Atco (2014, Reissue)
Record Store Day 2014 was the year that the event seemed pretty bloated to me. Last year was a bit chaotic, but the fact that there were 2 Rocket From The Crypt records and a Superchunk 7" made things still seem pretty exciting. 2014's version didn't have anywhere near as many records as I've wanted as previous years. On top of that, man oh man, there were a lot of crap reissues. Maybe Record Store Day is losing its way (pretty sure it is), but when the day came I couldn't help myself from getting caught up in everything and once again standing in line in front of a record store all night.
While the number of records I wanted was way down this year, the few I did grab were pretty good. This is a reissue of the first Otis Redding full length. It's presented in its original mono release. I don't know why I need to have the mono version of a record if that's the way the first version came out, but it's something I've been looking into more and more over the years. It's also undoubtedly why I'm probably going to end up dropping some serious coin on a Beatles mono box set if they ever get around to putting it out.
Anyway, Pain In My Heart does sound really great. Great enough to warrant the $30 price tag? Yeah, probably. The vinyl is is thick and heavy, the artwork is printed on strong cardstock and the record really does sound wonderful. It's likely the best way to hear Otis ripping though "Louie Louie." Maybe it's not as exciting as a Rocket From The Crypt record and maybe it's part of the reissue problem that Record Store Day is going through, but it's great to be able to add a great sounding version of a pretty incredible record to the collection. So I can't really complain too much.
Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart:
Otis Redding - Louie Louie: