I tend not to go mad about RSD because most of the releases seem to value collectability over rare music. Coloured vinyl is a nice bonus but is it really worth getting up at 6.30am for? But, setting that aside, and without spending tons of cash or getting my heart set on a rare 7” that’ll be on eBay before I get to a shop, I think the atmosphere on the day is fantastic. I love socialising and talking music with fellow shoppers at the shop and online. I also love free cake.
I’m also aware that RSD is a valuable “second Christmas” for retailers such as Monorail in Glasgow. Although I spend money there throughout the year I also enjoy being part of an event that helps them out.
This year I picked up 2 titles and, while the music is available elsewhere, they are nice standalone vinyl releases and didn’t break the bank.
Marillion – Grendel 12” Picture Disc (£14 – Monorail Glasgow)
The Fair Deal Studios version of Grendel, backed with the excellent live version of the same track from the Reading Festival in 1983. All available elsewhere on CD but this is a nice edition to add to my small collection of Marillion singles.
UFO – Live N’ Ready 7” Clear vinyl (£7 – Monorail Glasgow)
This 7” single is a 4-song selection of live tracks. I had understood the version of Chains, Chains on this was “unreleased” but it is actually “not yet released”. This version of the tune will soon appear on Chrysalis’ live anthology Hot N’ Live. The tracks for this were well chosen though and it’s a great listen.
You could quibble with the superfluous nature of both of these titles, but they’re fun collectibles and great mementos of a thoroughly enjoyable day.
So that’s £21 spent out of my £80 budget for the month. Join me soon for the April Buying Round-Up where I’ll discuss my other April purchases.