The last two days have seen me nearly obsessed with the synth bass solo from the coda in John Foxx’s “You Were There.” A killer deep cut from his 1981 opus, “The Garden.” My instincts were obviously working overtime since I returned home yesterday from a short trip away to find that I had received an email from Rob Harris; John Foxx’s webmaster, alerting me to the coming reissues of “The Garden” on translucent green and fluorescent yellow vinyl for the album’s 40th anniversary.
“The Garden” was a very major album of 1981 for me in a year filled with major albums. It was in January of 1981 that I had jumped on the Foxx caravan and have ridden it hard for the last 40 years. “The Garden” was the first new Foxx album I bought on the time of its release and it was one of the three albums I bought as a birthday gift to myself in 1981 at the same time that I also bought “Gary Numan’s “Dance” and “Ultravox’s “Rage In Eden.” Heady times indeed!
Each one of those albums sits near the top of their respective artists’ shortlist of finest accomplishments. For Foxx, it was evidence of the big thaw that could only follow the cold wave blizzard that was “Metamatic” the year prior. This is one of those albums that I have many, many copies of. I always buy the UK LP with the “Church” booklet the first pressing came with when I see one. I have at three of these, with my original 1981 purchase being the prime edition.
Then I have the Canadian album with the rejigged sequence and alternate cover. I also have a Spanish pressing [possibly with “Church” booklet as well…I can’t recall right now. Then I also have several CD editions. The first UK CD from 1993. Then I got the 2001 remaster with better bonus tracks. And finally there’s the edition in the John Foxx “Virgin Years 1980-1985” boxed set. So that’s eight copies.
Now we’ve got these colored vinyl copies which are issued in editions of 600 in green and yellow editions. The green LP actually reminded me of the 1993 UK CD art, which also picked up on the whole “garden green” groove thang with minimal art and a very similar shade of green.
The LPs will sell for £21.99/€29.99/$31.99 each or in a special SĀV-R™ bundle for £39.99/€46.99/$56.99. But I can’t follow the whole “collect the colors” trend. As much as I love the idea of having every Metamatic Records stock number in house, I have to pick and choose my battles. Heck, I still never got the white vinyl “Metamatic” gatefold cover for RSD 2014 and I genuinely wanted to buy a copy of that one! But not so much that I was willing to pay for the overseas shipping as I never saw a copy on sale in America. And now that LP is a high two to three figures and outside of my reach. So if you need a colored vinyl copy of “The Garden” to enhance your own personal Record Cell, then preorders are in the Official Foxx store at the begin now at the touch of the button below.