In 2013, The National took part in a museum installation — or “durational performance” as it was described — at MoMA’s PS1 Sunday Sessions in New York, in which they performed “Sorrow,” from their 2010 album High Violet, for six hours. That’s a lot of “Sorrow.” And the band is now releasing a limited-edition box set of the six-hour performance, and it’s called, get this, A Lot of Sorrow. The box set contains 9 LPs, and documents the entire six-hour performance. Now that’s commitment.
In case you might be wondering to yourself the practicality of this, and it’s a legitimate question, considering it’s the same song several dozen times, in a fairly pricey package ($150), then it’s important to note that proceeds from the sale of the box set will be donated to charity. All money raised from the sale of the box set will be donated to non-profit health organization Partners in Health. Also, the packaging is beautiful — as you can see in the image above.
A Lot of Sorrow will be released on June 22 via 4AD. Watch a clip from the performance below.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.