Yesterday I posted a note about Apple/EMI’s forthcoming Beatles stereo LP box set coming out next month. The holiday season is the time when labels (both major and indie) go nuts with the goods, and this one will delight fans of punk rock. Rancid are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band, and they’re doing so with a vinyl box set called Essentials, and not just a regular box set of records. This will be an all-7″ box set, and not five or ten records. 46 records will be in this thing, which means you’ll have to flip records 92 times to hear it. This is what you’ll find within the Essentials box:
• Self-Titled 7” EP (1992)
• Rancid (1993)
• Let’s Go (1994)
• …And Out Come The Wolves (1995)
• Life Won’t Wait (1998)
• Rancid (2000)
• Indestructible (2003)
• B Sides and C Sides (2007)
• Let The Dominoes Fall (2009)
• Let The Dominoes Fall (acoustic) (2009)
All of it will be encased in a leather-bound box, in different color variations.
The folks at Louisville Slugger/Pirates Press have thought of both the collector and the listener, knowing that some audiophiles feel that color vinyl is not as good in sound quality as traditional black, so some records will be pressed in black. On top of that, if you don’t want the entire box, you can buy different records in a number of different ways, which means you don’t have to have the mega-king box, just take what you want and enjoy. Nice, right?
You can look over the different pressings and find out more about what’s on it and how it looks, as well as to pre-order your copy or two by heading to PiratesPressRecords.com, the company responsible for pressing this up.