Astra – The Black Chord (2012)

Rise Above Records

RISELP 137

    • Originally Released:  27 March 2012

    • This Release:   2012

    • Mastering:   ???

    • Comments:   Beautiful orange/black vinyl with stunning gatefold artwork. This particular pressing is limited to 500 copies, with another 500 on transparent orange vinyl and 500 on splatter vinyl. Comes with a 4-page booklet attached to the inside of the gatefold, reminiscent of Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4. As for the music, it’s a great example of modern progressive rock with some not so subtle Pink Floyd overtones. The final track, “Barefoot in the Head”, is my current frontrunner for song of the year.

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Outer Gatefold

Inner Gatefold 1

Inner Gatefold 2

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The Doors – L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions (2012)

Elektra / Rhino / Doors Music Company

8122-79755-7 / RI-528723

    • Originally Released:  6 March 2012

    • This Release:   2012

    • Mastering:   Bernie Grundman

    • Comments:   The only pressing available (as far as I’m aware). This is strictly for die-hard Doors fans. It’s basically an alternative version of the L.A. Woman album, consisting of alternate takes, plus a couple of unreleased tracks. Side 4 is laser etched with the album lyrics, contrary to the claim on the sticker that it is etched with the “electric woman”. This is interesting but I wouldn’t call it essential. The vinyl is very nicely pressed and the gatefold artwork is great.

Track List

A1 The Changeling (Alternate Version)

A2 Love Her Madly (Alternate Version)

A3 Cars Hiss By My Window (Alternate Version)

A4 L.A. Woman (Alternate Version)

B1 The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) (Alternate Version)

B2 Been Down So Long (Alternate Version)

B3 Riders On The Storm (Alternate Version)

C She Smells So Nice / Rock Me

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Back Cover

Gatefold

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Label D with etching

BG in deadwax = Bernie Grundman

Sticker

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Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Damned (2012)

Back on Black

BOBV289LP

    • Originally Released:  14 February 2012

    • This Release:   2012

    • Mastering:   ???

    • Comments:   This is the second pressing, limited to 1,000 copies on red vinyl (first pressing of 1,000 came out on clear vinyl). My favourite album of 2012 so far. Not so much stoner rock as a really solid hard rock album.

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Back Cover

Gatefold

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Jack White – Blunderbuss (2012)

Third Man Records

TMR-139

    • Originally Released:   23 April 2012

    • This Release:   2012

    • Mastering:   Wes Garland at Nashville Record Productions

    • Comments:   US gatefold copy. Great album that sounds fantastic. Very nice piece of vinyl.

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Gatefold

Back Cover

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High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis (2012)

eOne

EOM-LP-2415

I know how he feels

    • Originally Released:   3 April 2012

    • This Release:   2012

    • Mastering:   Alan Douches

    • Comments:   Black vinyl edition. US pressing. One of the best truly heavy records I’ve heard in a long time.

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Matt Pike will not stand for your crap

 

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the starving old stoners of our lives

 

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Various – Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-1974 (2012)

Stax / Light In The Attic

LITA-085

Stax + Volt = Soul

    • Originally Released:   21 April 2012

    • This Release:   2012

    • Mastering:   ???

    • Comments:   Record Store Day 2012 exclusive. Hand numbered box set of 10 x 7″ singles. Beautiful set.

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Chain, chain, chaaaiinn

 

If someone could get me that poster I sure would appreciate it


Mable John – Label A

 

Mable John – Label B


Bernie Hayes – Label A


Bernie Hayes – Label B


Lee Sain – Label A


Lee Sain – Label B


Johnnie Taylor – Label A

 

Johnnie Taylor – Label B


Melvin Van Peebles – Label A


Melvin Van Peebles – Label B

 

The Mad Lads – Label A


The Mad Lads – Label B


The Emotions – Label A


The Emotions – Label B

 

Rufus Thomas – Label A


Rufus Thomas – Label B


Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers – Label A


Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers – Label B


John Gary Williams – Label A


John Gary Williams – Label B


Alas – no autographed photos in my set

 

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