It's been nearly a decade since Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss first parted ways, but on October 21st, Sub Pop will celebrate the influential punk group with the Start Together box set, which features all seven of the band's studio albums remastered. Start Together will be released as a limited edition deluxe vinyl box set featuring all seven LPs pressed on colored vinyl. Only 3,000 copies of the box set will be produced, and it will also house a 44-page book featuring never-before-seen Sleater-Kinney photos as well as a limited edition print.
Fans who pre-order the box set through the Sub Pop Mega Mart will instantly receive downloads of all seven reissues. All seven remastered albums – from 1995's Sleater-Kinney to 2005's The Woods – are available to purchase digitally starting Tuesday, with CDs or black vinyl copies to follow on October 21st.
Sterling Sound's Greg Calbi remastered the albums from their original analog tapes. "For such ferocious music, it was actually a very delicate process," Calbi said of the box set. "I found, in dealing with one of the earlier albums, that my signal path and compression, including my Burl B2 convertor, gave me a more resonant, deeper sound on the guitars than the originals. Because the band rarely, if ever, used bass, I felt that this added to the aggressiveness and power of the band overall.
"I believe this treatment added a subtle, yet important, dimension to the band, and I explored each of the other albums with the same intention. Above all, their music, from inception, stands the test of time for the cleverness and emotional impact they brought to their genre."
Each member of Sleater-Kinney went on to notable projects: Tucker went on to front the Corin Tucker Band, Weiss drummed in Stephen Malkmus' Jicks and Brownstein stars on the hit IFC sketch comedy Portlandia alongside Fred Armisen. Brownstein and Weiss also reunited to form Wild Flag with Helium's Mary Timony. In November 2013, all three members of Sleater-Kinney joined Pearl Jam onstage in Portland, Oregon for a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," marking the first time the trio had performed together since going on hiatus in 2006.
Start Together Box Set
Call the Doctor (1996)
Dig Me Out (1997)
The Hot Rock (1999)
All Hands on the Bad One (2000)
One Beat (2002)
The Woods (2005)