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Prized Possession: My ‘Tall Ships’ Collection

With March seeing the release of their 2nd studio album – what better way to celebrate than to get all the collection together and take photos. What is most pleasing is that with the exception of some of the variant editions, I have completed my Tall Ships vinyl collection – and got the lot signed

Let’s start with the excellent new album “Impressions”. I opted for the indies only 2xLP edition with etched forth side

Sticking with LPs, here is the debut, on black vinyl which came with poster of the album cover (not pictured but also signed)

Next up, whilst not vinyl, are equally nice things to have. First up is the Resident in-store poster from launch show the guys played to celebrate the release of Impressions. This will soon be placed in a frame and displayed with my record collection.

If you have read my other posts over the years, you will have noticed that the odd signed playing card appears. Essentially about 6 years ago I bought a giant pack of playing cards with a view of getting all 54 (2 jokers) signed. In some case, as is the case with Tall Ships, a band members more artistic streak will break free – and the r silt usually ends up with a cock and balls drawn somewhere. In this example, you will notice that the love heart has been ‘enhanced’ to resemble a very happy scrotum with a large amount of stubble, arms and legs. Nice. Also, extra credit must be given for the perfect recreation of the band logo at the base of the card.

Back to records, next is the solitary 12″ in the collection (yes, I separate 12″ EPs/ Singles out from LPs) – the repressed edition of There Is Nothing Here But Chemistry EP. I was not able to get hold of the variants, so mine is standard black vinyl. Again the sleeve appears to be hand crafted so I assume that each one is slightly different.

Into the 7″ singles now, and the first one is the TooPure singles club release of Will to Life/ Life Goes On. Limited to about 500 I think, mine is #376. As a side note, if you are not already member, I highly recommend joining.

For the next single, it is the Hit the Floor single, which again appears to be housed in a hand crafted sleeve, and also was again limited, this time to 300. The single comes with an insert

Here is the T=0/ Books double a side 7″. Pressed on white vinyl and housed in a hand made sleeve, with each sleeve being truly unique and numbered. Mine is #203

And finally…… the Hello Pink Mist compilation LP that features the “Body Parts” remix of “Snow”. Pressed on pink/white swirl it is the only way to get the remixed version on vinyl.

Nice eh?! 😀

Tall Ships, Resident Instore, Brighton​


May Catch-Up Post

May has been a busy month with gigs and record purchasing and I finally now have some time catch up and blog about some of the great things that I have acquired.

First up is the “Goodtime Boys”. A UK hardcore band currently signed to Bridge 9 that came to my attention via a strategically placed poster (right by my head) at a recent Boy Jumps Ship! gig. I cannot tell you how glad I am to have found this epic band, not just because they are quite frankly amazing, but because they are Bridge 9 – it means their vinyl releases look amazing and are always made up of numerous variants. So I bought the lot (nearly) and got it all signed at their ‘Rain’ release party at Brighton’s Bermuda Triangle.

Complete collection (post signing):


New album ‘Rain’ on white and pink vinyl:



Split EP with Self Defence Family on blue 7″:


Things I Still Don’t Understand EP on white 7″:


Every Landscape EP on clear green 7″:


What’s Left To Let Go EP on Purple/ Pink/ Green merged 12″:



Goodtime Boys live at the Bermuda Triangle (photo):


At the aforementioned Goodtime Boys show, I also picked up the 12″ releases by both the support acts, “We Never Learned to Live” and “Grappler” – also now both fully signed.

We Never Learned to Live – We Never Learned to Live EP on single sided clear 12″ with black etching on the reverse:


Grappler – Everything I Ever Feared on white/black split 12″:


Also this month I popped down to see “The Wonder Years” play Brighton’s The Haunt and again purchased the support acts releases, this time “State Champs” and “A Loss For Words”.

State Champs – The Finer Things on multicoloured rainbow split/splatter 12″:


A Loss For Words – The Kids Can’t Lose on cream/ blue/ red merged 12″:


When not attending live shows, I have still been shopping hard online – picking a few other little gems, most of which have also come on coloured vinyl, including:

Cosmo – Cosmo EP on picture disc 10″:

Cosmo is a band, led by Felix White (The Maccabees), that features guest vocals from Jack Penate, Florence Welch, Jessie Ware, Jamie N Commons, Johnny Bramwell and Adam Day. It also features Sam Doyle, Hugo White, Jack Birchwood and Chris Woolison.

Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind (all 3 sleeve variants) on Turquoise 10″:


Next up is couple of “Tall Ships” releases that I was missing:

Tall Ships – T=0 single on white 7″:


Tall Ships – Hit The Floor 7″:


Following from their amazing set at this year’s Great Escape festival, I also picked the latest EP and Single by a four piece from Belgium called BRNS who weave together tunes that are mystical, moody and insatiably catchy.

BRNS – Wounded EP on 12″and Void Single on 7″:


And finally, a handful of US only releases. First up is two RecordStoreDay 2014 releases by “Foals” and “Death Cab For Cutie” followed by the Adeline Records reissue of “Green Day” Minority single.

Foals – Live from the Royal Albert Hall EP on 12″:


Death Cab for Cutie featuring the Magik*Magik Orchestra – Live 2012 LP on 2×12″:


Green Day – Minority single on translucent red 7″


And that concludes May’s vinyl acquisitions…. and already June is shaping up to be even better 😀

New Vinyl Update

This weeks update is all LPs.

First up is the new Daft Punk album, “Random Access Memories” on 2x180gram vinyl. Not sure if it is a classic just yet though!!


However, when it comes to classics, that is the best way to describe the Tall Ships debut “Everything Touching” – a really really great album, definitely in my top 5 for 2013!!!


Then it is the new Boxer Rebellion album “Promises”. The really underrated band have returned with another strong LP:


Next up is the amazing new LP from Arcane Roots “Blood + Chemistry” on 2x 180gram vinyl:


Finally for this update is newish LP from On An On “Give In”, I missed out on it when it came earlier in the year – but was lucky to pick a signed one up following their outdoor gig at the Republic Of Music’s courtyard as part of the Great Escape 2013: