This year’s RSD list for the UK was a shocker. At least a part of my antipathy towards the event was down to how, inevitably, all of the releases that I wanted most on Record Store Day, were available only in England. Not shocking, considering my tastes. Which were very Anglophilic during the ’78-’83 period we focus on here at PPM. In recent years I had noticed that core collection bands like Ultravox were actually getting their records, which were at the top of my RSD want lists, issued in America. The one major world market where they never even had a near-miss, much less a hit. How would it play out in this year’s list?
Associates: Covers EP
Now we’re talking. My “obsession magnificent” with Associates means that I have all of these tracks on the silver disc, but I would also need to have them on the clear PVC as well! A rather nice conceptual EP with an unusual cover photo.
purchase factor: I must get this, but am not looking forward to the costs.
David M. David M. Allen: The D.N.A. of D.M.A. LP
This sounds interesting. Dave. M. Allen was hired to help set up Martin Rushent’s Genetidc studios with the latest tech gear after watching Visage record their first single and getting an eyeful. Dave had to set up and learn all of the new synths and gear and in the act of doing so made recordings for practical experience. These are the “test rides” that allowed “Dare” to take place soon afterward.
Purchase factor: I’m very interested in hearing this, but after digging around, discovered this 2013 album below in my want list already! Skip it.
I can now see that both releases feature the exact same music. Of course, I’m now interested in the CD that I’d forgotten was in my want list, dating back to over three years ago. My want list is over 3800 titles, so cut me some slack! But I will say this, the new cover art and even title to the LP version out next month look and sound about 5000 times better than the CD edition. But I don’t play cover art.
Dieter Meier/The Young Gods” Split Dub 7″
I really loved Dieter Meier’s solo album of 2014, and would love to hear more from him on his own. But this split 7″ [with Switzerland’s The Young Gods” on the flip side] offered only a dub mix of “Schüüfele” from the “Out Of Chaos” album I already have.
purchase factor: admire from afar and wait for new Dieter Meier solo music
Wire: Not About To Die LP
This was originally a bootleg of the demos for “Pink Flag” + “154” that came out ages ago so Wire have decided to “beat the boots” at their own game.
purchase factor: There’s so many Wire albums that I don’t have that it feels odd to think of buying demos before actual CDs of Pink Flag” or “Chairs Missing.”
So this was a revelation! Apart from that Associates record, the things from RSD that I’d be the most interested in buying were generally available in both the US and UK lists. The trend toward purchasing less is still burning within me, with almost imperceptibly small levels of purchasing for me in 2022. I’ve only bought three titles so far this year, and the first quarter is almost over. And…I’m fine with that.
And now that I look at it, the one “must have” title, the Ultravox “Live At The Rainbow” LP is only a RSD first” title. I should be able to get that easily enough if I don’t immediately source one. But a nagging voice in the back of my skull tells me that no sooner than do I buy a copy, then UMG will green-light the CD/DVD combo [all of the concert is available for purchase in the iTunes Store one song at a time as music videos] that’s what I would really prefer for this vintage Foxx show. Come back in nine months when we’ll see if I’m right or not.