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#1 Kingdirk

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:53 AM

For over 40 years (and counting) Rush has given to its fans an immeasureable amount of musical content and collectible history.  Fans from around the world can never seem to get enough of these guys, scooping up everything from vinyl to posters to buttons to some of the most bizarre memorabilia imaginable.  When it comes to Geddy, Alex, and Neil, my vice starts with the music; and more specifically, vinyl.  I love vinyl.  The love the tactile sensation of holding on gingerly to the wax-like medium.  I love the way it looks.  I love the sound.  Vinyl and what goes in to manufacturing vinyl, from the outer cover art to the actual grooves is pure magic.  And I love Rush.  Combine the two, and what you come up with a pretty nice (and still growing) collection.  As with any type of entertainment collectible, there are the normal items (LPs and 45s), but every now and again, something pops up in the "least expected" pile.  I stumbled upon one such thing the other day and being the completeist, I had to jump all over it.

These "discs" are seemingly very rare and obscure.  Called "Flexi discs", the history shows that they were a relatively common promotional item that sometimes was attached to magazines to showcase an artist or an audible message.  The disc I found was manufactured by a company called Budkon.  I'm not sure if this is a Russian or Polish company, but back in the early '90s, they manufactured coloured flexi discs of several artists.  Note however, that these disks were "unauthorized" (wink wink).  These paper-thin, single track 45s were apparently produced in very limited numbers (possibly in the dozens) and notoriously produced horrible sound.  While the songs are recognizable, the background noise truly makes these non-listenable, especially as most people have these tracks on better vinyl or digitally.  The covers seem like they are printed or copied on computer paper.  Check out the link below for more details (referring to Husker Du flexis, but offers a really good explanation).

http://www.thirdav.c...scog/budkon.htm

I managed to find not onw, but three from our favorite band:

Distant Early Warning (Live)
Driven
The Enemy Within

I don't plan to play these on my new turntable with my high end cartridge, but I felt like I had to share these with both the Rush and vinyl communities.  Hardly high-quality, but nonetheless, some really interesting pieces of Rush history.  Do you have anything in your vinyl collection that is "out there"?

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:16 AM

My Permanent Waves vinyl is warped...And you can make a thunderstorm sound be bending it back and forth...If that counts, of course.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 11:58 AM

That is too cool. I have never a Rush song published that way :dweez:

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:58 AM

Long ago I had the "pieces of eight" Flexi disc that came from an issue of Modern Drummer.  I don't know if it's still somewhere inside another of my rush albums or buried in my parents' home somewhere or just long gone in the trash.  It was a lot more involved and interesting than the little tidbits of it that he used for years in his solo.  It was recorded professionally, so it sounded good even on that paper thin square record.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:03 AM

Never saw those- neat!  Thanks!

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:18 AM

My pleasure...
I have a whole pile of rare and not-so-rare (but still pretty cool) Rush vinyl items that I'll post through the coming weeks (as soon as I can get pictures uploaded).
I've found that in the collecting process, there are sparingly few images and websites that provide other collectors with valuable insight into what's "out there".  Hopefully, this forum can help other collectors identify the items that are out on the market.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:25 AM

Yes!  That would be great!  It is cool to see unusual stuff like this.  

The only slightly less common vinyl I have is "Rush Through TIme".

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:40 PM

The normal edition, or the Picture Disc?

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:41 PM

Just the normal one.  Not really all that uncommon, just less common then my other vinyls (studios, esl, atwas)

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:43 PM

Great disc though.  There were a couple variations of this disc aside from the picture disc.  It was released in Germany, Holland, and Colombia (as far as I know...maybe more countries...not sure).  Which one graces your collection?

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:45 PM

I want to say Holland, but am not sure.  What are the differences between the different countries?

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:23 PM

I don't think there are any differences.  For me though, to know that the album I'm holding comes from somewhere on the other side of the planet is pretty cool.  Its neat when you look at Spanish language releases from places like Columbia or Venezuela and the labels are different; sometimes the titles of the songs are in the native language.  To a collector, these are pretty awesome to have in the collection I think.

