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Interview at ultimate guitar. [18 Jun 2006|12:54am]

Two parts of an interview with Eric have been posted at ultimate-guitar.com

Part 1

Part 2
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[25 Mar 2006|09:49am]

Hello EJ Fans,

If you haven’t checked the web site in a while you are missing the dates for the summer tour. See them below. EJ will be partnering with Joe Satriani for a summer tour promoting Satriani’s Super Colossal Album. The tour should be a great chance for everyone to catch two great guitar players.

EJ was the recipient of the Best Acoustic Guitarist and Best Live DVD award in the Austin Music Awards. The Austin Music Awards are an annual awards ceremony to kick off the South by Southwest Music Showcase. We appreciate all the fans that took time to vote.

Tour dates are below and enjoy your Spring Break!

- The EJ web crew

Tour Dates:

29/Wed - Railroad Blues - Alpine, TX
30/Thu - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
31/Fri. - Fender 60th Anniversary - Tempe, AZ - Buy Tickets

April dates are the Super Colossal Tour: Joe Satriani with Eric Johnson
1/Sat - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
2/Sun - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
3/Mon - Orpheum Theatre - Omaha, NE
5/Wed - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL - Buy Tickets
6/Thu - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL - Buy Tickets
7/Fri - Palace Theater - Greensburg, PA - Buy Tickets
8/Sat - The Agora Theater - Cleveland, OH
9/Sun - State Theater - Detroit, MI - Buy Tickets
10/Mon - Center For The Arts - Buffalo, NY - Buy Tickets
12Wed - Massey Hall - Toronto, ONT
13/Thu - Nokia Theater - New York, NY - Buy Tickets
14/Fri - Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA - Buy Tickets
15/Sat - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
17/Mon - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
18/Tue - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ - Buy Tickets
19/Wed - Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA
21/Fri - House of Blues - Orlando, FL - Buy Tickets
22/Sat - Mizner Park Amphitheater - Boca Raton, FL - Buy Tickets
24/Mon - Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center - Tampa, FL
25/Tue - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
26/Wed - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
27/Thu - Nokia Theater - Grand Prairie, TX
28/Fri - Paramount Theater - Austin, TX
29/Sat - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX - Buy Tickets

May dates are the Super Colossal Tour: Joe Satriani with Eric Johnson
1/Mon - Kiva Auditorium - Albuquerque, NM
2/Tue - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
3/Wed - The Grove - Anaheim, CA
4/Thu - Humphry's Concerts by the Bay - San Diego, CA
5/Fri - Celebrity Theater - Pheonix, AZ
6/Sat - Wiltern Theater - Los Angeles, CA
9/Tue - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA
10/Wed - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, Canada
11/Thu - Roseland - Portland, OR
12/Fri - The Theatre at Reno Hilton - Reno, NV
13/Sat - The Warfield - San Francisco, CA

22nd/Thu - Alfa Theater - Sao Paulo, Brazil
23rd/Fri - Cemforpe Theater - Sao Paulo, Brazil
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[10 Feb 2006|12:14am]

Finally after 30 years, the Electromagnets release their second studio

Never before heard tracks featuring blazing guitar from guitar great
Eric Johnson, intricate keyboard work from Stephen Barber, Kyle Brock on
bass and Bill Maddox on drums make this CD a must for all Eric Johnson
fans, guitar fans in general and lovers of jazz-rock.

The first album, the self titled "Electromagnets" CD was re-released on
Rhino in 1998. This new CD "Electromagnets II" features nine original
songs originally recorded in 1975. From jazz to rock to country, the
songs reflect the talents and musical diversity of the band. The band
shows why its fans included Frank Zappa, ZZ Top, and Weather Report to
name but a few.

Album art appears at ericjohnson.com and the album will go on sale on
Feb. 14th, 2006. Please check the site next Tuesday for a Valentines

- The ericjohnson.com crew
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[24 Jan 2006|12:09pm]

Hello EJ fans:

Here's the January scoop...

1. Go vote first.
2. DVD.
3. Electromagnets CD coming out.

**1.We need your vote in the Austin Music Awards Poll. This will only
take a
few seconds and please do not vote twice or more. Not even the magic
of 3 (or 5). You do not have to live in Austin to vote. Please remember
vote for the web site award. We bring you the online scoop.


