Posts Tagged ‘Green Day’

In a rare move, Green Day released a second Greatest Hits album. An odd move for a band that is still active, especially considering they released six albums since the release of their first Greatest Hits album, but songs are only taken from four of those albums (Dos! and Tre! are not represented). As far as I know only two bands to date have released multiple Greatest Hits albums; Queen and the Eagles. And leave it to Green Day to come up with creative names for their Greatest Hits albums; with the first one titled International Superhits! and this new one titled Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band.

Say what you will about the cash grab that is a Greatest Hits albums, but Green Day has at least released new songs with each of theirs. International Superhits! had two brand new songs on it, but the band was slacking with Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band as there is only one true new song on it. There are technically two new songs on Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band, but one of them is a re-worked song off their latest studio album Revolution Radio. “Ordinary World” is that song, and it’s a sort of duet with Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert. The other new song, which is the truly new song, is entitled “Back In The USA.” The new songs are tacked on to the end of Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band.

If the name of Green Day’s new Greatest Hits album was not enough to rile certain people up, the cover art certainly was. The cover art depicts all three main band members dressed as priests set against a stained glass window you’d typically find in a church. One nice touch with the artwork, front and back, is that the cover art for every studio album, or at least the key image (the heart grenade from American Idiot and the man with a sticker over his face from Nimrod for example) from each is depicted on it in a segment of the stained glass window.

All copies of Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band were pressed as a double LP on black vinyl, which comes in a gatefold jacket along with an insert. The insert has the lyrics from every song printed on it, which takes up both sides of the insert. It does not come with a download card though. You see, Reprise Records, along with a handful of other major labels, are starting to not put download cards in physical releases anymore. Instead, they are opting to only issue them to those who order the record from either the label’s or band’s official online store. The digital downloads are either delivered via e-mail or are redeemable after placing your order through a link on your order form/receipt. It’s yet another shady marketing strategy aimed to get people to buy records for a higher price in the form of full retail price if not for a mark up on it, and directly from the label/band so they make even more money by not having to pay middle man like a distributor to get copies out to say Amazon, Best Buy, indie record stores or other online distros. I know Reprise Records, which is owned Warner Music Group, along with Island Records and Interscope Records, which are owned by Universal Music Group, employ this no download card strategy, so it wouldn’t surprise me if every label under those respective umbrellas do the same.

Retail price on Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band is $25. But expect prices on it to eventually drop as I doubt this will sell well considering this might be the third time people are buying many of these songs. I bought this for $15 on sale during the frenzy that is the holiday shopping season.



Say what you will about Green Day selling out, but Billie Joe Armstrong never forgets where he came from. He formed yet another side project, called Armstrongs, which released their first material in the Summer of 2017 in the form of a flexi disc. The sole song on it, entitled “If There Was Ever A Time,” is a good blend of Green Day and Rancid, the later of which rounds out the rest of Armstrongs lineup. If you haven’t guessed by now the group features Tim Armstrong of Rancid fame, along with Billie Joe’s son (Joey) on drums and Tim’s nephew Rey Armstrong.

Initially the flexi was limited to 1,000 copies, with all proceeds going to 924 Gilman, the legendary non-profit venue in East Bay. This pressing/variant of the flexi was released by Pirates Press Records. At some point later, New Noise Magazine featured the song on their own pressing/variant of the flexi as part of their “subscriber exclusive” issues of the zine. Though I’m not a subscriber and was easily able to buy a copy of the zine (issue #33) with this flexi (along with another issue with The Falcon flexi) ala carte directly from New Noise Magazine.

Here is a little more details about each pressing/variant. The initial run released by Pirates Press cost $9.24 (odd price, I know, but considering it’s identical to 924 Gilman, it makes sense) plus an additional $6 for shipping. In the fine print they were describing the flexi as a “donation” so they were obviously getting a tax write off for this release. The New Noise pressing/variant cost $5 for the magazine plus an additional $2.50 for shipping. That total is almost less than the shipping for the Pirates Press pressing/variant. Which is the main reason why I opted to go with the New Noise pressing/variant.

Now, I’m not against charity, especially ones revolving around music. But I’m not a fan of being ripped off. $15 is a decent price for a single LP album, not a single song flexi disc of all things. If I wanted to donate $15 (or any amount for that matter) to a charity, I would donate it directly to them. Not buy something where those responsible for manufacturing it would recoup their costs, and then donate the remaining money to said charity. So even though you spent over $15 for a charity flexi disc, the charity did not actually get $15.

There is one key difference between the Pirates Press and New Noise Magazine pressings/variants. The center labels are different. The Pirates Press release has unique artwork, while the New Noise Magazine release has New Noise stampings on it; like a stock center label. That is aside from the glaringly obvious fact that the New Noise Magazine release comes with a magazine. Both pressings/variants are on black vinyl. What is featured in the photos below is the New Noise pressing/variant. The artwork on the cover of the magazine was done by Richie Bucher, who drew the artwork for Green Day’s Dookie.

An important note about the New Noise flexi variant/pressing is that it comes glued inside the magazine (see last pic in gallery below). The ind of glue that is easy to peel off without destroying anything or leaving a residue. You can literally roll it up and slowly peel it off. Apparently the reason the zine is now gluing the flexi inside the magazine is that lots of copies of previous flexis arrived damaged. The aforementioned copy of The Falcon flexi I have was not glued inside the magazine, but it also did not come damaged. New Noise also offers different shipping options, ranging in price and packaging. The cheapest option is just the magazine shipped inside a flat envelope, while the more expensive options offers more protective packaging. All copies of the zine with the flexi also come shrink wrapped in the typical plastic bag type wrapping that many magazines come in.

Despite the prices I mentioned above, flippers are making good money on the secondary market off this flexi. Fools are paying upwards of $55 (before shipping) for the Pirates Press release and idiots are paying an average of $15 (before shipping) for the New Noise Magazine release. Bear in the mind you can still buy the issue of New Noise Magazine with this flexi directly from them online for $7.50 shipped.

The song featured on this flexi is also part of the soundtrack for the upcoming documentary Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk. Nationwide screenings of it started in late May 2017 and ran through late October.


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




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 (1st Press)

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 exclusive 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.