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In 1994 a European movie was made about the early days of the Beatles. The movie is titled Backbeat and centers around the band’s time in Hamburg, Germany, focusing on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe (Beatles original bassist), his girlfriend, and John Lennon. The film spawned a soundtrack performed by a super group of sorts. The band was dubbed The Backbeat Band and featured Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) on drums, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Gregg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) on vocals, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) on guitar and Mike Mills (R.E.M.) on bass. Henry Rollins even does vocals on one song. The soundtrack is comprised of covers of Beatles songs and covers of covers the Beatles performed in their early days.

The soundtrack has gone through two pressings. The first pressing was released in 1994 and the second pressing, which is featured here, was released in 2016. The retail release of both pressings are visually identical. Same cover art, same printed dust sleeve, same center labels, etc. However, there is a promo pressing from the first pressing that differs greatly from the mass retail release. This promo version, the only U.S. release of the soundtrack from the first pressing from 1994, was pressed on green vinyl and comes in a plain white poly sleeve. I’m not sure if it’s a picture disc sleeve or not though, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it is. This promo version is the only variant of any pressing to be released on color vinyl.

One important note about the second pressing of this soundtrack is that many online listings, both distros and second hand places like ebay, are using an artwork image that is wrong. This wrong album art, which is featured below for posterity, features a white background. The artwork for the second pressing is identical to the first pressing, and what is used on all versions of the soundtrack (CD, tape, etc.).

Because this soundtrack was OOP for over 20 years, it was somewhat in demand. However, prices of it did not go out of control. Prices topped at $28 for it. But with that said the U.S. promo copies went for far more, topping at $50. When the 2016 re-press came out, retail price on it was $25. A debatable move by the label (Virgin) because not many people will pay $25 for a single LP release with little to no extra details like a gatefold jacket or heavyweight vinyl. The re-press was being marketed as “limited edition” with no pressing info given to say exactly how “limited” it was.

I expected there to be thousands upon thousands of copies pressed. Surprisingly, this soundtrack is becoming hard to find. So that “limited edition” hype line may actually be true. I held out on buying this expecting it to go on sale way after release date because distros can’t move their stock. As of writing this I was wrong. Nobody is lowering their price on this, everyone is selling this for close to $25. But that is not to say I didn’t get a deal on this record. I bought this online from indie record store Amoeba Record during one of their monthly 15% off sales. They often list items they took in trade as being used despite many of them still being factory sealed. It’s likely because due to legal reasons they can’t sell someone they’re selling second hand as “new.” Whatever the reason, they were selling a “used” copy for $20. and with 15% off and free shipping I spent $17 on this.



Foo Fighters released new material in the form of an EP in November 2015. The Saint Cecilia EP was released for free digitally, with a later physical release on vinyl planned. The only physical release for this EP was vinyl, which came out in February 2016. There is a U.S. and European pressing, but I don’t know of any discernible difference between them. The EP features five brand new songs. It sounds like a mix between Sonic Highways and Wasting Light; minus the corny themes and imagery found in Sonic Highways and a bit of the rawness and agression of Wasting Light.

Saint Cecilia was pressed as a 12″, thankfully, as it kept the cost down. It could easily fit on a 10″, but that would have driven up the price by at least $5. Or dare I say something more extravagant like a double 7″. This is a very affordable release, retail price is around $10. And it’s that cheap for a reason. I’ve never seen such a cheap release. The jacket is insanely thin and flimsy, the worst in that department in my collection. The paper dust sleeve is also very thin, about the same thickness as toilet seat covers you find in public bathrooms. No download code is included, but since the band gave the EP away for free it’s not a complaint, just on fact I’m reporting. There is no insert either, just the record crammed into a cheap jacket. They cut costs so much I’m surprised they sprang for shrink-wrapping.

