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Recordstoreday 2016: Part 2

Following on from my first post, here are the remaining items from my Recordstoreday 2016 haul:

Twelve Inch Singles:

Florence and the Machine – Delilah: A two track single pressed on bright blue vinyl featuring Delilah and Only Love Can Break Your Heart. 

 
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – El Mexicano (Remixes): Aptly coloured to look like the Mexican flag, the double sided picture contains a number of remixes of the El Mexicano track. Housed in a clear plastic sleeve.  

 
The Charlatans – Trouble Understanding (Remixes): Features two Fatboy Slim remixes of the Trouble Understanding track. The sleeve is signed by Tim Burgess and Norman (Fatboy Slim) Cook who appeared at Resident on the Friday as part of the BBC6 Lauren Laverne show that was broadcasts from the shop.  

 

LPs:

Christopher Lee – Charlemagne: Spoken word symphonic metal concept albums you say, well I don’t mind if I do. These sold out immediately as I bought them so assume Resident only had the 1 copy of each release! Featuring narration from Christina Lee, the 2 albums tell the story of the First Holy Roman Emporer, Charlemagne, vocalised by Christopher Lee. The first album, By the Sword and by the Cross (2010) is pressed on 2x gold vinyl and the second album, The Omens of Death (2013) is pressed on 2x translucent clear/ever so slightly bronze vinyl. 

   

Deftones – B Sides & Rarities: This was one of the two releases that jumped of the page and slapped me round the face when I first saw the RSD list. The first ever pressing on vinyl of the Deftones B Sides album released a few years back. Pressed on 2x gold vinyl with an etching on the 4th, housed in a gatefold sleeve with insert and DVD.

  

Mew – …and the Glass Handed Kites: In my eyes the most important release of the day, Mew’s second album – and the only Mew LP missing from my collection. I cannot express how important this band is. I have seen them loads, met them a couple of times and have never been disappointed. This album is wonderful – a true gem. Pressed on 2x clear vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve and complete with insert and poster. So happy (especially as I was able to get 3 copies from a variety of stores over the course of a few days). 

    
    
 

Beach Slang – Broken Thrills: Literally only bought this because of the artwork, which is pretty epic. I don’t know anything about the band, hopefully it will be a nice surprise like the Pinkshinyultrablast EP was. Really cool looking picture disc with different imagery on either side. 

   

Space – Spiders: Re-issue of the debut album from Scouse indie band Space. Only really bought it for the track ‘Female of the Species’. Pressed on heavyweight picture disc featuring spiders…. Creepy. 

   
Slaves – Are You Satisfied? The Extended Album: An album of additional tracks and covers performed by last years sensation ‘Slaves’. Pressed on hot pink vinyl and housed in a slip case with space for the original LP. 

   

Linkin Park – Road to Revolution (Live at Milton Keynes): A vinyl issue of the previously released Linkin park live album from their show at the Milton Keynes Bowl in 2008. Pressed on 2x red with black splatter vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve with insert. Nice! 

    
   

The White Stripes – The Complete Peel Session: A US only release that Resident were lucky enough to get some copies of. A double LP that delivers two of the best White Stripes performances from two John Peel sessions in 2001. The first LP is pressed on translucent red vinyl and the other is pressed on solid white and both are housed in printed sleeves that are in turn housed in a think card sleeve (that feels waxed to the touch). As always a really good looking released from Third Man Records. 

    
 

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RecordStoreDay 2014 – Update 1: LPs

So, it is that time of year again whereby I queue through the night to try and get all the releases that I am after, without having to resort to eBay flippers* (and paying the usual 400% mark-up).

So, at 6pm on Friday 18th of April, I started to queue outside Resident in Brighton, UK (in my opinion the best indie in the country) where I knew I would stand the best chance of picking up the rarer items. Arriving at this time you would think would guarantee me 1st place, but no – I was placed 2nd in the queue (with my buddies being 3 and 4).

By 7pm the queue was up to 6, and by 9pm up to about 12. Then over the course the evening this grew – and at 5am we were up to about 50 people.

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By this time, the evening had really started to drag, no amount of trips to the 24 hour Subway or conversations about previous RSD experiences with our fellow queuers would make the passing of time speed up. I am fairly sure that at around 5am – time started to go backwards.

By opening time, 7am, the queue was huge at around 200+ people. Cold, tired and hungry we entered the store to be greeted by goody bags containing promo pictures, posters, CDs and stickers, as well as a couple of free records (I got a Jungle 12″ and a Sub-Pop 7″) – oh, and not to mention a Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Then onto the store itself, with all the RSD releases adorning the walls like some sort of art gallery – I was ready to buy, buy, BUY! Some money got spent and now I have these fine things:

No. 1: R.E.M. – Unplugged 4xLP Boxset.

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The most important release in my opinion (sorry to the “Twilight Sad” guys, you were a close second), was the issue of not one, but both R.E.M. MTV Unplugged sessions in a combined boxset (multiple paged gatefold sleeve). Containing some of the greatest R.E.M. songs, in an unplugged format – many of which that were not broadcast in the original episodes (which I have on VHS). My worries that the sound would not be of a suitable quality were unfounded – with both the 1991 and 2001 sessions sounding crisp. The only disappointment is that unlike the Mastodon and Linkin Park/ Jay-Z releases, no DVD of the shows was included. Maybe this will be included in the CD issue due for release in late May. Currently reselling at £200 on everyone’s favourite internet auction site – having this in my possession for £49.99 makes queuing for 14 hours absolutely worth it – with all 4 copies that Resident had being snapped up by customer number 5! Limited to 2,000

No.2: The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters.

