Liner Notes: Filter’s “Title Of Record” Turns 20

Craft Recordings recently released the deluxe, 20th-anniversary reissue of Filter’s platinum-selling, sophomore album Title Of Record. This release was a sonic expansion and breakthrough for the band, particularly the single “Take A Picture,” and it proved that the hit “Hey Man Nice Shot” from their debut Short Bus was no fluke. Title Of Record has been re-released on both CD and vinyl (double disc, gatefold sleeve) with four bonus tracks: “(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do,” “Jurassitol,” “The Best Things (Humble Brothers Remix),” and “Take A Picture (H&H Remix)”.

Who got to contribute the liner notes? Yours truly. It was the second time I have written notes for the group, the first time being for the 2008 greatest hits compilation The Very Best Things (1995–2008), and as with the last time I had an epic chat with frontman/mastermind Richard Patrick to delve into his personal history.

There are two main themes underlying the creation of this album. The first was Patrick’s substance abuse, the second his affair with then-Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’Arcy Wretzky-Brown. He was very frank in discussing both of these things, and we made sure there was the right balance of dramatic revelation and music analysis to give fans a well-rounded picture of how the recording process went.

The 20th anniversary edition of Title of Record is nicely packaged, and I have enjoyed seeing my liner notes dominate one side of a vinyl sleeve. In the CD, the notes get their own separate booklet, which is refreshing and unusual. Patrick seems happy with the reissue as well, as he attests in the Instagram post below. You can snag a copy through Craft Recordings or Deep Discount.

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