Sunday, 22 November 2020

Rated X

Back at the end of August Painkiller Records put up a couple of new records for order. I hadn't picked up too many new records this year, but was really interested as it felt like one of these records was potentially going to be the hot new thing in straight edge hardcore - the debut LP from Rated X, 'United Front'. For once, I made sure to place an order as soon as the orders went live to make sure I could get one of the limited orange vinyl copies. For a second, I wondered whether I should let any of my friends know that this was available, but I assumed none of them would be interested as these days they seem to be mainly into splatter vinyl death metal records I've never heard or, or Japanese copies of Rod Stewart singles, so instead I just went to bed feeling pretty happy that I'd secured myself a colour vinyl copy.

For those unaware, Rated X is the new straight edge band / record by one man straight edge army Tom Pimlott, the guy who invented Violent Reaction. I saw a post where he said that this was the straight edge hardcore record he'd always wanted to make. A big statement, but I have to say, I get it.

This record is relentless. The first song has a 40 second intro / build up, and then after that everything moves at 100mph. There are 12 songs and it's over in 15 minutes. It probably reminds me of No Tolerance more than any other straight edge band I can think of. Fast, hard and pissed, this is the perfect musical 'fuck you' response to all the shit that's gone down in 2020.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Secret People

Some records just stick in your brain for some reason. When I stumbled across a clear vinyl Secret People 7" on eBay a few weeks ago, I knew instantly that I wanted to buy it, because somewhere in the deptsh of my brain I remembered seeing the cover on some blog years ago and thinking it looked kinda cool.

It probably sounds dumb, but I thought that this cover with the various colourful masks looked rad and a really interesting idea, but for whatever reason it took me nine years to pick one up. I was pretty happy to get one of the 150 clear vinyl copies, and stoked that this was another 2020 lockdown bargain. I think the postage may have cost more than the record.

The eBay listing said that this band contained members of other well known bands, but they were secret, hence the name of the band. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but it sure sounds good.

I actually have a split 7" with this band on that I was sent back in 2013. I have zero memory of it, although at the time the other band were more of a point of interest for me. Well, I have listened to this quite a bit in the past couple of weeks, and it's really good. It reminds me of one of the best current hardcore bands (that I have bothered to listen to), Restraining Order. Even though I'm listening to this years after it came out, I'm kinda bummed the band didn't stick around longer and put out more material, because this is great.

As I said before, picking up bargain records is nearly as satisfying as picking up super rare, expensive ones sometimes.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Oakland Intervention

About a month or so ago, I was talking with some old blogger friends about some guilty pleasures that we had been listening to lately, and eventually the conversation turned to newer hardcore bands. When asked to name any relatively new hardcore band that gets us excited like the good old days, it was only Mike who really had anything positive to say. For what it's worth, my view is that there are some good bands out there and there are some great records, but that no matter how good a band may be, it's just not possible to get as excited to the same extent as when we were 20-30 years younger. But just because it has been a long time since I have felt that a band or record could actually change my life, I still love listening to new music.

Well anyway, a few weeks before that conversation I had decided to check out a band called Ex-Youth for some reason or other, and I found that I kept going back to the 7" again and again. This is a great example of a hardcore 7", with 6 songs that are blasted through in about 8 minutes.

I was going to grab a purple copy but I was beaten to it by a rival, so instead I picked up a white vinyl copy (/150) from within the UK.

This 7" actually came out a couple of years ago, but I'm still considering it 'new' because all they have out is this 7". The band has the guitarist of Ceremony on vocals, and I have to say that he does a great job. The songs are full of anger and rage, and it totally reminds me of something that could have come out on Bridge 9 in 2001.

Who says there are no good newer hardcore bands?

Monday, 16 November 2020

Re-enter The Dragon

Last year I picked up the latest Sick Of It All full length 'Wake The Sleeping Dragon' (which had actually come out the year before). As with a lot of modern records, there were about 10 different versions made for various places, but I picked up the US pressing on Fat Wreck, which to me seemed a better one to own than one of the many versions on Century Media. But then in time I noticed another Fat Wreck version floating about, which was one that was made only for sale at their store in San Francisco. It looked like an interesting looking record, so I figured that I would keep my eyes peeled for a copy if I could get one for a good price... which I eventually did.

