Detroit's alternative-folk wonder, Sufjan Stevens, released a demo of the track "Chicago," the most popular song off his 2005 album, Illinois. Listen above.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the album, Stevens and his label, Asthmatic Kitty Records, which he co-founded with his stepfather, will be reissuing Illinois on vinyl on April 1st. Included in the Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition will be the above demo of "Chicago," aptly pressed onto a die-cut 12" shaped like a star, meant to represent the stars on the Chicago flag.
The demo of the track was recorded in 2004 and is a stripped down version of the song. While it's missing its notable and ethereal string section, the soul of the song is as strong as ever. Another notable difference for the release of the Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition is the exclusive new cover art, replacing Superman with Chicago-born superhero, Blue Marvel.
It seems almost fitting that the most repeated line in the song is "I've made a lot of mistakes," since 2,000 copies of the "Chicago" demo vinyl were sold separately from the reissue due to a misprint. The bonus demos were incorrectly labeled as 45RPM, while the record is meant to be played at 33RPM. As Sufjan says, "All things go," and these went pretty quick, having already sold out on the Asthmatic Kitty Records Website.
No need to fear, though. 10,000 copies of Illinois: Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition will be available worldwide come April 1st and these will all include the corrected bonus star-shaped "Chicago" demo vinyl. These are available for pre-order through your favorite local record store.
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Source: Asthmatic Kitty Records YouTube