Archive for November, 2011

Nirvana – Nevermind Singles Box Set

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Vinyl
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Keeping up releases geared towards the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, a singles box set featuring all four singles off the album was released on Black Friday 2011 Record Store Day. The box set contains for 10″ singles for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come As You Are,” “Lithium” and “In Bloom.” Each 10″ features the original artwork for the single’s initial release. All the singles are housed in a box that keeps the them of Nevermind going, which you can get a feel for in the photos below. Each box set is individually numbered on the back of the box with a silver foil stamping.

This was another release where the pressing info released on the official Record Store Day website was way off. Initially this box set was advertised as being limited to 5,000 copies, but since my copy is numbered in the 15,000s along with a few other people having copies numbered well over 5,000 as well, the pressing info obviously wrong. I’ve emailed all parties that may have be able to sort out an answer, and I’m still awaiting a response, but I doubt I will get anything other than a lame attempt at an apology or finger-pointing at someone else. Not I’m particularly upset or angry that the pressed at least three times as many copies as was advertised as I would have bought this box set regardless, but it would be nice to know what the hell happened here.


My love of Tom Petty’s music and his short-lived voice over career as Lucky on King Of The Hill is pretty strong. So whenever something new from his solo career or with The Heartbreakers gets released I snatch it up. Not even mentioning how great Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers are live, which this Black Friday 2011 Record Store Day release is.

Kiss My Amps Live was recording during the Mojo tour, the latest Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers album. The songs are not all from the same stop on the tour however, so my guess is they took the best performance of each song they chose to include on this release. There were 5,000 copies pressed, with each copy being individually numbered with a gold foul stamping on the back of the jacket. Each copy also comes with a download code for the entire live album.

Pink Floyd – The Wall Singles Box Set

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Vinyl
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As it seems with every Record Store Day, a good chunk of the releases are box sets of various collections. Whether it be singles or albums, the box sets released offer a chance for collectors and fans to get their hands on some older out of print material or is a one stop shop for an artist’s entire discography. There are also releases from a lot of the same artists year after year with Record Store Day. As you can bet on releases from the like of The Beatles or a Beatles related releases, Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. Ironically this is the first RSD of any kind to not have something featuring Bruce Springsteen.

This year was no exception and both of those tidbits came true for Black Friday 2011 as there was a Pink Floyd box set released featuring singles off of their album The Wall. This is the nicest release for this year’s Black Friday RSD and one of my favorites. The box set contains three 7″ singles for the three singles released from The Wall. Each features the original artwork from their initial release in 1979. Also included is a huge fold out poster and a 45 rpm adaptor that features the hammers logo from the “Run Like Hell” single. The adaptor is held is a small slit inside the box set.

The three singles include are “Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) b/w One Of My Turns.” “Comfortably Numb b/w Hey You” and “Run Like Hell b/w Leave Me Now.” One nice touch with the box set is that when opens a brick from the wall is removed. The lid for the box set is die cut to have one brick attached to it as it pulls off. The box set opens from the top and features the album artwork from The Wall. Each box set is also individually numbered, and is done so with a silver foil stamping. A promo sheet is slide in between the back of the box and the shrink-wrap. You can find the numbering on the back of the box once you remove this sheet of paper.

This seems to be one of the releases where the pressing info released is correct. According to the list found on the official record Store Day website, 12,500 total copies were pressed, with 7500 going to the U.S. and the remaining 4,000 copies going worldwide. Since my copy is numbered in the 11,000s, it is somewhat safe to assume the official pressing info is accurate and correct. But there is no way to know if all copies were numbered or if the copies reserved for certain places were numbered out of their respective allotment (7500 U.S/4,000 worldwide).

The Doors – L.A. Woman Singles Box Set

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Vinyl
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One of the nicer Black Friday 2011 Record Store Day releases was The Doors Singles Box Set. Inside are four 7″ singles for the three singles off L.A. Woman plus a never before released fourth 7″ of studio banter from the L.A. Woman recording sessions. Also included is a huge fold out poster of the somewhat controversial naked woman nailed to a telephone pole. That image is also the cover art for the box set.

The three singles of for “The Changeling,” “Riders On The Storm” and “Love Her Madly.” Some of the singles comes in an import cover, with “Riders On The Storm” coming in the Japanese release cover and “Love Her Madly” coming in a spanish language release cover. I’m not 100% sure what country the release is from, or if it’s even for a particular country at all and was not for all Spanish language. Each box set is individually numbered as well, indicated by a clear sticker on the back of the box. The box set is a fold out slip lid, which opens like a book. The cover/lid is attached to the set.

The pressing info released on the official Record Store Day website is wrong, as it’s either higher or lower. The numbers given are 5,850 total copies, with 3,000 going out to the U.S. and the remaining copies going to the rest of the world. The sticker on my box set says /4,000. So either there are 4,000 total copies or 4,000 copies were made available in the USA. I’m not expecting an explanation of this, and would not hold my breath waiting for one either. The wrong pressing info being released seems to be a problem with this batch of Record Store Day releases, as you will see with my entry for the Nirvana box set.

311 – Grassroots

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Vinyl
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One of the few 311 albums not to be pressed on vinyl, with one of the remaining others quickly following in a few months, Grassroots was licensed out to Enjoy the Ride Records and Brookvale Records. The record was a Black Friday Record Store Day release for 2011 and was pressed on three colors; green, yellow and black each limited to 1,000 copies. Green was an indie record store exclusive and was also sold online through Brookvale Records. Yellow was a Hot Topic exclusive and black was widely available through all other retail outlets.

This release was a bit pricey and certain variants even cost more than others for whatever reason. But without knowing the cost of the licensing deal the high price tag could be a result. Considering there is no insert/liner notes included with the record is a bit of a bummer, and contributes to my pondering why the price is over $20 regardless of the licensing contract. I’ve bought quite a few Enjoy The Ride releases, and have seen and heard about the others I have not bought, which leaves me surprised that this release does not come with some form of liner notes. Whether in the form of an insert, a dust sleeve or being printed on a gatefold jacket.

Foo Fighters – Skin And Bones

Posted: November 27, 2011 in Vinyl
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When Sony went back and re-pressed most of the Foo Fighters back catalog, they went ahead and finally pressed the only Foo Fighters live album to officially be released, Skin And Bones. I do not know how many copies were pressed, but it should not matter as this will most likely be kept in print for a long time. all copies were pressed  on black vinyl though and include a download code for 320 kbps MP3’s.


Sony went back and re-pressed the Foo Fighters’ entire back catalog, minus Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace and their Greatest Hits, which are still in print. All the records were released this past week and are on the pricey side all things considered. The end of the them is here.

The same changes between first and second presses are found here. No gatefold jacket is the biggest difference. This was orignally pressed as a double LP though. Fortunately, this is a surefire way to get a legit pressing of The Colour And The Shape. As it was bootlegged to no end on colors ranging from black, blue and green. It was next to impossible to tell the difference from a legit pressing and a bootleg, minus the colored copies, and people were spending absurd amounts on this album without a guarantee of it being legit. I think most of the bootlegs came from Europe and Japan, with some possibly coming from South America, Brazil in particular.