Here’s the debut solo LP by Attack In Black’s Spencer Burton, released under the stage name Grey Kingdom. Eulogy Of Her, and Her, and Her was put out by Dine Alone Records in 2011. I’m not sure how many first pressing copies there was; this is probably from the first pressing, as I’m pretty sure I purchased it on Attack In Black’s final tour. Or shortly thereafter. Who can keep track?
If I’m honest I was lukewarm on this record. I think he’s gotten stronger as a solo artist with each record.
Here is a lovely album: American folk troubadour Gregory Alan Isakov’s 2009 album This Empty Northern Hemisphere. This was a joint release between Isakov himself and Suburban Home Records/Vinyl Collective, in which 500 copies were made on this brownish clear vinyl for the first pressing.
I ordered this direct from Vinyl Collective as an impulse item when it first came out. Isakov’s music falls in line with your Iron & Wine’s and your Bob Dylan’s and everything acoustic and lush and wonderful.
Oh boy! A vinyl copy of Green Day’s 1992 record Kerplunk, released by Lookout! Records originally and reissued by Reprise Records in 2009. This copy originated somewhere in between there.
This is a legacy record for me! My eldest sister was on this album like a champion before people knew who they were. She was spit on by the band members before they were famous. Sounds ignominious to me now, but such is the folly of youth! Regardless, she played this album ad nauseum and there was no way I couldn’t fall in love with it. I snuck into her room to tape it onto cassette so I could listen to it on our old boom box while playing basketball in the driveway or reading Stephen King’s Richard Bachman novels or playing the SNES Legend of Zelda game. At least one entire summer this was all I listened to and it got tattooed on my brain; I can’t play basketball or see Zelda without hearing “80” or “One For The Razorbacks” or “One Of My Lies” in my head. Love it.
This is a second pressing black vinyl copy of Green Day’s debut album, 39/Smooth. Lookout! Records put this out in 1990, resulting in a resounding dull thud.
Just kidding. They were a pretty sought-after young band, especially considering they were all of 17 or 18 years old. There are one or two genuinely great songs here and a bunch that showed a lot of promise. But anyone who ever thought Green Day was an “edgy” or dangerous band would do well to take note of the softness of their first couple of albums.
Here’s a copy of LA pop-rock band Great Northern’s 2009 album Remind Me Where The Light Is, released on Eenie Meenie Records. I’m sure this was a mail-order special.
I was sent a digital copy of this record by a publicist. There were a few songs I played at random on my old radio show that caught my ear. When I listened to the whole record I liked a lot more of it, enough to buy the whole thing. It’s light and catchy and sometimes that’s okay.
Here’s a clear red vinyl copy of LA rock band Great Northern’s 2007 album Trading Twilight For Daylight, released by Eenie Meenie Records. I got this via some sort of mail-order several years ago when I purchased their other record.
This band has a dude in it that used to be in Thirty Seconds To Mars. So imagine that, then imagine the opposite of that. That’s this band.
Here is a weathered copy of Gordon Lightfoot’s greatest hits compilation, The Best Of Gordon Lightfoot. United Artists Records released this in 1970.
It’s kind of hard to fathom that Lightfoot had this many amazing songs by 1970. He’s amazing! Haters can suck it!
This is the double LP pressing of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s 2000 record Life Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven, issued by Constellation Records.
The grease pencil would indicate that this was purchased at X-Ray Records in Regina. I bought this as a birthday gift for my brother, but he already had it! I ended up keeping him and giving him a copy of a Sunset Rubdown album that I had in my collection.
Here’s a silver vinyl copy of the album Harmonium by Glös, which was released in 2007 by Lovitt Records. There were 400 copies pressed on this colour, according to the internet.
This is a pretty mighty album. I probably mail ordered this from No Idea Records because that’s the kind of guy I am.
This is a special “Fest pressing” of the self-titled 2007 album by Glass and Ashes. It’s one of 200 copies that were made for The Fest music festival, a short run on a purple/grey/red mixed vinyl. The cover is screen printed, the labels are blank, and it is hand-numbered, though I forgot to take a picture of that.
I wasn’t a huge fan of this band’s first record, but I picked this one up via mail-order because there were only a couple of them left. But from the first notes of this album I was transfixed; it is a phenomenal, nearly-perfect record.