 

dis mbd

 

  

Carl Nemelka Family Photographs

(2004)

 

 

 

O'Death

O'Death put together a very raw, 10-track CD-R, entitled Carl Nemelka Family Photographs, to sell to concert-goers. Recorded by Joshua Benash. Self-released. Paper/Card-board Sleeve. No. of copies: n/a.

 

 

4

 

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 Hilarious Death Blues

(2007)

 

 

 Antic Clay

"A slow dark ride across the scorched hide of America. Think Johnny Cash riding a skeletal mule to Hell. Not without moments of beauty and hope, however." 2 cd album. Stickfigure Records. No. of copies: n/a.

 

 

5

 

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Let the River Take Them Home

(2008)

 

 

Pinebox Serenade

Out of print and extremely difficult to find (the curse of a release of relatively few copies on a company that no longer exists). Devil’s Ruin Records. Paper/Card-board Sleeve. No. of copies: n/a.

 

 

6

 

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Woodcat

(2007)

 

 

 

Woodcat

A very rare album. Woodcat formed, crashed and burned, but stayed around long enough to release this enigmatic album. Self-released. Paper/Cardboard Sleeve. No. of copies: n/a.

 

  

7

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 Death Country

(2008)

 

 

 

Reverend Elvis

 

Out of print and very hard-to-find. Death country from Germany. To avoid any confusions the album is also called "Death Country". This precaution is unnecessary. Devil’s Ruin Records. Jewel case. No. of copies: n/a.

 

 

8

 

slimwildboar

 

 

In the Cold Light of Day

(2008)

 

 

OldBoy

Out of print and very hard-to-find. Death country from UK. This particular twig of the subgenre can be termed british rural realism. Devil’s Ruin Records. Jewel case. No. of copies: n/a.

 

 

9

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Malamerica

(1999)

 

 

Myssouri

Myssouri’s debut album. Long out of print and limited edition. You can hear the seeds of Antic Clay’s double CD "Hilarious Death Blues" in this early work. Self-released. Jewel case. No. of copies: n/a.

 

 

10

saltercane

 

 

Rodentia

(2008)

 

 

 Various Artists

The first (and best) of four outstanding compilations with dark roots music from legendary but defunct Devil’s Ruin Records. 2 cd album. Digipack (cd-r version in jewel case). No. of copies: n/a.