V/A – While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years Of Bloodshot Records

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Vinyl
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2014 marked the 20th Anniversary of Bloodshot Records, a Chicago based label known for releasing indie rock and alt country, who released a compilation album to celebrate the occasion. The comp was released on CD, digitally and on vinyl as a triple LP.

While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years Of Bloodshot Records, features 38 artists, including some Bloodshot alumni and other well-known artists. All songs are covers of past Bloodshot artists from albums released on the label. The comp features the likes of Chris Shiflett And The Dead Peasants (guitarist of Foo Fighters side project), Chuck Ragan, Ben Kweller, Tim Kasher, Andrew Bird, Frank Turner, Limbeck, Into It. Over It. and Ted Leo, just to name a few.

The triple LP was pressed on two different colors; red and black. Red is a “deluxe edition” exclusive to Bloodshot Records’ web store and is limited to 500 copies. Black is available everywhere else and is limited to 2,000 copies. Bloodshot is charging $10 more ($40) for the red variant, solely because it’s rarer. They labeled it a “deluxe edition” solely because it’s on colored vinyl; there is absolutely nothing special or different about it other than that. The red and black copies are identical in every way except for the color of vinyl. So in other words, the red variant is a complete rip-off. Intelligently I bought a copy on black vinyl for $20 shipped during a distro’s amazing sale.

All copies come housed in a gatefold jacket, with the first LP in the left pocket and the second and third LP’s sandwiched together in the right pocket. The jacket is one of the flimsiest and thinnest jackets, gatefold or not, that I have ever come across. With it being a gatefold jacket, the quality of it is a joke. The spine can barely support itself, so it’s bent in with creases all over the place, and seam splits seam (no pun intended) to be unavoidable. A download code is included with every copy as well as digital trading cards for every artist featured on the comp, which can be found once you unzip the digital download.

If you order this comp online be prepared for massive splits; I had to go through three copies in order to get a perfect copy. Now I’m not a stickler for condition, I’m not a “punisher” as many people like to label people. I’ve rarely sent back records due to jacket/sleeve damage like seam splits, corner dings/bends, etc, but with this record I had to draw a line as two of the three records were actually poking through the jacket of the first copy I got the seam splits were so bad. And the first replacement the distro sent came packaged in a ridiculously inappropriate corrugated cardboard wrapping/”mailer” leading to more seam splits.

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