Record Store Day 2020

This year’s RSD takes place on Saturday April 18th. There are some things that have piqued my interest, pictured below.

There is also a Steven Wilson mixes edition of Roxy Music’s eponymous debut album. For me, Field Music and kd Lang’s All You Can Eat and Drag would be lovely on vinyl. I used to play those and the Ingenue album SSSOO much. I absolutely ADORE her voice.

There is also the tenuous Simple Minds connected offering of Corporation Of One’s The Real Life – which as I understand it, oddly enough samples the title track from SM’s 1991 album.

Something for the purist, I guess. I can’t say I am that enthusiastic about it, but now I’ve said that, I’ll probably by it. Lol

Great Covers

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I was listening to Billy Sloan’s show on BBC Radio Scotland last night and he played a previously unreleased version of Bowie’s I Can’t Read which is set to be released on a new compilation due out on Record Store Day called CHANGESNOWBOWIE. He then followed it up by playing a cover of Absolute Beginners. Almost immediately I was like “woah, this is pretty good. WTF is this?!”

To my utter amazement, when it finished Billy revealed it to be Steve Harley. My gob was truly smacked. That was NOT the name I was expecting to hear at the end of it. I don’t know whose name I WAS expecting…but it wasn’t Steve Harley’s. But hats off to him. It’s a wonderful version.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the link to Billy’s show. Absolute Beginners plays about 48 mins in. Give it a listen and see what you think.

It’s a track on Harley’s upcoming release called Uncovered. I’d be intrigued to hear the rest based on this track.

Link to the show can be found below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000dq4p

Graffiti Soul For RSD 2019

The list for Record Store Day 2019 (the day itself being Saturday, April 13th) was revealed early last night and Simple Minds are offering up a 10th anniversary limited edition (limited to 2000 copies only!) 2LP coloured vinyl of Graffiti Soul.

There’s quite a list of stuff, of course, and if money was no object, I’d try for other things…but the only other things I’d really want to go out of my way for are these.

The Roxy Music debut remixes 12″ set looks wonderfully packaged. The contact sheet photo cover looks brilliant.

The other I’d like is this lovely looking gatefold double 7″ of The Police’s Meaasge In A Bottle. If I can get all three things, I’ll be chuffed to bits!

You can view the full list here if you haven’t seen it already.

Record Store Day 2017 – Bowie Offerings

Still no word from Simple Minds on what they’ll be offering up for Record Store Day 2017. It’s on what would have been my brother David’s 56th birthday this year.

Of the two Bowie offerings, I’m more interested in the BOWPROMO set than the Cracked Actor set. I like the presentation more…and I’m thinking it might be slightly more affordable than the Cracked Actor set…but maybe I’m fooling myself. Both will probably cost a BOMB. 

Wish I knew what SM were bringing out. They must have SOMETHING planned. I’m sure we knew by this time last year about the Big Music Live red vinyl double album and the Waterfront 7 inch picture disc. 

I WANT TO KNOW! I WANT TO PREPARE MYSELF WITH FUNDS!

Tick, tick, tick!

Regrets – I Have A Few…

The biggest one being: not becoming a mega Minds fan just 2 years earlier than I did (or that it didn’t gel for me when I first tried in 2006…gave up after not really liking Life In A Day too much – and how that changed once I gave it more time in 2014! It’s still not my most fave Minds album…but there are tracks I love and I hear the OOZING potential).

I would have loved this tour so, so much! 

I have finally scored myself a copy (a rather pristine copy, I must say!) of the 5×5 Live box set. It is now, bizarrely, out of print – which seems daft to me.

I’d also love to see Yvonne Bird’s suggestion of 5×5 Live being produced on coloured vinyl, in a limited run for Record Store Day 2017, come to fruition. I’ll definitely be lined up outside the local HMV for that one (I have vouchers to use…otherwise I’d go to an independent store for sure)!

In the meantime, I will continue to live in eternal regret that I couldn’t expereince at least ONE of these gigs by being there.

