folklore: the long pond studio sessions
Live Album | November 25, 2020
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Background and Release
The big twist is that the September sessions were the first time that Taylor, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner were together in the same place. During the pandemic, they had each recorded in their own studios, collaborating long-distance. In a nighttime conversation on a deck at the studio, Taylor said that playing the songs in real time would “make [her] realize it’s a real album. It seems like a big mirage.” Musicians deeply missed performing live; with any other album, she would have gone to tour stadiums.
The album was released via Republic Records to streaming and digital platforms on November 25, 2020, alongside the film.
Record Store Day
The release of folklore: the long pond studio sessions is a lot more substantial than the 7-inch single release of “the lakes.” Hefty or no, that record was so sought after that some stores held raffles rather than put what copies they had on the racks, or auctioned them for charity. The live album was previously only available digitally following its premiere as a Disney+ special. This two-LP set, pressed on grey vinyl and released in a gatefold jacket, marked the recording’s first physical release.