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Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:04 pm
by clewsr
Not been fussed by Record Store day in recent years, but Highs, Lows and Heavenly Blows gets a reissue this year...

"While RSD hasn't announced the list of releases yet, I can report that Seattle-based Medical Records will be reissuing Spectrum's Highs, Lows & Heavenly Blows for the occasion. A 1994 album by former Spacemen 3 guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember, Highs is a sublimely dreamy bliss-scape of analog synths and crystalline guitar meditations. The LP hasn't been available on wax since its original issue on Silvertone Records 24 years ago. Even the CD version of it sells for $55-$70, and a Hong Kong dealer on Discogs is peddling the vinyl for $330, so this Medical reissue will be a godsend for fans of the brilliant Spacemen 3 diaspora. "

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/0 ... s-april-21

Re: Record Store Day April 21 2018

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:27 pm
by sunray
Perhaps this thread shoud've been titled "Highs, Lows & Heavenly Blows Vinyl Reissue". Thought there would've been some kind of response to the news.

Re: Record Store Day April 21 2018

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:17 pm
by Laz69
Great news. Had the vinyl, sold it, and only have CD now. Would love to get this on vinyl again.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:59 am
by clewsr
You might be right Sunray, I have edited the title. Lets see if anyone else is interested.

I'm certainly looking forward to a copy on vinyl, but to be fair I fucked if I'm queuing for 3 hours to get it.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:35 am
by sunray
:lol: Nice one Clewsr.

Bought it when it came out. Unfortunately it had a scratch and a replacement was impossible to find even a week later! So, yeah, I would be tempted to buy another copy. As long as the price was right.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:56 pm
by davedecay
I'm likely in for a copy.

When my daughter was pretty young, she would sometimes pull CDs from my shelves to listen to.

Highs, Lows was one she seemed to favor!

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:22 pm
by olan
Is this getting a UK RSD release? It is madness that the Spectrum back catalogue is pretty much unavailable now, particularly on LP. I can't see how Sonic would to sell 3-500 copies of each LP per year in the UK, and more if he got sorted and toured properly. I guess you could say the same for Spiritualized's back catalogue too though.

Thank God for all those excellent Spacemen 3 re-re-releases on Spaceage :roll:

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:53 am
by niamhm
Shouldn`this be in the Spacemen section? Bought said album when it came out- on cd, still have it, its enough for me- and found it a bit twee, little interest in it now to be honest no matter how hard it is to get,

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:02 am
by runcible
Moved this as it is indeed more Spacemen 3 related.

As far as interest goes I'd say this is major news as this album is exceptionally hard to find. Even at the time of release, when Pete toured to promote the album it was already deleted! The lack of support from Silvertone was shameful. Simply put the label didn't give a shit.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:54 pm
by mc
I'll be picking this up for sure :)

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:15 am
by natty
Had the CD, it got left in the US when I moved back to the UK, something that has been a source of regret since.

Would definitely be in for the vinyl. Hope it gets a UK release.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:33 pm
by clewsr
More record strore day rumours. Fucked Up Inside Coloured Vinyl anyone?

https://exclaim.ca/music/article/here_a ... exclusives

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:56 pm
by sm-iom
Likely to be Palmer, unfortunately...

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:28 am
by davedecay
clewsr wrote:More record strore day rumours. Fucked Up Inside Coloured Vinyl anyone?

https://exclaim.ca/music/article/here_a ... exclusives
I have held off on the Plain reissue - wonder what the source audio will be for the coloured reissue?

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:05 am
by clewsr
sm-iom wrote:Likely to be Palmer, unfortunately...
Has Palmer got his teeth into Spiritualized as well? I thought he only had involvement with Spacemen 3

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:13 pm
by sm-iom

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:23 pm
by sm-iom
clewsr wrote:
sm-iom wrote:Likely to be Palmer, unfortunately...
Has Palmer got his teeth into Spiritualized as well? I thought he only had involvement with Spacemen 3
See the above link. If Adasam are involved, it's Palmer. Sadly, Jason doesn’t own the FUI rights, Sony do. The link in the other thread shows Adasam (Palmer company) licensing the rights from Sony. So, he hasn't directly got his teeth in like with SP3, but Sony clearly happy to give someone else a cut....

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:24 pm
by angelsighs
Having checked Will's social media, it sounds like the record company may be legit and wanting to put out a good product, but obviously they have no control over how royalties are paid (or not paid) due to dodgy dealings of past management. do they just license the record from the appropriate rights holders?

