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A lot has been said about Enjoy The Ride Records (ETR), mostly for the worse. I’ve never been a diehard supporter of his, but I was never one to grab my pitchfork either. I’ve basically been straddling the fence. Up until now I’ve had no reason to slam one of his releases. And it’s really starting to make me rethink my stance and come down firmly on one side of the fence.

This tribute compilation, We’re A Happy Family: A Tribute To The Ramones has all the hallmarks of an Enjoy The Ride release; pixellated artwork that is painfully obvious it was just blown up from a CD image (or worse yet, an image he found on Google images), poor mastering and overpricing. So where do I begin?

The jacket is cheap; it’s very thin and flimsy. For a double LP, it doesn’t come in a gatefold jacket, which would’ve been a nice touch for this release. Looking at images of the original CD release of this comp from 2003, which happened to be a digipak so it had what would be considered a gatefold for a CD, there were plenty of options for something to go inside the gatefold for the vinyl version. The cover art was done by Rob Zombie. It’s great artwork, and it’s a shame it’s pixellated. The insert itself however, is nice. But the insert is still not as nice as the original insert/booklet that came with the original CD release. It’s a foldout insert, with the cover having a reproduced handwritten lyric sheet by Joey Ramone. When you open it up you find liner notes written by Stephen King. Yes, I know it’s random, but Stephen King was solicited to write the liner notes for this comp. The back of the insert has the liner notes printed on it.

Thankfully ETR learned from past mistakes and disclosed the “reproduction” aspect of the hand written lyrics. In the past he would’ve never mentioned it and it would leave lots of angry people in his wake. The artwork is just blown up from a smaller source. It’s very obvious it wasn’t scaled up properly. I mentioned it above, but the CD liner notes for the Stephen King portion were much nicer than what ETR did with the insert for the vinyl release. The original CD insert/booklet was colorful, matching the color scheme (red/white/blue) of the release. ETR just whited it out, likely starting with a blank white sheet of paper and adding a colorful border along the top. The vinyl insert may be easier to read, but it was a cut corner on ETR’s part. Especially when you consider the cost of the record and ETR’s rationale for it.

The mastering of this leaves a lot to be desired. Again, painfully obvious it wasn’t mastered from a proper source and likely not even mastered for vinyl at all, despite the claims made by ETR. Case and point; whoever “mastered” this for vinyl is not credited anywhere on this release. Enjoy The Ride boasts about it being pressed at 45 rpm for “optimal sound quality,” but that doesn’t make the records sound better if the source material is a CD you bought, ripped it on iTunes, burned that rip to a CD-R and sent that to the pressing plant. No chance ETR uses a proper lacquer maker or outside audio engineer. This a comp many people wanted on vinyl because it features an amazing track listing, which you can see at the end of this script.

Circling back to the pricing of this record, it’s severely overpriced. Retail on this is $36. Yes, $36. ETR actually charged more (only 3 cents more but the point is made; $35.95 for ETR variant, $35.98 for B&N in ETR web store) for their exclusive variant than the Barnes & Noble exclusive. Considering ETR charges $25 for his single LP releases now, it’s obvious the gouging going on with this release. As usual, ETR gave BS reasons for the price. Saying things on social media in response to critics like “sorry” and “these were really expensive each at cost because of all the artists involved” “and my personal favorite; “because of all the deluxe upgrades.”

First off, he is not paying royalties to any of the artists on this comp. He just pays a flat licensing fee to Sony, which granted is likely higher than normal because a major label is involved and they love to rip people off. I doubt Sony charged ETR a higher licensing fee simply because of royalties, which major labels are notorious for not paying out to any of their artists. So his excuse is BS.

Secondly, there are NO deluxe upgrades. None. As aforementioned no gatefold jacket, no upgrade in materials used for the cheap, thin large pocket double LP jacket, improperly upscaled/enlarged/blown up images (cover art & insert) from the original CD release, record not pressed on heavyweight vinyl and the “bonus tracks” were originally found on the original CD release from 2003. I also find it hilarious that he thinks he feels any remorse for gouging people with his overpriced releases by “apologizing” for the high price. I’m actually amazed he didn’t delete that person’s comment and block him/her from his instagram account.

I purposely waited to buy this anticipating it to go down in price, either via clearance sales or discount/coupon codes. I took advantage of the later, using a 30% off code for B&N, and when combined with ebates I saved an additional dollar and change. So I wound up paying slightly over $25 shipped. Likely the lowest it will ever go, save for maybe 40$ off which B&N has released a code for before. Before I wrap up discussing how overpriced this record is, I wanted to add this; about one week after I bought this ETR had this comp as part of their “12 Days Of Christmas Sale,” on sale for 24% off. I win again.

