The Long and Tangled Beard

by Illustrated Manual

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Taking four years to write and an additional four to produce, "The Long and Tangled Beard" is Jonathan Cooke's second full-length album under the name "Illustrated Manual." Cooke faced many difficulties during the completion of the record including surgery on his vocal cords in 2007. Although his voice had not recovered, he continued the project with the help of David Swanson (The Frozen Ocean). Cooke relocated to Wyoming during the recording's final tracking and mixing phases. Swanson and Cooke completed the record in early 2012 via correspondence.

Grab on to "The Long and Tangled Beard" and travel through times of wide-eyed childhood, clumsy adolescence, and disillusioned adulthood.


released October 31, 2012

Illustrated Manual is Jonathan Cooke, David Swanson, and Neil Keller.

This album was recorded between September 2008 and June 2011 at
various Connecticut homes, a San Francisco apartment, and Silver Bullet Studios, Burlington, CT, USA.

Produced and mixed by David Swanson in his West Hartford home and at Silver Bullet Studios, Burlington, CT. Without him this album would not exist.

Mastered by Matthew Wentworth at The Impact Studio, Hollis, NH.

Artwork by Kevin Peloquin.

Special Thanks to Greg Thomas of Silver Bullet Studios.

Additional thanks to James and Stacey Allen, Elizabeth Swanson, Jim Cooke, Rob and Gina Johnson, Erin Fairbanks, Jay Deutsch, Nico Boesten, Elizabeth Gress, Andrew Sayegh, Timmy Grant, Tim Gordon, Larissa Keller, Brett Chachko, Sam McKinniss, Mike McKinniss, Kate McKinniss, Reuben Blanchard, Will Schauer, Dan and Becky Piscitelli, Brent Campanelli, Matt Podesla, Josh and Rebecca Kellam, Jeremy and Stacy Kellam, Tim Couper, Pelly Peloquin, Kevin and Renee Peloquin, Mark Allen, Scott Jensen, Pat Fitzgerald, Matt Henchcliffe, Ray Frazier, Hector Luis Ramirez, Lee and Julia Boucher and Wellspring Church for your support and encouragement along the long and tangled road that eventually led to this record.

All Songs © 2008-2012, Jonathan J. Cooke, All Rights Reserved



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Illustrated Manual Casper, Wyoming

Illustrated Manual was originally called "The Illustrated Man." Jon received an informal cease and desist for the name due to its use as the title of a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury, published in 1951.

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