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Time Life, the people behind those late night music collection infomercials, seem to be getting into the vinyl game, as they’re releasing what appears to be a series of records. So far they’ve only done three volumes, but there is no indication they will stop there. These thankfully aren’t being pitched on late night tv, but are being hawked online for $25 for a single LP. Even going as far as to capitalize on Prince’s death with a purple colored variant in a second pressing that they’re actually charging more for than the black variant from the first pressing.

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Live Series is currently on its third installment. If you’re not familiar with the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, they typically feature the inductees performing along with special guests and various bands/artists perform cover versions in tribute. They’re usually star studded affairs, featuring some of the biggest names in music. Each volume in this series features exclusive live tracks recorded at several induction ceremonies. Volume 1 features an eclectic mix with the likes of Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, Al Green, James Taylor, Cream, Tom Petty, Prince, Metallica, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Flea, Joe Perry, Mick Jagger, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and Dhani Harrison. I bought this compilation because it fills out several collections I have going; Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.

Volume 1 has actually gone through two pressings, unnecessarily so in fact. The first pressing is still readily available. But the folks behind the release decided to be shameless and capitalize on Prince’s death by pressing a new purple variant, in turn releasing a second pressing. They’re also charging more for it than the first pressing. It’s only $1 more; $26 instead of $25, but that is not the point. The record is advertised as being on 180 gram vinyl (first press), but it’s not.

Considering the hefty price tag for this record there should be more to it than just a standard weight black record crammed into a thin single pocket jacket. But that’s all it is. No insert, no printed dust sleeve, no gatefold jacket, no download card/code; nothing extra to eat into profit. One reason for the higher than average price tag might be the possible royalties and licensing fees involved with releasing this compilation. But still no excuse for charging $25 for a no frills single LP.

But with that initial retail price in mind, copies are starting to pop up on the secondary market at  slashed prices. You can pick up a copy for around $20 shipped. Some sellers have copies listed for $15 before shipping.

Pressing info has not been released for either pressing. One easy way to tell apart the first pressing, which is on black vinyl from the second pressing, which is on purple vinyl is by the addition of a second hype sticker on the second pressing. The second pressing has a purple sticker that reads “Limited Prince Tribute Edition On Purple Vinyl!” Both pressings have the same black hype sticker that says “First Time On Vinyl!” The barcodes are also different between pressings. The first pressing barcode is 6 10583 52622 6. The second pressing barcode is 6 10583 53172. The barcodes will help you discern the pressings if you’re looking to buy a copy of this record online. It’s fool proof to tell the pressing apart too.

Here is the track listing, with the year of the performance in parentheses:

Side A

  1. Chuck Berry With Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Johnny B. Goode (1995)
    2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (1999)
    3. Al Green – A Change Is Gonna Come (1995)
    4. Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Flea And Metallica – The Train Kept-A-Rollin’ (2009)
    5. Metallica – Iron Man (2006)

 

Side B

  1. James Taylor – Woodstock(1997)
    2. Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love (1993)
    3. Green Day – Blitzkrieg Bop (2002)
    4. Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen And The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Band – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1988)
    5. Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison And Prince – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (2004)

VA - Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Live Vol. 1

 

 

 

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Over the years Bruce Springsteen has released a multitude of albums. Not only has his sound evolved over the years, he has released live albums, b-side compilations and covers albums. This is one of the later. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is a tribute album of sorts, and is comprised of Pete Seeger covers. It’s the only album Springsteen has released that is entirely composed of material that isn’t original.

Originally released in 2006, the record was a bit on the pricey side, even by today’s ludicrous $25 for a single LP standards. We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is a double LP, and retail price on it is $35. At some points between 2006 and 2016 it was hard to find, which led to distros not putting the album on sale. Prices have dipped a bit here and there though, mainly on the secondary market like eBay and Discogs, where you could pick up copies for under $25. These days I try to not pay full retail price for anything, and I purposely held out buying this because I hate spending (for example) $20 on something when I could’ve waited and got it for $15 or less. Fortunately I picked this up from Hastings when they were going out of business, for the lowest price I’ve ever seen for this a brand new copy of this album; $13. It just took me 10 years to get it.