Here is the pressing info; 750 copies on tri-color swirl / red, white, blue swirl, which is ETR exclusive, and 1,250 copies on “zombie” green / neon green, which is a Barnes & Noble exclusive. I n ETR’s own press releases and promo images for this release he can’t even get the colors straight. In some he calls it tri-color swirl and neon green, and in others he calls it red/white/blue swirl and zombie green. B&N calls their exclusive neon green on their website, and so does the hype sticker.

Some more finer point details about this record. The B&N exclusive is the only variant to have any hype stickers. There are two hype stickers on it in fact, a blue one highlighting the track listing and a green one noting the color of the vinyl. The ETR exclusive has no hype stickers.

Many people wanted to see this tribute comp pressed on vinyl for a long time. Mainly because of the track listing and the sheer volume of big name acts who appear on it. It’s genre spanning, which of course upset the true punk rockers that are still out there. Some people actually consider this tribute comp sacrilege. But when you take into account Johnny Ramone actually asked some of the bands to record a song for this tribute comp, people shouldn’t be upset because it’s an affront to the original version or makes a mockery of the Ramones. And before anyone jumps down my throat for putting ‘the’ in front of Ramones, it’s for grammatical purposes. I know the band’s name is simply Ramones.

One more interesting note of this tribute comp, it spawned a 7″ single. This 7″ is extremely rare and highly sought after. It rarely pops up for sale on the secondary market. The handful of times it has been listed on ebay it went for the bargain basement price of $488, with the peak price hitting $886. The first copy was sold in 2007, another in 2008, then a few year gap with another being sold in 2010. Another copy was sold in 2011, another in 2013, a couple more in 2015 and the most recent sale was December 2016. The peak price was oddly hit in 2013, and the price has not gradually gone up over time. It has jumped significantly, yes, but there has not been a steady rise over time as you’d expect. The prices this 7″ has sold for have been all over the price based on time, with a sale in 2008 being $85 higher than the most recent sale in 2016, and a sale in 2007 was $105 higher than a sale in 2011.

This 7″ was originally released in the UK, but was abruptly pulled from sale for an unknown reason. The single was marked as “withdrawn,” but a small amount did make it out into the public’s hands. At first it was only rumored to exist, but pictures prove its existence. The 7″ was pressed on blue vinyl a featured the Metallica, Green Day and The Offspring covers that appeared on the full length tribute comp.

Here is the track listing, and you can see why people wanted this comp pressed on vinyl:

Side A

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Havana Affair
  2. Rob Zombie – Blitzkrieg Bop
  3. Eddie Vedder & Zeke – I Believe In Miracles
  4. Metallica – 53rd & 3rd
  5. U2 – Beat On The Brat

Side B

  1. Kiss – Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio
  2. -Marilyn Manson – The KKK Took My Baby Away
  3. Garbage – I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
  4. Green Day – Outsider

Side C

  1. The Pretenders – Something To Believe In
  2. Rancid – . Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
  3. Pete Yorn – I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  4. The Offspring – I Wanna Be Sedated
  5. Rooney – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Side D

  1. Tom Waits – Return Of Jackie & Judy
  2. Eddie Vedder & Zeke – Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love)
  3. John Frusciante – Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World





Green Day – Revolution Radio

Posted: November 22, 2016 in Vinyl

Green Day released their 12th studio album in 2016. The album, Revolution Radio, is their best since American Idiot in my opinion. Is it 90’s era Green Day? No. But is the album still enjoyable and have less of the cheesy pop music influences found on Uno, Dos and Tre? Yes.

Revolution Radio was pressed as a single LP and comes inside a single pocket jacket with an embossed cover. An insert is included, which has the lyrics printed on one side. But you might need a magnifying glass to read the lyrics because they’re printed in very small print. No download card/code is included with any copies of the record. Which is inexcusable these days. If you buy a copy of the record from Green Day’s official web store you get a download link either via email or with your order receipt after purchase. But I stuck it to Reprise by complaining about the record not having a download card by contacting them through the contact form on Green Day’s web store, and in response they sent me a download link. And it’s not the first time they’ve done that for me either.

The record has three variants; black, red and hunter green. Red is exclusive to Green Day’s official web store and hunter green is an F.Y.E. exclusive. Yes, you heard right, an F.Y.E. exclusive. It appears F.Y.E. is stepping into the ring (or octagon if you want to be trendy with an MMA reference) to take a piece of the overpriced colored vinyl game. Pressing info has not been released for any of the variants, and never expect it to be because this is a major label release. But both the hunter green and red variants have hype stickers that read “limited edition,” for whatever that’s worth.

Retail price on this record is around $20. But if you don’t care about vinyl color you can shop around and find this for under $15. I bought this for $13.46 from an online distro after taking advantage of an insane discount code.

