It’s a new day here at the shop, NEW DAY! There have been a few changes behind the counter with staff members leaving and arriving. We bid farewell but not goodbye to one of our favorite staff members, Nick (you will be missed hugely), and warmly welcome Kenny and Oxman.
Anyway, there’s been loads of great new stock that’s filled the racks this week. I’m going to be talking about Jay-Z, Zomby, Jackson C Frank, Johnny Thunders plus many more and some fancy CD box sets too.
To start things off this week, lets all stand and basque in the glory that is Bieber:
Uhh, original pressing… double LP…. oh, who cares, why is this even here?
Anyway, look at this lovely Jay-Z acetate:
Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt, single LP acetate. Insanely rare and highly sought after acetate of this classic Jay-Z album from 1996. Label reads ‘Masterpiece Mastering’ and handwritten information in pen on the label. There are five ‘mixes’ in total, features the tracks Can’t Knock the Hustle, Politics As Usual, Brooklyn’s Finest, Dead Presidents (two versions) and D’evils. This is an essential purchase for Roca-heads, you won’t see this again so get it while you can!
Next up is this shop favourite and utter bumper:
Zomby, Where Were U In ’92, UK original pressing on yellow transparent wax from 2012 on Cult Music. This album is brilliant from start to finish, originally released for Record Store Day in 2012 it’s an ode to 90s hardcore. Packed full of recognisable samples and made using 92 studio techniques using the Akai s2000 and Atari ST with Cubase. As soon it drops you’re immediately transported to a 90s rave, you’ll wanna pop a pill, hug everyone and have a munch on a dummy whilst pointing profusely.
Now to take things in an entirely different direction:
Jackson C. Frank, Spirit Of Eden, 10″ mini-album of previously unreleased and rare material from this legendary folk musician. If you’ve not come across Jackson C. Frank before then this is a good place to start. An original copy of his only album (Blues Run The Game) will set you back a fair few bob but a serendipitous stumbling across releases like this, at a more affordable price, means you can own a bit of the Jackson Cee sound without having to spend the kind of money that would be a deposit on a flat in London. This release also comes with a CD copy of the tracks which is a bonus because his CDs are starting to go up in price too. His haunting and beautiful voice will captivate you if you’re into the older or contemporary folk music, to me, everything that came out of this guy’s mouth is golden and enchanting and heartbreaking. BUY IT!
Couple of iconic albums for you now:
Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures, late 70s pressing on Factory Records, it has a textured sleeve and black vinyl (as opposed to translucent vinyl) I feel there’s nothing I can write about this album that isn’t known already, it’s legendary and worth any money you’d spend on it.
Nirvana, Nevermind, 90s issue on Geffen. Owning a reissue of this in Good condition is as much as some of us can hope for as an original could fetch £500+ so I’d happily settle for spending £20. Spencer Elden who is the “Nevermind Baby” is now 25, for some reason this is a talking point in the press, it must be strange to be a guy who was on an iconic album cover as a baby and as you age people comment on how old they are. Just let the guy age.
Johnny Thunders, Daddy Rollin’ Stone, released in 2015 for RSD Black Friday this 10″ features four previously unreleased tracks pressed on yellow vinyl. It also comes with a download code and poster but I’d buy it for the poster, look at that face, imagine waking up tot that beaming down at you everyday stuck to your bedroom wall. Yes yes.
On with some psychedelic bizzniss, old and new:
Spacemen 3, Performance, 80s pressing on Glass Records recorded live in Melkweg, Amsterdam in 1988. The sleeve features laminated concentric circles on front and back and seven tracks from the show.
Various Artists, The Rubble Collection vols. 1-20, these mythical compilations are highly sought after as they feature many rare and unavailable tracks from obscure and well known artists alike. There really is a great cross section of stuff from the psychedelic era of 60s and there’s so much packed onto each CD. Each box set is comprised of ten CDs that are grouped under different headings. You’re bound to find something you were previously unaware of on either of these comps as well as familiar favourites: Wimple Winch, The Pretty Things, The Mode, The Talismen, Tomorrow, The Primitives, Velvett Fogg, The Young Ones, Tintern Abbey, Curiosity Shoppe plus loads and loads more. Well worth the £30 for each box as sourcing some of these tracks on vinyl will be arduous and expensive.
As always, a playlist of all the tracks featured on this week’s blog can be found here.