The One Way Street box set (released 11/20/2015 on Sub Pop) compiles the first five solo albums recorded by Mark Lanegan, the Pacific Northwest icon who is also known for his work with Screaming Trees, Gutter Twins, Mad Season, Queens of the Stone Age, Isobel Campbell, and more.
As a solo artist, Lanegan built a devoted following, slowly releasing records that highlighted his love for singer/songwriters, and American folk and blues. His love for the rich history of American contemporary music was showcased throughout these five remarkable efforts: The Winding Sheet (1990), Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1994), Scraps at Midnight (1998), I’ll Take Care of You (1999) andField Songs (2001). And let’s not forget that voice! Trying to describe the power of Mark’s voice is not an easy task, but to paraphrase Fred Neil, he sure can sing the shit out of a song.
Lanegan also collaborated regularly with Mike Johnson (Dinosaur Jr.), a multi-instrumentalist known for his understated, incredible guitar work, who co-wrote, arranged and co-produced some of the early records and various songs from the discography.
One Way Street features all five albums released on Sub Pop Records, housed in a faux-leather box set. And all five titles have been long out-of-print or have never been released on vinyl: The Winding Sheet, Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, and Scraps at Midnight have been out of print on vinyl for many years; I’ll Take Care of You was only released on vinyl in Europe, and Field Songs was only issued on CD. Each album in the One Way Street box set were cut from new lacquers and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and is housed in a sleeve reproducing the art for its original release.