Foo Fighters - Saint Cecilia EP - Copy

In 1994 a European movie was made about the early days of the Beatles. The movie is titled Backbeat and centers around the band’s time in Hamburg, Germany, focusing on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe (Beatles original bassist), his girlfriend, and John Lennon. The film spawned a soundtrack performed by a super group of sorts. The band was dubbed The Backbeat Band and featured Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) on drums, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) and Gregg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) on vocals, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) on guitar and Mike Mills (R.E.M.) on bass. Henry Rollins even does vocals on one song. The soundtrack is comprised of covers of Beatles songs and of covers of covers the Beatles performed in their early days.

The soundtrack as a whole was pressed on vinyl, but a handful of singles were also released. There is a 10″ single, three different pressings of a 7″ single and 12″ single for the song “Money.” There is also a 7″ single for the song “Please Mr. Postman.”

There are two different U.S. pressings of the “Money” 7″, a standard and a jukebox, and a UK pressing. Each pressing has different artwork and a different track listing. I own the standard U.S. pressing (featured here), which was released by Dry Hump Recordings. A mail order flyer is included with the U.S. pressing, and it indicates that the single originally cost $3. Without ever knowing that, ironically that happens to be how much I spent on the single. Prices are not over the moon for either version of the 7″, but the U.S. version does seem to go for more. The U.S. version goes for $4 on the low end up to $10 on the high end. The UK version goes for less than a dollar on the low end up to $5 on the high end.

The standard U.S. single has “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” on the b-side, while the jukebox pressing has two track on the a-side; “Money” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy,” with the b-side featuring” He’s Wearing My Bathrobe.” The UK pressing, released by Virgin Records, has “He’s Wearing My Bathrobe” on the b-side. You can see the artwork for the U.S. pressing below, but the artwork for the UK pressing features either a still image from the movie or a press photo promoting the film. All pressings are on black vinyl though.

The 10″ version of the “Money” single was also a UK release and has the same artwork as the UK 7″, only it’s cropped slightly tighter than the 7″. The track listing for the 10″ features both b-sides found on the U.S. and UK 7″s, with the UK b-side appearing first. The 10″ doesn’t sell for much on the second hand market; $1 on the low end up to $14 on the high end. Condition varies greatly though, and you’ll pay more for a copy in better condition. This single isn’t a case of insane prices because it’s super rare. Price is driven purely by condition.

The 12″ version of the “Money” single is exactly the same as the 10″ version, save for the obvious format difference. Prices range from $6 on the low end up to $13 on the high end. Again, condition is everything.

With vinyl sales not slowing down and there being no end in sight to its resurgence many sought after and long OOP albums have been getting re-pressed in recent years. Many albums that I never thought would be re-pressed actually are. Dischord Records delved deep into their catalog to re-press Scream’s 1993 album Fumble in 2016.

This album is notable because it was Dave Grohl’s final release with Scream before he moved on to bigger and better things. Granted my main motivation to buy this record was to keep my Dave Grohl collection complete, but that doesn’t mean Fumble is not worth picking up as it’s a good album regardless of who was in the band.

This latest pressing of Fumble, which is the second overall, has some subtle changes to it. First off, the cover art has a minor change to it, as the band’s name is now printed with orange ink instead of red like what was on the first pressing. The back of the jacket is also orange where it was red on the first pressing. The track listing is also slightly different as one track is ommitted from the second pressing that was on the first; “Crack Man.”Crack Man” was the last track (6) on Side A on the first pressing. The song was left over this re-press for sound quality purposes. However, the song is included on the download card that comes with the second pressing. The re-mastering was done by TJ Lipple.

The most obvious change between pressings is that the second pressing comes on colored vinyl; clear vinyl. The first pressing was on black vinyl. The 2nd pressing is also re-mastered. Since I don’t have a copy from the first pressing I can’t do a comparison between the two. The second pressing come with the same insert as the first pressing. Well, let me clarify that. It comes with at least one side of the insert that is the same, which is the side with the lyrics printed on it. I’ve never seen anything other than a photo of the insert included with the first pressing of Fumble from 1993, and all the photos are of the same side; the one of the lyrics. So it’s entirely possible the insert from the first pressing is single-sided. All copies from the second pressing come with a hype sticker in the top right corner that promote the fact the record comes with a download card and it’s re-mastered.

Pressing info for either pressing has not been released. And it probably never will.

Copies of the original pressing from 1993 can fetch upwards of $40. It’s too early to tell whether or not this re-press from 2016 will bring prices of OG copies down or drive them up even higher. It’s a tough case because the original pressing has one more song that is left over the re-press, and cover is slightly different, plus there variant factor as well what with the different colors of vinyl and the slight cover art changes. The 2016 re-press retails for around $18. Yes, I’m aware Dischord’s site is selling it for $14, but they charge about $4 for shipping.

With all that said, it’s personal preference on which pressing to buy. The second pressing is readily available as of posting this, and it’s cheaper, but it has a different track listing than the original pressing and release of the album as it omits a track. However, that omitted song is an instrumental song, but it’s an amazing five minute plus instrumental song. Most copies of the original 1993 pressing are hard to find, especially in good shape. Majority of the copies that pop up for sale have damage to the jacket. They always seem to have corner dings and bends, bad ring wear and edge wear. And all copies have been played; nobody that bought this album kept it sealed sitting on their shelf waiting to be flipped. Since it’s a punk record the condition of the record itself may vary too. I doubt many punk rockers cared for their very well so don’t expect to find a NM copy anywhere.

Dave Grohl has had a long and industrious career in music. He has been in countless bands and has lent his musical talents to even more over the years. One of his bands, well acts really, often slips through the cracks by Nirvana and Foo Fighters fans. Most fans know Grohl recorded the first Foo Fighters record by himself, playing all the instruments and not attaching his name to the project, simply writing Foo Fighters on the tape he recorded and passed around so nobody would think hey this is new stuff from that guy from Nirvana. But he had another solo project prior to that initial Foo Fighters effort.

Late is that projects name. There is an infamous cassette tape entitled Pocketwatch that has been bootlegged to no end, with a legit tape selling for over $500. The songs from the tape have circulated around the internet amongst Nirvana and Foo Fighters fan groups for a long time, and it’s one of the holy grails of collectors. But the Pocketwatch tape is not Late’s only physical release. Late appears on a triple 7″ box set compilation entitled Neapolitan Metropolitan, which was released by Simple Machines Records, the same label that release Pocketwatch.

Neapolitan Metropolitan is either forgotten by most or completely unrecognized as existing. Everyone is focused on the Pocketwatch tape. It might be because Grohl uses a pseudonym for credit on this release; Alex “Vanilla” McCloud. This 7″ box set is the only vinyl release Late appears on , and was released prior to the Pocketwatch tape. Late contributes one song to the box set, “There’s That Song,” which alter appeared on Pocketwatch under the title “Petrol CB.”

The triple 7″ box set features 12 bands from three different cities all from the DC Metro area; Richmond, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC proper. Each city get its own 7″ that is pressed on its own color resembling Neapolitan ice cream, hence the title of this box set. Richmond is pink for strawberry, Baltimore is green for pistachio and Washington DC is white for vanilla. Late appears on the Washington DC record, and now Grohl’s pseudonym makes a bit more sense doesn’t it.

To continue the ice cream theme, included with the box set is one of those wooden spoon you use to get with those plastic ice cream cups with the peel off lids in elementary school or from a cart vendor in a park. Also included is a 14-page booklet, which has information about each of the bands appearing on the compilation and some background info on the charitable organizations the box set is geared towards raising awareness and support for. These organizations worked to provide support for the homeless in the DC Metro area, which was a chronic problem in the 70s, 80s and into 90s. The following passage is taken directly from Simple Machines’ website and talks about the motivation behind this box set. ” Sometime in 1991 Jenny was in the Adams Morgan section of DC and stopped by Ben & Jerry’s for some ice cream. While she was there she noticed an interesting policy: bring your own spoon and you get a free scoop. Ben & Jerry’s was using ice cream as a reward for those customers who didn’t use a disposable plastic spoon! Jenny soon got in touch with Ben & Jerry’s headquarters and requested an annual report, which was full of stories about innovative, community-based efforts that the company had woven into their business framework. Since one of our own mission statement goals was to use our packaging to “educate, not just decorate”, we turned this interest in community development efforts into a 7″ project. Neapolitan Metropolitan combined great music from bands from three regional cities, which we pressed on ice-creamy vinyl, with inforamtion about community-based organizations. The enclosed booklet talked about Ben & Jerry’s, as well as DC’s Sasha Bruce House and the Arlandria Tenant’s Rights Association of Alexandria, VA.”

