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The Sound Of His Own Voice

Released in 2011, The Sound Of His Own Voice was recorded in Portland, OR, produced by Scott McCaughey and JWH, with a backing band featuring members of the Decemberists, Peter Buck, Roseanne Cash, John Roderick, Laura Veirs and Many others. Thirteen new songs, many among his best since 1837.

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  1. Sing Your Own Song
  2. I Should Have Stopped
  3. Captain Courageous (On Disko Island)
  4. I Might Be Dead
  5. Uncle Dad
  6. The Way We Weren't
  7. There's A Starbucks (Where The Starbucks Used To Be)
  8. The Colloquy of Mole & Mr. Eye
  9. Gentleman Caller
  10. Calling Off The Experiement
  11. The Examiners
  12. Good News (& Bad News
  13. The World In Song

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Self-Titled

Produced by Chris von Sneidern, Self-Titled sees JWH return to his given name, Wesley Stace. Due to the fairly autobiographical nature of the songs, he felt it was the right time.

Vocals, acoustic guitar: Wesley Stace; Electric guitars, keyboards: David Nagler; Bass: Eddie Carlson; Drums, percussion: Patrick Berkery

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  1. The Dealer’s Daughter
  2. When I Knew
  3. Goodbye Jane
  4. Letting Go
  5. We Will Always Have New York
  6. A Canterbury Kiss
  7. Lydia
  8. Stare At The Sun
  9. Only Thing Missing
  10. Wrong For The Part
  11. Pieces Of The Past
  12. Excalibur
  13. The Wrong Tree
  14. The Bedroom You Grew Up In
  15. The Woman

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Old World New World – David Lewis

David Lewis’s most recent album, the beautiful Old World New World, was recorded last year in San Francisco, in the usual relaxed acoustic environment. Produced by Wesley Stace and Chris von Sneidern, featuring the beautiful playing of Robert Lloyd, with the assistance of Wes and Chris, this is David’s best collection of songs yet, taking as its motto ‘Take the objects out of their cases and make them sing’ – S. Dillon Ripley. Features two co-writes with Wes and one with Bob Collum.

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John Wesley Harding Sings to a Small Guitar vol. II

Fifteen unheard originals from acoustic demos spanning 15 years of JWH’s career. For the curious, the casual fan and the cognoscenti alike. Includes songs from demo sessions for every album from Why We Fight to Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead.

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All songs are previously unreleased in any form. Exclusive offer through this website includes immediate digital download of the entire album, followed by delivery of the finished CD, housed in a beautiful mini-LP gatefold sleeve with artwork that perfectly complements that of the first volume. The first 500 copies come with a free 40-minute bonus CD of music and readings.

Hear the song "Hey! Director!"

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  1. Hey! Director!
  2. The Coming of Sound
  3. The Promise of Love
  4. I Don't Work Here
  5. Sorry, Lazarus
  6. I'll Be Your Eyes
  7. You're It!
  8. The Receiving End
  9. The Bullet Catch
  10. Ballad of the Inferno
  11. 11.The Funeral Band
  12. The Meltdown
  13. I Know Nothing
  14. Why Must The Show Go On?
  15. We Are Not The First

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John Wesley Harding Sings to a Small Guitar vol. I

Fourteen unheard originals in pristine studio quality, spanning 15 years of JWH’s career. This collection, the first of two volumes, includes songs from demo sessions for every album from The Name Above the Title to Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead.

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All songs are previously unreleased. Includes a large poster with a complete song-by-song list of every demo session of JWH's career.

Hear the song "Funny Old New World"

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  1. History In The Remaking
  2. Funny Old New World
  3. The Dark Waltz
  4. Be With Him
  5. Circles
  6. The True Story of Buddy The Kid
  7. Good For the Ratings
  8. The Splendid Life
  9. I See You
  10. 10 It's Never Too Late
  11. The Undercard
  12. Dear Lawyer
  13. Rock'n' Roll Code
  14. Write What You Know

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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead

John Wesley Harding’s first rock record since 2004, Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead was recorded in Portland, OR, and New York City, with the Minus Five and many of JWH’s oldest and best musical friends and allies: Scott McOi, Peter Buck, Steve Berlin (producer of Why We Fight), Kurt Bloch (producer of Trad Arr Jones), Mike Viola, Robert Lloyd, Kelly Hogan, and many more.

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Track list

  1. My Favourite Angel
  2. Love or Nothing
  3. Oh! Pandora
  4. A Very Sorry Saint
  5. Sleepy People
  6. Top of the Bottom
  7. Daylight Ghosts
  8. The End
  9. Sick Organism
  10. Congratulations (on Your Hallucinations)
  11. Someday Son
  12. Your Mind's Playing Tricks On You
  13. Wild Boy

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‘Songs of Misfortune’—The Love Hall Tryst

The first record from the Love Hall Tryst: JWH, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor and Brian Lohmann. Songs of Misfortune comprises songs written for, or appearing in, Wesley Stace’s novel Misfortune. With additional help from the Minstrel in the Galleries.

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  1. Songs Of Misfortune
  2. Do Not Fear The Dark
  3. Joan Of Arc (The Ballad Of La Pucelle)
  4. Lord Bateman
  5. Female Rambling Sailor
  6. Lord Lovel
  7. The Sanguinary Butcher
  8. Shallow Brown
  9. Lambkin
  10. The Lady Dressed In Green
  11. The Abandoned Baby
  12. Jack In The Green
  13. Do Not Fear The Dark (electric)
  14. Lord Bateman (electric)

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Adam’s Apple

“The finest album of his career … as witty as ever … Harding’s voice has never sounded better…. A disc worth biting into again and again.”—All Music Guide

“A dazzling piece of popcraft that shows wide range and real heart … breathtakingly erudite.”—No Depression

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  1. Nothing At All
  2. Monkey And His Cat
  3. Negative Love
  4. Sleeper Awake
  5. Pull
  6. Sussex Ghost Story
  7. It Stays
  8. Hard
  9. Sluts
  10. Protest Protest Protest
  11. She Never Talks
  12. When You Smile

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Garden of Eden: The Fall EP

This DRT release includes five alternate versions of songs from Why We FIght, as well as a single and an outtake from Adam’s Apple.

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  1. Monkey And His Cat
  2. Kill The Messenger
  3. Hitler's Tears
  4. When Dreams Come True
  5. The Original Miss Jesus
  6. Where The Bodies Are
  7. Slipery Slide To Bliss

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Trad Arr Jones (new edition)

The Appleseed reissue of JWH’s first traditional album contains the original album remastered plus four newly recorded songs (21 extra minutes).

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  1. The Singer's Request
  2. Little Musgrave
  3. The Golden Gove
  4. Annachie Gordon
  5. The Flandyke Shore
  6. William and Nancy's Parting
  7. The Bonny Bunch of Roses
  8. Master Kilby
  9. Annan Water
  10. Isle of France

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  1. Canadee-i-o
  2. Billy Don't You Weep for Me
  3. Edward
  4. The Humpback Whale

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Awake (new edition)

The Appleseed reissue of JWH’s 1998 gangsta-folk classic contains the original album remastered, plus five extra tracks, including a duet of “Wreck on the Highway” with Bruce Springsteen.

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  1. Good Morning (I Just Woke Up)
  2. Your Ghost (Don't Scare Me No More)
  3. Window Seat
  4. Burn
  5. It's All My Fault
  6. Sweat Tears Blood and Come
  7. Poor Heart
  8. Miss Fortune
  9. Song I Wrote Myself In The Future
  10. You're Looking At Me
  11. You So & So
  12. I'm Staying Here (And I'm Not Buying A Gun)
  13. Good Bye (Late O'Clock)

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  1. Wooden Overcoat
  2. Jackson Cage
  3. Punch 'n' Judy
  4. I Just Woke Up
  5. Wreck On The Highway

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John Wesley Harding’s New Deal (new edition)

Originally released in 1996, JWH’s much-loved first foray into gangsta folk has been remastered with additional tracks.

