When I heard that The Posies were finally going to reissue their three Geffen era albums on vinyl, I was really excited. While I was looking forward to picking them all up, I was especially eager to finally get my hand on Frosting On The Beater. In addition to it being my favorite Posies album and by far the album of theirs that I'm most familiar with, it's also the release that frustrated me most from a record collector standpoint.
I would consistently see the original pressing of this album on eBay and Discogs for well over one hundred dollars. And not only were they put for sale at that price, they actually sold for that much over and over again. As much as I love the album, I just couldn't talk myself into dropping that kind of cash as I couldn't believe that it wouldn't be reissued eventually. Luckily my patience paid off and I finally have this tremendous album in my collection.
"Solar Sister" is my favorite Posies song and may be one of the greatest guitar pop songs ever written. The way the vocal harmonies hold the melody during the verse always drives me crazy and when the guitars crash into the chorus, you know that this song is something special. While it's the obvious highlight of the album, Frosting On The Beater is wall to wall hits. "Dream All Day," "Flavor of the Month," "20 Questions" and so many others just dazzle with their catchiness.
Like the Dear 23 reissue, this one is split up on two LPs at 45rpm. While from an audiophile standpoint I know that's going to give you the best sound quality, I still can't help but complain a little about having to get up and flip the record every three songs or so. I would personally prefer a single LP, but this pressing sounds so amazing, it's a very small complaint and I certainly wouldn't want to sacrifice any sound quality. These are such great songs and I'm so happy to finally have them on vinyl.
The Posies - "Solar Sister":
The Posies - "20 Questions":