This is officially known as 'clear with copper splatter' vinyl, and there were only 145 made. I don't think I have ever seen another record that looks like this before. It actually does look like it has lumps of stuff inside it. I took one photo with the white paper background and one without, as each looked very different, but neither really make this look as interesting as it is in real life.

Kinda funny that I ended up buying two versions of a modern SOIA LP, but I guess that's how it goes sometimes. Things just happen.

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Palefire

In case you hadn't worked it out by now, I'm a sucker for 90s hardcore. It really was my era, and I still think it was the best era for music due to certain styles and sounds being new and exciting. The 90s was such a great time for musical variety within the worlds of hardcore, punk, alternative etc. Just think of how many essential or influential records have recently turned 20 or 25 years old in recent times. It's almost as if the 90s was three separate decades in one, such was the change and evolution in sounds and fashions, and it's fascinating to look back at those times and realise the impact that they have had on everything that has followed.

Being a self confessed 90s hardcore fanatic, I was pretty excited when an old, unreleased 7" by a Californian band called Palefire was put up for sale earlier this year. The band had a song on an old Indecision Records compilation ('Guilty By Association') that was released in smack bang in the middle of the 90s, and for me it was one of the more interesting songs on that comp. They were one of a few bands from the era who blended a female vocal over a typical 90s hardcore sound that ranged from chugging hardcore to 'emo', which was a sound I always liked. The band released a 5 song CDEP in 1996 on Ammunition Records, but that was it. Although it now turns out that 3 of those songs were pressed onto vinyl in 1996 but for some reason never actually released. I don't know how, but a few months ago they were unearthed and put up for sale at RevHQ.

It's not clear how many of these were made, but it doesn't really matter. I'm intrigued as to exactly where these things were sitting for the last 23 years or so. It also got me looking on discogs for other releases on the same label, Ammunition Records, and I was surprised to see that there were 5 other releases that never got beyond the test pressing stage. Seems crazy that a label would get test pressings made of 5 releases and never get around to releasing any of them.

Anyway, given that it is unlikely that many people reading this will have heard this band, I thought I would provide this handy shortcut to allow you to listen to my favourite of their songs. If there is a more 90s hardcore sounding song than this, I'd love to hear it.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Blood Days

Back in 2016 I lost a parcel with a lot of records inside. It's pretty much the worst thing that ever happened to anyone (record related at least), but I got over it and life returned to normal. I barely think about it anymore, but now and again something reminds me of it... like when I pick up a copy of a record that was in that parcel.

Blood Days was a band made up of older dudes who were previously in a whole bunch of big Southern Californian hardcore bands. Gavin Oglesby (No For An Answer, 411), Joe D. Foster (Unity, Ignite), Jae Hansel (Outspoken), Casey Jones (No For An Answer, Ignite). The band formed in 2014 and put out a 12" EP ('Last Day On Earth') in 2015, which was a split release between Irish Voodoo Records and Coretex Records. The band's name is obviously a reference to the Unity LP frmo 1989, and this band sounds pretty similar. I really enjoyed this when it came out and managed to pick up an orange vinyl and a test press, both of which got lost in the mail. I always thought I would buy them again if I came across them cheap, and finally it happened.

The orange vinyl was /100 and was exclusive to Revelation.

I guess this band were forgotten about almost as quickly as they appeared, as I managed to get the test press on eBay for $20. As tests go, this one is good. It's numbered out of 25 copies and comes in a special sleeve.

I checked the pressing info and it turns out that all of the sleeves were signed by the band, not just mine, which means that thankfully I didn't manage to buy this from some fool who asked the band to sign it for him. Somehow that would have been embarrassing.

Friday, 6 November 2020

Conscious Unconscious Test

If you know me, you know that I am not a fan of discogs. I mean, don't get me wrong, there's a lot of positives about it, but my main gripe is that it is full of dickhead sellers who make up prices that bear no relation to reality, and they encourage other sellers to follow their lead. I've lost count of the number of times I have been on there looking for records to find 3 copies all listed at 3-4 times what the thing is actually worth. So annoying. At least with eBay auctions the market value could be tested. But on discogs, over priced records just sit there for years, and it annoys me. If you're not interested in selling, don't list it for sale.

