Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's a JUDGE Bringin' It Down

I have always advocated buying several versions of a record instead of having multiple of a certain version. Recently I was strengthened in believing in that approach. Why? Because I discovered that I have mistaken a first press JUDGE Bringin' It Down on black vinyl for a third+ press. The mistake actually laid in the fact that I thought the Purple vinyl labels of my first pressing for Maroon labels by never having the chance to see physically and compare. And because it was poorly described by the seller.

But recently I had the chance to buy a GREEN first press of the JUDGE Bringin' It Down Lp. When I received it I saw that the insert of my two BiD Lp's were the same. So I found it rather weird and decided to physically compare the vinyl labels of the two. I came to the conclusion that they were of the same color. I also compared the matrix etchings and I needed no further arguments to conclude that I had obtained a first press about 4 years ago on Ebay.

judge bringin it down green first press revelation records label photo

So all the pieces came together and I've learned that having several version of the same release is a must. Imagine that I would have sold the first press thinking it was a third+ press, would have been such a setback.

Another lesson is that when you sell something you really need to describe it very well. And that you need knowledge about what you sell, because the black version that I bought 4 years ago went very cheap on Ebay and I was the only bidder.

judge bringin it down green vinyl revelation records first press nyhc

Obtaining this record is for me a very great achievement and I can't be happier with having it in my collection. I'm collecting INTENSIVELY for 5 years now, so the time had to come.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm Learning from 70's and 80's Reissues

Collecting doesn't always have to be expensive in order to be interesting. Because somehow in the USA all the classics manage to survive by being repressed from time to time. And that's in my opinion one of the fantastic properties of the culture over there. Most of the euro stuff from the same era (although there is a small hiatus in time and style) doesn't get repressed and then you have to pay big money in order to get to know the music while on the other hand the records are to expensive to play. Get whet I mean? Not so cool...

But anyways since hardcore originated in the USA and all the influences come from their part so I don't really bother. Although I believe in Europe's qualities but then on another field. But that doesn't really matter now. The point is that I gonna show my 70's and 80's classics in all their reissued glory and possibility to simply buy in stores. And to dig into the foundations of Hardcore like a true archeologist.

The first one is from 1978 and is Black Flag's first and most angry material on a little ep called "Nervous Breakdown". Very interesting to hear and on top off that also an enjoyable listen. I've seen a colored copy of this one, so maybe I need to pick one up when it comes along.
Pressed by CA 's label SST Records as all the records are except for one called "Louie Louie". I think if you want the feel, hear and learn the origins of hardcore you need this one. It doesn't come with an insert but the web provides several sources to get the lyrics...

Another one from BAD BRAINS is very much discussed on DCXX webzine. First I had the "Rock For Light" fanclub, but I learned the ROIR SESSIONS from 1982 to be more fundamental and representative for the band. So I gave away the fanclub and got myself this one. The cover art of the record is many times reproduced and altered (eg. the Malfunction Records logo, to name one). There are also reggae parts amongst very, very musically talented punk rock that initialized hardcore music. They formed in Washington D.C. but then moved to New York (see the song called "Banned In D.C.").  Check out Wikipedia for more info...

Then a more raw and dark record that was released a year later, in 1983 by the MISFITS. The record I bought is one of the numerous represses on Plan 9, called Earth A.D. / Wolfsblood. Also be sure to Wiki this, here. The MISFITS have a more apart sound that totally shreds and I'm loving it. But watch out when you hunt for original records because this is way too much bootlegged and expensive. The Misfits' legacy of records has become a dangerous jungle on the web, hehe...

Then a record I needed because I was told in an interview that this band SUICIDAL TENDENCIES was really influential to him. I do not know very much apart from that this is representative crossover Trash. Fast parts with metallic guitars. Probably also what 80's skaters were really into. There are some interesting facts about this band, like the controversy that gave them attention and the first hardcore punk video that received them substantial airplay on MTV. Wiki this here.

Check that video also: Crucial stuff because Hardcore was, in the scene I grew up in, all about controversy. Especially in this conservative country!

That's  it for now, have a lot of other reissued classics that will come in a next post....

PS: I'd be glad to hear some of your info about any of these bands

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Reaper Records Files

I received an interesting file straight out of the Reaper Records headquarters. It concerns a Photoshop file on which you can see how the labels of a vinyl record come to being. 

Outer dotted line is bleed, extend all background images to this line.(=bleed line)
Middle solid line is cut line, this is where the art will be cut. (=trim line)
Inner dotted line is safety margin, keep all important elements within this line. (=safety line)
Keep “Guided” layer locked, work only on “Art” layer, or new layers you create.

As you read, there are several terms you need to know when you design a label of a certain record.
Another thing you can see is that the company provides plates to work on and that the designer of Reaper Records needs to respect these lines.
When the artwork is done, the file is sent to the record pressing plant with the desired quantity of records to be pressed and the color, after handing over the music master ofcourse.
I would like to say thanks to PK for giving me this inside scoop and permission, ofcourse I need to share this to my readership and along with that you now know that there will be a COLORED pressing of Down To Nothing’s latest release “All My Sons” on Reaper for the first time and with again other vinyl labels.

The previous presses were all on black and the differences lay in the vinyl labels:

  • Pre-order was black / white labels and a different cover also B/W, sleeve can fold open at top
  • regular first pressing was full color labels and full color sleeves with another picture on the front. Also the sleeve opens at top, but doesn't fold
  • Second press were the same b/w labels on both sides except for the b-side, this was stamped with pressing info and bat insignia
  • ...

Keep your eyes peeled for that 7" to drop amongst other great stuff in the REAPER RECORDS store: