Anberlin were featured on a Record Store Day (RSD) sampler in both 2009 and 2010. Universal Music put out these comps to promote artists on their vast roster. This entry is for the 2009 comp, which is titled Choice Cuts 2009. FYI, the 2010 comp has the same title, just 2010 instead of 2009.
This comp was intended to be given away on RSD in 2009 to anyone who bought a Universal RSD release. Although I know many stores around the country just started giving them away to anyone who bought any RSD release for many reasons; either they weren’t familiar with the guidelines for giving this comp away or they wanted to be rid of them and started giving them away to everyone as the day wore on so they wouldn’t be stuck with them. I even know of some stores that sold however many copies they had left over after RSD, they just threw a price tag on them and put them out on their sales floor.
There are a few subtle differences in some copies of this comp. All copies come with hype stickers on the cover, however some come with more than others. All copies come with the same red oval sticker on the bottom right corner that promotes the Universal Music by encouraging people to check out a specific website. The second sticker that not many copies came with is a RSD Exclusive Release sticker that most people interested in RSD are familiar with. This RSD release sticker is not the embossed silver one that is currently being used, the one on this comp is an earlier form of it that is an un-embossed white with the RSD logo and date (April 19, 2009).
Pressing info was never released for this comp because it’s a promo release. But all copies were pressed on black vinyl and come in a single pocket jacket. The Anberlin song on this comp is “Breaking” off their fourth album New Surrender. Other bands/artists of note on this comp included Owl City, K’Naan and Chester French.