Anyway, recently I was really lucky. I got the daily email telling me about all the stuff for sale from my want list, and I got excited because one of the items was a Mind Eraser 'Conscious Unconscious' test press. One hadn't sold before, so the price was untested and the seller had it listed at $35. I decided that this seemed like a fair price so bought it quicksmart.

Not an easy one to photograph, this comes in a plain black sleeve with the band name and the record title printed on the front. Simple, but effective.

Well, that wouldn't be the most interesting story if it ended there. But by coincidence, about two weeks later another copy appeared for sale on eBay as part of a huge lot of auctions from Painkiller Records. I decided to watch it just to see ow much it sold for. I just wanted to make sure it didn't got for $10 else I would have felt a little bummed. Well, the auctions drew a lot of attention and a lot of items sold for big money, and this record was one and in the end the bidding stopped at $230. So for once discogs gave up a real bargain, and I felt pretty lucky.

It had been a while since I had played this record, but I dug the other two copies out for a photo. Gold vinyl /200 and second press white vinyl /500.

I almost forgot that I got to see this band play a few years ago. They played a set in London when The Rival Mob came over back in 2013. So good. I'm not sure if they ever technically broke up, and as such I always hoped that they would come out with a new record at some point. Although 12 years on from the release of their last record, it now sadly seems highly unlikely.

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Get Real x Cro Mags

Here I am still happily buying and collecting multple versions of hardcore records from the early 00s. Back then I found the numbers of versions of each record that labels pumped out slightly irritating, but over time I mellowed on it and then started to enjoy collecting some of these records. Today's post is for a full length from 2004 which I have always enjoyed - the Get Real 'Shore Style' LP.

This particular version comes in a Cro Mags rip of sleeve and was made for a show on Halloween back in 2004. There were 75 of these made, numbered on the back.

The vinyl is the more common clear blue with screen printed b-side. No idea how many of these exist, but this is very much the 'common' version of this record. Still, regardless of how many were made, it's still a cool record to look at.

As seems to be a bit of a trend recently, another version means another photo. I last added to this collection back in 2014 when I picked up the ten year anniversary version. Before that I picked up the test in 2010. The other couple I think I got when they came out.

I don't think there are anymore copies of this that I need. But I'm still interested in a test press of the 7" and a copy of the 'Fuck The Shore' 7" if anyone can help.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Time's Up

This year's record pick ups have been almost as weird as the year itself. The year started pretty strong with some great stuff, then during lockdown I shifted my attention to cheap finds within the UK. And fingers crossed I am hoping to pick up some new releases in the next couple of weeks before the end of the year arrives. But during the lockdown phase I picked up a bunch of cheap 7"s, one of which was a gold vinyl Worn Thin 7". I then realised that I was one copy of that 7" short of a full collection. So I decided to pick up the one I was missing, which is the black vinyl copy, which arrived recently.

Apparently this is the most limited version of this 7" there is, which kinda helped justify buying it in the first place. You know by now that I'm not the biggest fan of black vinyl, but the only exception is if it's the rarest version.

So of course, once I picked up the final copy that I was missing, I had to find the other copies that were dotted around my room to take a group shot of the finished collection.

Shown here are:

[Top row] Test press / 15 & 2 different record release show versions / 54

[Bottom row] Black vinyl / 142, gold vinyl / ?, and solid orange vinyl / 840

Funnily enugh, earlier this year I added a test press of the second Worn Thin 7" to the collection and snapped an almost complete collection photo of that 7" too. So now I'm feeling even more bummed that I missed that test press of the LP that Youngblood sold earlier in the year. Still, gotta have something left to aim for I guess.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Installment 11 of my recent haul from a friend who has decided to sell his collection, aka the final installment.

Today's post is a test press of a forgotten compilation 7" from the late 90s called 'Between A Rock And A Hard Place'. It was released on a label called Witching Hour Records (which makes it an apt post for today's date) in 1997. It's not oevrly exciting to look at as it comes in a plain paper sleeve.

I picked up a copy of this compilation from a local distro when it came out purely because it had a hot new hardcore band on it that I was really into at the time. The band was called Cave In. This compilation features one of their early songs which later appeared on their 'Beyond Hypothermia' 12". It also features 3 other bands - Reversal Of Man, The End Of The Century Party and Roswell. The cover of the other copy I have looks like this:

Until today I had only ever seen the copy of this that I own, and I assumed all copies were the same. But today I learnt that there are several different covers for this record. I also learnt that the blue vinyl copy I have is pretty rare.