The box itself would have a traditional slip lid, but the lid is attached to the bottom half of the box with a thin flap. On many of these box sets the flap holding the box lid on gets worn and damaged, looking like seam splits on traditional record jackets. It’s difficult to find a box in mint condition after all these years as the box set was released in 1992. On the bottom of the box there is a sticker affixed that is a road map of the DC Metro area. It also serves as a hype sticker, as it lists the bands featured on the box set as well. Included with the box set is a mail order flyer and order form (though my copy is missing the order form). The mail order flyer advertises the Pocketwatch tape as costing $3.50 ppd, a far, far cry from the hundreds of dollars the tape now goes for. This box set originally cost $10, which is not too far from the going of it now, $25.

Pressing info was never released, and it never will seeing as Simple Machines has been defunct for almost 20 years.

With Foo Fighter’s latest album, Sonic Highways, they eventually launched a pre-order incentive with the pre-order in the form of a free 7″ flexi containing an exclusive song. The pre-order launched very early, sometime in August 2014, a few months ahead of the release date in November 2014, and at the time there was no free, exclusive bonus item incentive to pre-order. Once the first single came out in mid October 2014, the official pre-order drastically changed. This is when the free bonus item (the 7″ flexi) became available. It was included in all pre-orders of Sonic Highways on any format or bundle option, not only for people who pre-ordered after the flexi was announced.

The flexi disc features a cover of “Two-Headed Dog” originally done by Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators. Even though it was included with every pre-order there was still a disclaimer attached that made it a “while supplies last” situation. While the free flexi was a great bonus, the merch company handling the pre-order threw in a great punch to the gut and slap to the face, as at this time the shipping charges dramatically increased, doing so by three times what it cost initially. Shipping for one record now stood at $20 and change, which everyone knows is a complete rip-off. For a few weeks you could still select which cover variant you wanted, and god help you if you wanted to buy all nine as shipping came to over $50. A few weeks after the flexi was announced the option to choose which cover you wanted was gone; if you ordered it at this point you would receive one of the nine different covers selected at random. It was also at this time that the composite cover art, which had all nine separate covers combined into one image, was announced, which brought the cover variant total up to 10.

Initially I was bummed I didn’t pre-order Sonic Highways because of missing out on the flexi. But now after all the dust has settled and I have all the cover variants and the flexi, I have no regrets. By not giving in to the extortionate shipping prices, I saved myself close to $50 on the 10 copies of the album themselves. By buying the flexi on the secondary market I still come out over $40 ahead.

The flexi is pressed/printed on thin card stock so it’s not a flexi in the truest sense. It’s more of a sound sheet, like what is actually printed on it. It’s single sided, obviously. The artwork printed on it, while simplistic, is awesome. Lots of tidbits are printed on it, including detailed instructions on how to play the flexi (which actually applies to all records) and slogans like “vinyl is killing the MP3 industry.” The sound quality on this is just above horrible. But given the playing surface it’s not all that bad. And as per the suggestion printed on the flexi, play it at a max volume as the sound is quite low on it. Well, not quite max volume so you don’t blow your speakers.Foo Fighters - Two-Headed Dog flexi - Copy

