Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Nothing But The Blame

A couple of years ago, Rev reissued the third Soul Search 7" 'Nothing But A Nightmare', which had previously been released on Back To Back Records. I was into it and made a mental note to pick up other Soul Search 7"s if they fell into my path. And two years later, a couple did.

I picked up these two different colours of the 7" that Rev reissued. I have no idea on pressing info for this record, but I suspect that these two colours are second press and are probably not too rare. Still, they look much nicer than the reissues.

I also picked up this gold vinyl 'Bury The Blame' 7" on Triple B Records. This is a second press copy and the most common colour pressed out of 440 copies.

Nothing too interesting to see here, I admit, but at least they were all pretty cheap.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Give Me More RSD 2017

Earlier this year Give announced via instagram that they had a couple of records available on Record Store Day. As with previous years, these things were only available at one shop in the whole wide world (Joint Custody Records), making them pretty hard to get for someone who lives approximately 3700 miles away. However... the difference between hard and impossible is a thousand miles wide...

The first record is the band's first release - the 'S/T' 12" on Moon Flower Records. Apparently they 'found' 25 copies leftover, so put them in a plain black sleeve with a sticker int he top right corner. Looks pretty cool if you ask me (although was tough to photograph on a black background!).

The second record was the 'Boots Of Faith 7" with a limited 'Anthony Dye' cover. This 7" was their second release, back in 2010, so I'm guessing these are also 'found' (or leftover) copies.

I'm glad that they made this because this 7" was, until now, the only one of their 7"s that didn't come with a limited cover featuring one of the members of the band on the front. So now it finally fits nicely into the series.

Overall, a slight con that these 2017 RSD releases are just old records in different covers, but hey, that's what record collecting is about. And with there being only 25 copies of each of these records in existence, I'm very happy to have them.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Cult

Earlier this year Lockin' Out Records released the 'Electric Flower Cult' 12" by Give. It contains 4 songs recorded at the same time as their last two releases (the 'Electric Flower Circus' LP and the 'Sonic Bloom' 12") as well as a re-recorded song from their full length. It was quite a surprise to see this pop up on Lockin' Out Records... although in a way it's not too surprising if you think about it - the band has released 10 different records on vinyl, all on different labels except for two (the 'Electric Flower Circus' LP and their first 12" both came out on the band's own label - Moonflower Records). And because Lockin' Out color vinyl sells out in two minutes flat, I ordered one right away.

The funny thing is that MOST Lockin' Out color vinyl sells out in two minutes flat. But not all. Because this record on gold vinyl is still available from the Lockin' Out store as I type this. I'm guessing this is because fewer and fewer people seem to care about this band as time goes on, rather than because the label pressed a few thousand too many.

I eventually got into their full length, although I have to agree with Mike that Give is better in smaller doses. The LP was just too long. This record, however, is a much more digestible length. The one thing I am intrigued by is what's next for Give...

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Traders Like Us

It's not that often that I trade records these days. It's not that I'm averse to it, more just that opportunities don't present themselves too often. But I always enjoy trading when it happens, because it feels like records for free. Getting records and not having money come out of your bank account is a satisfying feeling.

So I traded this test press of the Down To Nothing / Kids Like Us split 7" from Mark a few weeks ago. I was surprised he offered it to me, as I know he likes his test pressings, but I gladly accepted it because I like tests too.

I think there are quite a lot of these out there. I don't know how many exactly, but it's one of the most common tests that I have seen for sale over the 13 years or so since it first came out. Or maybe there aren't many after all, but everyone just thinks it's shit and can't see a good reason to keep it in their collection? Still, I've watched a few of these on eBay over the years and just never got around to picking one up. So it's cool to finally bag one.

Well, that was the trade we arranged, and I was happy with that. But when the package arrived it instantly felt heavier than a 7". Once I opened it I found a bonus 7" inside, which was this clear vinyl copy of the 'Upside Down' 7" by Angel Du$t.

This was a great freebie for me as it replaces another record that I lost last year in my giant vanishing box. It seems I am slowly replacing everything that was in there. Probably in about another three years I will have recoved the contents 100%. Well, maybe.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Suicide Black Snake

Integrity week, day 8. Yes, I messed up and had posts for 8 days, which clearly takes us beyond a week. Ah well.

'Suicide Black Snake' is an album that was released back in 2013. Back when it came out I picked up two copies, but left it there because collecting the lot felt like too much. The first press consisted of 8 different colours, and each one was exclusive to one seller or another, meaning no postage discounts for buying multiple copies. With the price of each LP (including shipping) being $30+, I threw in the towel. Not long afterwards, there was a second pressing, which consisted of a further 7 colours. It seemed like a new level of insanity that not even I was going to attempt to reach.