As I was laying these records out to take this photo I noticed the X on the singer of Cave In's hand on one of the photos on the insert. I actually never knew that there was any remote link to straight edge with this band at all, so seeing this today was kinda cool. You learn something new every day I guess.

Friday, 30 October 2020

Postcard Memoirs

Installment 10 of my recent haul from a friend who has decided to sell his collection.

Today's post is a 7" by what must surely be a contender for the best band of all time, Inside. They were from Long Island and active in the late 90s. They play a style of emo that was kinda typical of the era, although they did it very, very well. To me, this is proper emo, not whatever that term came to mean as time rolled on. They put out 3 different 7"s and a full length and then broke up. Anyone who knows this band generally likes them a LOT. You'll see what I mean if you watch the video I have added at the end.

This 7" is a limited cover version of their second 7" on Motherbox Records, originally released in 1997. In all my years I had never seen this before, so I was very happy to be able to get my hands on it.

OK, so it's cool because it's rare, but it's hardly the best designed or best looking record cover I've ever seen. But what I do like, as stupid as it sounds, are the little hand written labels that have been taped to the record's labels to denote whether it's side A or B.

This record also comes with a little insert which explains the reason for this cover existing, as well as a weird sticker.

The insert reads as follows:

Due to the UPS strike of nineteen ninety seven our original covers are somewhere between our sisyer country Canada and here so I hope you enjoy these home made on the spot creations.

To end this post, I thought I would link to a video from a reunion show the band played in 2004. What I love about this video is that you can just feel the excitement in the room. These kids are all stoked as fuck to be seeing this band. It reminds me of the pure emotion that can pour out at these shows and makes me sad that I haven't been to a show and felt this level of excitement for a long time. I'd give 5 grand to be able to go back in time and attend this show. If anyone has a time machine, get at me.

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Wreck-Age Odds & Ends

Installment 9 of my recent haul from a friend who has decided to sell his collection.

Today's post is a bunch of odds and ends and the only connection between them is that they were all releases on the same label, so I thought I'd group them together.

To start, a test press of the Die 116 'Dyna Cool' LP. Die 116 was a NYC band who put out two records on Wreck-age - a 12" EP in 1994, followed by this full length in 1995. I initially picked up on them because they had Gavin Van Vlack on guitar and I was obsessed with the Burn 7" at the time. The band also featured two members of Rorschach. I really enjoyed these records back when they came out, but it was pre-internet and I have no sense as to how popular they were. But given I never heard much about them even back in the day , I assume they had a fairly low profile.

I dug out my other two copies for a group photo. I rarely bought two copies of any record back in the 90s, but I made an exception. I picked this up from a local distro at a show, and flipping through the records I noticed that there were two very different green vinyl copies. SO I bought both. This was when LPs from a distro were £5 each. But I always liked the green vinyl and the cover of this record.

Next, another little known record and band. This is a test press of a 12" titled 'Patron' by a band called Gin Mill, released in 1994.

This record is such an underappreciated gem. It sounds huge. It's not the typical NY hardcore type sound that Wreck-age was known for. Instead, this is a heavy noise rock type band. It's one of those records that I wish more people knew about, so I could talk about how good it is with them. But as it stands, I don't think I have ever met anyone else who has ever even heard this. But if you even remotely trust my judgement at this point, you should check this record out. For reference, this is what the cover looks like:

Next is a test press of the 2nd release on the label, the Necracedia 'Now I See Clearly' LP. This was released in 1991, and the band were active from the late 80s. To me this was always a bit more 'punk' than the rest of the Wreck-age catalogue. It's far from my favourite release on the label, but I picked up the test because it was pretty cheap.

Given that this one came in a sleeve, I also took a pic with the regular sleeve, just because it helps show which record this is. Not that any of you will know this one anyway.

And finally, a test press of the Neglect 'Pull The Plug' 7". This band was always slow and heavy and seemed to be generally focussed on suicide and death. In theory they should all have topped themselves years ago, but I bet they're still knocking about.

I'm pretty stoked on this one as I don't think I have ever seen another copy, and years ago just finding a green vinyl copy seemed difficult enough. This one came in a regular sleeve too, which is an added bonus.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

February 3, 1998

Installment 8 of my recent haul from a friend who has decided to sell his collection.

