Posts Tagged ‘Bush’

Bush – Razorblade Suitcase: In Addition

Posted: March 5, 2018 in Vinyl
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In keeping with releasing anniversary editions of old albums, Bush released a “20th Anniversary” edition, albeit in 2017, of their sophomore album Razorblade Suitcase. Razorblade Suitcase: In Addition is the album’s official title, and the band made it worth purchasing even if you already own a copy of the album on any format. It comes packaging in a high quality gatefold jacket, with alternate artwork, and most importantly it comes with some good b-sides. In total Razorblade Suitcase: In Addition has four b-sides that were left off all previous releases of the studio album on vinyl (or any format for that matter), with one of them being unreleased until now.

These four b-sides are (in order of appearance) “Old,” “’Sleeper,” “Broken TV” and “Bubbles.” The lone never before released song out of those is “Sleeper. “Bubbles” was previously released on the soundtrack to the classic Kevin Smith film Mallrats, and prior to the release of Razorblade Suitcase: In Addition, the song was exclusive to the soundtrack. “Old” was previously released on the “Greedy Fly” CD single, “Broken TV” was previously released on the “Swallowed” CD single. My only complaint with the track listing of this anniversary release is that they omitted one b-side; “In A Lonely Place,” which was released on the “Bone Driven” CD single. But this was likely due to time restraints, as the D-side (where all the b-sides are located) of the Razorblade Suitcase: In Addition clocks in at over 20 minutes in length, and “In A Lonely Place” is a six minute song. So without re-arranging the track listing of the original studio album, “In A Lonely Place” was left on the cutting room floor, for a second time.

I mentioned above alternate artwork; it’s not as alternate as you’d think. It’s the original Razorblade Suitcase cover art, only with a pearlescent/metallic finish to it. Each record in the double LP set comes in a full color dust. A huge foldout poster is also included, which has the lyrics for every song printed on it. There is a download card for high quality 320 kbps MP3s of all the songs on the record, including all the b-sides.

Pressing info was never released, and I doubt it ever will be. But all copies were pressed on black/white swirl. Razorblade Suitcase: In Addition was released by Round Hill Records, who seem to specialize in anniversary re-presses as they also did the 20th Anniversary edition of The Offspring’s Ixnay on The Hombre released in the later part of 2017. This record was also released in conjunction with Gavin Rossdale’s own label, Zuma Rock Records.

When this record was first released it was overpriced; $30 was the retail price. But prices have started to come down, but only slightly. Instead of buying this for $30, you can now easily find this for the heavily discounted price of $25! My advice, wait longer for it to inevitably further drop in price, because these things are not selling well. Or use a smartly timed discount/coupon/promo code in order to save more money on it if you’re getting tire of waiting for this to drop to a reasonable price. Which is what I did to bring the price down to $18 shipped.

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Bush – Man On The Run

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Vinyl
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In 2014 Bush released their second album after reuniting, entitled Man On The Run. It’s their longest album to date, and that fact works against the album. There are some great songs on the album, downright beautiful songs actually, but it’s simply way too long to be enjoyable. The issue with the length is not only how long the songs are, it’s how many songs there are combined with how long some of them are. Total run time is 50:41, with four songs clocking in over five minutes. There is not a single song under three minutes, with only two of the 14 songs under four minutes. Many people would rather have a longer album than a short one, but in Man On The Run’s case you find yourself tuning out about half way through the album due.

