Limited Edition 4-CD Box Set. Includes 80 page booklet. Limited to 1000 copies.
To commemorate 20 years of California Soul, The Mother Hips released a limited edition 4-CD box set entitled ‘Days of Sun & Grass’ containing unreleased outtakes, demos, B-sSides and live cuts from 1990-2001.’ The band and their archivist uncovered countless hours of tapes from the Mother Hips vaults to come up with the 4-plus hours of all unreleased music chronicling eleven years of the band’s history.
The collection is spread out over a 4-CD set – each CD representing a different era of the band’s career. Volume One traces the bands’ evolution at Chico State University from 1990 – 1992 when founding members Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono were an acoustic duo and includes early sketches of fan favorites illustrating the progression to their four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band. Volume Two concentrates on their road-weary hard-partying major label days and includes outtakes from this period’s recording sessions. Volume Three focuses on their sobered-up days releasing records for independent labels and when their songwriting became more concise and focused. Volume Four is a radio appearance CD most notably featuring the first known interview with Bluhm and Loiacono while they were students in the Chico State dormitory and within a week of their first show together when they were known as Ali and the Cats, and is very telling of what’s to come.
Along with the 4 CDs, the box set includes cover art from Sierra Nevada Brewery artist Jason Roberson, an 88-page booklet containing vintage photos, posters, press articles, and extensive liner notes on each track from the band and those associated with the recordings, and paints a vivid aural and pictorial history and explaining why the band has been so special in the early years as well as proving why they are even more relevant today.