I generally have always been a bit of a loner and, especially where music is concerned, never really had many friends into the same stuff when I was new to hardcore. So a lot of the reason I was buying records was because I had nobody to borrow stuff from to check out. This also meant that I spent a lot of time and effort reading about bands, and a lot of stuff I would buy because it was on a certain label. I was constantly exploring and wanting to listen to new stuff. But of course this meant that a lot of the time I was just buying stuff with no context and no preconceptions, and being based in the UK I certainly had no idea about which bands were part of which scenes or whatever. To me a lot of the stuff I liked was just a record that I liked and nothing else mattered. Of course, as the internet has grown, it has become possible to know everything about every band ever, but now and again I am reminded about how little I know about some bands.

I have owned the next record for probably 22 years, but I know absolutely nothing about the band whatsoever. All I know is that the band was called Sons Of Abraham and the record is titled 'Termites In His Smile'. This was one of those records that I picked up purely because it was on Exit Records (which was a kind of sister label of Wreck-age Records), but immediately I was into it. I mean, the drums on the first song are phenominal.

I have owned a blueish greenish vinyl copy of this one since it came out, but decided to buy another one just because it looked slightly different. Mine is pretty solid and has white swirls in it, whereas this copy is a 'pure' clear version of the blueish greenish colour.

I was also lucky enough to pick up a test press of this record too. It comes in a plain white sleeve, and has the standard RTI label.

It also includes a piece of paper from the plant which seems to be called a 'test evaluation'. The idea is that the recipient of this test would fill out the form and return it (by fax or mail - email was not an option!) to the plant and state whether you approved or rejected the test.

I am assuming that the label would have received these evaluation forms with every single record, but would have only needed to return one to the plant. I say that because obviously this one wasn't returned, but somehow the record still got pressed.

When taking these photos I also dug out my other copy to take a group shot:

I just did a quick google of this band and found a really short wikipedia article. It's short but interesting. Here it is in its entirety:

Sons of Abraham were a five piece jewish straight edge metalcore band from Long Island, New York. They released one demo, a split EP with Indecision, and CD/LP titled Termites In His Smile. They disbanded in 1998, as guitarists Justin Beck and Todd Weinstock decided to concentrate on their other band, Glassjaw with friend Daryl Palumbo.

It's kinda funny how these three sentences are way more than I have ever known about this band before and it has taken me 22 years to find out even this much.

Moving on, and I also picked up another test which comes with a test evaluation form from RTI that was pressed on the same day:

This is a test press for the Milhouse LP 'Obscenity In The Milk', which was released by Wreck-age records. I wonder how the label owners decided whether to put a band on Wreck-age or Exit? I don't think the two labels were actually too dissimilar. I mean, its not like one label was hardcore and the other was emo or something. So seems slightly odd to have two labels both putting out mainly NYHC bands. Anyway, this was the last Milhouse recording after a couple of 7" releases and, for me at least, their finest moment. This was another record I listened to a lot at the back end of the 90s, but I have largely forgotten in the years that followed. But I am glad to have rediscovered this again recently after picking up this test press. A real 90s gem.

I also dug out my white vinyl copy to make a more complete photo.

By the way, the title of this post is the date that these tests were pressed (or that the evaluation forms were completed), but it also happens to have been my 23rd birthday. I have no idea what I was doing on that day, and have no way of finding out, but it's kinda cool to think that thousands of miles away these records were being manaufacured and would then embark on a 22 year voyage to my collection.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Mind Over Matter

Installment 7 of my recent haul from a friend who has decided to sell his collection.

Mind Over Matter was a band out of Long Island, NY around in the early to mid 90s. They had 4 releases, all on Wreck-age Records. I probably only gave the band a chance because I picked up on Wreck-age at some point early in my hardcore career, enjoyed their releases, and eventually scooped up everything that the label released. I then spent some time in the late 90s trying to track down the colour vinyl pressings that I was missing, some of which proved very difficult to find, as the label generally subscribed to the 90s model where they would press a small number of colour and a vast quantity on black. Anyway, I digress...

So I managed to pick up a complete set of Mind Over Matter test pressings, with all but one of them coming in a regular sleeve for the release in question. In release order...

