by: CHRISTOPHER TORRICK
Hey Friends -
I have been trying to focus on new vinyl releases here but I have to be honest, trying to get my hands on a copy of Cody Jinks "Adobe Sessions" for a while. It seems like as soon as there is another load of pressings, they are gone the minute they hit retail.
It came up on my radar that this record was taking advance orders on Amazon, and decided to get in the pile. I thought I was buying a plain black `180 gram vinyl 2 disc set with a gatefold sleeve.
A few weeks later it showed up on my doorstep. Kudos to Amazon for shipping it double boxed instead of a single vinyl record flat box. The first thing that caught my attention when I opened it was a big white label saying "MASTERED FOR VINYL".
Once I opened it, I was blown away. It was a very cool colored vinyl. I wasn't expecting that. I started searching around on the interwebs to see If I could find out a little more information on the pressing. I saw some that came up as an orange pressing. As you can see on the picture, this isn't exactly orange. The best way I could describe the color of the pressing is yellow ripple. It is yellowish but if you look torwards the label, there is a ripple. It looks like saran wrap is crinkled up in the vinyl. My thoughts on this, it's pretty dang cool !!
I reached out to our contact on Cody's team Gerrie McDowell to see if we could find out in advance who pressed the vinyl. She told me it was Memphis Record Pressing but I found a digital download card (also unexpected) that brought me to Hand Drawn Pressing out of Dallas so who knows. I'm guessing it's probably Hand Drawn. We reviewed another pressing from them for Aaron Watson here
Some additional notes. The cover has a very nice matte finish. It feels nice in your hands. While there is no additional artwork or liner notes on the inner sleeves of the gatefold, your vinyls will be safe with the included white Polylined Anti-Static Dust Sleeve.
This three sided project from Jinks will be a treat for his fans and a surprise if they get this pressing as it was nowhere in the listing.
Some other vinyl news you need to know...
Carrie Underwood has a new vinyl package hitting the streets on April 30th, and this is something she has been wanting to do for a while. "My Savior" is a collection of gospel favorites and will come on 2 white vinyl discs. We have had a chance to listen to the project (digital), and it's amazing! We ordered the record snd will blog about the vinyl edition when we get our hands on it. I was on the phone with Wayne Rice host of "The Bluegrass Special" who had listened to the project with his wife, and we both agreed that you could tell she has been singing those songs her entire life. This looks to be an exciting vinyl package for sure.
The Marfa Tapes - a down to earth, organic project from Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon Randall has a release date of May 7th, 2021 for vinyl retailers. It's a great sounding record, but may drive vinyl lovers a little crazy. There was no studio used in the project. All recorded outdoors and subject to campfire noises, coyote howls and everything else nature can throw at you in Texas. I love the concept, but those not aware of the project might think a crackling fire is a pop on their vinyl and send it back. Some retailers are offering an immediate digital download so you can spend a little time with it and get used to the pops and cracks in advance.
Vinyl Backlog is getting worse: We have talked about this before, but it's only getting worse. Vinyl Record pressing plants across the globe are struggling to keep up with demand of vinyl consumers appetite for music. Manufacturers are giving artists and labels a warning. They need a lead time of six months in order to get a project set for a vinyl record release. Christmas time is a huge time for music sales and to meet deadlines, those wanting to have a release a project in time for Christmas season have to get their orders in soon. It's going to be interesting to see how this impacts Record Store Day.
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Thanks for your time!