V/A – Angus Soundtrack

Posted: July 12, 2016 in Vinyl
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One of the most talked about soundtracks wanting/needing to be pressed on vinyl was for the film Angus. People were clamoring for it for years to no avail. Eventually $hit Radio Cast ($RC) decided to license it and press it on their “label” SRCvinyl. I have no doubt $RC licensed this only because lots of people were talking about how it’s a shame it was never pressed on a message board they own and operate. They cared so much about the music on it and felt it was an injustice that the soundtrack hadn’t been pressed yet that they copy and pasted the Wikipedia page for the soundtrack in their store for the item description. Jokes on them though because it sold horribly because in typical $RC fashion they overpriced the soundtrack. And now they resorted to putting the remaining copies on clearance for $10.

The soundtrack features many great bands, with a few of the songs being written just for this soundtrack while many were previously released. none of the songs on it are exclusive to the soundtrack nor were they new at the time it was initially released. I think people love the soundtrack not only because it’s a cult film, but because it featured many punk bands, especially from the Bay Area scene when Lookout Records dominated that scene. Not many movies, especially big studio ones, used music like this. Some of the bands on the soundtrack include Green Day, Weezer, Smoking Popes, The Riverdales, Tilt, Pansy Division Dance Hall Crashers, Love Spit Love and Goo Goo Dolls.

I bought the soundtrack to keep my Green Day and Weezer collections complete. The Green Day song on the soundtrack is “J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva),” which was unreleased at the time and later appeared on their greatest album International Superhits! and b-sides album Shenanigans. The Weezer song is “You Gave Your Love To Me Softly” off Pinkerton. Weezer had actually written another song, “Wanda (You’re My Only Love)” specifically for this soundtrack but it was cut because it apparently was too close an interpretation of the movie. That song later appeared on Rivers Cuomo’s first album of demos, b-sides and unreleased material entitled Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

This soundtrack was pressed as a single LP on two variants; blue 180 gram limited to 500 copies and clear 180 gram limited to 1,000 copies. The blue is transparent when it should have been opaque at the very least if not simply a darker shade of blue. So it doesn’t match the blue from the artwork at all. I will say this about the pressing info, $RC listed different numbers for the clear variant. Initially they advertised it as being limited to 1,500 copies, They did that on social media. When pre-orders went up their store had the clear listed as limited to 1,000.

All copies come with a full color, fold out insert. The insert features stills from the movie on the outer panels and liner notes on the inside panels. The soundtrack was apparently mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray at Coherent Studios, but it’s not the best sounding record despite that. Because of that mastering job this release get one of those now normal silver ‘$RC HiFi’ hype stickers on the poly sleeve.

As I mentioned earlier $RC severely overpriced this soundtrack. They initially charged $22 for it. And because of that ridiculous price tag other online distros and indie record stores who made the poor decision to carry this release are forced to mark up the soundtrack even further. If you look to buy this anywhere other than $RC for whatever reason you’ll see prices like $25 on up to $28. Other retailers are starting to mark down this soundtrack as well, but it’s still overpriced after their price cuts. Your best bet is to bite the bullet and buy this directly from $RC for $10 plus shipping, maybe even buy some of their other overpriced releases that are now on clearance spread out the shipping cost.

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.

One of the releases that is still lingering post RSD is the Billie Joe Armstrong 7″ picture disc. It’s billed as solely a Billie Joe Armstrong release, but in fact it’s a split release featuring two other artists and the music is taken from the soundtrack to the stop-motion animated musical film Live Freaky! Die Freaky!. Side A has the Billie Joe Armstrong song, “Mechanical Man,” and side B has two tracks, one by Travis Barker (Blink-182 drummer) entitled “Charlie? (Opening Song)” and the other by Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go’s) and Roddy Bottom (Faith No more) entitled “Do The Creep Crawl.”

There were 2500 copies pressed, all as a picture disc. It was released by Frontier Records to celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary. One thing of note about this release is that is does not come in a red picture disc sleeve as the picture on the official RSD releases list implies based on the picture attached to it. It comes in a regular, clear, picture disc sleeve with a hype sticker on the right hand side.

This 7″ was arguably the most expensive release considering what it is. Yes, there were far more expensive releases by dollar amount, but they were either box sets or multi-disc releases. You can’t compare the price of a box set against a single 7″. What I’m getting at is this three track, picture disc 7″, cost $20 retail. Sure some places might have undercut that price by a few bucks or charged even more for it than that, but theMSRP was $20. To make matters even worse, theMSRP’s stated leaking out shortly after owner of Bull Moose Records and one of the founders ofRSD, did an interview about everythingRSD where he said, referring toRSD 2015; “Ryan Adams’ ongoing inexpensive 7″ series means a label better have a very good reason for releasing a 7″ for $12-$15″ and ‘some releases were rejected based on price.’ Obviously those statements were hogwash as this 7” somehow made the cut at this price point. Before anyone jumps down my throat about complaining about the price but still buying it, myout of pocket cost was only $10 after applying a rewards point bonus that my local store does.

