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Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Part 12: Music Box Sets, Vinyl, and Reissues (Part Two)

Featuring Blondie, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Doors, ELO, The Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Stereolab, Barry White, and More.

Dec 24, 2018 Holiday Gift Guide 2018
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Welcome to part 12 of our Holiday Gift Guide 2018, which centers on music box sets and reissues, some on CD and some on vinyl. It’s the second part of our reissues guide, check out part one here for suggestions for more reissues from The Band, David Bowie, Prince, Pet Shop Boys, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, and more. This one features Blondie, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Doors, ELO, The Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Stereolab, Barry White, and more.

We fully realize that Christmas is almost finally here, but perhaps you still have some last minute gifts to buy for a music fan or are hope to snag some presents for yourself in the after Christmas sales or just want to get a window into some of 2018’s best new reissues. Either way, we hope this final part of our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide is of use.

We have previously posted part 1 of our 2018 gift guide (for video games), as well as part 2 (for board games), part 3 (for technology), and part 4 (for collectibles). Then there was part 5, for toys and other gifts for kids and parents, which was split into two parts: one on kid-friendly toys, books, and DVDs/Blu-rays and another one on kid-friendly board games and technology. Part 6 covered apparel and household items. Part 7 was the first installment of our guide for DVDs and Blu-rays. Part 8 was a drinking guide. Part 9 was the first installment of our guide for reissues, vinyl, and music box sets. Part 10 featured graphic novels and books. Part 11 was the second installment of our guide for DVDs and Blu-rays.

And don’t forget that Under the Radar subscriptions also make a great gift. Plus donating to the charity of your choice in the name of the gift receiver is also a good way to go.

Blondie: Heart of Glass Deluxe 12-Inch EP (The Numero Group)

RRP: $27.95

“Heart of Glass” was one of the first songs Blondie, who formed in 1974, wrote, but it wasn’t recorded until 1978, as the band had trouble getting it to work, trying it as a ballad and even a reggae song. When the song was finally released in 1979 it launched the band into the mainstream, but its disco sound led to some in the New York City New Wave scene they came from to label them as sellouts. But no matter, the single was #1 in various countries around the world, including American and the UK (where it sold 1.32 million copies and remains in the Top 100 selling singles of all time). Next fall The Numero Group will be releasing Blondie: The Complete Studio Recordings 1975-1982. Ahead of that there’s this vinyl reissue of the Heart of Glass EP. It features six different versions of the song and new cover art by Shepard Fairey that resembles the Death Star as a disco ball. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

Eric B. & Rakim: The Complete Collection 1986-1992 (Geffen)

RRP: $170.99

Eric B. & Rakim are one of the preeminent groups of the golden age of rap, but the New York City duo are sometimes overlooked by mainstream listeners, even though Rakim has been called one of the greatest MCs of all time and they were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Eric Barrier was a DJ in search of a rapper and sought suggestions from promoter Alvin Toney. As fate would have it, Toney’s first recommendation wasn’t home at the time, so Barrier turned to William Griffin (aka Rakim). With the help of Rakim’s brother, who worked at a record plant and loaned them records, they embarked on a musical career, releasing their debut single, “Eric B. is President” in 1986. Rakim’s relaxed and freeform rapping style was influenced by jazz (he had previously played saxophone). The duo released four albums: Paid in Full (1987), Follow the Leader (1988), Let the Rhythm Hit ‘EM (1990), and Don’t Sweat the Technique (1992). This box set collects all four albums on vinyl, as well as two CDs of remixes. Eric B. & Rakim broke up in 1993, partly due to financial disputes with their label. But they reformed in 2016 and have been touring. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

Chicago: VI Decades Live (This Is What We Do) (Rhino)

RRP: $35.49

Back in the late ‘60s, Chicago established themselves as one of the first rock bands to prominently feature horns. Situated somewhere in the intersection of jazz, R&B, and rock and roll, the band’s early output remains some of its best work. VI Decades Live celebrates Chicago’s legacy in four CDs and a DVD of live content.

Despite vocalist Peter Cetera becoming the face of the first incarnation of the band, the first two discs of VI Decades Live show how much Chicago was guitarist Terry Kath’s band at its start, in presentation of the band’s complete performance from the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. It’s not until “25 or 6 to 4,” more than halfway through disc two, that Cetera presents front and center, harnessing the enrapturing vocals of the band’s theretofore biggest hit, albeit one still outshined by Kath’s epic guitar solo.