Pressing info was never released, and never expect it to be because it’s a major label release. But all copies were pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, housed in a large pocket jacket. No gatefold jacket for this overpriced album. The records do come in printed dust sleeves though, which have the lyrics for each respective side printed on them.

 

 


There are many Christmas albums and compilations. Almost every band/artist has recorded at least one Christmas carol during their career, with many releasing entire albums. But every once in a while there is a compilation that features not only many great artists, but some of them performing the perfect Christmas carol. This is one of those Christmas albums.

A Very Special Christmas was originally released in 1987, and was a benefit album for the Special Olympics. It was re-released several times over the years, most recently in 2016. This latest pressing, featured here, was done as a 30th anniversary edition, despite it being released 29 years later. It was meticulously recreated from the original 1987 release. It features the same gold foil stamped cover artwork, which was done By Keith Haring. No word on pressing info, but for a release like this it really shouldn’t matter. All copies were pressed on black vinyl. Here is the track listing:

Side A

  1. The Pointer Sisters – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  2. Eurythmics – Winter Wonderland
  3. Whitney Houston – Do You Hear What I Hear?
  4. Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band – Merry Christmas Baby
  5. The Pretenders – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  6. John Cougar Mellencamp – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  7. Sting – Gabriel’s Message

Side B

  1. Run-D.M.C. – Christmas In Hollis
  2. U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  3. Madonna – Santa Baby
  4. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – The Little Drummer Boy
  5. Bryan Adams – Run Rudolph Run
  6. Bon Jovi – I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas
  7. Alison Moyet – The Coventry Carol
  8. Stevie Nicks – Silent Night

 


While I normally don’t sell stuff on this blog, or in general, I need to get rid of some things. This is the start of a thinning out process of doubles I’ve accumulated over the years along with getting rid of things I no longer listen to. Prices are set on all this for the most part. Except for the Alkaline Trio box and the Look Mexico and Lifetime collections I’m trying to sell as a lot, mainly because I have no idea what someone will pay for the stuff, but I’m not looking for crazy money. Yes, I am a bit late hopping on the Christmas present buying craze. So here are the ground rules:

Only the things on this list are for sale. Do not ask about anything else featured on this blog or anything that is not on the below list. Deals will be made for anyone who buys more than 1 thing. I’ll only ship to the USA. Paypal as payment only. So no bitcoin, Stripe or any of that other nonsense. If a color is not mentioned then it’s on black vinyl. Most of this stuff is either factory sealed or in NM condition. If it’s bad shape I’ll make note of it. If you’re concerned about condition as for pics and I will provide them.

If you’re interested in anything please leave a comment with what you’re interested in and your email address, and we can work out a deal. I will not make the comments public, so people will not get your email address or any other info, but I will be able to see it in order to reply to you via email. The subject line of such email responses will be “Stitches and Grooves record sale.” any questions or concerns about anything up for sale feel free to ask. I’m pretty firm on prices but if you don’t like a pice comment with an offer and we can try to work out a deal.

Everything will be mailed in either an LP or 7″ mailer. I should have plenty to go around, but if I run out I will let you know before making payment. Opened records will be shipped outside the jacket to avoid seam splits. Factory sealed records will not be opened under any circumstances. I know how to package records for shipping, plenty of bubble wrap and/or cardboard inserts will be used to try to minimize damage as best as possible.

 

– 311 – Hydroponic 10″ (still sealed, jacket has seam split along top edge) = $20 ppd

– Alkaline Trio – Help Me 7” (still sealed) = $7 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– Alkaline Trio – My Shame Is True wooden box (won’t come with the records but comes with everything else – black t-shirt in men’s adult medium (never worn, still sealed in plastic bag), flag/banner, patch, Ouija game board and game piece) = offer – must come with everything* can’t buy just the box or other items out of box. Willing to go cheaper if you don’t want the shirt though.

