Record Store Day Archives – Dave Matthews Band Live Trax: Vol. 3; Limited 4LP Live Box Set

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Straight out of 2013, one of I-don’t-know-how-many editions of the always well-received DMB Live Trax series. This set was recorded on August 27, 2000 at the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Seventeen tracks spread across four 180gm green vinyl records. Limited to 1000 copies, each box is machine numbered. This is No 000883.

There is a very small scuff on the bottom back of the box – 1/2″ H x 1/8″ W (told you it was small). Other than that, super excellent. $200.

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Ebayin’: Poco – Legend (Sealed MFSL Vinyl)

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Quick heads-up that I have a sealed original copy of Mobile Fidelity’s 1979 half-speed mastered (by Stan Ricker) audiophile issue of Poco’s “Legend” (MFSL 1-202) LP up for auction on eBay at the moment. No reserve, slated to end early Sunday evening (2/12/17). Currently sitting at $16.49 at the time of this posting.

As was the case regarding vintage MoFi titles back in the day, plated and pressed in Japan using Super High Definition virgin vinyl. One caveat, however – the jacket has top and bottom center seam splits (approx. 2.5″ above, 2″ below). Jacket is otherwise as it should be, and the vinyl should be pristine, still factory sealed with a “Super High Fidelity” hype sticker on polybag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Hutcherson – Total Eclipse (Blue Note, 1985 French Cadre Rouge Audiophile Pressing)

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A slightly belated RIP to the great jazz vibraphonist, Bobby Hutcherson, who passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle with emphysema. In addition to his landmark work on Eric Dolphy’s towering “Out To Lunch” and Joe Henderson’s seminal “Mode For Joe,” the dude led a slew of great outings as a bandleader. “Total Eclipse” is heavy on the bop, and was his first record – preceding many – with tenor saxaphonist Harold Land.

This is the lone Hutcherson entry currently found in the Graypunk retail racks, a 1985 French Cadre Rouge pressing that has been digitally remastered before being direct metal mastered and pressed on virgin vinyl. Gold promo stamp in upper right front corner of jacket, obi and Blue Note label inner intact and near mint. Vinyl is gorgeous. $20 over on eBay or Discogs.

 

 

 

Bang – Mother / Bow To The King Vinyl LP (Capitol Records, SMAS-11110, orange label)

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This was posted to eBay last night via a 10-day auction that will end next Sunday. Obscure early 70’s hard rock/proto metal vibe (a la, say, labelmates Grand Funk Railroad). But lack of direction and lazy A&R (see cover of Guess Who’s “No Sugar Tonight”) resulted in yet another band becoming yet another footnote in the history of rock and roll.

Yet it is a footnote that still holds some interest for folks, as this record regularly closes for anywhere from $20-$60 (and occasionally more) on eBay. I expect this to be much closer to the former as it’s been pretty well, ummm, loved over the years. No reserve auction, with an opening bid of 99 cents. Or…you can buy a copy from the outfit that’s selling it for $124.99 and provides no grading or description of the record. Except that it has a seam split. Ack.

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Record Store Day Archives: Dawes – Stripped Down At Grimey’s EP (Hub, 2013)

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Another scarce Record Store Day title brought back into public life after several years of exile in the racks. Dawes’ literally titled “Stripped Down At Grimey’s” finds the band in the basement of one of America’s finest record establishments, knocking out acoustic versions of six rootsy Taylor Goldsmith-penned tracks.

Limited to 2000 copies that were pressed on translucent orange vinyl for the 2013 Black Friday edition of Record Store Day. Becoming kinda tricky to a track down a copy these days. Exceptional jacket, btw. $50, and found at the usual retail haunts – eBay and Discogs.

 

Record Store Day Archives: Shooter Jennings & Lukas Nelson – A Civilized Hell 7″ (BCR, 2015)

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RSD redux, the second installment in an incredibly short-lived series in which we take another look back at the remaining remnants of past Record Store Days that are still lying about the premises. This one goes all the way back to Black Friday of 2015. Yep, that’s right, the one that just happened. Waylon and Willie’s kids get together for a familial extension of their fathers’ badassery. Title track was written by Lukas, while the flip – a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Oh Sweet Nuthin’- was penned by one Lou Reed.

One thousand copies pressed on white vinyl, issued by Jennings’ Black Country Rock imprint. Never sealed (becoming more prevalent for RSD titles), instead housed in a poly outer sleeve. No RSD stickers, but the RSD logo is incorporated into the back artwork.

Sleeve is excellent, vinyl has never been played. Available for $35 on Discogs and eBay.

 

 

Record Store Day Archives: Tri-Color Splattered Bronx/Mariachi El Bronx Live EP (ATO, 2012)

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Ghosts of Record Store Days past continue to lazily appreciate (or, ummm, not) in the racks at Graypunk HQ. Some have been readily available since acquiring, while many have lounged in proverbial dark nooks and crannies for years. Thought the run up to Record Store Day 2016 would as opportune a time as any to throw some light on some previously released RSD titles, most of which have become quite scarce these days.

First up is a tight seven-song live spit EP from The Bronx and the band’s mariachi embracing alter-ego. Four tracks from the latter, three tracks from the former, including a ripping take on Hanoi Rocks’ “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” that was recorded in Hanoi’s homeland of Finland and features former frontman Michael Monroe on vocals.

1000 copies pressed on clear vinyl liberally splattered with splashes of white, red and blue. Can’t peak to the validity of the download code, but I can speak to the validity of the very nice jacket the record is housed in. Available for a mere $25 over at Discogs and/or eBay.