Well, well, well. As Record Store Day began to approach this year, I found myself hoping that nothing too “must-have” had found its way into the release lists, and as they were released last week, I’ve gone over them with a loose glance and have discovered that you sometimes can get what you wish for! If I get nothing of what’s on offer from the US/UK/Germany/Canada rosters of releases, I’ll just shrug my shoulders and get on with my life. Hell, I still don’t have some of the foreign releases that I wanted from last year’s RSD! The Simple Minds “Promised You A Remix” 12″ and the Roedelius/Lloyd Cole 12″ for a start!
I am burned out on RSD. Big time. I an dead tired of selling off my music collection to afford concert tickets and travel funds that are all time-sensitive. What looks interesting in America? Well, DEVO are once again at the head of the list. I liked their live LP released on Booji Boy Records from 2012, but was peeved to see that a year later, they were selling a factory CD of it in their webstore. Had I known, I would have waited and not made my own CD of the title. A pressed CD is the ne plus ultra of recorded music, for me, and even a gold archival CD-R is second best; not to mention representative of a heck of a lot of work on my part! Time is short! If I’m going to remaster from vinyl, it had better be something that won’t likely make it to real CD any time soon, much less the next year! Anyway, DEVO have two interesting releases to be had.
This LP captured the band at a crucial point in their juncture; the time when people like David Bowie had gotten wind of what they were doing and was sniffing around; almost bankrolling the spuds. There are 2000 copies of this worldwide and since it’s on Jackpot Records, the chance of it reaching a CD, like the Booji Boy live 1981 album, is slimmer. This might be worth a trek to Harvest Records for [grits teeth].
This is a queer thing indeed; a combo picture disc LP [yech] plus a DVD! The band played a show to close the 1995 Sundance Film Festival land they played an 11 track set, leaning heavily on the first album. Kind of interesting, but I already have their 1996 Lollapalooza show DVD. That is probably enough for me. As for the Pic Disc, I could care less. I only buy those things for a small subset of core collections artists!
This is kind of interesting! S.C.O.T.S. have [finally] joined forces with the irrepressible Fred Schneider to issue a 7″ and yes, if it were in my reach, I’d want to buy it. Hmm. Maybe I’ll have to go out on April 19th… then again. Maybe not. This might be something I can pick up at my leisure.
ZTT | The Re-Organization of Pop | 7″ Box
The ZTT fetishist within me would love this but I’m betting that this is already priced out of my range in the $50+ range. ZTT is one of two labels where I would like all releases [at least from its first five years], and this actually has a pressing of Act’s über-rare “Chance” 7″, which may be as good as it gets for me, since the original 7″/12″ were withdrawn and among the rarest releases that I would like to own one day.
That does it for the US releases that interest me. Again, given a few hundred in loose change, I would mind having these, but will it get me in long lines coming and going for at least two hours, never mind the mosh pit free-for-all around the holy records themselves? Don’t hold your breath. I suspect that I can pick up the S.C.O.T.S. 7″ after the feeding frenzy. Probably the ZTT box as well, if they bother to order one. But I still expect the ZTT box will be too rich for my blood. What about other nations?
As usual, the UK have releases that I would want very much, but would have to buy as expensive aftermarket records that will cost plenty from poachers. Here’s a non-illustrated list, since the UK RSD site is stingy with images.
- John Foxx | Metamatic | White Vinyl LP – Why not buy one of my favorite albums yet one more time… especially since I basically collect Foxx.
- John Foxx + The Maths | Interplay/The Shape Of Things | 2xLP – In a special twofer pack with a Jonathan Barnbrook print. These have been available on vinyl for a year or so now, I really should own them since they are amazing, even though I have the CDs [1st pressings].
- Grace Jones | Me! I Disconnect From You | 12″ – No word if this is a long remix from the upcoming DLX RM of “Nightclubbing” or if it’s just the LP cut on vinyl. Still, I’d like the chance to find out. I am a bit disgusted [as will be many] to see that this is UK only.
- Sex Pistols | Never Mind The Bollocks… | 7″ Box – At first I thought I wouldn’t care, but apparently, these are alternate takes, for what that’s worth. Again, Probably too costly for my purchase in any case.
Hmm. The German and Canadian lists are non-events. Could it be that the urgency of RSD for acts that I care about has ebbed. I’d be fine with that. Sigh. I tried looking at the Mexican list, but they did not have a handy PDF list on their site, so as intrigued as I am with a Rock En Español take on RSD, the usability of their site was lacking. As for RSD Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, and France… eh. Life’s too short. Can you feel the passion?
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