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  1. To Whom It May Concern
  2. Other People's Failure
  3. The Secret Angel
  4. Kiss Me Miss Liberty
  5. Heart Without A Home
  6. God Lives Upstairs
  7. Infinite Combinations
  8. The King Is Dead Boring
  9. The Triumph of Trash
  10. Cupid and Psycho
  11. Still Photo
  12. Paradise
  13. The Speed of Normal

Plus extra tracks

  1. Death of the Ghostwriter
  2. Let Us Now
  3. When the Beatles Hit America
  4. Kiss Me Miss Liberty (live)
  5. The Secret Angel #2

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Why We Fight (reissue)

Originally released in 1992.

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  1. Kill the Messenger
  2. Ordinary Weekend
  3. The Truth
  4. Dead Centre of Town
  5. Into the Wind
  6. Hitler's Tears
  7. Get Back Down
  8. Me Against Me
  9. The Original Miss Jesus
  10. Where The Bodies Are
  11. Come Gather ’Round

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It Happened One Night/It Never Happened At All

Deluxe Appleseed reissue of JWH’s legendary live debut (complete for the first time), plus the lost first studio album, previously unreleased. Two-CD set, containing two alternate front covers.

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It Happened One Night track list

  1. Headful of Something/The Devil In Me
  2. Who You Really Are
  3. Famous Man
  4. You and Your Career
  5. July 13th 1985
  6. One Night Only
  7. Affairs of the Heart
  8. Humankind
  9. Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan,
  10. Steve Goodman, Dave Blue and Me
  11. The Night He Took Her
  12. To The Fairground
  13. The Biggest Monument
  14. Save A Little Room For Me
  15. Kiss/Lovers Society
  16. Careers Service
  17. Pound Pound Pound
  18. Roy Orbison Knows
  19. Bastard Son
  20. Every Sunrise Is Another Sunset
  21. Three Legged Man

It Never Happened At All track list

  1. Love's Sacrifice
  2. Roy Orbison Knows
  3. The Devil In Me
  4. Same Thing Twice
  5. Browning Road
  6. Lovers Society
  7. Scared Of Guns
  8. Who You Really Are
  9. Bad Fruit
  10. Pound Pound Pound
  11. One Night Only
  12. The Night He Took Her
  13. To The Fairground
  14. Save A Little Room For Me
  15. You Can't Take It With You

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Dynablob 4: Swings and Roundabouts (reissue)

Originally released in 2002, the remastered latest addition to the Dynablob series includes the prophetic and recently renamed “Darwin (I Told You So).”

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  1. Merry-Go-Round
  2. The Governess
  3. The Common Kiss
  4. Dreamfader
  5. Darwin
  6. Love's Reign Of Terror
  7. Meet The Sheep
  8. For An Actress
  9. Don't Rain On Me Today
  10. Thank You, You're Welcome
  11. The Fall Of The House Of Harding
  12. World Of Light

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Dynablob 3: 26th March 1999 (reissue)

Orignially released in 1999, this third Dynablob has been remastered. Recorded at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA, and featuring JWH and Robert Lloyd on the Trad Arr Jones tour.

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Track list

  1. The Singer's Request
  2. Things Snowball
  3. Isle of France
  4. Save A Little Room For Me
  5. William Glenn
  6. Talking Return Of The Great
  7. Gangsta Folk Scare Blues
  8. Little Musgrave
  9. The Red Rose And The Briar
  10. Miss Fortune
  11. Window Seat
  12. Annan Water

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Dynablob 2: It Happened Every Night

The second Dynablob release features JWH with a band and solo. Fifteen otherwise unavailable songs recorded live at concerts around America.

