Apologies for the late arrival of this week’s blog entry, Star Wars seemed infinitely more important, standard! To kick things off this week, and everything I’ll be posting this week actually, will be Christmas gift ideas. As I’ve mentioned before we always have a wide selection of new vinyl reissues on sale in the shop. These really do make excellent gifts and are so affordable for what you’re getting. The special pressings of certain classic albums will always go down well on Christmas Day. We also sell record mailers that work as gift wrap, they’re plain so you can even draw all over them yourself, or shove a ribbon on it and, blam, you have a gift done and dusted.
I wouldn’t normally have such long videos showing everything we have in a section but I figured it would be a good way to let everybody know how many and what kind of reissues we stock. They’re filed alphabetically so the videos are broken up in the same way (background music by Mr. Chop/Coz Littler)
This week we’ve put out a sizeable amount of 70s and 80s Japanese reissue LPs, there are a huge selection across a load of genres. Again, these would make such perfect gifts for collectors, they’re reasonably priced for what you’re getting too. Someone you know who collects vinyl may have one or some of these LPs but having them as a Japanese release is a special thing. They’re all in really ace condition and come with all the bits (“obi” strips and inserts) so getting something like this for Christmas would be a really nice gift… for yourself or a friend/loved one.
Look at all them! L-R top to bottom as follows: Sex Pistols, Flogging A Dead Horse, 1983 compilation on Virgin. KISS, Destroyer, 1977 classic on Casablanca. KISS, Rock N Roll All Over, 1976 on Casablanca this copy doesn’t have the stickers or poster. Rolling Stones, Japanese Collection, 1973 double LP and 7″ compilation on GEM. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s, 1976 stereo on Apple. Queen, A Day At The Races, 1976 stereo on Elektra. Deep Purple, Fireball, 1976 on Warner Brothers. David Bowie, Original Soundtrack to Christiane F., 1982 on RCA.
Also out this week in the 7″ file is a exquisite batch of Direction Label demos. As a gift, this whole selection would be perfect for a collector.
Mongo Santamaria, Cloud Nine/Son-Of-A-Preacher Man, 1969 UK demo. Jackie Edwards, Oh Manio/Here We Go Again, 1969 UK demo. Squibby & The Reflections, Loving You Has Made My Life Worthwhile/Better Off Without You, 1968 UK demo. Inez & Charlie Foxx, I Ain’t Going For That/Undecided, 1968 UK demo. Udell T. Anderson, Love Ain’t Love/Funky Walk, 1969 UK demo.
Next up is an assemblage of things that I would select if someone were to come into the shop this week and say something along the lines of “my friend/sister/brother/mum/dad/relative-I-know-only-this-about is really into this thing, can you recommend me something they might like please?” As they’re desperately trying to find something that isn’t “smellies” again. There are a variety of genres here and something for everyone, as always.
At the top is an inviting assortment of Ride releases, all on Creation Records and all UK originals; Nowhere, 1990, Going Blank Again, 1992 double vinyl LP, Play, 1990 12″ EP, Play, 1990 12″ EP, Ride, 1990 12″ EP. Next is Syro by Aphex Twin, this long-awaited album did not disappoint at all last year and this would make a perfect gift as it’s a sealed copy, brand new, never played. It features three 12inches on Warp records, the artwork folds out as a long receipt that’s comprised of everything that money had been spent on to make the album. Silly Sausage. Next is Organized Konfusion by Organized Konfusion, classic 90s Hip Hop from Prince Po and Pharoah Monch and sampled by DJ Shadow. Lastly is the phenomenal second album from BEAK> called Beak>> this Brisolian loveliness is made by Portishead producer Geoff Barrow and two members of Anika’s (amazing!) band. Kind of super-groupy but not really, just a bunch of great musicians making great stuff together.
Loop, The World In Your Eyes, stonking Loop comp that never disappoints, full of singles and B-Sides full of super-sonic sounds. Aphrodite’s Child, 666, obviously not the original pressing but this Vertigo repress is still worth owning, double LP. Rage Against The Machine, Rage Against The Machine, self-titled dirgy goodness from Rage is one of the best metal albums ever made, this is the original European pressing on Epic from 1992. And lastly Scientist, Scientific Dub, a brand new and unplayed reissue, Scientist will always get your body skanking and everyone loevs a Reggae Christmas.
As most of the music on this week’s blog has been selected by me there will only be one playlist this week, you can access it here. Includes live footage of Rage where Maynard actually showed up to do his “paaaaaaaaaaay” bit in Know Your Enemy!
Everyone at Reckless Records would like to wish our customers a very Happy Christmas, thanks for making it an amazing year!
Now I need to go lay down and think about Star Wars…