Here is the address and recommendations for slots that pertain to EJ:


ROCK: Eric Johnson
POP: Eric Johnson

MALE VOCALS: Eric Johnson
BASS: Chris Maresh
DRUMS: Tommy Taylor
SONGWRITER: Eric Johnson
Producer Name: Eric Johnson
CD Title: Bloom

Band: Eric Johnson
URL: ericjohnson.com
MUSIC VIDEO/DVD: Eric Johnson - Live in Austin COVER ART
Title: Bloom
Band: Eric Johnson
Artist: Anne Daniels

**2.If you've read this far, get the first copies of the new DVD with
new footage called Eric Johnson - The Art of Guitar.


In this DVD, Eric shares his 10 "must know" musical concepts in an
one-on-one format in his recording studio. Discover the techniques that
contributed to the genius of this guitar legend in his own words and
detailed demonstrations. Eric covers his unique perspectives on
improvisation, chords, lead guitar, songwriting, and much more. The
part of the DVD features a full band performance as Eric, Chris Maresh
(bass) and Tommy Taylor (drums) take you on a musical journey through
never-heard-before songs! The fantastic audio and widescreen multi-camera
visuals bring you right into the creative realm and mind of one of the
world's top guitar talents! 1 hour, 19 minutes.

3.**The Electromagnets shows were unfortunatly cancelled due to a
by one of the member's family being due on that date and we wish
everyone a
good delivery by standing by to see the rescheduled dates. When they are
announced, we will let you know.

In the meantime, the Electromagnets CD is slated to come out on time and
is incredible. Look for an announcement in mid-Feb. for shipping copies.
We'll try to do a list pre-buy prior to release.

Thank you for listening to live music,

the ericjohnson.com crew
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[11 Jan 2006|03:58pm]

The Electromagnets Reunion Concerts are regretfully going to have to be
postponed to a date yet to be decided due to medical complications with
family member of one of the Magnets. All tickets purchased through
www.getquickticks.com will be credited back to the credit cards used for
purchase within the next few days. Tickets purchased through Waterloo
Records will be refunded at Waterloo Records. We are deeply sorry for
complications this may cause any fans and hope that all travel
can be cancelled or credited for later use.
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[11 Jan 2006|08:03am]

The Electromagnets, highly acclaimed Austin jazz-rock band of the mid '70s,
will be performing a series of three concerts at the Ruta Maya Intl
Headquarters, 3601 So. Congress, on the 9th, 15th and 16th of February.
These will be their first public reunion concerts in over 25 years.The
concert the 15th will be a CD Release Party celebrating the release of
before available tapes recorded in 1975 as Electromagnets II. Ticket
will be $20 at the door, $21 in advance at Waterloo Records, or online
http://www.ericjohnson.com. Seating is limited.

The Electromagnets were formed in 1973 by Stephen Barber, Kyle Brock,
Bill Maddox. In 1974 Eric Johnson, then a twenty year old guitar playing
phenomenon, joined the group and the Magnets went on to release their
Electromagnets in 1975. The band toured until their keyboards player,
Stephen Barber, went to study in New York in 1977. The band then morphed
into the first Eric Johnson group.

Since then, Eric Johnson has become one of the most famous guitarists in
world, Stephen Barber has worked with artists such as Josef Zawinul,
Byrne, Keith Richards, and many others, Bill Maddox won Best Drummer in
Chronicle in 2003, and Kyle Brock, after playing with Eric for over a
decade, has played bass for Duck Soup, one of Austin's most famous cover
bands, for many years. The original Electromagnets album was remixed and
re-released on cd in 1998 on Rhino Records.

Come on down and relive the days of the Magnets at the Dillo or see a
that was once one of the most famous bands in Austin play again after 25

Shows are expected to sell out quickly, so if you are interested don't
to buy your tickets.
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Grammy Nomination [08 Dec 2005|09:42pm]

EJ was nominated for a Grammy Award. Let's all hope that he garners one
more for his hard work on the Bloom album.

Field 1 - Pop
Category 10 - Best Pop Instrumental Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

• At This Time
Burt Bacharach
[Columbia Records]

• Bloom
Eric Johnson
[Favored Nations]

• Naked Guitar
Earl Klugh
[Koch Records]

• Belladonna
Daniel Lanois

• Flipside
Jeff Lorber
[Narada Jazz]
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[19 Nov 2005|02:08am]

The following is an email sent to you by an administrator of "ericjohnson.com".
If this message is spam, contains abusive or other comments you find
offensive please contact the webmaster of the board at the following


Include this full email (particularly the headers).

