- The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner
- (Gatefold LP Jacket)
- Artist: Ben Folds Five
- Format: LP
- Release Date: 3/24/2017
Limited 180 gram vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. Out of print on vinyl for over 15 years, Ben Folds Five's The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner is the band's third acclaimed album before they broke up in 2000. This is the first vinyl reissue of this album and audio has been sourced from the original mix reels. Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed and plated at RTI. The title of the album refers to a name used by the band's drummer Darren Jessee and his friends on fake IDs as teenagers. The band was unaware of the existence of the real Reinhold Messner, the first man to climb Mount Everest solo, and the first to do so without the aid of bottled oxygen, until work on the album had already progressed. They were informed of his existence in 1999 during an interview with DJ Bruce Warren of WXPN radio. In the record's liner notes, Messner is thanked for his understanding and cooperation. He later contacted the band to let them know that he was highly pleased with the album.