While fans of the Weakerthans have the band's latest album, Reunion Tour, on repeat, their record label has announced that it will re-release the beloved Winnipeg group's first two albums, Fallow and Left and Leaving in Canada.

"Lyrically, Samson's pen has a sharp, poetic tone, making it impossible for one not to be taken into his stories," said All Music Guide of Fallow, which was released on G7 Welcoming Committee Records in Canada in 1997, and on Sub City in the States in 1999.

And with a title track that has become a Canadian classic - actually, the same could be said of several tracks - 2000's Left and Leaving is regularly included on "Best Albums" lists. (It took the number 6 spot in a Chart magazine poll of the Top 50 Canadian Albums Of All Time.) It was also nominated for a 2001 Juno for Alternative Album of the Year. One critic called it "a damn perfect album."

The Weakerthans signed to Epitaph a few years later (in 2003) and released another favourite, Reconstruction Site.

Fallow and Left and Leaving will be re-issued on November 6; and according to Epitaph, they won't include any bonus tracks or extras. But then again, with albums like that, what more do you need?

Here's Left and Leaving:

posted by Jennifer Van Evra on Oct 24, 2007