After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.
With that out of the way here is the Brian Fallon – Georgia 10″. There were 2,000 copies pressed on black vinyl and every copy comes with a white rectangle ‘RSD exclusive’ hype sticker on the cover. Three new songs are on this 10″, some are demos that have made the rounds for a while credited to multiple different artists Brian Fallon has been a part of; either The Gaslight Anthem, Molly And The Zombies or Brian Fallon. The songs are (in order) “Tin Pan Alley,” “Low Love” and “Georgia.” These songs were likely b-sides from Fallon’s debut solo album and recorded during those sessions, but no official word on what these songs were originally meant for. They’re all good songs, but it quite obvious why they were left off Painkillers if in fact they are b-sides form that album.
No download code is included, which sadly is a running trend with majority f RSD releases this year. Nothing I bought this year had a download card/code, no matter the label releasing it. The only thing that did was the Nirvana Tribute comp released by Robotic Empire, and that wasn’t an official RSD release.
I’ll add this note in here from my experiences on RSD regarding this Brian Fallon 10″. I was astonished at how many copies my store had. I was part of the first group let into the store and they easily had at least 50 copies of it, likely far more. They had at least 20 copies out in the display where employees could grab them for you (my store does it menu style) and another 10 or so copies on a rack anyone could grab for themselves. Plus there were at least two, maybe even three boxes full of them on the floor. Granted my store is in The Gaslight Anthem/Brian Fallon’s home state, but that is a completely ridiculous amount of copies for a single RSD release for one store. To the point where I feel bad for other people around the country because by my store getting in that many copies it meant there was far less supply to get divvied up amongst all the other stores . And for better or worse they sold out of every single copy on RSD, I know this because it was not part of the RSD leftovers they put up online the next morning.