First is the self titled 7", which is Wreck-age release number 7, from 1992.

Second, the 'Hectic Thinking' 7" (Wreck-age 11) from 1993.

Third is the first full length, 'Security', which was released in 1994 as Wreck-age release number 15.

I was also gifted a red vinyl cpy with black swirls in it, which is just a quirky copy that results from the press not being cleaned between colours. Fun fact - I already have a red vinyl copy, which I have had probably since about 1997/8 and which I distinctly remember trading from some dude called Aaron Turner in the late 90s. It's funny what I remember sometimes.

And finally, the second full length 'Automanipulation' which was released in 1995 and is Wreck-age number 23. This is the only one that does not come in a regular sleeve.

At this point I wish I could tell you something cool about Mind Over Matter. All I really found out is some of the bands that members went on to play in, quite a few of which I have enjoyed over the years - The Movielife, Inside, Silent Majority, Errortype:11, Milhouse, Neglect, and more. Aside from that, all I can say is that I listened to this band during the 90s but haven't done a lot since. What I always liked though was that they were a band who really showed progression with each realease. For me, their pinnacle was the final LP, which sounded so far ahead of the previous releases.

I took a photo with all 4 tests and added the second LP cover into the mix.

The other thing I discovered is that the band have a bandcamp with both albums up for free download. You can't say fairer than that huh?

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Most Precious Blood

Installment 6 of my recent haul from a friend who has decided to sell his collection.

Hot on the heels of the last post, today I am featuring another record by late 90s New York band Indecision. Their second full length 'Most Precous Blood' was released by Exit Records in 1998. The only vinyl version made was a picture disc (BOO!), for which 1,000 copies were made. I bought it when it came out and could never have known that I'd be buying a test press of it 22 years later.

I'd probably say that this is my second favourite Indecision LP. It was the last full length to feature the original vocalist Tom Sheehan, who also happens to be my second favourite vocalist in this band.

I don't have much more to say about this one, so to complete this post here's a pic of the test press next to the original picture disc that it was a test for. Just because.

Saturday, 24 October 2020

To Live And Die In New York City

Installment 5 of my recent haul from a friend who has decided to sell his collection.

Today's post is on one of the better bands out of New York in the late 90s. There was a point in the 90s where my brain associated New York hardcore with 25 Ta Life and Back Ta Basics Records, and huge tattooed dudes who described their bands as 'beatdown'. I wanted no part of that. But one band of that era that I really enjoyed was Indecision. I don't remember exactly how they originally got my attention, but they definitely seemed like they had a lot to say, and they also had a girl on guitar, which somehow made them less 'tough' and interesting. Well, over the years I have got the impression that most people rate their first LP 'Unorthodox' the most, but for me it was always the third full length, 'To Live And Die In New York City'. It was released in 1999, with the CD released by Wreck-Age Records and the vinyl put out by Jawk Records. I had a couple of colour copies since it came out, but took the opportunity to pick up a few other copies recently.

First up, the silk screened cover version. I'm not sure whether this was made for a special occassion or whether it's just another variant that was put out at the same time as the others. It's hand numbered out of 150 on the back cover and contains a black vinyl record.

Next is one that used to be legendary but took me years to even see one. The Britney Spears cover. I guess this really does show how old this record is now, but this version was put together to mark Britney's 18th birthday. It's just a piece of paper containing a few pictures of Spears glued onto a regular sleeve. It's also appropriately hand numbered out of only 18 copies.

And finally, the test press. It's a good example of why most people have no interest in test pressings, because it has no cover and nothing visually interesting about it whatsoever.

I pulled out one of my other copies just so that I could put the test next to it. I always liked this cover. And here's a fun fact for you - after the events of 9/11 back in 2001, eBay banned the sale of this record. I don't actually know how I know this, but I definitely remember it being an issue that I read somewhere. Somehow this got identified as an offensive record, even though it had been released two years previous.

When taking these photos today, I also took out the two colour vinyl copies to take a photo of the whole lot together.

I figured this was now a complete collection, but I'm clearly out of touch, because there was another version made in 2016. Sounds like it was a limited cover made up to sell some leftover copies, so in my mind it doesn't really count. There's also a test press in a stainless steel cover, which would be impossible to own but would be nice to see at some point.