311 – Come Original b/w Rub A Dub 7″

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Vinyl

Lately there have been box sets released with a 7″ and a t-shirt. These sets feature some universally popular and completely random bands like the Beatles, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, ben Folds Five, Korn, Incubus, Willie Nelson, Quiet Riot, Poison,  Roy Orbison and 311.  The labels releasing these sets are cashing in on the novelty factor of vinyl now and covering all their bases by releasing stuff from artists spanning all the genres. Most of these sets are exclusively sold through Target, further backing up the novelty factor. However, quite a few make their way to be sold online by various distros and even Amazon.

The quality of the 7″ leaves a lot to be desired. The sleeve used, at least for the 311 set, is very cheap and are similar to the 45 sleeves used for singles released in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Which makes sense for some of the artists featured in this “Threads + Grooves’ series but doesn’t make much sense to use for a band like 311. All the shirts are one size too, an Adult Large, which is used in hopes that it fits as many people as possible. It’s probably done to cut down on production costs as well.

Two random songs, off two different albums, were picked for this set, at least for 311. “Come Original” is off Soundsystem and “Rub A Dub” is off Transistor. No idea how many copies were pressed/made, but it’s easily a couple thousand. As a result you can probably wait to pick this up cheaper than the MSRP of somewhere near $20. I would recommend picking this up whenever you find it being sold marked down online, when a distro is running a sale  or when you have a coupon for Target.



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