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The next on my list was the deluxe reissue of the debut studio album by The Twilight Sad, which includes bonus tracks, rarities and demos split over two 12″s. It is a cracking album that I thoroughly recommend, and now that I have it on vinyl, it means that I now have all 3 of their studio albums on this format (as well as on those new fandangled CD things – they’ll never last). Hopefully, I can get the guys to sign it at the Hoxton Bar & Grill shows in a couple of weeks (30/4). Limited to 500

No.3: Mastodon – Live at Brixton 2012.

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3rd up is the issue of a one of the gigs I really, really wished I had gone to, Mastodon at the Brixton Academy in 2012. A nice double 180gram vinyl issue with DVD included, with tracks covering their entire career – it really compliments the previously released “Live At the Aragon” LP from 2011 (also in my collection). Limited to 2,000 (supposedly, but mine is #3377)

No.4: Slipknot – Vol. 3; The Subliminal Verses.

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Another nice to have was the Slipknot reissue of their 3rd studio album, “The Subliminal Verses” on clear heavyweight vinyl. I would have preferred if it had been either “All Hope is Gone” or “Iowa” however am thankful for just having a Slipknot LP to add to my collection. Besides, there is always next year – isn’t there Roadrunner Records hint, hint :D. Limited to 2,600

No.5: Linkin Park v Jay-Z – Collision Course.

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Next up is the vinyl release of the 2004 MTV mash-up concert that featured Linkin Park and Jay-Z merging some of their biggest hits (of that era). The issue is on blue translucent vinyl and comes complete with the DVD that was originally included in the CD releases. Limited to 2,500

No.6: Built to Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first release and on the back of the successful live LP from last RSD comes another exclusive Built to Spill reissue. This time it is the critically acclaimed debut album, “Ultimate Alternative Wavers” on 2x “Gold” (translucent orange) audiophile vinyl and housed in an old-school “tip-on” gatefold jacket. Limited to 4,500

No.7: Screaming Trees – Last Words: The Final Recordings.

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Not the album that I would most like to have seen reissued (that would have been Dust) but still nice to have and add to my collection. A reissue of the final LP by the band, recorded in 98/99 but not released until 2011 (due to being dropped by Epic). The release is on translucent red vinyl, and has been released by band member Barrett Martin’s Sunyata label. Limited to 500

No.8: Fear of Men – Loom.

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The first of my impulse buys, this one heavily influenced by a fellow RSD queuer. Knew nothing about this band, and still don’t as I haven’t listen to it yet. What I can say though is, if the vinyl is as nice as the music, I am glad I bought it – this RSD release is translucent red/black starburst-esque slab of beauty. Limited to 500

No. 9: Mae – Destination: Beautiful.

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Another RSD release that I have bought with little-to-no knowledge of the band or the album was Mae’s “Destination: Sunshine” LP. In compiling my shopping list over weeks and months before the day, this release kept coming up as a “must have” or “an album that defined the pop/punk genre” and add to this the gold/blue merging on the vinyl, I thought I might as well add it to my collection. Limited to 500

No. 10: The Darkness – Permission to Land.

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Last on my list, and a release that I only decided to purchase upon my second visit to Resident (in the evening for the raffle/ end of day celebration) – is an album that, whilst not a classic slice of rock history that defined a genre, is most definitely what I would call FUN and ENJOYABLE record from a band who has always entertained when I have seen them live. Reissued on a heavyweight picture disc with high quality replications of the front and back sleeves off the original CD release – the sight of which, strategically placed on the wall by the counter, was too tempting to part with my cash. Limited to 1,500

Resident, Brighton RSD Raffle.

So, you would think after being able to get every one of the UK RSD releases that I was after – nothing could make the day even better, could it?

For those who don’t know, every RSD, my shop of choice for RSD (and every other day of the year) holds a raffle for all those who return to the shop at the end of the day. Every year I go back, and every year I tend be lucky enough to win something (Pearl Jam singles one year, Esben and the Witch print another) more to do with the number of people who return than my own luck.

This year, there was one prize that really took my fancy. I was sure someone else would win – but as each person was drawn, they kept leaving this “star prize” behind. Then my number came out. I took it without hesitation.

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Yep, fully signed Deluxe Edition of Queens of the Stone Age’s “…Like Clockwork” LP.

Perfect end to a perfect day. Once again, thanks to Resident for a wonderful day.

RecordStoreDay 2013 Update 1

So, here is the first of many RSD13 updates as I go through my impressive haul.

Up first are two of the most important releases (in my opinion) of the day. The items that were first on my list, the Blind Melon and Mad Season reissues. Both are truly amazing debut albums and both are now expanded from the original release.

The Blind Melon one, complete with the Sipping Time sessions

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Next up Mad Season with additional tracks:

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Now for a couple of other LPs, with the Funeral For A Friend (on nice white vinyl) and Linkin Park (with One Step Closer 10″) debut albums:

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Next up, the Placebo B3 EP on clear vinyl with special RSD note to the buyer:

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Whilst on the subject of 10″, next up is the Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood single, Cold Molly. The sleeve is a bit boring, so here is the record on my 1210 instead:

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The last, but not least. And strictly not an official RSD release is the Tom Odell covers 12″ – signed by the man instore at Resident Music in Brighton just before their RSD raffle:

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And speaking of the raffle, I won a prize, a Esben & The Witch, handmade, limited to 150, tour poster -:

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Stayed tuned for more updates over the next few days as I go through the remaining piles of RSD stuff