Message sent to you follows:

Hello EJ fans,

***Austin City Limits DVD and CD***
We've got some good news for those that have inquired about the Austin
City Limits episodes of EJ. The December 14th, 1988 Austin City Limits
Performance has been released on DVD and CD. To purchase one or both, go
to http://ericjohnson.com/flash/merchandise.html . If it does well, we
hope they will release the others.

The DVD includes these tracks:
1. Righteous
2. Love Or Confusion
3. Steve's Boogie
4. Trail OF Tears
5. Western Flyer
6. East Wes
7. C.W.
8. Camel's Night Out
9. Emerald Eyes
10. Cliffs Of Dover
11. Desert Rose
12. Zap
13. Are You Experienced?

***New T-Shirts Up***
We've posted some of the ladies T-shirts from the Bloom tour up on the
site at http://ericjohnson.com/flash/merchandise_shirts.html . There are
more shirts on the way so check back soon if you are looking for a
different style.

***Electromagnets II CD is coming next year!***
EJ's first band the Electromagnets has a never before released CD coming
out early next year. The CD will be a limited run and will probably
sell pretty quick. Check the news page often to be the first to get one
and we will try to get an e-mail out before they sell out.

***Message from EJ***
Dear everyone,

I would like to thank all the list members and fans who came to the
shows and supported this last fall tour of Asia and Western US!!! It was
a fast paced non-stop tour but we did meet some wondeful people, and
had some great times!

I very much enjoyed playing for all of you and want you to know that
your support is a blessing to me. I couldn't do it without you!

We are going to make a live performance DVD of a concert in late
February or March, so my next project will be putting that together.

I want to wish everyone all the best in the upcoming holiday seasons and
again thank you for your interest and for listening!

Yours truly,

Well there you go, probably the first message from EJ in an e-mail and
news of 2 DVD's and an album coming in the next year.


The EJ web crew
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Good News For All You Tone-heads Out There! [06 Nov 2005|11:04pm]

The 1989 Austin City Limits show that EJ appeared on has finally been released in DVD format! I've had clips of Desert Rose, Love or Confusion, and Cliffs of Dover from this show for awhile now but it seems like I'll get the chance to see/hear the show it was meant to be experienced. Go to EJ's homepage for more details. Cheers.
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From HQ [11 Jul 2005|02:10am]

Hello EJ Fans,

We hope you've been able to catch an Eric Johnson concert while he's out
on tour. If you haven't, he may be coming near you. Tour dates are

We've updated the merchandise section at ericjohnson.com to showcase
some of the new arrivals so drop on by and see if you or a friend would
like anything.

Tour shirts from the Bloom Tour are now available at ericjohnson.com:
http://ericjohnson.com/flash/merchandise_shirts.html .

The Bloom album and all other albums are also for sale via the web site:

Here are the remaining dates for the Bloom Tour with more fall dates
July - The Bloom Album Tour w/electric band
7/Thu - Cape Cod Melody Tent - Hyannis, MA w/Buddy Guy - Buy Tickets
8/Fri - South Shore Music Circus - Cohasset, MA w/Buddy Guy - Buy
Tickets Online
9/Sat - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - New York, NY - Buy Tickets Online
10/Sun - Birchmere - Alexandria, VA - Buy Tickets Online
13/Wed - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC - Buy Tickets Online
14/Thu - Variety Playhouse - Altanta, GA w/ Johnny A - Buy Tickets
15/Fri - Nightfall Series - Chattanoga, TN
16/Sat - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA w/Johnny A
27/Wed - House Of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
28/Thu - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
29/Fri - Santa Fe Jazz and International Festival - Santa Fe, NM w/Robben
Ford - Buy Tickets Online
31/Sun - Guitar Town/Villages at Copper Mountain - Copper Mountain, CO

August - The Bloom Album Tour w/electric band
12/Fri - Granada Theatre - Dallas, TX - Buy Tickets Online
13/Sat - Granada Theatre - Dallas, TX - Buy Tickets Online
14/Sun - George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR
18/Thu - Grant Street Dance Hall - Lafayette, LA
19/Fri - Antone's - Beaumont, TX
20/Sat - James Burton Guitar Festival - Shreveport, LA
25/Thu - Club V - Houston, TX w/Adrian Belew
26/Fri - Sunset Station - San Antonio, TX w/Adrian Belew - Buy Tickets
27/Sat - UT's Hogg Auditorium - Austin, TX w/Adrian Belew

October - The Bloom Album Tour w/electric band
11/Tue - O-East - Tokyo, Japan
12/Wed - O-East - Tokyo, Japan
13/Thu - Bottom Line - Nagoya, Japan
14/Fri - Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
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[07 Jul 2005|12:09am]

Yes! Eric Johnson ROCKS! I just got back from seeing him at the Troc in Philly.