I have a Malaysian copy of Led Zeppelin II and a Taiwanese copy of The Song Remains The Same...its just really neat to now where these musical artifacts came from.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:53 PM

Also the thrill of the hunt, much more interesting to be looking for something that is hard to find then something that can be picked up at Best Buy.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 03:30 PM

Cool, vinyl!

As you can see by my name, I may have a record or two kicking around the house!  ;)

Still looking for that mint copy of 2112, but I have everything else stored nicely in my collection. I listen to my records constantly, so I tend to go through copies of records as the years go by. Lately, Power Windows is in high rotation my my decks (Two Technics 1200 MK3D). The production on PW is STILL impressive to me, all these years later; sounds amazing on vinyl!! :)

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:05 PM

Welcome to the forum VinylJunkie!  :hi:

Had you guys heard the chimes play on your Fly By Night albums, after By-Tor, when the needle is going round and round next to the label?

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:04 PM

VinylJunkie Welcome!

Animate...I couldn't agree more about the "hunt".  Searching for those rare promo singles, or stumbling upon that coloured vinyl or picture disc...its awesome (and expensive sometimes).  I've had some "grails" arrive on my doorstep over the past couple of weeks and when they arrive, I'm often dumbfounded as to "how did I actually get these?".  There is a lot of history with this band (and many other bands for that matter) and its a joy trying to get your hands on as many pieces of musical history as you can.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:11 PM

View PostKingdirk, on 17 April 2013 - 08:04 PM, said:

VinylJunkie Welcome!

Animate...I couldn't agree more about the "hunt".  Searching for those rare promo singles, or stumbling upon that coloured vinyl or picture disc...its awesome (and expensive sometimes).  I've had some "grails" arrive on my doorstep over the past couple of weeks and when they arrive, I'm often dumbfounded as to "how did I actually get these?".  There is a lot of history with this band (and many other bands for that matter) and its a joy trying to get your hands on as many pieces of musical history as you can.

I've got a whole bunch of stuff, but not those.

I know about them, though. I think they are of Polish origin and I'm not sure if they are legit or pirated copies. Definately on the rarer side of the scale.


This is probably a good place to ask a question I thought of a few days ago when I was going through some vinyl wondering how much of this stuff I really NEED. (Kind of like pruning the garden I guess.)



Anyway, the question I have is which Rush 45's were the first to get picture sleeves in the US and Canada? (I know other countries printed them sooner.)

I'm guessing that Tom Sawyer was the first 45 in both countries to get its own picture sleeve, but I'm not completely sure because I don't have a complete set. I think anything earlier than that just had the generic record company sleeves. (Actually, I think the first ever Anthem pressing for Archives had it's own sleeve in Canada now that I think of it.)

Anyone know for certain?

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:24 AM

ytserush...I know for certain that they aren't..."legit".  Apparently the Russian market for vinyl died a very quick and painful death in the early 90s and the only ways to get anything legit was to import (marginally risky) or travel outside the country to pick things up.  But I look at these little pieces of plastic as a snapshot in time...an attempt by someone somewhere to make some ill-gotten money through a sub-standard highly-illicit scheme.  Call me crazy, but I thought they would be pretty cool to have in the collection.

Without having my collection in front of me to flip through, I seem to recall Closer To The Heart being produced with a picture sleeve earlier than Tom Sawyer.  I believe it was a Mercury pressing out of the US...but I could be completely off-base on this.  I have earlier singles going back to Fly By Night (unfortunately, Not Fade Away has eluded my collection...and my wallet!) and they all typically have the generic, or sometimes the corporate Mercury or Philips outer sleeves.  Then you also have to consider whether the singles were promotional.

Great discussion...I'd like to know a bit more if anyone wants to chime in...let's keep the history lesson going!

One more thing...Congratulations to the "Boys" today.  No matter how long the road was, Rush can finally enter the "official" gates of rock and roll immortality today.  Time to celebrate!

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:32 AM

I've got a CD of The Pass still sealed with a When You Play It Say It sticker on it.  The sticker is meant to promote radio stations to say when they're playing new music.  It was part of a two year test plan that proved to be to costly.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:36 AM

That's a nice little collectible.
The Pass, as a vinyl single, was only released in Australia...with Presto as the B-side.  Its one of my "grails" if for no other reason than I LOVE the song "The Pass".  To have it as the only known released single on Earth...well, yeah...you get it.





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