Taking Back Sunday – We Play Songs

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Vinyl
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We Play Songs is a Record Store Day 2012 exclusive four track live EP by Taking Back Sunday recorded at two different record stores. Tracks 1-2 on the a-side, “Ghost Man On Third” and ” Your Own Disaster” were recorded at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA. Tracks 3-4 on the b-side, “Faith (When I Let You Down)” and “Great Romances of The 20th Century” were recorded at Looney Tunes in West Babylon (Long Island), NY.

The EP was pressed on three different colors, with a total amount of 2,000 copies pressed. There were 300 copies on blue, which was a Looney Tunes exclusive, 300 copies on yellow/orange, which was a “Fingerprints exclusive” and 1400 copies on black. There is no insert included with the record and the jacket feels pretty cheap. The biggest problem I have is that regional exclusivity of this release, seeing as two of the variants were only available at opposite coasts of the country, making it very difficult if not impossible for variant collectors to get all variants of this record. I feel the same way about tour exclusive variants or releases. even though I’ not a full blown variant collector, those who do collect variants should not be penalized by where they happen to live. But I do understand the concept of the release since the track were recorded at the two different stores, but there was no absolute need to have exclusive colors as people definitely would have bought 2,000 copies had it been pressed on just one color.

The label that released the EP, Brookvale Records, is owned/operated by the same guy who owns Looney Tunes. Immediately after hearing that I knew squirrelly things would happen with it, as the store has down some things relating to RSD in the past that I don’t agree with. Rather than give Fingerprints all the copies of the “Fingerprints exclusive,” there were three pack bundles that included all three colors available for sale at Looney Tunes, both at the store the day of Record Store Day and online later that night. Looney Tunes apparently had plenty of leftover stock of RSD titles (including this record) and put them all up for sale online, but here’s the kicker, they charged $10 for media mail shipping (which is the prety much the same price as this record itself). Everyone who buys records knows the actual cost media mail shipping is under $4 even if shipping cost to cost. To make matters worse more people were refunded than people who actually had their orders go through.

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