For the August 29th, 2020 Record Store Day, Collective Soul issued a 12″ EP called Half & Half. It is played at 45 RPMs and consists of 2 new songs and 2 cover songs…thus half and half. The vinyl isn’t an exclusive RSD issue, it is a First Release meaning the band will release this at a later time. I am hoping the fact that his is a clear transparent vinyl will be the exclusive RSD part otherwise the only good about it is that I got to hear it before anyone who gets the regular release.
A few interesting notes on the back cover, the band mentions that their new album ‘Vibrating’ will be coming out soon which probably means this two new songs will be on it, but I hope not the covers then this stays a little special. Also, I find it funny they are all wearing some form of sunglasses and I still get a kick out of Ed Roland now going by E Roland because a) it is must have been hard with such a long name as Ed that E is just easier for his mind and b) he is starting to think he is Prince and we will soon be getting a symbol as a name and he is just prepping us.
This is the last in the Billy Idol Series. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have in writing it. There could be one more in the series if I get the Generation X Deluxe Set that was just released, but I have not grabbed a hold of yet. When I get it, I will do a review of it, but for now, we will end the series with this beauty right here. I started with a Generation X release and I will end with one as well.
For Record Store Day 2019, Generation X released a special 7″ Single of the band’s debut song “Your Generation”. The song is not the original version, but the Winstanley Mix which is done in conjunction with the release of a Deluxe Edition of the band’s debut album. This remix is not on the box set, but in addition to and a must grab for Generation X fans.
The original song was released as a single in 1977, however, it did not show up on the debut album. It wasn’t until the 2002 re-issue of the debut that this song saw new light. The B-Side of this single is “Trying for Kicks” which was also on the 2002 re-issue and not used for the original album.
The 7″ Single release was on red vinyl and is absolutely beautiful and a nice add to the collection.
For Record Store Day April 13, 2019, The Alarm released a live album in support of their 1985 album ‘Strength’. It was a previously unreleased show recorded at the Boston Orpheum Theatre on November 9th, 1985. Since ‘Strength’ is one of my favorite albums, this was quickly added to the albums I needed to grab on RSD.
The album has 20 songs, of which, 16 have never been released before (officially). There have been bootlegs of the show, but none with the actual mixed recording which was done about a month after the show by Nigel Luby. The sound is untouched and no overdubs. It is as it was back in the day. You can hear the rawness, the crowd and you know it is truly live. It is fantastic.
With only 2 albums out at this time, the band played a ton of songs from both ‘Declaration’ and ‘Strength’ (which hadn’t been out long) and some you hadn’t heard before. Songs like “Majority” and “The Chant Has Just Begun” were not on the studio albums, but later released as bonus tracks on deluxe editions. You get to hear them live here before ever seeing the light day.
I bought ‘The Story So Far…The Best of’ back in 2018 and at the time not realizing it was only Volume 1. I also bought the CD Deluxe to get all the music as the vinyl didn’t have everything. Well, now it does. For Record Store Day 2019, Def Leppard released Volume 2 for those suckers, like me, who will buy everything they put out.
Now Volume 1 has all the songs from their 3 biggest albums (Pyromania, Hysteria and Adrenalice). Volume 2 covers pretty much everything else. And for that, it has a much better selection of songs than Volume 1 for me. It covers the band’s history better and is a lot more diverse and entertaining.
But before we get on about the set list, let’s talk the album cover. It is styled the same as volume 1 with some alterations to color. The biggest pet peeve for me is the picture when you open up the gatefold (oh yeah, 2 LP set with gatefold). It is the same DAMN concert picture as the first!! Really, you couldn’t come up with a different picture. At least the pictures of the individual band members are different.
For the third time in as many years, Def Leppard took part on Record Store Day. In 2016, the did a picture disc of the self-titled album and last year they re-released their original EP release on vinyl, The Def Leppard EP. For 2018, we are given another EP, but this time it is 3 songs recorded live at Abbey Road Studios on May 8, 2008.
What does the Def Leppard press release say about this release, well I will tell you…
The retro cover art is similar to the Def Leppard EP and features the large logo from the 1980 ‘On Through The Night’ album and ‘Hello America’ single. Also included is the street sign from the studios in North West London and the same red stamp title seen on ‘The Lost Session’ iTunes EP from January.
The band recorded a session at the legendary London studios on 8th May 2008 when promoting the ‘Songs From The Sparkle Lounge’ album. Using the same room The Beatles used to record most of their biggest albums in the 1960s.
This was filmed for the UK TV show ‘Live From Abbey Road’ which was broadcast on More4 TV on 1st August 2008 and featured three songs – ‘Rocket’, ‘Rock On’ and ‘C’mon C’mon’
Record Store Day is upon us. It is April 21st, 2018 and I can’t believe I stood in line to get vinyl in 40ºF temperature. It could be worse, it could be freezing & raining. Thankfully, it was absolutely beautiful and sunny…just cold.
My daughter and I were tackling it again this year. This time my daughter had something in mind she wanted. I called the Record Store on Friday and asked if they had the album she wanted and he said he didn’t see it. So, we made a plan to divide and conquer. I asked my daughter to call a friend to see if they were stupid enough to stand outside with her at Lunchbox Records while I stood in line at Repo Records 5 minutes down the road.
We arrived at 7am (which means we left the house at 6:15am since it is a 45 minute drive to the record stores – we live in the boonies). We decided on 7am since last year we arrived at 8am and the store lines were awful (except at Repo). I get my daughter and her friend over to Lunchbox right at 7am and the line is not that long. They jump out and get in line and I head over to the other store.
Repo Records line was shorter than Lunchbox and so I jumped in line. Now the 2 hour wait since the stores didn’t open until 9am. After chatting with everyone around me and everyone discussing what they were there for and what bands they liked and concerts they had seen, the doors opened. The time flew by. That was an enjoyable 2 hours…wait…it hadn’t been 2 hours. The store opened a little early at 8:40am. There is a God!! (yes, there truly is but that is another discussion).