Rejuvenation Unboxing – And…Shortchanged?

For those, like me, who can’t get it yet…but would just like to experience the feel of the unboxing…
(Actually didn’t take in that Big Music STILL doesn’t come as the deluxe format on vinyl…even though it is spread over 2 LPs. COME ON! I just assumed because the deluxe version is now back on Spotify, it was the deluxe version on vinyl. But from what  I saw in the unboxing…it’s still only the standard issue. If it’s about space for the grooves, well, by comparison WBW has four songs on each side of the first LP and then the three bonus “deluxe” songs on one side of the second LP on the blue (and Ltd Ed fuchsia) vinyl edition. Okay, there are SIX extra tracks on the Big Music deluxe CD – but Bittersweet and Liaison needed to be on the reissue. Seriously! If you could add Too Much Television to B&W 050505, why not have added those two to the Big Music vinyl? WTF?!)

Missing Oot

Och, you know…I’m actually really wanting this now. It does look very pretty…you know…aesthetics and all that.

I’m so shallow!

But…there’s little point in me rushing to get it just now. It will just be more stuff to pack and shift to a new home…so I might as well put it off for now. I can’t even play vinyl at the moment either anyway. I’d literally just be unboxing it and fondling it for now. Lol

So…I have OTHER delights coming. A set of three photos that Virginia Turbett has of Jim changing shirts. Oh, Santa baby! THANK YOU! Think I may have to laminate these ones…protect them from potential water damage (hazardous drool pool!). They will definitely be getting framed and…erm…mounted, anyway.

I can’t rightly remember just HOW MUCH “tit action” takes place. I think he’s like half-way out of one shirt in the first, then topless in the second and then half-way into the new shirt in the third…I think. He’s definitely topless in one – that one is definitely getting laminated! I may even get a BIGGER version. Ahem!

ANYWAYS…this post was KINDA meant to be about the Rejuvenation box set, and why I was now feeling quite forlorn it wouldn’t be with me tomorrow for an unboxing.

In the meantime there’s always Spotify…not quite the same audio-visual experience, granted. I’ll console myself listening to Neon Lights and ogling Jim’s glorious nipples.

Anyone for eggnog?

How To Buy – Post Punk LLV Magazine Special

Long Live Vinyl magazine is issuing a special run of the magazine called “The Vinyl Buyer’s Bible”. Volume 2 is currently on the shelves and I had a flick through a digital copy.

The “bible” is broken down into certain genres of music. In amongst the latest edition was a “How To Buy” on the post-punk genre.

It struck particular interest in me as a genre of music I really like. And as a fan of a certain band, I was hoping to see them represented within the pages accordingly. HAVE NO FEAR! Empires And Dance was INDEED amongst the illuminati discussed. But, WTAF? A Virgin reissue copy is worth DOUBLE a Zoom original?! Are you having a giraffe!!? I’m sorry…but NOT IN THIS HOUSEHOLD! My first pressing green label copy is one of my most prized possessions! I positively covet it! I nearly…just…I dunno…IMPLODED…had an orgasm…when I unwrapped the copy I obtained from a seller on Discogs around the summer of 2016. I was in raptures!

My tattoo DEFINITELY has the Zoom catalogue number for it (SPART 1140) and NOT a Virgin one. I mean, COME ON!

I digress.

It’s a fairly comprehensive list of the best the post-punk genre has to offer. Something for you peeps (and me!) to sink your teeth into.

 

Airport Playing Brian Eno

The latest edition of Uncut magazine has a one page review of four Eno albums that have had the half-speed mastering treatment. I have already got myself into Roxy Music in a big way this year…and I have been aware of Eno’s music for a very, very long time. I have listened to a full album here and there, but never have really immersed myself in the experience.

I think the rating “Ambient 1: Music For Airports” achieved is nothing I have ever seen before! Full marks! 10 out of 10! Wow.

I need to delve…properly…

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Rejuvenation 2001-2014 Vinyl Box Set – Simple Minds

Man! Absolute PISH it isn’t starting from Our Secrets Are The Same. Virgin – you are asshats! Come on!! You could have made some deal with Chrysalis, Sanctuary and Caroline Int.

So instead it starts with Neon Lights…meh…okay.

I still remain to be won over by Cry. I dunno why…I looooove Spaceface. And I like Disconnected and Sleeping Girl. I can’t rexplain why…some of the tracks just sit uneasy with me or just….I dunno… I gotta watch what I say.

Really happy to see Black And White 050505 on vinyl AT LAST! No Searching For The Lost Boys bonus for the Graffiti Soul version – which was a much superior “covers” piece than Neon Lights was (in my humble opinion anyway).

So, for me, apart from finally getting B&W on vinyl at long last…I don’t see much reason why I should invest. I suppose the completist in me might like Cry on vinyl too.

I don’t even play Neon Lights on CD…not sure I’d wear out the stylus with that. A box set means you have to commit to all or nothing. It’s a bugger! Perhaps they’ll come out individually afterwards? I believe that’s what happened with the Bowie box sets.

And, please…for the love of god – can we please have Our Secrets Are The Same on vinyl?!!! PLEASE?!!

Price: £75
Release date: 07/12/2018

For more info, click on the image…

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The Classic Pop Kitchen Sink!

The new edition of Classic Pop magazine, which I received today, is chock full of goodies this month – a dissection of electro-pop godfathers’ Kraftwerk’s seminal album, Autobahn…a main article on the Mandela 70th Bithrday concert – which has a second feature of Sir in amongst it (I will share these in separate posts)…a feature on John Foxx’s new Metamatic reissued boxset, amongst other things. Really worth the buy this month.

Here’s a little melting pot of things that caught my eye, for now…

Sir talks Don’t You (Forget About…my hair), there’s a rather scathing review of Eighth Wonder’s singular album release getting a red vinyl reissue, a review of Byran Ferry’s gig at the London Palladium (oh, don’t I wish I could turn back time by just  FRACTION so I could go!), and finally, new pin-up boys on the block in 1979, Tubeway Army…featureing the Kerr doppelgänger, Billy Currie (just in case I need to point him out, standing just behind Numan’s left shoulder).

Enjoy the mishmash for now…the rest will be posted shortly.