Sunday, 1 July 2012

On Thin Ice / Down To Nothing - Split 7" - ? 1st/2nd Press Posi Numbers

Here's something that I finally thought I should stick a photo and get it on here asap. Mainly because it was one of those nice surprises where I thought I had purchased one thing off ebay but it turned out to be a rare variant.

Those who have read the other brief documentation of my collection I've started here will see that I have tried to get the complete discography for the UKHC band On Thin Ice. I've gone as far as I can really without the last couple of ridiculous like "out of 6" covers which hopefully I will pick up one day. One record when I was trying to see what I am missing from howsyour edge read like this: "Down to Nothing/On Thin Ice Split (Pink, 1st Press, Posi Numbers 2005 Stamp, ? Copies, Grave Mistake Records)"

It's well documented the clear press, but only 1 or 2 collectors had this listed, was it a mistake? The 2nd press is regarded as the clear stamped copy, how does this fall into the chain of releases? Did they just stamp the last few 1st presses they had to sell at posi numbers. Who knows, I certainly don't have the links to find out though.
So back to the story, I was searching the bay as usually and came across this listing:

No other info, just saying it was in good condition. So I bid on it for a couple pounds, mainly because I thought it looked my pink than my previous copy. However when I opened the package and inspected my purchase, I flipped it over and realised it was stamped on the back cover (see image at top of entry)! So there you go, I guess in summary I'm saying, one more bloomin' hard ass rare variant ticked off the list, and I wasn't even trying!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Generations - A Hardcore Compilation - 1st Press Blue - Revelation Records

The clock is ticking on my 26th birthday which is less than a month away. I've got some special records coming for my birthday paid for by relatives and rightly stowed away until the big day.

The question weighing on my mind is whether to go 'cold turkey' and not open any other records until the big day in order not to dilute any excitement or as I like to think 'Christmas effect' which is reminiscent of being a child and tearing open the wrapping paper on the must have toy that Santa bought.

Anyway, back to the current day, 3 records hit my metaphorical doormat this morning. And I'm afraid to say I had to bust one of them open and stash the other 2 away, so I'm in a weaning regime as it were!

It's a corker too. I came across this last weekend on the bay and definitely wanted it from first viewing. I'm finding I'm more into LPs these days as I prefer to stick a record on and go about doing jobs and shit that you need to when your middle-aged, rather than doing 'homework' and surfing the internet. 7's are just annoying that you need to flip them after about 5 minutes, bearing enough time to get the kettle on, before sitting down to some internet finances.

This is the 1st press on blue, limited to 550.

It's on at the moment and Rev definitely chose a good time to re-issue the original premise of the New York City Hardcore compilation, which incidentally is one of the first records I ever bought (bonus pic) as its a great way to hear some new bands as I've never been one for trawling myspace / facebook / other social networking site hosting mp3s.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Dead Stop - S/T - Six Feet Under - Pre-order Sleeve

I say that I have been too busy to blog recently which may be true but is also I admit is a excuse. But when this dropped on my doormat this morning I had to get it on here. Plus I can tag it to a bit of a theme that this weekend is also the belgium grand prix.

This version is a seriously good example of good execution. Sometimes you see those rare test presses in just dust sleeves and think why spend a load of your hard earned green on a record which only if you know what it is will you be able to appreciate it. Instead this record tickles my collectors funny bone as it were, it looks beautiful. Its got a sweet as glossy acetate cover with cardboard behind it imitating the colours of the belgium flag. The net effect is amazing to look at, and of course the record ain't too bad either.

Also to brag a bit I got it for virtually nothing, guess there was no one to bid against me on ebay so it went for less than a third of what I was willing to pay.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Trapped Under Ice - Demo / Stay Cold

Bit quiet this week, picked these up this morning. Been very busy recently which hasn't allowed much time for blogging. I'll avoid any weather related quips with the band name.

First up Stay Cold 3rd pressing /1000 (with head printed on reverse label) (full pressing info). Again not really interested in the variants here, just one of the better releases of recent years that I didn't have a copy of, got this for $1 off ebay and its in pretty good nick.

While I was searching on ebay for the above record I also copped the demo (2nd press / 500), which isn't quite as good, depending on your stance on demo's being pressed onto vinyl, again didn't cost me much.

I'm going to be putting together a couple of posts on records that I actually manage to get a mention on so stay posted... (its not that exciting actually)

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Minor Threat - Out of Step - Black - 5th Press

I think this blog may have to be renamed to 'crimes against hardcore' or so it feels every time another record hits the doormat. Up next is another first, the first Minor Threat record I've owned and I'm very happy about it too as I got it for a very reasonable price. Not that should matter as let's face it this is one of the staples of hardcore 101, first semester, first term, first class, this is it. At least its been on fairly contestant rotation since it arrive a couple weeks ago.

Full run down of pressing info here.