Green Day – Tune In Tokyo

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Vinyl

Green Day, a band that has released something seemingly every Record Store Day (RSD) event, had yet another release for the 2014 Black Friday RSD event, this time a live album entitled Tune In Tokyo. Despite what the title suggests, not a single song on the album was recorded in Tokyo. It was recorded over several different nights and venues back in 2001 and features seven songs, most from the Warning era. All songs were recorded during March 2001 in the cities Fukuoka (Track 1), Sendai (Tracks 2,3,5,6,7) and Osaka (Track 4). This Black Friday RSD releases marks the first time the album was released outside of Japan, and re-released for the first time since 2001.

Even though this release was not listed under the “Record Store Day First” section of the official RSD release list, I got the impression Tune In Tokyo will be re-pressed/re-released or simply more variants that aren’t Black Friday RSD exclusives will pop up in the future. Based on the wording on the hype sticker on the front of the jacket, it makes it seem that this Black Friday RSD release is just on an exclusive color, which is blue limited to 5,000 copies, and is not strictly a Black Friday RSD exclusive.

An insert is included with this release, but it’s minimal and not really needed. Since this was a pricey release all things considered ($19), I’ll take a useless insert instead of not getting one for the same price, because I doubt a major label which drastically reduce the price of this if it didn’t have an insert. As has been typical with most Warner Bros. releases (Tune In Tokyo is a Reprise release, but Reprise is under the Warner umbrella) the past few years, instead of a standard paper dust sleeve they use a poly dust sleeve for this release, and not one of the good ones like Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs uses and sells either. A download card is also included but be careful when you redeem it, because if you’ve bought or redeemed another Warner Bros. release those MP3’s may appear in your cart instead of the proper Green Day album. If that scenario plays out for you simply fill out the help contact form with a short explanation as to what happened and included your download code and someone should help you out with the proper download link in 1-2 business days.

Here is the track listing for Tune In Tokyo:

  1. Church On Sunday
  2. Castaway
  3. Blood, Sex And Booze
  4. King For A Day
  5. Waiting
  6. Minority
  7. Macy’s Day Parade

V/A – Godzilla The Album

Posted: October 30, 2014 in Vinyl
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This is one of the few soundtracks released on vinyl that Foo Fighters appear on. The soundtrack to the 1998 Godzilla movie starring Mathew Broderick is entitled Godzilla The Album, and was pressed as a double LP on neon green vinyl. It was released in the Netherlands on Epic Records. Even though this was a Dutch release, most copies up for sale on the secondary market are being sold from Japan. No word on how many copies were pressed, but this soundtrack is long OOP and goes for an average of $30. All copies come in a gatefold jacket, which is very thin, and the jacket has a hype sticker affixed to the cover.

Along with featuring an exclusive, brand new (at the time of release) Foo Fighters song entitled “A320,”, this soundtrack also features songs by Green Day, Silverchair, Wallflowers, Rage Against The Machine, Fuel and Ben Folds Five. But most people will remember this soundtrack for the horrendous and down right offensive (at least in my mind) sample of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” Puff Daddy used on his song “Come With Me.”

The main reason I wanted this comp was for the Foo Fighters and Green Day songs, as they are both exclusive to this comp, and even if they weren’t I would need this record to complete those collections. As mentioned above the Foo Fighters song is “A320” and the Green Day song is a remix version of “Brain Stew,” which is appropriately titled “Brain Stew (Godzilla Remix).”

Shortly before the death of Phil Everly, Billie Joe Armstong of Green Day fame and Norah Jones released a collaborative album entitled foreverly, which is a remaining of The Everly Brothers album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.

The vinyl version of the album is pressed on standard weight black vinyl and comes housed in a gatefold jacket. A download code is not included, nor is a CD of the album, so if you want to legitimately listen to MP3’s of this album you will have to buy the same album twice. In this day and age it’s a slap to the face when a record released by the original rights holders do not include either a download code or CD. Considering the price tag for this record when it first came out, around $25 shipped, it’s an especially hard slap to the face.

No word on pressing info for this record, and since it’s released by a major label I doubt the amount of copies pressed will ever come out, if it’s even known. Prices on this record are starting to drop, most likely due to a of low sales, which is likely a direct result of the high price tag. As stated earlier, this record cost around $25 shipped initially, but you can get this for around $17 shipped now. Unless distros get extremely anxious and what to just get rid of every copy they have left of this thing, don’t hold your breath for this to go any cheaper. Major label records (not licensed ones released by a “label”) rarely get marked down to half price or lower.