Hey, long time, no post! My vinyl collection has been growing exponentially. I’ve been to my first Record Collectors Show, and I’ve been communicating online a lot more about records in general as part of the YouTube Vinyl Community, which I suddenly fell upon a few weeks ago. Folks post videos of new treasures, how they care for their vinyl, etc. and I’m really enjoying a wide range of opinions from an even wider range of the planet. Visit the VC on Facebook, and I’ll try to update the blog with the videos I’ve submitted as they happen.
On to some disappointing news: There is now another delay for the Smoking Popes' Born To Quit vinyl reissue (pictured above), the second in as many months. Originally released in 1994, this is one of those albums that blew me away in high-school. I still know every word to it, and to see it get the vinyl treatment with some bonus tracks, is fantastic. Unfortunately, it’s the way I, as a person who pre-ordered, was alerted to these delays that is leaving me with a bad taste.
I pre-ordered the record on October 16th. The album, according to the Popes’ website, was to be shipped out on or around October 23rd. Because I ordered it so close to the original ship date, I figured my order might not go out in the first batch. No big deal.
I receive an email on October 24th from Benchmark Merchandising, who is running the webstore for the Smoking Popes, informing me that due to production delays, the release date was being pushed back until November 20th. My order was pending and would now ship on November 16th. I would’ve loved to have this information with more notice, not the day after it was supposed to ship. But, delays happen and I imagine this might have been out of their control. Hey, I’ve never pressed anything on vinyl in my life. I felt unworthy to judge.
Fast-forward to November 19th. That’s three days after my order was to ship, and one day prior to the retail release date. Through a tweet from the Smoking Popes, I learn that Side One Dummy, the label putting out the BTQ reissue, has posted what’s below.
Yep, now we’re talking a delay until February 2013, almost five months from the original release date.
As I type this, it’s now November 28th and I have yet to receive the aforementioned email.
I can understand production miscues, but this second push-back with (again) no prior notice (in fact, LATE notice) and now an almost 10-day delay in getting an official email on it, have me not only ticked, but now worried. I replied to that same tweet a third time today, indicating that I have still yet to receive that email.
And the special offer mentioned? Unless it’s something free to compensate for my wait time, I can tell you that I’m going to pass. No reason to spend more money on something that also could - hell, probably will - be delayed.
I cannot blame the band themselves, but the finger has to be pointed at either Benchmark, Side One Dummy or both. Let me be clear, they’re not bad people, bad businesses or bad labels. Far from it. But the lack of notice and professional courtesy here has soured me on any future dealings with either. I shouldn’t have to go to Side One Dummy’s website myself to find a news update about this. And in fact, as of Noon CST today (11/28/12), the webstore STILL lists a shipdate of November 16th. You’d think someone could update that. I’d guess it’s the same person who has to send out that mysteriously missing email, but these are two different entities.
The album is currently streaming online, but I don’t want to hear it that way. I want to pull this record out of its sleeve and treat myself to a great experience with my turntable. It’s an album that deserves that.
You know what’s sad? Born To Quit is near and dear to my heart, and I’m no longer even looking forward to even receiving it. I’m simply anticipating another delay, come February. That’s how bad this has gotten. This whole story can be summed up by the title of the band’s also-incredible 1997 follow-up: Destination Failure.