Thursday, November 26, 2015

Trapped Under Ice "Stay Cold" 6th pressings

It's been since March 2008 that I am loyally collecting all versions of the Stay Cold 7 inch on Reaper Records. I can say that this collection is exemplary to me in how I can collect a certain record. It's actually quite simple. All regular store versions were bought straight from the Reaper Bigcartel store. But there are a slew of versions that were sold on United Blood, This Is Hardcore and Sound And Fury Festivals. Those I needed to get second handed, preferably from people who went to one of those shows. I wanted this because of the condition of the records. The test press also came from the label.

A few years back I wrote that I wanted it to stop all those pressing because I was saturated chasing after these. And the storm actually quieted down. Until all of a sudden Reaper Records put new pre orders for new pressings online. This record seems to be still wanted by people and didn't sink into oblivion. I realize that many records that I collected lost the frenzy of the period and did sink into oblivion and that I couldn't have foreseen that.

The new pressings got new cover art and new vinyl labels also. The mock ups that are pictured in the store actually looked very ugly. But actually they came out quite good physically. Maybe later I will do a more technical post pointing out the differences between all the pressings and their variations.

TUI Reaper Records Stay Cold 7 inch
clear blue with grey splatter (6th press, 600 copies)

TUI Reaper Records Stay Cold 7 inch
solid blue and white with red and yellow splatter (6th press, 400 copies)

TUI Reaper Records Stay Cold 7 inch
solid blue and white with red and yellow splatter (B-side label pictured)

TUI Reaper Records Stay Cold 7 inch
black vinyl (6th press, 200 copies)

Also the Big Kiss Goodnight LP was repressed. I noticed that the mock ups for that LP were mixed up with those for the 7 inch in the Bigcartel Store. I see that they noticed it now also and corrected them.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Morning Again "Hand Of Hope" LPs

What needs to be said about Morning Again? They were one of the most successful 90's bands from the USA. They are still doing tours nowadays and still mean heaps to lots of people. Recently two partial discographies are being pressed but frankly I have no interest in these since I have the originals and do not need to be introduced to their music. I listened to the band since their first release on Good Life Recordings. Somewhere in 1996/1997 that must have been. Logically since I'm from Belgium and Good Life distributed in Belgium, this compilation release and not the two separate releases. As a kid I did not even know the existence of them. It was this release on Compact Disc and I was aware of noting else. I remember the friend whom I borrowed it from. I was immediately into it. They had some kind of energy combined with critical and intelligent lyrics as well on larger society as on aspects of individual human beings.
I'm still into this music actually although 'Martyr' stands out for me personally. No arguing of musical tastes please. As I was saying this release is actually a compilation the 'The Cleanest War' 12 inch on Conquer The World and the self-titled 7 inch on Intention Records.

Morning Again "Hand Of Hope" LP vinyl Good Life Recordings
Morning Again "Hand Of Hope" LP white and gray vinyl

As bad habits die hard I acquired another color of the Hand Of Hope LP on Good Life Recordings. I actually already had a gray marbled version which is pretty rare, never saw one of these except my own copy. But since I had the opportunity to buy a clean white copy, I did it. Yes, it gets dangerous to be into that kind of collecting, be warned!

So I needed to make a collection shot also:

Morning Again "Hand Of Hope" LP Good Life Recordings
Morning Again "Hand Of Hope" colors collection

I don't have the faintest idea of what is first press and the exact numbers made, if there are several presses. But through the years of watchfully surfing the web I come to the conclusion that the clear is most common, then the blue one and those opaque colors, white and gray are pretty hard to come by.