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  1. Handful of Sand
  2. Elvis Has Left The Building
  3. Hostile Two Party System
  4. Gentleman's Dream
  5. Star Struck Banner
  6. A Fan Speaks
  7. Skyscrapers of Memphis
  8. The Brain of Britain
  9. When Dreams Come True
  10. No More
  11. When All The Bad Things In Your Life Turn To Worth It
  12. Election Night/You Will Be Cured
  13. Robert Frost Rag
  14. I Just Wanna Talk

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Dynablob 1

The first of the Dynablob series features fifteen otherwise unreleased studio versions.

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  1. Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, Dave Blue and Me
  2. The Man wtih Two Surnames
  3. The Wrong Goodbye
  4. Peeling Bark
  5. Dead on Arrival
  6. The Devil in (Little Ol') Me
  7. Save A Little Room For Me
  8. Build Me a Coffin
  9. Idiot's Delight
  10. Eating Each Other's Babies
  11. Ask Why
  12. The Person You Are
  13. The Celestial Shuttle
  14. Talking Return of the Great
  15. Folk Scare Blues
  16. Election Night
  17. Hide

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Dynablob 1-4: The Complete Set

No bonus tracks, no reasons to induce you to buy them all again if you’ve done so already—just all four Dynablob CDs in one easy go, at a reduced price.

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‘Ghost Rhymes’—David Lewis

David Lewis’s third album. Recorded in San Francisco, Seattle and Harpenden, coproduced by JWH, Chris von Sneidern, and Kurt Bloch, Ghost Rhymes is David’s best yet: a beautiful album of gentle, beautifully arranged folk/pop. Features none other than Robert Lloyd, not to mention three JWH cowrites.

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  1. Something Real
  2. Water From The Well
  3. Whole Again
  4. Ghost Rhyme
  5. Hidden Heart
  6. Tricks With Time
  7. Waterwheel
  8. Follow Her Down
  9. Confidence
  10. Fever Dream
  11. Trying to Remember a Dream
  12. Black Pig
  13. Lullaby

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VINYL

The Sound of His Own Voice (vinyl)

Released on vinyl 2011, The Sound Of His Own Voice was recorded in Portland, OR, produced by Scott McCaughey and JWH, with a backing band featuring members of the Decemberists, Peter Buck, Roseanne Cash, John Roderick, Laura Veirs and Many others. Thirteen new songs, many among his best since 1837.

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Track list

  1. Sing Your Own Song
  2. I Should Have Stopped
  3. Captain Courageous (On Disko Island)
  4. I Might Be Dead
  5. Uncle Dad
  6. The Way We Weren't
  7. There's A Starbucks (Where The Starbucks Used To Be)
  8. The Colloquy of Mole & Mr. Eye
  9. Gentleman Caller
  10. Calling Off The Experiement
  11. The Examiners
  12. Good News (& Bad News
  13. The World In Song

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John Wesley Harding’s New Deal (vinyl)

Originally released in 1996, JWH’s much-loved first foray into gangsta folk is now available for the first time on vinyl. It comes with a digital download of 15 bonus tracks, including every extant acoustic demo of the songs on the album, numbering ten, all previously unreleased, recorded 6/7/94 for a tape called “The Sayonara Sessions”. Also included are all five bonus tracks from the Other People’s Failure CD5, including two out-takes (“Let Us Now” and “Death Of The Ghostwriter”), live versions of “Kiss Me, Miss Liberty” and “The Secret Angel,” and the classic, prophetic “When The Beatles Hit America,” in its finest incarnation, recorded live for KSCA, LA.

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  1. To Whom It May Concern
  2. Other People's Failure
  3. The Secret Angel
  4. Kiss Me Miss Liberty
  5. Heart Without A Home
  6. God Lives Upstairs
  7. Infinite Combinations
  8. The King Is Dead Boring
  9. The Triumph of Trash
  10. Cupid and Psycho
  11. Still Photo
  12. Paradise
  13. The Speed of Normal

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Self-Titled (vinyl)

Produced by Chris von Sneidern, Self-Titled sees JWH return to his given name, Wesley Stace. Due to the fairly autobiographical nature of the songs, he felt it was the right time.

