As a record collector, creating a wish list and searching for albums on it is among the biggest joys of building a deep collection. But the cost of that joy is often an empty wallet – especially when it comes older records pressed in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Most records at the time had one initial pressing and not much after. If the record was pressed on a small label – well, then, good luck. With increases in vinyl sales, those pressings have become harder to come by. When you do find them, prices are often in the hundreds.
Since the day I started collecting, my holy grail has been the first two Modest Mouse records: “This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About” and “Lonesome Crowded West.” Released in 1995 and 1997, they can’t be found for less than $300. For me, that’s unreasonable, despite my thirst to own my favorite two records by a band I love.
For years I sat and waited for a repressing – or luck that I knew I wouldn’t find. Well, in the past past month, my wait mercifully ended. Modest Mouse finally rereleased its two old gems: “Long Drive” the last week of October, and “Lonesome Crowded West” the first week of November. And my goodness, was it worth the wait. Packaged in original artwork and pulled from early masters, both truly shine on wax. Both are double LPs with all the bells and whistles of new releases – a digital download card and pressed on 180 grams.
“Long Drive” opens with the beautiful “Dramamine,” and with the deeper vinyl sound, the song and album really goes deep. The bass line still shines through as singer Isaac Brock and his guitar blow away the gloom. It’s more of the same on “Lonesome Crowded West,” where the quieter moments – “Bankrupt on Selling” and “Polar Opposites” – are fully fledged on vinyl.
It took nearly 20 years for these records to be repackaged for the new generation, and after years of waiting and battling the urge to pay $300 each, they are here and they are glorious – all for about $50 total.
My wallet, and my ears, thank you Brock.
This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Lonesome Crowded West
Artist: Modest Mouse
Price: $22.99 each