The rest of VI Decades Live presents the band onstage from 1969 to 2014, with the ‘80s getting particularly short shrift despite being the decade where Cetera asserted his dominance in so many of the band’s charting ballads. Instead, what we get is a diverse collection of tracks spanning Chicago’s history, favoring lesser known cuts over the big hits.

Rounding out the collection is a DVD of the band’s 1977 performance at Rockplast, perfectly summing up why this set is worthwhile for any fan of big horn-led rock and roll. By Frank Valish (Buy it here.)

John Coltrane: 1963: New Directions (Impulse!)

RRP: $23.89

This three-CD set collects all of the music John Coltrane recorded in 1963. It includes the recordings that formed Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, which was released earlier this year. That was recorded on March 6, 1963 and the following day Coltrane and his band recorded some standards with singer Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, and those are included on this collection too. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

The Cure: Mixed Up and Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras (Rhino)

RRP: $34.98 for Mixed Up, $34.98 for Torn Down

Robert Smith recently expressed his intentions to release a new album by The Cure in 2019. It’s been over 10 years since their last full-length, 2008’s 4:13 Dream, which was originally intended to be a double album and thus a lot of bonus tracks ended up on the cutting room floor. While fans wait to see if a 2019 album will materialize, they can revisit some of the band’s older material via these two new vinyl reissued remix collections. Mixed Up was released in 1990 and featured existing remixes, as well as new ones done by Smith at the time. It included remixes of “Close to Me,” “Fascination Street,” “A Forest,” “Pictures of You,” and others. While remastering Mixed Up, Smith put together some brand new remixes and they form Torn Up: Mixed Up Extras. They are available separately on vinyl or together as a three-disc CD set. By Mark Redfern (Buy Mixed Up here. Buy Torn Down here.)

Depeche Mode: Speak & Spell | The 12” Singles and A Broken Frame | The 12” Singles (Rhino)

RRP: $59.98 each

Rhino are reissuing all of Depeche Mode’s 12-inch singles on vinyl, each in a box set. 2018 saw the release of the first two box sets: Speak & Spell and A Broken Frame. Speak & Spell was the band’s debut album, released in 1981 on Mute. Its singles, as presented here, were “Dreaming of Me,” “New Life,” and “Just Can’t Get Enough.” The latter two are different mixes from the album versions and each 12-inch includes the original B-side. There’s also a flexi-disc featuring “Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead” and Fad Gaget’s “King of the Flies,” plus a black & white poster. A Broken Frame was the band’s second album, released in 1982. It was the first to be recorded without Vince Clarke, who left the band to form Yazoo and later Erasure. The box set for A Broken Frame includes 12-inch singles for “See You” (featuring an extended version of the song and an extended version of “Now This Is Fun” as the B-side), “The Meaning Of (Fairy Odd Mix)” (with “Oberkorn (It’s a Small Town) (Development Mix)” on the B-side), and “Leave In Silence (Longer)” (with “Further Excerpts From: My Secret Garden” and “Leave In Silence (Quieter)” on the B-side). It includes a color poster for the “See You” single. By Mark Redfern (Buy Speak & Spell here. Buy A Broken Frame here.)

The Doors: Waiting For the Sun: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Elektra)

RRP: $40.35

Waiting for the Sun is The Doors’ third album, released in 1968. Surprisingly it’s the band’s only #1 album, even though it wasn’t quite as well received by critics as their first two albums. Its most iconic song is its opening track, “Hello I Love You.” “Waiting for the Sun,” the song that would’ve been its title track, was recorded during the sessions but actually ended up on 1970’s Morrison Hotel. This 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features a new version of the album’s original stereo mix on 180-gram vinyl and on CD. Then there’s a second CD featuring 14 previously unreleased tracks, including rough mixes of nine of the album’s songs and five tracks recorded live in Copenhagen in 1968. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

ELO: The UK Singles Volume One 1972 - 1978 (Epic/Legacy)