Gerald Palmer's ownership of the rights may technically be legal but that doesn't make the amount of royalties he's paying fair. could it be the classic situation where a manager took advantage of young, idealistic and naive rock stars? we've been hearing about this since the 60s!

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:30 pm
by davedecay
I'm seeing this as limited to 300 copies?

FUCK.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:42 pm
by TheWarmth
davedecay wrote:I'm seeing this as limited to 300 copies?

FUCK.
I saw the same thing. I'm pretty curious what the aftermarket price will be, as I'm assuming I will not score one on RSD. I mean, this album is still way under the radar even if there are a handful of people clamoring for the reissue.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:58 pm
by davedecay
I fear the flippers who don't even know or care about the band or the music.

Maybe it will be low key enough...

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:40 pm
by burningwheel
FUI remastered by john rivers apparently. So is the cd reissue remastered?

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:07 pm
by natty
clewsr wrote:
sm-iom wrote:Likely to be Palmer, unfortunately...
Has Palmer got his teeth into Spiritualized as well? I thought he only had involvement with Spacemen 3
He managed Spiritualized in the early days as well.

Don't know how he got his mitts on any rights to any of their music though.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:31 pm
by sm-iom
Licensed from Sony

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:15 pm
by niamhm
natty wrote:
clewsr wrote:
sm-iom wrote:Likely to be Palmer, unfortunately...
Has Palmer got his teeth into Spiritualized as well? I thought he only had involvement with Spacemen 3
He managed Spiritualized in the early days as well.

Don't know how he got his mitts on any rights to any of their music though.
Its on Glass Records Redux, Dave Barker`s label I believe, not sure it is anything to do with Palmer, I did see a couple of pictures posted on twitter over the Xmas period of Barker and Sonic in some pub, had a quick look there but can`t seem to find them again, seemed quite cheery together.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:21 am
by sm-iom
See the reverse of this version, albeit the CD. It's on Glass, but distributed by Adasam. Adasam is Palmer's company.

https://www.juno.co.uk/products/spiritu ... 667466-01/

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:51 pm
by davedecay

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 6:25 pm
by TheWarmth
I got my copy of HL&HB just the other day. Score it off Discogs for $26 (listed by Medical Records). It's a little warped, but so far it playing just fine and sounds good. My buddy got one and he said his is also warped. Fucking pressing plants are so hit or miss these days, but I guess what matters is that it sounds good.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:32 am
by eelnekwah
Have just noticed Medical Records have announced an 180 g black vinyl (2nd edition) on their bandcamp page.
Has anyone got any links to any UK shops stocking these yet? £18.82 for shipping to the UK seems a bit steep atm.
A quick check of Norman , Rough Trade etc coming up blank

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:35 pm
by rameses
eelnekwah wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:32 am
Have just noticed Medical Records have announced an 180 g black vinyl (2nd edition) on their bandcamp page.
Has anyone got any links to any UK shops stocking these yet? £18.82 for shipping to the UK seems a bit steep atm.
A quick check of Norman , Rough Trade etc coming up blank
I nearly jumped on one of these, then saw that postage was more than the cost of the vinyl. :(

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:11 pm
by eelnekwah
I nearly jumped on one of these, then saw that postage was more than the cost of the vinyl. :(
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Trying to justify to myself at the moment that combined cost only comes to around £37. The same as the box set of the new record which I happily paid. Think I'll sit on it for a week to see if it's gonna be sold UK side

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:18 pm
by rameses
I know what you mean. If it had been advertised as £30 and then £5 postage I would probably have bought a copy.

Daft innit!