I left at about 5. The directions said that it's take about 31 minutes, but my parents thought that it'd take about an hour and a half. I got there in about 40. Stood in line, talked to people about music. Doors opened, I grabbed a shirt and went to the very front! The opening band was the Josh Dion Band, and they were pretty good.

But EJ! He used the same Strat for all of his main set. It was either red or orange; I never could really tell. He used a Sunburst strat for the encores. He did a few songs I didn't know, and they sounded great. Then he did Trademark, which is one of my favorites. He said they were going to do more from "Ah Via Music.com, or whatever it is," and then he did an incredible Forty Mile Town. I'm not sure what the exact order was for the rest, and I didn't know a lot of them, but he did Tribute to Jerry Reed, and two songs by the bassist, one of which was a twelve-bar blues. There was also an instrumental twelve-bar blues song somwhere in there. He did Desert Rose, which is my third favorite (next to Lonely In the Night and Cliffs of Dover), and then he went into a guitar solo. It started out clean, and I realized yet again how awesome he is. Then he kicked on the distortion, and I was pretty sure of what was coming. When he hit that low E and then bent the 15th fret of the high E, everyone screamed! Cliffs of Dover was absolutely incredible! I think that that was his last one before leaving the stage, but I'm not sure.

There ended up being 4 encores. I'm not entirely sure which was where, but the songs that I remember were Summer Jam, 12 to 12 Vibe (which I was surprised to learn was only just released on Bloom, since he did it on the G3 tour in '96), Righteous, S.R.V., Friends, and Anthem for Today. He also did Drive My Car by the Beatles and Manic Depression and The Wind Cries Mary by Hendrix. He seemed to be having trouble with playing and singing part of Manic Depression (the "music sweet music..." part), but he did an absolutely incredible version of Wind Cries Mary.

Before Tribute to Jerry Reed, he announced that they were going to play some country and western. Then he started talking about how Texas was the only place where you could get five syllables out of a one-syllable word. Then he gave a demonstration with the words "Bill" and "Tones". The Tones one was really funny, but I can't remember it.
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[18 Jun 2005|07:25am]

What are everyone's thoughts on Bloom? I'm really digging "Summer Jam" and "12 to 12 Vibe", but I honestly adore the entire album.
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[21 Mar 2005|12:26pm]

Hello Eric Johnson Fans,

EJ did very well in the 2005 Austin Music Awards that kick off the SXSW
Music Festival. We'd like to thank all the folks that voted and made
voice heard! We couldn't have done it without your help. This year EJ
friends came away with several awards including:

Musician of the Year
Web Site
Electric Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Bass Guitar - Chris Maresh from Alien Love Child/Eric Johnson Trio
Drums - Tommy Taylor from Eric Johnson Trio
Hall of Fame - Stephen Barber from the Electromagnets.

There is a new video of When the Sun Meets the Sky right here!!!
http://www.ericjohnson.com/flash/news.html Download it and send it to
friends! Pass it on.

As soon as we get the new dates for the spring tour, we will be posting
them. Check the web site next week and there should be several new dates
well as other information.
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A trio of EJ icons. [13 Mar 2005|02:05pm]

Feel free to grab one!

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New Sig Strat [23 Jan 2005|08:02pm]

Fender® is pleased to announce the long-awaited Eric Johnson Signature
Stratocaster guitar. The brainchild of Johnson himself, this new model
designed with Eric's own personal features and preferences, and it is
possible because of his expressed desire to give something back to the
collectors, players and, especially, the fans who have supported him
throughout his career.

The Eric Johnson Signature Model Fender Stratocaster guitar is built
some of the finest materials available. The light 2-piece alder body is
dressed in a very thin nitro cellulous lacquer finish, and the 1-piece
quarter-sawn maple neck sports a 12 inch fingerboard radius, 21 highly
polished frets, and a soft "V" neck profile.

Additional features include staggered vintage style machine heads, thus
eliminating the need for a string tree, custom pickups with countersink
screws and wound to Eric's specifications, and highly contoured body and

It comes with a parchment '57 style pickguard, 5-Way Switch, Master
Neck Tone and Bridge Tone controls, and a Vintage Tremolo with 4 tremolo
springs, silver painted block and '57 style string recess with no paint
between base plate and the block.

It is available in four different finish options, including White Blonde,
Two-Color Sunburst, Candy Apple Red and Black.