– At The Drive-In/Burning Airlines – Split 7″ (no insert) = $10 ppd

– Back To The Future Trilogy Score Mondo box set exclusive jackets (only the 3 jackets, which have seam splits. no records are include with this) = offer, would prefer to sell all 3 jackets together

Bear vs Shark Collection – Would Prefer To Sell As Complete Lot = $110 (shipping to be determined later)

– Right Now (Purple & White swirl /250, U.S. 2nd press) = $20

– Right Now (UK red w/ black haze /250 hand numbered w/ exclusive alternate cover) = $30

– Terrorhawk (yellow /250, 2nd press) = $25

– Bars Of Gold – Of Gold (clear green, 1st press) = $20

– Bars Of Gold – Wheels (comes packaged w/ CD) = $15

– The Catholic Comb – Vampire Life 7” (w/ poster) = $7 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa b/w ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas 7” (red, still sealed) – $12 ppd

– Faction Of The Fox – Mannequin Hand 7” = $7 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Fake Problems – How Far Our Bodies Go (clear, Euro pressing) = $12 ppd

– Fake Problems – How Do You Spell Here E-V-E-L 12” (picture disc) = $9 ppd

** $14 ppd for both Fake Problems records **

– Gogol Bordello – Crack The Case 7″ = $10 ppd

– Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy (white, only record & insert, NO jacket or valid download card) = offer

– Hailey, It Happens – Aurora = $8 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– Jimmy Eat World – Futures – (2nd press, blue 180g) = $40 ppd OBO

 

Lifetime Collection – Would Prefer To Sell As Complete Lot = $145 (shipping to be determined later)

– Background = $25

– Hello Bastards (mint, 2nd press, 2010 No Idea pressing, 1st pressing on No Idea) = $15

– Jersey’s Best Dancers (white, 2nd press, 2010 No Idea pressing, 1st pressing on No Idea) = $15

– s/t (pink, 2nd press, 2008 No Idea pressing, 1st pressing on No Idea) = $20

– Dwell 7″ (1st press) = $10

– Dwell 7″ (2nd press) = $7

– Tinnitus 7″ = $20

– 2 Songs 7″ (blue) = $7

– Boys No Good 7″ = $10

– It’s For Life comp LP (red /552, 2nd press on Victory w/ different cover, 1st pressing on Victory) = $15

 

Look Mexico Collection – Would Prefer To Sell As Complete Lot = $100 (shipping determined later)

– This Is Animal Music = $30

– To Bed To Battle (salmon) = $20

– You Stay. I Go. No Following 7″ (blue, hand numbered screened cover) = $10

– Real Americans Spear It 10″ (blue) = $13

– So Crucialtine (green marble) = $15

– Gasp Asp 7″ (green) = $7

– Gasp Asp 7″ (white w/ red foil stamp cover) = $10

 

– Moneen/Alexisonfire – Switcheroo Split 12″ (picture disc) = $30 ppd

– Mixtapes – Somewhere In Trinsic (white, No Sleep Sub exclusive) = $15 ppd

– The Music – Take The Long Road And Walk It 7″ (blue) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– New Found Glory – Tip Of The Iceberg 7” (picture disc) = $7 ppd or $3 if bought with something else.

– No Devotion – Stay b/w Eyeshadow 12″ (white, factory sealed) = $10 ppd

– No Devotion – 10,000 Summers 12″ (factory sealed, start of small seam split along top edge) = $9 ppd

** $14 ppd for both No Devotion records **

– Peace’d Out – Peace’d Out 10” (blue, still sealed) = $10 ppd or $6 if bought with something else

 

– The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 7″ (U.S. pressing, A & M Records w/ picture sleeve) =  $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – Message In A Bottle 7″ (w/ poster sleeve) = $7 ppd or $4 if bought with something else

– The Police – Message In A Bottle 7″ (no picture or poster sleeve, generic paper dust sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – Synchronicity II 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

-The Police – Every Breath You Take 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– The Police – De Do Do Do, De Da Da da 7″ (w/ incorect die cut picture sleeve) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

** All 7 Police 7″ singles for $25 ppd **

 

– Razorlight – Golden Touch 7″ (gatefold jacket) = $7 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark 7″ (U.S. Pressing, Columbia Records) =$ 6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Bruce Springsteen – One Step Up 7″ (U.S. Pressing, Columbia Records) =$6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

