Modern Classics Recordings (2014, Reissue)
Like the Pinback LP I wrote about yesterday, this is a shining example of what Record Store Day should be all about. A classic Built To Spill album from 21 years ago never having been released on vinyl until right now. Regardless of anything else that was for sale on Record Store Day, this release would have always gotten me lined up at the door of my local record store.
Honestly, I'm surprised it took this long for Ultimate Alternative Wavers to finally get a vinyl reissue. Even though it's always kind of been the forgotten record of theirs, Built To Spill is big enough and has an old enough fan base that you'd think this would just be a gimme. Well, at least it's here now. They did a great job with the artwork. The gatefold cover is super high quality, the gold vinyl looks good with the art and everything sounds really good spread out over two LPs. My store charged $35 for this bad boy, which seems pretty steep to me. But I just don't see how I'd ever pass up the chance to own the very last Built To Spill record I needed to complete my collection on vinyl.
The music on the record is the same as it always was. It's not quite as good as everything BTS released after it, but it's certainly not too dissimilar either. Lots of long dynamic guitar solos, great pop melodies and pretty much everything else you'd expect from this band. Particularly, I've just always loved "The First Song" and "Nowhere Nothin' Fuckup." Definitely a worthwhile purchase, albeit, an expensive one.
Built To Spill - The First Song:
Built To Spill - Nowhere Nothin' Fuckup: