In Honor Of RSD 2014 - I Talk About Some Favorite Past RSD Purchases!

With Record Store Day 2014 just around the corner I thought it would be cool to reminisce about three Record Store Day releases of the past three years that I personally thought were really cool.

Most of the time the size of the package, its limited availability, etc... aren't always determining factors on what I get really excited about. It usually has more to do with the excitement for an album I really enjoy finally getting the vinyl treatment. I decided to take a look at three RSD releases that are from years past that are prime examples. One is a two LP gatefold sleeve and the other two are standard sleeve, 1 LP, with inserts.

Hank III - Damn Right, Rebel Proud (Curb) (340 pressed 2011 RSD Exclusive)

This is the follow-up to my personal favorite Hank III album Straight To Hell and probably my second favorite Hank III album. I was able to score this after RSD from a store that had some stuff leftover. This turned out really nicely. The vinyl color choice for this is blue with black flecking. It sounds great. The sleeve for this looks really awesome. This album and Straight To Hell both have really cool artwork.

Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal (Tooth & Nail) (1000 pressed 2012 RSD Exclusive)

This album is by far my favorite Anberlin album and it skyrocketed to my RSD want list the year it was released. No fancy color needed with this one. Black is perfectly fine. This sounds great on vinyl and the cover art looks awesome. I was able to get this from Tooth And Nail's online site when they released a few copies of RSD stuff for people who missed out in stores.

Straylight Run - Prepare To Be Wrong (Victory) (900 pressed 2013 RSD Exclusive)

A friend of mine (@JimRemis) and myself kind of anticipated this release and hoped it would be pressed for RSD 2013 after the self-titled was pressed for RSD in 2012. I didn't actually acquire this on RSD. It took a couple of failed online attempts and finally going to a record store with some leftover stock to snag this RSD release. Usually the store I went to (I won't name names with this) charges way too much for their RSD titles but surprisingly this was priced really fairly. I'd always thought the cover art would look awesome on a 12" sleeve and after seeing it I think it lives up to the hype I'd created in my mind. The choice of red vinyl was nice. This sounds great and I couldn't have been happier with the release. It also has an actual insert which is nice. The pressing of Straylight Run's self-titled came with a CD booklet.

So there you have it. I like most of you will be looking for the RSD item that will make 2014 a fun year. At this time I'm going to try and find some way to score the new Sam Means 7". It's definitely high on my want list this year! Just remember to have fun, be safe, and don't be too bummed if you don't get it on RSD. It might take some time...be patient. This is like Halloween and Christmas rolled into one for music fans and it's always a lot of fun to see how the day unfolds. Happy hunting. - Sound In The Signals

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