It’s been a rewarding couple of months for those who enjoy Chvrches vinyl releases. The new album Every Open Eye is a white vinyl 12″ LP with a signed post card for those who preordered it on their official website.
The USA indie shops release of the album was released on a strict Coke bottle green vinyl edition if you could find one.
The first single Leave a trace was released on 10″ white vinyl after it was delayed due to pressing issues. Although some of the mispresses made it to stores if you were lucky enough to find one, which I fortunately did.
These are great additions to my collection.
If you haven’t listened to Mobys’ Album titled Destroyed as yet, then really you should. This 10″ vinyl was released as a promo of the title track and is strictly limited to just 200 worldwide.
When it arrived on my doorstep, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had been signed by the man himself.
Finally, I’ve managed to get The Hunting Party LP by Linkin Park on Double Vinyl with Etched D Side.
The cover is holographic with exclusive artwork within, sounding as good as it looks.
Having queued in the early hours of Saturday morning, I managed to get the limited edition releases that I had been waiting for. Thanks goes to Daz who managed to get me a Noel Gallagher 12″ whilst on holiday at Record Store Day in LA and Sean at Fat Elvis Records in Knoxville USA for queuing and picking me up an Erasure Violet Flame Remixes 12″.
1. Chvrches – Get Away / Dead Air Limited to just 1000 pressings 7″ Vinyl.
2. Erasure – The Violet Flame Remixes Limited Edition Red 12″ Vinyl of 700 pieces.
3. Noel Gallagher – In The Heat Of The Moment Remixes 12″ Vinyl Limited to 2000 Copies Worldwide.
Noel Gallaghers single Ballad of the mighty I was available for 24 hours on his official website before selling out, released as an exclusive pink glitter 7″ vinyl variant.
I was fortunate enough to get a couple of them, one to keep and one to play of course.
I’m a bit late posting this, but Chvrches are one of the largest indie bands to come out of the UK in 2013 and their music & vinyl deserves a mention before this year is over.
Their Recover EP was exclusively released for Record Store Day 2013 in the UK.
It was released for one day only on transparent orange heavyweight 12″ vinyl as an EP and limited to 500 copies worldwide.
It is one of my personal favourite vinyl releases from them so far and their debut album ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ is well worth owning if you haven’t purchased it already.
Here is the Chvrches Recover EP in all its transparent orange glory, one of just 500 copies which I managed to purchase on Record Store Day 2013.
+ Robust and secure packaging to ensure it arrives to you as intended.
+ Looks stunning, it really does. Try placing it by a light source, natural or unnatural, the box comes alive with straight lines of colour.
+ The vinyl is true 180gram heavy weight vinyl with nice consistent bright colouring.
+ Very high quality manufacturing of the box itself, sturdy, precision engineered with the rivets holding it all together doing a great job and yet not detracting the eye.
+ Hand signed on the centre record label of the white vinyl is unique.
+ Coloured Instruction sheet is a nice touch.
+ Gloves included for handling the box set.
– The plastic sheet on top of the records when packaged has a glue strip on the top and bottom to hold the contents in place which can become sticky, unstuck and fiddly.
– The paper sleeves protect each vinyl when ‘unbuilt’ which means the vinyl is laying flat on top of each other and the sleeves themselves are thin and I envisage wearing over time aesthetically.
– Would have been good to see some blue vinyl, the box doesn’t need it but a blue vinyl would have been nice.
– The magnetic lid may for some be a bit tight and hard to remove and place back, so being careful & having some patience is required.
Overall an amazing piece of music art. And for those who purchased it I’m sure that’s what it’s going to be.
It isn’t really designed to be played and opened with records taken out on a frequent basis.
You either keep it boxed laying flat to protect the vinyl and store as a collectible or you build and place it in a lit room and enjoy all those colours pop out bursting with energy.
Some may argue that it was priced to high at £500. If you enjoy music and art then it’s down to the individual on what they are willing to pay to own such a piece.
However, due to the subject matter and success of this particular Pet Shop Boys album, this piece will only increase in value and can be regarded as an investment also.
I was one of the fortunate ones to preorder it as it sold out within just 24 hours. Mine is numbered #17/350
Review Score 8/10