Friday, April 25, 2014

Best Wishes CASSETTE

There will probably come a time where the youngest generation needs to be explicitly told what cassettes are. About 5 years back I bought a tape-deck. I searched every main Hifi-store in the region to no avail. Nowhere a cassette player to be found. So I looked for a second handed deck on eBay. Found one in Germany and got it delivered through a parcel distribution company.

Maybe it was just me who didn't look far enough to find a new one. But generally tape decks have become scares. I feel old when I think about it. Was ultra happy when I got my first cassette player somewhere in the late 80's. So tapes truly have some magic to me still.

Also this week I bought a UK pressed tape version of one of my favorite records of all time; "Best Wishes" of the Cro-Mags. Seems to be made in 1989 and still looks totally crisp. I paid less than 20£ on eBay with postage included. So I can't complain at all.

It seems that Profile Records differs the USA pressing from the UK pressings by changing the catalog number. USA pressed catalog numbers begin with 'PRO', while UK pressed catalog numbers start with 'FILE'.

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The FILECT catalog number is to be explained by 'FILE + CT'. Like I said 'FILE' the Profile Records catalog number for UK pressings. And the 'CT' for cassette release.

Also the vinyl releases have the same PRO and FILE catalog codes for respectively USA and UK presses.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Heavy On The Repress Trip

Revelation Records has been repressing a haul of their releases several times. Given two viewpoints, that of the label and that of the collector, it's a polemic whether that's a good fact or not. First viewpoint, labels, they did what they had to do. Repressing and making it more democratically available for the next generation. The collectors' point of view mostly is that they ruined it. The records are more commonly available and less rare, making them less fancy or less desired. Although the last argument needs to be taken with a grain of salt. There is in fine American tradition now more choice, that's all there is, more choice. One can still choose to neglect all these represses and still go for the original colors, as all pressings are mainly different in color. The one doesn't exclude the other. As far as prices for originals go, I haven't been closely following these. Proof me wrong but I'd be inclined to think they aren't affected at all by the repress rally Revelation Records executed recently.

Anyway, I'm also glad to partake in a few of these represses and buy some of them. So even my generation, apart from the new generation, can take advantage and get deeper into the Rev catalog and get to know some classics.

As far as the reason's for why I choose to buy a title on a certain (repress) color go, I think it's the curiosity to hear and the aesthetics of a certain color variation. The synergy of these two combined I guess.

So when everybody is getting almost numb for those represses, I had to buy some myself too:

First one is the Sensefield "Killed For Less" LP on orange, this was one of the earlier colors to be repressed. And In my eyes the best looking on solid marbled orange. I now have besides the split on Good Life Recordings and the same titled on Revelation, this one.

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Although I know this Youth Of Today album for many, many years. I decided to buyyet another color. Because it looks so dame good on light blue, the combination with the same colored title on the cover and the contrast with the red sleeve and all. So I happen to have two colors of this one.

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Same story for the Supertouch LP, I already had the blue repress, here one on white and it looks even better in my opinion.

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Then come two 7 inch titles. I had to check these out because I never had a decent chance to check these out. Now I can when time is right put these on the record player and listen to them at ease.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Culture "Born Of You" LP on clear

Until this day, Culture remains an influential band to me. Not only because the interesting lyrics and not only because I like their music, this one was a major want of me for years. I'm both happy and proud to cross this one of my wantlist after 8 years of collecting Good Life Recordings releases on all formats. I actually never had the opportunity to buy it before two weeks ago. Never appears in stores or lists of people who sell. So rare that one might think it became impossible to find.

But then all of a sudden a German seller on Discogs had it for sale. I remember running the query "Good Life Recordings" on Discogs and found it. Since it was a trustworthy professional seller whom I bought from before, I needed no second thought. I was not stressed about whether this would be a good buy or not, but I was stressed because I thought someone would beat me first.

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Clear vinyl with blue streaks

Now I need to find a good condition copy of the black also and I can call it complete, unless I totally luck out and find a transitional copy. But I'm happy for an undefined and very long  period with this one, so no need to hurry.