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Van Duren - Idiot Optimism Vinyl 2LP - direct audio

Van Duren - Idiot Optimism Vinyl 2LP

Omnivore Records

  • $ 2198

Van Duren Idiot Optimism Vinyl 2LP

Memphis Pop Icon's Shelved Sophomore Album Remastered from the Original Analog Tapes and Issued on Vinyl 2LP as Originally Intended with New Liners and Previously Unseen Photos!

A Memphis pop icon, Van Duren was not only a contemporary of Big Star, he played with both Chris Bell and Jody Stephens in The Baker Street Regulars. Managed by Andrew Loog Oldham (The Rolling Stones), his 1978 debut album, Are You Serious?, found folks comparing him to artists like Todd Rundgren and Paul McCartney. Duren's sophomore album is finally released with creative control from Duren here on double vinyl LP with new photos and liners.

After the release of Are You Serious?, Van immediately returned to the studio – recording 14 tracks (one being a medley of two songs) that rivaled his tremendous debut. But, the album was shelved and didn't see the light of day for two decades, when inexplicably, it was released in Japan without any involvement from the artist. The story is chronicled in the acclaimed documentary Waiting: The Van Duren Story.

Now, at long last – Idiot Optimism returns as Van originally intended it to look and sound. With full creative control from Duren, this reissue of Idiot Optimism is packaged with new art, liners from Van outlining the story of the album, and many previously unseen photos. Featuring 14 originals and a cover of Chris Bell's "Make A Scene," this new edition is remastered from the original analog tapes. Idiot Optimism has never looked nor sounded better.

Van Duren Idiot Optimism Track Listing:


1. Bear With Me All The Way
2. Make A Scene
3. Tennessee, I'm Trying
4. Convincing Convictions
5. That
6. Life In Layers
7. What's Keeping You?


1. Torn In Half
2. Hand Over Hand
3. Andy, Please
4. Woman Needs Man Needs Woman
5. Mabel (I'm Amazed)
6. Reminds Me Of Me
7. Medley: Love At The Heart Of It / Mad At The Moon

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