Photo by Killian Young
Earlier this year, Iron & Wine released a collection of rarities predating the project’s 2002 debut, The Creek Drank the Cradle. Dubbed simply the Archive Series, the album featured 16 tracks Sam Beam had written and recorded before ever adopting the Iron & Wine moniker. Now, he’s back with Vol. 2 of the series, though this time he’s only releasing a pair of songs.
Archive Series Vol. 2 is a 7-inch single containing two of Beam’s earliest covers. NPR has shared the A-side track, a version of Neil Young deep cut “Albuquerque”. A wanderlust ode from 1975’s Tonight’s the Night, the song takes on an even more road-worn patina in Beam’s hands. His steady guitar thumps keep it all heading down south, while the banjo and whistling on the bridge let you know things aren’t necessarily as baleful as they appear.
Take a listen below.
Available October 16th via Black Cricket Recording Co., Archive Series Volume No. 2 also features a cover of The Four Tops “It’s the Same Old Song” on the B-side. Below, compare Beam’s take to Young’s original “Albuquerque”.