VMP November Record of the Month: Songs for the Deaf

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jeremy Bunting, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. Jeremy Bunting

    Jeremy Bunting Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Got the email ten minutes ago. VMP has announced their next three Records of the Month.

    October: The Soft Bulletin

    November: Songs for the Deaf

    December: Never Loved a Man the Way I've Loved You

    The only way to get Songs for the Deaf is to sign up for the three month plan pretty immediately, because they expect it to sell out quickly. So basically they've extorted $81 out of me to get Songs for the Deaf, but I like the other records also, and that's far below what that record sells for, so it is what it is.

    It's worth noting that their pressing of Demon Days is still pretty readily available at reasonable prices, and that record was arguably even more sought after than Songs for the Deaf. So there's a chance this one will be easy to score later on as well, but I'm not willing to take it.

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  2. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

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    I wish they would specify which version of Soft Bulletin it is...it would have been really cool of them to put the CD version on wax, as I always preferred that version of "Buggin" to the LP version.
     
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  3. Beaker73

    Beaker73 Forum Resident

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    Ahh damn. I want songs for the deaf. Already own a good pressing of the soft bulletin.
    Will have to think this over. Quickly...
     
  4. MyOwnWorstEnemy

    MyOwnWorstEnemy Senior Member

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    They just got my $81 dollars too...sigh
     
  5. Beaker73

    Beaker73 Forum Resident

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    Yeah, mine too. I swapped the flaming lips record for the VMP Phoenix one that I’d been keeping my eye on for a while now, so I see the Aretha record as bonus. Love her music, so not much of a problem ;)
     
  6. dewiecox

    dewiecox Forum Resident

    Pretty epic news and a no brainer purchase imo.
     
  7. Boomy

    Boomy Forum Resident

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    Welp. Hoping for a 20 year reissue in 2022. I don't want the other LPs just to get this.
     
  8. dewiecox

    dewiecox Forum Resident

    There’s a couple dozen albums that you can swap in if you’re not into the Lips or Aretha.
     
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  9. ad180

    ad180 Forum Resident

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    It's doubtful that will ever happen, as the label hired Peter Mokran to mix three songs against the bands' wishes. Frankly, I like his mix of "Waitin' For A Superman" more than the Lips version. But hearing the album with the original mixes makes a lot more sense to me now. I have grown to appreciate it over time.
     
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  10. Boomy

    Boomy Forum Resident

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    True
     
  11. FrixFrixFrix

    FrixFrixFrix Forum Resident

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    Email I got yesterday from the Desert Sessions mailing list noted “Additional vinyl options will be made available and announced shortly.”

    Eff VMP and their bullish!t sales tactics.
     
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  12. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

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    Yeah, I wouldn't expect a Bellman cut to *only* show up as a limited edition club issue, especially for a title that's so high in demand.
     
  13. Boomy

    Boomy Forum Resident

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    I honestly don't care about the color--I'd be fine with a black. It would just be nice if this darn thing could be an in-stock unit, not an OOP (but ya cain't, always git, whatchoo want).
     
  14. Beaker73

    Beaker73 Forum Resident

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    I’m pretty sure a normal reissue will follow this one. Same thing happened with Demon Days. But well, better safe than sorry, me thinks. And for $36 this isn’t an expensive one, except for the fact that you have to buy two other albums you may or not may want. The Third Man Vault things are way more of an example of bullsh!t sales tactics, in my opinion. But I digress. I am super stoked to getting an official vinyl release of Songs For The Deaf!
     
  15. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    I wish this outfit would bite the dust. BS that keeps good titles by CB and KG captive by other titles you dont want.

    Unless you want to pay double on ebay or discogs.
     
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  16. ad180

    ad180 Forum Resident

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    Many of these titles would not be getting the CB and KG treatment unless VMP was licensing and releasing it. If you see something you want, sign up for a monthly account, buy it, then turn off your subscription. That's what I did when they released Fiona Apple's Tidal, but I ended up turning my subscription on and off multiple times since then, and I haven't missed anything that I wanted.
     
  17. mcrichley

    mcrichley Forum Resident

    Subscriptions are 3-months now, so you're in for at least 3 titles, and hoping that you can swap in titles you actually want...
     
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  18. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

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    Yep. I ended my subscription because I ran out of things I wanted to swap for.
     
  19. ad180

    ad180 Forum Resident

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    Weird, I had no idea. My account page still shows the monthly subscription as an option. I suppose I was grandfathered in?
     
  20. mcrichley

    mcrichley Forum Resident

    Yes, if you had a 1-month subscription before you're grandfathered in.
     
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  21. ad180

    ad180 Forum Resident

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    Gotcha...

    My main point though was that the titles done by Bellman and Gray wouldn't have been released if it weren't for VMP.
     
  22. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

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    That might not necessarily be true, though.
     
  23. Guitarded

    Guitarded Forum Resident

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    Nice offerings for the 3 month subscription crowd. Doubly so for people who just want to get their toes wet!

    I don't see how anyone could complain about having the OPTION to partake.
     
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  24. ad180

    ad180 Forum Resident

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    It was true for Blossom Dearie, Donald Byrd, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Art Blakey, Ayalew Mesfin, Fiona Apple, Eddie Floyd and many others I didn't even buy.
     
  25. Zapruder

    Zapruder Just zis guy, you know?

    Location:
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    True, but a lot of those are niche titles (apart from the Fiona Apple, of course). I'm betting VMP is, in part, a way for the industry to test interest in titles like these. The Fiona will likely get a repress after the exclusivity agreement ends, and I'd be really surprised if something like SftD didn't.
     

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