Killers — Sam’s Town
Limited 180-gram Black Vinyl
Sam’s Town is the second studio album by alt-rock band The Killers. The album debuted at #2 in 2006 on the US Billboard 200, selling 315,000 copies in its first week. It became the band’s second number-one album on the UK Albums Chart, selling over 265,000 copies in its first week. The album has been certified Platinum or multi-Platinum in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland, and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.
Regarding the album, vocalist and primary lyricist Brandon Flowers noted that he “wanted to create an album that captured, chronologically, everything important that got me to where I am today.” Influences include U2, Duran Duran, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Electric Light Orchestra and Dire Straits, among others. Produced by Flood (New Order, U2), Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters) and The Killers, the album features the singles “Read My Mind” and the platinum, chart-topping single “When You Were Young.”
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The album takes its name from Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, a hotel and casino in Las Vegas, which is the band’s hometown. “Sam’s Town” was also a huge sign that was visible by band member Mark Stoermer through his room window when he was young.
The album’s photography was done by photographer Anton Corbijn, who also does most of U2’s images. He explains that the band initially wanted a “chic, gypsy look” for the album, which resulted in “these elements of faded glory.” Flood, the co-producer, is pictured dressed as a Native American in the CD booklet. The artwork inside the album booklet is taken from a Downtown Las Vegas mural painted by Suzanne Hackett-Morgan, a local painter. The cover artwork features model and singer Felice LaZae.
- Sam’s Town
- When You Were Young
- Bling (Confession of a King)
- For Reasons Unknown
- Read My Mind
- Uncle Jonny
- My List
- This River Is Wild
- Why Do I Keep Counting?
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