I might be tempted to buy more modern vinyl if…
1. I always received a cd version or a copy to download as part of the package.
2. Release dates weren’t pushed back while equivalent CD and download dates stayed the same (take note De La Soul,The Breeders…alright Mr Bowie, you’re sort of excused).
3. I didn’t have to pay silly prices compared to CDs and downloads. Unless I got a cd or download with it, of course.
4. Replacing my record deck didn’t mean my budget only stretched to something half decent that still needed the drive-belt re-threading just to change the speed.
5. And with my new deck I didn’t have to mess around with counterweights and “anti-skate weights” just to make the needle stay on the record.
6. I genuinely thought the sound quality was better (when the needle stayed on, that is).
7. Given the prices, someone could convince me that the artist benefitted more from a vinyl purchase.
8. There was less snobbery about vinyl.
9. It didn’t feel like the resurgence still might be a fad?
Head to Toe was released in June 1994 following the international success of The Breeders second album, Last Splash. As I recall it was a relatively rare release which only saw the light of day on 10″ in the UK and 7″ in the US (without the last track Safari).
No cd copy of this EP was issued although this will soon to be rectified when Last Splash gets the anniversary remaster treatment later this month in the form of LSXX. All the tracks from this and all the other Last Splash era releases are being bundled together on 3 CDs or (if you have more money than sense) a 7x vinyl boxset weighing in at an eye watering £75. You do get a booklet with that one too. Which is nice. Definitely worth it. Oh yes.