Well, a few months ago I saw Dom from A389 post that he was selling a bunch of stuff, and I saw an opportunity. So after a few emails I managed to work out a really good deal for both a test press and ALL of the other colours of this LP that I was missing. Depending on which side of the fence you sit, you'll either think that this is one of the most ridiculous things you have ever seen, or really cool. I'm still not even sure where I stand myself yet to be honest, but at least I got this lot for a really good price. Anyway, here's the rundown...

First up, the test press. This comes in a 'mirror' cover and is numbered out of only 10 copies:

Next, the remaining 6 first press colours that I was missing...

Orange splatter, aka 'fireball'. This was originally the A389 preorder colour:

Gold splatter, aka 'bronze fireball'. This was some band or tour edition.

Clear, black and white stripe vinyl. This was exclusive to Magic Bullet Records.

Clear vinyl. This was another Magic Bullet exclusive:

Clear splatter. This was made for Cobraside distribution.

Gold. Another Cobraside distribution colour.

That wraps up the first press colours that I was missing. Next, the second press colours...

Blue splatter, aka 'Twilight Haunt'. This one SOLD OUT quick. 100 copies.

Red splatter, aka 'Thee Red Fury' / 100:

Green splatter, aka 'Leffe blood splatter'. This was a band colour.

Purple, aka 'M.A.N'. 100 copies.

Red vinyl / 550:

Red, white & black tri-color / 550:

And finally, pink vinyl with a blue inner cirle (aka 'round and round'):

So that's that. And whilst I was photographing all of these, I also pulled out the two copies I've had for the past 4 years (white and grey) so that I could take this one picture of all of them at one go. Despite the large number of different colours, the good thing is that the number forms a nice 4x4 square:

Well, that concludes my week of Integrity posts. I'm still expecting more Integrity records in the mail, but they'll have to wait for later. For now, it's back to business as usual...

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Humanity Remixed

Integrity week, day 7.

So as well as the vinyl reissue of 'Humanity Is The Devil' that Organized Crime put out, Magic Bullet Records also decided to mark the 20th Anniversary of the record's release. They did this by releasing a remix version. They put it out of something called a 'compact disc'. I decided to pass. But then a year or so later, Organized Crime came to the rescue with a vinyl pressing. They pressed 213 copies of it onto orange vinyl and sold it as a soecial pre-order for Halloween 2016. It comes in some pretty fancy packaging, which is pretty much identical to the 2012 Halloween version of the 'Systems Overload' remix.

And, just like the 2013 'Systems' remix, the cover folds out into a giant double sided poster.

The insert contains a piece written by Dwid which kinda explains where the name of the record comes from.

As you will appreciate, 213 copies on vinyl isn't very many. So earlier this year, Organized Crime pressed up another 715 copies for the masses, launched as a Record Store Day release. This is a more basic, stripped down version, on black vinyl and without the mylar bag.

As much as I like 'Humanity', I'm not really sure why there was a need for this remix. I get why it was done for 'Systems Overload', but not this one. Still, if it's an excuse to press more Integrity records, then I probably shouldn't question it.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Humanity Is The Devil 20th Anniversary

Integrity week, day 6.

'Humanity Is The Devil' came out at the back end of 1995. I have a vague memory from back then of being surprised that another Integrity record had dropped, because it had only been a few months since 'Systems Overload' had come out, and the gap between that and the first full length had been 4 years! Anyway, after the shock of this record appearing pretty much completely withuot warning, it pretty much instantly became a classic. From the first few seconds of the first song, 'Vocal Test', it was a brutal assault that didn't let up. The Pushead artwork was so stunning that it made the fact that this was issued as a 10" acceptable. And the rest is history.

Somehow twenty two years have passed since the record was first released. Victory kept the CD in print for a few years, but it's been a long time since it was available on vinyl. So to coincide with the twenty year anniversary of it's release, Organized Crime decided to reissue it.

This time around, however, it was coming out as a 12", rather than the format that everyone loves to hate. I took a couple of pics with the reissue on the left and the original on the right:

The most common version they pressed was a red vinyl, which was released for Record Store Day 2016.

I like some of the subtle changes on these reissues. Like how the lamb and the goat on the labels have been reversed.

This version comes with a bunch of extras, including insert and poster:

But of course, like every one of these reissues, Organized Crime made some more limited versions for mailorder. The obligatory clear with black smoke vinyl in limited cover, numbered out of 320 copies:

And the most limited colour, this time being orange, numbered out of 221:

And of course, it didn't stop there. A second press soon followed, on two different colours. The most limited is this green colour, numbered out of 134:

And the more common colour from the second press, the 'tan' vinyl (although its a very pale tan, which looks more like an off white colour in this pic).

There are another couple of versions of this one that I still don't have yet, but which will be here in the next shipment. So I'll have to do another post on this one. But I'll end this with a pic of the copies from this post all sitting together.