Sometimes you get lucky, or maybe I have a problem.
My wife may be on to something when she says I spend too much time on the computer/iphone. It seems that I have always had good fortune when it comes to getting the head's up for pre-orders, rare sales and things like that. A couple weeks ago I just happened to be reading a book with my daughter (and checking twitter at the same time) when the message from Rev came in that a limited number of leftover 7" sets of the Rev25 Chicago were available. I politely excused myself from story time to run upstairs and place an order. I'm not going to win father of the year anytime soon.
The order went through no problem. I emailed my brothers from another mother Mike and Marcus to give them a heads up, posted on the Rev Collectors board and not 15 minutes later, it was over. Sold out. Word was another round would be available "in the morning". Well at around 2:00 AM MST another round were put up and promptly sold out in 5 minutes. Damn.
It's kind of nuts that it played out this way. The impression online was that these didn't sell very well at the Chicago show, plus the label held back 100 sets for online sales. There should have been plenty to go around much like the 25th Anniversary California and New York lps.
I guess not.
To be fair, there were a lot fewer of these pressed than the compilation lps. Plus, there was some word of people selling individual copies at the shows which would of course lower the total amount of sets available after the fact. In the end, it is what it is. They sold out and a good number of collectors are still on the lookout for them.
There really isn't that much to say about these other than they are absolutely fucking beautiful. The clear vinyl, the special labels, the covers...all top end. No wonder collectors are kind of going bat shit over these.
I will just run down each of the four in catalog order.
REV004: Gorilla Biscuits - s/t 7".
REV017: Youth of Today - Disengage 7".
REV042: Into Another - Poison Fingers 7".
REV047: Texas Is The Reason - s/t 7".
Everything about the layout is awesome. The REV25 Chicago is a great touch as is the B side label showing the Chicago downtown skyline.
Each also came with the regular current inserts (except Into Another). I didn't include pictures because - well you have them already and they don't really add anything to the overall aesthetic. The TITR insert is downright shocking when compared to the new layout.
Now I just have to figure out if I store these together with the compilations or file them individually with the regular copies of each release. OCD is kicking in...