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November 29, 2011 / jhsaeger

Record Store Day Recap II: The Beatles and Chili Peppers

The Beatles: One of the major collectables in the Record Store Day catalog this year was The Beatles’ Singles collection, which contained four 45 singles that were released in vinyl for the first time ever in their remastered form.  The four singles, “Ticket to Ride”/”Yes It Is,” “Hey Jude/Revolution,” “Something”/”Come Together,” and “Yellow Submarine”/”Eleanor Rigby,” came in a red box that was reminiscent of the album cover for 2000’s 1.  Each record was sheathed by a reproduction of their original artwork.  The set also contained a 45 adapter that is shaded with the green tint of the Apple Records logo.  
  The remastered sound quality of the Singles set is impeccable (as expected of anything Beatles-related).  In addition to being a neat collectors item, the biggest benefit of the remasters is that they bring forward some of the subtleties of the Fab Four’s play.  From the first chord of “Ticket to Ride” to Paul McCartney’s bassline on “Come Together,” it really creates an enjoyable listening experience.  Finally, the technology matches the musicianship.  
Red Hot Chili Peppers: To mark the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough record, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, The Red Hot Chili Peppers re-released the album as a 140-gram limited-edition red vinyl.  Like The Beatles’ Singles, listening to Blood Sugar Sex Magik in a high-quality format brings a different appreciation to the craftsmanship of the Chili Peppers.  Bassist Fleas benefits mostly from the 140-gram edition of their work, as the nuances of his bass-playing take an even more central role in the band’s sound.  
   The album, which contains Chili Peppers staples like “Give it Away,” “Under the Bridge,” and “Suck My Kiss” was released on September 24, 1991.  Blood Sugar Sex Magik has sold over 15 million copies, delivered five singles, and set the band on its path towards becoming one of the biggest groups in the rock.   Additionally, Blood Sugar Sex Magik was the band’s first collaboration with superproducer Rick Rubin, who has overseen each of their five albums since then.  

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