You can see pictures and more techincal information here:


For those of you that want to see him play it, he did last night at The
Grove in California while on a mini tour. Is he going to be near you?

25/Tue - Port O' Call - Salt Lake City, UT
26/Wed - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO w/ Special Guest Willy Porter -
Tickets Online at http://www.ericjohnson.com/flash/news.html .
27/Thu - 32 Bleu - Colorado Springs, CO w/ Special Guest Willy Porter -
Tickets Online at http://www.ericjohnson.com/flash/news.html .
29/Sat - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX w/ Special Guest Willy Porter -
Tickets Online at http://www.ericjohnson.com/flash/news.html .

Mentions of list get togethers and reviews of current shows are
available on
the new ericjohnson.com forum.
Here's the link: http://ericjohnson.com/phpBB2/index.php . We will hook
this new board to the overall site within hours or a day.

Thank you for supporting live music,

ericjohnson.com crew
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News for January [16 Jan 2005|07:21pm]

Hello EJ Fans,

We wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

First things first...

January Tour Dates:

The following are electric performances (pardon the pun) with Chris
on bass and Tommy Taylor on drums. Some dates may not be on the site yet,
but they are confirmed. Tickets are generally available through
Ticketmaster.com. As always, call the venue for the best info. on
shows, parking and seating.

Jan-19 Wed Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Jan-20 Thu Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
Jan-21 Fri San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
Jan-22 Sat Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
Jan-25 Tue Salt Lake City, UT @ Port O' Call
Jan-26 Wed Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
Jan-27 Thu Colorado Springs, CO @ 32 Bleu
Jan-29 Sat Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

In the Newsroom:

NAMM will be in Cali. this winter and the unveiling of the Eric Johnson
Signature Series Stratocaster from Fender Guitars will accompany the
occasion. Check the Fender site after NAMM if you want to get a look-see
this excellent Artist Series guitar. Sales will start soon after.

Bloom is scheduled for release this summer due to some last minute
from the record company, which we support whole heartedly, to produce a
great release and rollout.

The acoustic album is underway and is getting finished faster than
releases but will still be a little ways off. Things look good for a
this year at this point. Stay tuned to ericjohnson.com for details.

Best Wishes and Happy New Year,

The ericjohnson.com crew
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From the EJ Crew [16 Jan 2005|07:17pm]

Hello EJ Fans,

The 2005 Austin Music Poll is open for voting and we'd like to
remind/encourage you to remember EJ in your voting. The link follows:


The poll is open to anyone and those outside of Texas are welcome to
We are shameless here at ericjohnson.com aren't we!?! ;-)

Help fight the problems of people not knowing who Eric Johnson is by
your fine ballot at the box, er... e-mail box. Electromagnets
Stephen Barber is up for the Hall of Fame so don't forget to help him
while your there.

Here are some catagories where we could really use some help:

BAND WEB SITE: ericjohnson.com (We've never won this category!)
MALE VOCALS: Eric Johnson
BASS: Chris Maresh (long time bass player for ALC and the Eric Johnson
DRUMS: Tommy Taylor (current touring drummer with the Eric Johnson Trio)

Please cast your vote and thank you for listening to live music no
where you reside.
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Hello from Oklahoma [16 Jan 2005|02:24am]

It's good to see an Eric Johnson community on here.

I've been a fan since 1990 when I was living in Arkansas. I heard High Landrons and Cliffs of Dover on the radio (this was quite a few years before good radio programming was mergered into oblivion). Later, The Ah Via Musicom album was played in its entirety on the same station (the incomparable Magic 105 in Little Rock) at midnight, back in the good ole days of Album-Oriented rock radio. From that point on I was hooked. I have since bought every CD available. His style of play and attention to detail is peerless. His music speaks to the soul in a way that few guitarists and lyricists can. I know that some people, especially macho male guitarists detest his singing so much, saying he should just quit singing altogether and just play. I, on the other hand, like to hear what he has to say lyrically now and then. His voice is good enough to do the job.
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Sweet!!! [18 Nov 2004|11:51pm]

Hello folks,

We've been trying to post new videos up at ericjohnson.com about once a
month and we've done it twice now. Yes, we are on a roll. This month we
a clip from the acoustic tour that many may remember - Song for Lynette.


Please drop by and save it to your desktop so you may watch it several
and send it to friends too!

- the ericjohnson.com crew
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New [17 Nov 2004|09:46am]

Just found this place. I'm on the EJ mailing list but figured I'd say hi on here. I've seen him live 3 times I think and I have all the albums.

Lauren in Chicago
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