Vocals, acoustic guitar: Wesley Stace; Electric guitars, keyboards: David Nagler; Bass: Eddie Carlson; Drums, percussion: Patrick Berkery

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  1. The Dealer’s Daughter
  2. When I Knew
  3. Goodbye Jane
  4. Letting Go
  5. We Will Always Have New York
  6. A Canterbury Kiss
  7. Lydia
  8. Stare At The Sun
  9. Only Thing Missing
  10. Wrong For The Part
  11. Pieces Of The Past
  12. Excalibur
  13. The Wrong Tree
  14. The Bedroom You Grew Up In
  15. The Woman

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Making Love To Bob Dylan

Wes wrote the words to “Making Love To Bob Dylan” on a train from Seattle to Portland, and emailed them to Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5) the moment he was done. McCaughey emailed back: “There is room in the world for this lyric!” Months later, McCaughey handed Harding a tune. Harding and The English UK recorded the song, along with its matching double A-side “The Buzz”, one sunny afternoon in Brooklyn, 11th June 2012. And now he’s sharing it with you.

This limited-edition 12″ single features a 6 inch center label and plays at 45RPM.

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BOOKS

Charles Jessold UK

The U.K. hardback edition (so far, the only hardback edition internationally) of Wesley Stace’s third novel, Charles Jessold, Considered As A Murderer.

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By George

The US hardback edition of Wesley Stace’s second novel, By George, picked by the New York Public Library as a Book To Remember of 2007.

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Misfortune

The U.K. hardback edition of Wesley Stace’s first novel, international bestseller Misfortune.

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Misfortune package

Wesley Stace’s novel Misfortune and the Love Hall Tryst’s album Songs of Misfortune—available together for the first time.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Trad Arr Jones Poster

A beautiful heavy stock poster measuring 16 x 16, sent rolled.

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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead signed artwork

A print of Abbey Stace’s cover artwork for Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead, beautifully reproduced on high quality paper, hand-signed by both JWH and the artist, and hand-numbered in an edition of 100. Ideally suited for framing. Sent rolled. 15″ x 19.25″, charcoal on tinted paper.

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Cabinet of Wonders poster

A print of the beautiful poster for the New York City run of John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders at Le Poisson Rouge, from the spring of 2010. 11″ x 17″, heavy stock. Sent rolled.

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A Bloody Show DVD

JWH’s first DVD. The entire Bumbershoot 2005 show, featuring JWH, the Love Hall Tryst, the Minstrel in the Galleries, JWH’s Harmoniemusik, Scott MacCaughey, and, as the narrator, Robyn Hitchcock. With bonus rehearsal footage. First 5,000 numbered copies also include 14-track studio CD, The Tryst Demos. (Color/Stereo/89 minutes).

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DVD track list

  1. Do Not Fear The Dark #1
  2. Joan Of Arc (The Ballad Of La Pucelle)
  3. Lord Lovel
  4. Female Rambling Sailor
  5. The Sanguinary Butcher
  6. Shallow Brown
  7. Lambkin
  8. The Lady Dressed In Green
  9. Do Not Fear The Dark #2
  10. Lord Bateman
  11. The Abandoned Baby
  12. Hamlet
  13. Sussex Ghost Story

The Tryst Demos track list

  1. The Abandoned Baby
  2. Female Rambling Sailor
  3. Do Not Fear The Dark
  4. Jack In The Green
  5. The Sanguinary Butcher
  6. Tristram Shandy
  7. Shallow Brown
  8. The Female Frollick
  9. Lord Bateman
  10. The Lady Dressed In Green
  11. Handsome Cabin Boy
  12. Lord Lovel
  13. Lambkin
  14. Ballad of Miss Fortune

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