** Both Springsten 7″ single for $10 ppd **

– Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major – (clear w/ black & white splatter – 1st Press) = offer

– Thursday – Kill The House Lights (still factory sealed, has crease in jacket) = $15 ppd

– Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me) 7″ (w/ picture sleeve) = $6 ppd

– What’s Eating Gilbert – Cheap Shots (half tan/half black) = $10 ppd

– V/A – Yes L.A. comp (2nd press – picture disc w/ green and red ink) = $20 ppd

– V/A – While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years Of Bloodshot Records 3xLP (still factory sealed, pretty bad seam splits along top edge) =

– Record Store Day 2008 Choice Cuts comp (still sealed) = $8 ppd or $5 if bought with something else

– The 4 Squares/Toucan Slam – Doin’ Snuff With Roy Scherer split 12″ (still sealed) = $8 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Brushfire Records 12″ Sampler Volume 1 (still sealed. feat. Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings, G. Love & Special Sauce, Matt Costa) = $8 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– Curtain Call – s/t 7″ = offer

– Hamilton/Malakhai/With Arms Still Empty/Just For Kicks – Forever Compilation 4-way Split 7″ = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Old & In The Way – Old & In The Way LP = offer

– Grateful Dead – For The Faithful (Pair Records) = $10 ppd

– Grateful Dead – Wake Of The Flood (cut corner, Grateful Dead Records) = $10 ppd

Other Random Stuff & CD’s

– Ryan Russell – Continental Obscura: Birmingham To Bellingham photo book =$13 ppd [shipping is high because book weighs 4 pounds. Book is still in shrink wrap (shrink is cut along bottom) and does NOT come with bonus 7″]

– The Simpsons Complete Season 9 DVD w/ Lisa plastic head case (still factory sealed/taped)

– MxPx – B-Movie DVD w/ The A/C EP CD = offer

– Senses Fail limted edition t-shirt (limited to 100) – Pull The Thorns From Your Heart album cover design, size Adult Mens Medium = offer

– Fake Problems – Live At Park Ave CD (still sealed) = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Spirit Club – s/t CD (still factory sealed) = $10 ppd

– July – What We Signed Up For CD (still sealed) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– The Promise Hero – Deja Vu CD (still sealed) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Brett Detar – Bird In The Tangle CD (still sealed) = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Rock Against Floyd comp CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Hail The Villain – Maintain Radio Silence EP CD (still sealed) = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– We Are Augustines – Rock The Vote EP CD (still sealed) = $6 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Drive Thru Records Winter 2003 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Drive Thru Records Summer 2004 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Drive Thru Records/Rushmore Records Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Fueled By Ramen Spring 2005 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

– Tooth & Nail Records Spring 2004 Sampler CD = $5 ppd or $2 if bought with something else

-Wildhoney – Your Face Sideways CD (barcode punched) = $6 ppd or $3 if bought with something else

– REM Unplugged 1991-2001 lithograph poster (12″ high x 36″ wide)


A soundtrack that absolutely did not need to be pressed on vinyl was for the tv show The Sopranos. Yes, it’s a bit hypocritical to say that after buying it, but it needs to be said. Releases like this clog up plants and are purely cash grabs. So it should be no surprise that $hit Radio Cast ($RC) released this.

As with all $RC releases, this was overpriced. The soundtrack cost $31 when it was first released. Fast forward seven months and it was essentially put on clearance for $10 during a flash sale, which is when I bought a copy. Stupidly they have marked it back up to full price a few days after that flash sale, so the remaining copies will sit there for a long time. It’s pathetic to see that in 2015 $RC advertised this release as being close to selling out by saying “Rumors are it is almost sold out so we suggest you head over to the link below and get your copy ASAP” in a press release for it posted on a message board they own and operate when that could not be any further from the truth. That whopper of a lie is still visible and has not been edited, let alone deleted.

Let’s get this straight, I only bought this because it was $10. I would have never bought this if it was more than $15, because I knew it would inevitably be discounted to that price at some point like majority of $RC releases. I never expected to see it get marked down that low though. I also bought this along with all the outstanding (not adjective, verb) $RC releases I wanted; the Angus Soundtrack, Cartel’s s/t and The Juliana Theory’s Love, so I saved on shipping, which in turn made this soundtrack even cheaper.