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:36 am
by eelnekwah
I've emailed Troy at Medical Records about a UK/ European release of Highs Lows . He answered they should be available and to " have the record store ask SRD" A quick Google of SRD brings up Southern Record Distribution- with a co.uk website address. Guessing its a Uk based company. No way of contacting them directly though to see what outlets will stock them.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:14 pm
by spzretent
I emailed Medical Records to see if they would wholesale them to me. Problem is it does cost $23(with my USPS discount) to ship one LP to the UK. That doesn't include the mailer and inserts either.
I was hoping to see if I could help you guys out. Perhaps sending multiple copies to one person in the UK would be more cost effective.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:56 pm
by Noddy
eelnekwah wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:36 am
I've emailed Troy at Medical Records about a UK/ European release of Highs Lows . He answered they should be available and to " have the record store ask SRD" A quick Google of SRD brings up Southern Record Distribution- with a co.uk website address. Guessing its a Uk based company. No way of contacting them directly though to see what outlets will stock them.
SRD do our (The Lucid Dream) distribution, and are brilliant.
They’re a proper setup so it means the record in that case will be in all the major stores - ie Piccadilly, Norman. They basically will be the people responsible for distributing to stores.
Imagine pre-orders will follow soon then.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:02 pm
by eelnekwah
Thanks Noddy
Forgot Picadilly Records. They have them up for pre sale with expected release 20th July. £31.99 +shipping !!
Bit of a ramp in price from Medicals bandcamp at £18.97....but a small saving none the less I suppose.
Guess I'll just have to bite the bullet on this

Stop Press.... Available at Norman and Rough Trade also , with Norman coming in cheaper at £30.99

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:57 am
by sm-iom
Norman is free p&p over £50. Add the Spz white vinyl, and a polythene record sleeve and you're sorted!

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:28 pm
by bambam
music on vinyl is now pressing this as well. 1500 copies on red.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:14 pm
by mc
Just received an email from Sound of Vinyl about the red "Highs, Lows..." pressing: £18.99 to pre-order plus £3.95 P&P in the UK. Ordered straight away, plus a clearance sale copy of Brian Eno's "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) half-speed master for £10.99 as well. Bargain :)

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:03 pm
by Laz69
Ordered... been waiting for a while for this to appear!

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:07 pm
by mc
I'd originally ordered "Highs, Lows..." at £30.99 from Norman along with the new Spz album, but I cancelled the Spectrum LP and reordered from Sound of Vinyl. Not only was it £12 cheaper, I'll receive it much earlier (on release instead of it coming in September with "And Nothing Hurt").

Incidentally, last month I got a brilliant haul from the Sound of Vinyl clearance sale:

Brian Eno - Before and After Science LP (£9.99)
Eels - Shootenanny! LP (£9.99)
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch! LP + T-shirt box-set (£9.99)
R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant LP (£8.99)
Portishead - Portishead 2xLP (£6.00)
Portishead - Third 2xLP (£6.00)
The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole 2xLP (£6.00)

Bargains galore :)

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:04 am
by angelsighs
According to the Norman records site the Music on Vinyl is not only much cheaper but is on transparent red vinyl? Is that right? Thought it would be the other way round

https://www.normanrecords.com/records/1 ... enly-blows

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:26 am
by Laz69
I ordered from Sound On Vinyl and its the red vinyl copy too. Not sure if they are just the shopfront of Music On Vinyl, but it was considerably less than the price of the 2nd pressing (black vinyl) from Medical Records.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:52 pm
by angelsighs
Laz69 wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:26 am
I ordered from Sound On Vinyl and its the red vinyl copy too. Not sure if they are just the shopfront of Music On Vinyl, but it was considerably less than the price of the 2nd pressing (black vinyl) from Medical Records.
is it me or is that strange? wouldn't the red vinyl usually be the more expensive option?
shouldn't complain I guess.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:53 am
by Laz69
I assumed the Medical Records version is being imported (hence the price). The RSD version was an import and was the reason it was just under £40 back then. I think the Music On Vinyl version is a UK/EU release so might explain the difference in price.

I really hope its a nice pressing. Been waiting so long to be able to pick this up again and, although its not an original copy, it will be lovely to drop the needle on it again :D

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:18 pm
by mc
My Spectrum LP from Sound of Vinyl has arrived. Small black smears spoil the translucent red slightly, but nothing drastic. LP (180g) is a little warped, but plays fine. No surface noise whatsoever on side A, and one or two clicks on side B. I think it sounds just grand, personally, and compared to some "new" vinyl I've bought this last year, sounds positively audiophile ;)

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:36 pm
by natty
Feel a bit of self loathing for paying £30 For the Medical Records Orange vinyl on RSD now. Suppose it's decent my local shop got the money though like. They're a nice bunch and got it in specially for me, and I have played it a lot.

Re: Record Store Day - Highs Lows and Heavenly Blows reissue

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:02 pm
by spzretent
It was $34 at the shop I got mine at on RSD. So 30 quid seems like a deal as it had to be shipped and duty was paid.
Plus you have the added bonus of playing it loads and liking the shop you bought it from.
Sounds like a great deal all the way around.