Future Re-issues and Box Sets

I am starting to theorise as to what we may get in the next several months. 

We can safely assume that the release of album number…17? 18? I always like to think of Sons and Sister as separate entities, so that would make it 18, in my eyes (and if you count Neon Lights – 19?) – won’t be until towards the end of the year. 

In the meantime, I am pondering what things will be on offer for Record Store Day and whether there will be another super deluxe box set released. Over the past (just coming up to) two years now, we’ve had, the Sparkle In The Rain, Once Upon A Time and New Gold Dream box sets…so…what may be next? I’m sure a lot of it is down to original recording techniques, etc, what gets picked, or what can be worked out. Bonus materials, etc. 

I would absolutely LOOOOOOOVE a Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call set. It would be one HELLUVA set (one would hope) and…potentially a bit pricey…but, I think there really could be some interesting stuff to come out.

Some of that stuff on a 5.1 mix??! Oh…if it can be done. Sweet JAYSUS!!!! I think I would actually get a little…moist…if a Sons/Sister box set was released. With the right extras…that top class packaging we’ve been getting, and 5.1 mixes. I’d be VERY excited!

The other proposal I’ve seen is Street Fighting Years as a super deluxe box set. I hate saying this…but, I wouldn’t be in a rush to buy it. It’s just my personal taste. I like certain tracks from the album, yes. Soul Crying Out is an awesome song…but it’s not an album I listen to from start to finish. I have done, in the past. I gave it due respect…but…it ain’t my bag. Sorry. I will end up buying the box set if SFY is the next one to be released. But I’ll probs end up finally buying OUAT.

As for RSD 2017…well, we could get ANYTHING, really. I loved my friend, Yvonne’s suggestion of a 5×5 Live vinyl release. That really could be quite fabulous. The Johnson Somerset Big Music mixes on vinyl could work too.

Repackaged mixes from New Gold Dream or OUAT – ones that as far as I am aware, have not had vinyl releases before (but have no doubt probably have been and I’m none the wiser.

I suppose we shall see in the ensuing months! 

RSD 2016 Minds Offerings & Related Wares.

I have to say, I can’t help but be a *TAD* cynical about Record Store Day. I’m in two minds…if it helps independent record stores stay afloat, that’s great. But I can’t help but feel all these “collectors items” offerings to promote the day does…seem…rather more about the shifting of goods than anything else. Given how much of a revival vinyl sales are achieving – I’m not sure a one day a year event does much in the grand scheme of things, other than make a HUGE spike in sales for one day a year! 

I love limited edition things, yes. Who doesn’t? They feel like extra prized possessions…but they don’t, generally, enhance the listening pleasure of a record. I can never hear any discernible difference between different coloured vinyl copies (white v red v blue v yellow v clear, etc) as compared to a straight black lacquer. Actually, if anything, coloured vinyl is usually slightly inferior to the usual black lacquer. I have a white vinyl copy of Sparkle In The Rain and to my ears it doesn’t sound as good as the straight black lacquer. Picture discs look really pretty…but that’s all they offer, a visual enhancement…not a aural one. Limited editions seemed hooked on being either coloured vinyl or picture discs these days. The picture discs I like…but the coloured vinyl just seems a gimmic to me. You can make limited editions special in other ways, surely? 

Record Store Day is leaving me a bit cold this year. The thing I am looking most forward to is the arrival of the half-speed master of New Gold Dream. To me, that seems far more worthy of an investment…but I will get off my soap box for now and discuss the wares.

The Minds themselves are offering up a limited edition red vinyl print of Big Music Live for RSD. A nice package.

Catherine Anne Davies aka The Anchorness (who toured with Simple Minds during 2015) will be making an appearance at the Rough Trade store in Nottingham and signing copies of her RSD offering of her single Popular. 

  
Now, that’s a bit more special! An instore appearance is nice (and yes, Sir Kerr and Charlie have done so in the past).