The Sopranos Soundtrack was pressed as a double LP spread across two variants; translucent red 180 gram limited to 750 copies and translucent red with black smoke limited to 1,250 copies. The records come housed in a gatefold jacket, which has a spot gloss finish. The spot gloss can be found on the text on the cover and back cover. A fold out insert is also included, which has stills from the tv show on it along with the liner notes. This release was also mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray.

All things considered the track listing for this soundtrack features many great acts. Bruce Springsteen (why I bought this to keep my Springsteen collection going), Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Cream.


Keeping with the tradition of having a Record Store Day (RSD) release, Bruce Springsteen released a 12” EP of previously unreleased songs entitled American Beauty. Breaking from tradition however, this marks the first time The Boss has released a 12”.

There were 7500 copies pressed, all on black vinyl. The EP includes four songs that were left of his latest album, High Hopes; “American Beauty,” “Mary Mary,” “Hurry Up Sundown” and “Hey Blue Eyes.” This was one of the easier to find RSD releases in 2014 since there were so many pressed. Usually Springsteen stuff flies off the shelves due to his popularity and flippers, but these can still be found in many record stores close to five months later.

Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty - Copy


“Bruce Springsteen’s” latest album, High Hopes, was released in 2014. It was a collaboration with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who takes it upon himself to inject himself into other bands now it seems. I’m all for collaborations if they work, but the often times have disastrous results, which is what happened with High Hopes.

Tom Morello filled in on one of the many guitar parts Bruce utilizes on his tour leading up to the release of this album. Morello, a fan of Springsteen’s music, especially his early stuff, kept bringing up and discussing some of his older songs with Bruce, which eventually led to many of the songs being re-worked with Morello’s signature guitar sound. For the record I can’t stand Morello’s guitar sound; much like U2’s The Edge it’s put through so many pedals, programming and effects that it barely resembles a guitar when they’re done.

High Hopes is not even a new album in the truest sense, because it’s mostly full of re-worked older songs from Bruce’s past. Granted, some of the songs have not been officially released, but they all have been performed live at some point during Bruce’s career. There are also cover songs interspersed in the album as well.

To make matters worse, the vinyl versions cost $40 initially. Every place that was selling the album when it first came out was charging that, or close to it. It’s a an absurd price, considering Springsteen stuff is pressed in very large numbers, even his RSD releases. Everything post The Rising can still be easily found. Seeing the price, I held off on buying the record waiting for the inevitable price drop. The price drop took over one year to happen, but it finally did. I bought a copy for $19 shipped. This drastic price drop is not widespread however, as many prices are not marking down the album nearly as much. Many places are marking it down, but only by two of three dollars, which is still too much money for this album. The price is even more absurd when you take into account the laziness of the release and some of the cost cutting measures.

While most of Springsteen’s latest material is packaged very nicely for the vinyl version, High Hopes, unfortunately, is not. It was pressed as a double LP on 180 gram black vinyl, but that is the only thing that is over the standard treatment. The double LP comes not in a gatefold jacket, like it should, but an enlarged single pocket jacket, which everyone knows are flimsy pieces of garbage. Each LP comes in a poly lined paper dust sleeve, which is then slid into a full color glossy dust sleeve. The lyrics for every song are printed on these glossy dust sleeve. The lyrics are separated out by what side of the record (1-2-3-4, not A-B-C-D) they appear, so each side of the glossy dust sleeves has a certain side printed on it. Each side of the two dust sleeves has one side of the record printed on it. Side 4 of the dust sleeve has expansive liner notes printed on it written by Springsteen himself. It describes how the album came to be, sheds light on the recording process and some background info on some of the songs.

The aforementioned laziness of this release pertains to the attention to detail, specifically regarding the full color glossy dust sleeves. They are printed backwards, so Sides 2 and 4 appear on the front and Sides 1 and 3 appear on the back. Instead of a download card, which costs extra money to host on a website, a CD of the full album is included instead.