I do not know how many copies were pressed, and that info will likely never be released. But all copies were pressed as a double LP on black vinyl. To help release the album, Bush held a crowd funding project/pre-order through Pledgemusic leading up to the album’s release. Pledgemusic can be used as a Kickstarter type site, but in Bush’s case they used it to do direct pre-orders and offer exclusive, rare and overpriced merch as well. These extra goodies included MP3 downloads ($12) and CD’s ($14) of re-mastered versions of Bush nearly complete catalog (everything except Golden State), “The Only Way Out” CD single ($12, songs off Man On The Run), a live DVD ($20), a Everything Zen 7″ ($15, previously released and found on this blog here:), autographed (only by Gavin Rossdale) poster ($25), Euro import version of Sea Of Memories ($30), exclusive Pledemusic t-shirt ($30), autographed Sea Of Memories LP ($60, unautographed copies go for $20 from distros, and the band wanted $30 through this Pledgemusic campaign) and lastly handwritten (by Gavin Rossdale) lyrics (“The Only Way Out – $750), (song of your choice – $2,000) and (Glycerine – $2,000). All the extra goodies also included an “AccessPass” that entitled the buyer to exclusive updates and behind the scenes “access” to the making of the album, which was only videos of Gavin Rossdale talking about a particular song, audio sneak peeks and very brief written updates.

Bush wanted $30 for a copy of Man On The Run on vinyl through their exclusive pre-order, meanwhile if you had waited a few months to pre-order or buy the album from anywhere other than the band’s pre-order, you could save yourself at least $5. I bought this for $20 including shipping. They were also overcharging for their previous album, Sea Of Memories.

Bush – The Sea Of Memories

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Vinyl
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After 10 long years, Bush finally re-united and released a new album. The Sea Of Memories is a slight departure from the earlier albums, especially their first, Sixteen Stone. This new album is definitely in the vein of Gavin Rossdale’s solo album.  I do not know how many copies of this album were pressed, which is typical of major label releases. But I’m pretty sure all copies were pressed on light weight black vinyl and come housed in a gatefold jacket., which has the lyrics printed on it. All copies were also pressed as a double LP. Unfortunately the record does not come with a download code.

Bush – Little Things 5″

Posted: August 22, 2011 in Vinyl
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The single for Bush’s “Little Things” was pressed as a 5″. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of the odd size pressings, not even too big a fan of 10″s either. The biggest annoyance about 5″s is that they don’t make poly sleeves or dust sleeves for them, unless the record comes with them. The Gratitude 5″ comes with a poly sleeve, but none of the three 5″s come with a dust sleeve. So I had to custom fit both a poly sleeve and dust sleeve for this 5″ out of regular 7″ sleeves. It’s not the hardest thing to do but is a slight pain.

I don’t know how copies were pressed of this single but all copies were pressed on black vinyl.

Bush – Inflatable 7″

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Vinyl
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The 7″ single for “Inflatable” is the latest release from Bush and the last physical release from the band after the decided to go on hiatus nearly 10 years ago. “Inflatable” is off their last/latest studio album, Golden State, released in 2001. What’s odd about this 7″ is that it’s not truly a single, as it does not feature the album or radio version the title track. Instead it features a remixed version of “Inflatable” on the a-side and a live version of Headful Of Ghosts on the b-side.

Bush – Everything Zen 12″ & 7″

Posted: March 11, 2011 in Vinyl
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One of the many Bush 12″ singles that have been released, many however, are solely DJ singles though. This one is for “Everything Zen,” the first track and first single off of Bush’s debut album, Sixteen Stone. This single contains an exclusive b-side track, “Bud.” There is also the video/radio edit of “Everything Zen” as well, which isn’t drastically different from the album version. In 2012 Bush released a 7″ version of “Everything Zen” on white vinyl that is exclusive to their webstore. The track listing is different, as the 7″ features a different b-side track than the 12″ version. The b-side on the 7″ is a demo version of “Swallowed.”

I have no idea how many copies were pressed of the 12″ or 7″. Tons of the 12″ version were given away as promo records to get the band airplay in America, even though they weren’t really popular in their homeland at the time. Some promo copies have a sticker on the back of the sleeve denoting the fact, others have the bar code scratched and some have both. There are a few legit pressings of the single, but most copies floating around were promo copies at one point. My copy is one of the promos with just a sticker on the back, which easily peeled off over 15 years from the date it was first put on.

Bush – Machinehead 10″

Posted: October 21, 2010 in Vinyl
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This is the only 10″ that Bush has released to date. Not sure how many total were pressed, but each copy is individually numbered. Since my copy is number 2936, there were at least 3,000 copies pressed. All copies were pressed on black vinyl.