Record Store Day Haul #1: Rocket From The Crypt - Group Sounds LP - White w/ Yellow Splatter Vinyl (/500), a photo by Tim PopKid on Flickr.
I'll start off the Record Store Day scores with the first of the two records I wanted the most. The two Rocket From The Crypt reissues are pretty much the reason that I got in line at a record store at 3:30 in the morning. I then spent the next 4 1/2 hours trying to figure out if the people in line in front of me were going to get these LPs before I had the chance. Though admittedly kind of stupid of me, I was so stressed out the whole time I waited. But my luck held out and I managed to get Group Sounds and Live At Camp X-Ray (which I'll write about tomorrow).
Group Sounds hit at such a perfect time for me. I was done with college, I was just starting to find my place at the job in the music industry I had started and it had just felt like forever since the last Rocket album had come out. I heard Group Sounds about a month or two before release date. I actually walked to the office of another promotion company that we were working with to pick up a copy and bring it back to the office. I just remember being blown out of my chair from the very second Straight American Slave hit.
This record is just so tough. It's loud, it's brazen, it's just one of the most intense records floating around out there. Every song on here just makes me want to jump around like a mad man (which I did at many, many Rocket From The Crypt shows) until the very last song; Ghost Shark. Ghost Shark is just a perfect slow, creepy album closer that lets you catch you breath and gather your wits about you before moving on to whatever you're about to do next.
The Record Store Day reissue sounds really good. I'm not really sure if they've made any changes to the audio quality as compared to my original press, but both sound great to me. The white vinyl with yellow streaks/splatter looks especially cool as I've always been a sucker for white vinyl. The whole package looks great, and being limited to 500 copies makes me extremely glad I was able to track one down. Tomorrow we'll talk Live From Camp X-Ray.
Rocket From The Crypt - Straight American Slave:
Rocket From The Crypt - Savoir Faire:
Rocket From The Crypt - Ghost Shark: