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.
If this sounds like your kind of thing, head to Run Out Groove's official site and follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. And check out the specs on the MC5 collection below!
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)
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