Record Store Day (RSD) 2015 was my worst yet. Typically I arrive about three hours before my local store opens and I’m usually no more than 20 people back, having no problems getting everything I want. This year, because of the Brand New – Deja Entendu re-press I decided to get to the store even earlier, anticipating a clusterf*ck because of the Deja release. Boy was I wrong in how early I should have gotten there. Even though I lined up five hours before opening, two hours earlier than I usually do, I was the 55th person in line, more than double where I usually am in line. How do I know where I was in line you ask? Simple; my local store is insanely organized when it comes to RSD. They keep all the RSD releases alphabetized and categorized by format (7″, 10″, LP, CD, tape, box set) behind a counter they set up just for RSD, have it set up menu style where you tell them what you want and they get it for you, only let a handful of people in the store (RSD area) at a time and they hand out numbered pieces of paper like a deli in a supermarket based on line order to make sure nobody further back in line gets RSD releases ahead of anyone because they have four or five different employees getting releases.

So to sum up, I got to the store earlier than ever before, was further back in line than ever before for my effort and didn’t get three releases that I wanted. Considering in the six previous RSD’s I’ve attended I only didn’t get one release over that entire span, not getting three in one year is a horrible swing. To be fair though, I bought one of the releases I missed online from Bull Moose. I found out from talking to people in the store and some employees that people started lining up at 5 pm on the day before (Friday) RSD, with the bulk of people getting the Deja RSD exclusive lining up by 11:30 pm the day before. No way will I ever line up that early for anything non-life essential.

In turns out though that I could have easily skipped RSD again this year seeing as the only thing I wanted that couldn’t be bought online as leftovers from the various stores was this release, the Foo Fighters – Songs From The Laundry Room 10″.

This 10″ features four demos recorded by Dave Grohl during time off from touring he had with Nirvana and the period after Nirvana disbanded but before the formation of Foo Fighters as a four-piece outfit. Two songs are early takes on songs that would appear on the band’s debut self-titled album and the other two are never before heard songs. Side A has “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me” with side B having a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids In America” and a never before heard Foo Fighters/Dave Grohl song entitled “Empty Handed.” The songs were recorded in the early 90’s at Laundry Room Studios in Seattle with producer Barrett Jones. An interesting tidbit about the song “Empty Handed,” if you watched the Seattle episode of Foo Fighters’ HBO docu-series Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl played a clip of the song when he is going through all the all analog tapes he recorded with Barrett Jones.

The 10″ was limited to 4,000 copies, all pressed on black vinyl. There are two separate pressings of this 10″, a U.S. and Euro pressing. The U.S. pressing is limited to 4,000 copies and the Euro pressing is limited to 1,500 copies. The only distinguishable difference are different stickers on the outer poly sleeve for each pressing. The US. pressing has a tiny, white square sticker that has the RSD logo and some sort of number, ‘1RAW10495S1,’ printed on it. I say some sort of number because the number printed on the sticker is not the bar code number, catalog number, matrix number, etc. The Euro pressing has a silver foil sunburst sticker that reads ‘Record Store Day Exclusive,’ which is the same sticker that has been used for RSD releases for the past few years.

The packaging of the release is one of the nicest of RSD this year. It mimics a cassette release, with an enlarged inlay similar to what would typically be included with a cassette from the 80’s. The record comes in a printed dust sleeve slid into a nice, sturdy jacket. One of the only knocking points of this release is a big one in this day and age; as far as I know no download code is included, unless my copy didn’t have one for whatever reason.

After reading some interviews Grohl gave regarding RSD and this release in particular, he said there are maybe 40 songs he recorded that no one has heard before. He narrowed the list down to about 20 to pick from for what would appear on the Songs From The Laundry Room 10″. So here’s hoping all those songs eventually see the light of day at some point, only not as a Record Store Day release.

This 10″ was likely re-pressed based on the fact the band is selling around 30 copies of it at each of their pop up shops in the various cities on their current tour. Some pop up shops are opened for several days leading up to the show in that respective city, while others are only open for one day. There have been four pop up shops so far and there will likely be more. I doubt there were this many copies leftover after RSD as this was one of the hardest releases to get, and I doubt the band would allow a ton of copies be held back to sell later on. Also, they are selling these for $30 at the pop up shops, which is close to double the price for it on RSD.