With nearly a decade of Record Store Day celebrations and a stunning uptick in sales, there's little question that there's been some sort of vinyl revolution lately Now, a new label is looking to add to that by putting pressing power in the hands of buyers.
Run Out Groove, a recently-launched vinyl boutique label, aims to issue new LP-only compilations with a twist: they pitch you the projects, to be determined by a majority vote. Afterward, a 30-day pre-order period ensues, resulting in an individually numbered, highly limited run of a title. All music fans are encouraged to vote, with no obligation to buy.
The label's first title, a compilation of tracks by Detroit protopunks MC5, is available to order through February. The next three titles are taking votes now:
- Echo & The Bunnymen, It's All Live Now: eight tracks from a 1985 performance in Sweden, and a lengthy live version of "Do It Clean" from a Royal Albert Hall gig in 1983; these tracks first appeared on the 2001 box set Crystal Days 1979-1999 but would make their vinyl debut here.
- Solomon Burke, The Best of Atlantic Soul 1962-1965: a new compilation of 14 essential sides from The King of Rock 'N' Soul, including "Cry to Me," "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and more.
- Secret Machines, Now Here is Nowhere: this space-rock trio's 2004 debut album has never been released on vinyl in America; Run Out Groove's 2LP, 180-gram color vinyl pressing would change that.
MC5, The Motor City Five (Run Out Groove ROGV-003, 2017)
- I Can Only Give You Everything
- Looking At You
- Ramblin' Rose
- Kick Out the Jams (uncensored version)
- Come Together
- Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
- High School
- The American Ruse
- Baby Won't Ya
- Shakin' Street
- Teenage Lust
- Sister Anne
Track 1 from AMG Records single 1001, 1967
Tracks 3-6 from Kick Out the Jams (Elektra EKS-74042, 1969)
Tracks 2, 7-8 and 10-11 from Back in the USA (Atlantic SD-8247, 1970)
Tracks 9 and 12 from High Time (Atlantic SD-8285, 1971)