ACE RECORDS SPECIAL VINYL RELEASES FOR RECORD STORE DAY 2011 by IAN JOHNSTON
Ace, probably one of the best reissue labels in the world, is issuing some magnificent vinyl releases to celebrate Record Store Day on 16th April 2011.
To mark the occasion in style, the legendary Third Big Star album is being released. Third comes from sessions with Big Star’s late, great Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens and a horde of session musicians, recorded with the late lamented producer Jim Dickinson in 1974 and early 1975. Whether it was actually intended to be a Big Star album is highly debateable, but a couple of hundred test pressings made in 1975 clearly list it as Big Star III. The record, which features the Big Star classic tracks ”ËHolocaust’ , ”ËKizza Me’, ”ËNighttime’ and ”ËKanga Roo’, was reissued in 1978, but in resequenced form. Ace has restored Big Star Third to its original 14-track running order state of grace. The package comes complete with a tape box, tracking and lead sheets, mastering card and a white blank label.
The release is limited to a run of 2,000 copies and will include five copies of the original test pressings (courtesy of Jody Stephens). So you can listen to a bit of history and if you’re very lucky you could own it too. Three copies of these test pressing will be signed by Jody Stephens, original mastering engineer Larry Nix (who cut the new lacquers being used for this release) and John Fry of Ardent studios.
Other Ace Record Store Day release includes a three track 10 inch single EP, on Big Beat, by the 60s garage punk icons (and one of Mark E. Smith’s favourite bands), The Seeds.
All three Seeds tracks on the limited edition ”ËEvil Hoodoo’ 10”Â have never appeared on vinyl before, and two are completely unreleased: a storming early take of their punky B-side ”ËOut Of the Question’, and the full unedited take of the beloved album cut ”ËEvil Hoodoo’, a 15 minute fuzz-guitar fuelled assault on the listener. The EP also includes the single ”ËSatisfy You’, minus the phony audience ”Ëatmospheric’ noise it originally featured upon release in 1968. The Seeds’ Evil Hoodoo EP is a limited edition of 1000 copies worldwide.
Another Ace release is a 7-inch single by the Bakersfield Sound country artist, Buck Owens. The A-side is the Omnivore version of the classic song ”ËClose Up The Honky Tonks’ which was only recently discovered, buried on a multi-track reel”âthought to be lost for years. The song is in a different key than the original released version (recorded five months later). Although it was never issued as a single, ”ËClose Up The Honky Tonks’ has been covered by various artists, including Dwight Yoakam, The Byrds and Gram Parsons’ The Flying Burrito Brothers. On the other side is the original mono version of Owens’s number one hit single, ”ËMy Heart Skips A Beat’.
Compulsory purchases all, if you can get your hands on them in time before they sell out.