RRP: $125.00

ELO (aka Electric Light Orchestra)‘s 1977 single “Mr. Blue Sky” was prominently featured in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which almost the whole song plays during the opening sequence. Baby Groot puts the song on and dances around to it as the rest of the superhero team fights a monster in the background and the opening credits appear on the screen. The single was found on their seventh studio album, 1977’s Out of the Blue, and peaked at #6 on the British charts and #35 on the American charts, but is probably ELO’s best known song. It’s been featured in any number of other films, TV commercials, and during both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics. It’s also one of the songs collected on The UK Singles Volume One 1972 - 1978, a box set that features remastered reproductions of 16 of their 7-inch singles, complete with B-sides, from their 1972 debut single, “10538 Overture,” to 1978’s The ELO EP. Alas for fans of the cheesy Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly film Xanadu, this box set stops two years too short to include any of the three singles from that film’s soundtrack, which was partially done by ELO. Maybe they are saving those for another 7-inch box set. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

The Flaming Lips: Scratching the Door: The First Recordings of The Flaming Lips (1983-1985) and Seeing the Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings (1986-1990) (Rhino)

RRP: $10.60 for Scratching the Door, $21.49 for Seeing the Unseeable

The Flaming Lips did a lot of looking back in 2018. Not only did they release Greatest Hits Vol. 1, but this year also saw two other archival releases. Scratching the Door: The First Recordings of The Flaming Lips features 19 of the band’s earliest recordings, back when frontman Wayne Coyne’s brother Mark Coyne was on vocals. It includes the band’s first and second cassette demos, as well as their first self-released EP, all remastered and collected together as a single release for the first time. The collection also features covers of The Who’s “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere,” Led Zeppelin’s “Communication Breakdown,” and the theme song from the 1960’s Batman television series.

Seeing the Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990 collects their first four studio albums, all originally released on Restless Records: Hear It Is (1986), Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips (1987), Telepathic Surgery (1989), and In a Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares) (1990). Then there’s an additional disc, The Mushroom Tapes, which collects demos from In a Priest Driven Ambulance. Finally, Death Tripin’ at Sunrise collects B-sides, rarities, and flexi-discs. By Mark Redfern (Buy Scratching the Door here. Buy Seeing the Unseeable here.)

Fleet Foxes: First Collection 2006-2009 (Sub Pop)

RRP: $58.55

Under the Radar was the first nationally distributed print magazine to interview Fleet Foxes, back in 2008 when they had just signed to Sub Pop and hadn’t released the Sun Giant EP yet, let alone their debut album (revisit that article here), so the band has always been special to us. The new box set, First Collection 2006 - 2009, includes the band’s self-titled debut full-length on 12-inch vinyl and the Sun Giant EP on 10-inch vinyl, as well as the first vinyl releases of The Fleet Foxes EP on 10-inch and B-sides & Rarities EP on 10-inch, both of which were originally self-released and very limited edition. It includes a 32-page book. The box set is also available on CD and digitally. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac: Deluxe Edition (Reprise)

RRP: $82.80

Fleetwood Mac, released in 1975, was actually the band’s second self-titled album, their 1968 debut album was also eponymous. The album is the band’s tenth, but it’s actually their first to feature Lindsey Buckingham as guitarist and Stevie Nicks as vocalist. The album was a huge success in the U.S., spending 37 weeks in the Top 10, more than 15 months in the Top 40, and hitting #1 over a year after being released. Despite being released in July 1975, it was the second biggest album of 1976 (behind Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive) and the 10th biggest album of 1977. Its follow-up, 1977’s Rumours, was an even bigger album. This box set includes a 2018 remaster of the original album on vinyl, CD, and DVD (the CD and DVD versions also include the single versions of four of its songs). There’s a second CD featuring 17 bonus tracks, including early versions of all of the album’s tracks, as well as tracks recorded live from the Warner Bros. Sound Stage. Then a third CD features various live cuts. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

Guns N’ Roses: Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded (Geffen/UMe)

RRP: $124.83

Welcome back to the jungle. It may have taken Guns N’ Roses (or what was left of the line-up) 15 years to finally release 2008’s poorly received Chinese Democracy. Progress on the follow-up to Chinese Democracy has been slow, although with founding members Slash and Duff McKagan now back in the band, perhaps there is hope we’ll get a true Guns N’ Roses album sooner than later. But regardless, fans will always have Appetite For Destruction, their 1987-released debut album. The album may not feature “November Rain,” but it’s got arguably their other three best-remembered songs: “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” and “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” This box set reissue actually includes the original piano version of “November Rain,” which was recorded in 1986, even though the final song wasn’t actually released until 1991, on Use Your Illusion 1. The Locked N’ Loaded edition of the album includes 51 tracks, a whopping 27 of which are previously unreleased. You’ve got the original album remastered on CD and Blu-ray (the Blu-ray also includes five bonus tracks and five music videos). The second disc has B-sides and EP tracks, all remastered. The third and fourth discs feature previously unreleased tracks from the 1986 Sound City session, plus acoustic and piano versions. Then there’s a 96-page book with a lot of photos and info on the album, two glossy foldout posters, a reproduction of a flyer asking fans to come be in the “Welcome to the Jungle” music video, 8x10 color photos of each band member, reproductions for three ticket stubs (including one January 1985 show at the Troubadour), and, for real die-hard fans, some temporary tattoos. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

The Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord: 50th Anniversary Edition (Polydor/UMe)

RRP: $37.70

In Search of the Lost Chord was the third album by The Moody Blues, released in 1968. It was a concept album, one a press release says was “concerning itself with the spiritual and philosophical concerns of the psychedelic era.” Their last album, 1967’s Days of Future Passed, featured the London Festival Orchestra, but on In Search of the Lost Chord the band played all the instruments themselves. This 50th anniversary reissue features three CDs and two DVDs. Disc one has the original stereo mix of the album and five bonus tracks (the single versions). Disc two has new stereo mixes of the album and one bonus track. On the third CD you will find a John Peel session, alternate album mixes, and additional 1968 studio session recordings. The first DVD includes a 5.1 Surround mix of the album, as well as the new stereo mix and the original stereo mix. Finally, the second DVD features the band performing live on French TV and the BBC. The Moody Blues were finally inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, so it’s a good time to revisit the band. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

Steve Miller Band: Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976) (Capitol/UMe)

RRP: $150.55

Those who grew up in the 1990s might remember when Steve Miller Band’s 1973 single “The Joker” made a comeback 17 years after its initial release when it was featured in a 1990 Levi’s TV commercial. In the ad a good looking guy on a motorcycle comes riding out of an elevator and into a crowded office filled with stock market traders. He pulls up to the desk of an attractive woman and throws her a pair of jeans. She proceeds to take off her skirt, put on the jeans, and get on the motorcycle. Then they literally ride off into the sunset. It was my first exposure to the band anyway. Complete Albums Volume 1 collects the band’s first nine albums on vinyl, from their 1968 debut, Children of the Future, to 1976’s Fly Like an Eagle, and including 1973’s The Joker. Miller, the sole permanent member of the band, was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

Public Image Limited: The Public Image Is Rotten: Songs From the Heart (Virgin/UMe)

RRP: $80.35

John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) formed Public Image Limited (aka PiL) after leaving Sex Pistols in January 1978 and after Virgin Records head Richard Branson unsuccessfully tried to convince Lydon to become the new lead singer of Devo (something Devo was against too). Lydon was looking to go in a more experimental direction with Public Image Limited and the first lineup of the band also featured guitarist Keith Levene (of The Clash), bassist Jah Wobble, and drummer Jim Walker. Walker didn’t even last a year in the band, Jah Wobble left in 1980, and Levene left in 1983, meaning that over the years Lydon has been the sole permanent member of the post-punk band, which originally split up in 1992, but reformed in 2009 with Bruce Smith, Lu Edmonds, and Scott Firth joining Lydon in the current lineup. The Public Image Is Rotten: Songs From the Heart is a five-CD/two-DVD box set. Disc one collects their singles from 1978 to 2015, including 1986’s “Rise,” which was about Nelson Mandela and apartheid in South Africa. Disc two has B-sides, rarities, and two BBC radio sessions (from 1978 and 1992). Disc three showcases 12-inch remixes and bonus tracks. Disc four’s 14 tracks are almost all previously unreleased. And disc five is a live concert from New York City in 1989. Then the first DVD includes 21 of the band’s music videos, plus a 1988 concert in Tallinn, Estonia. And finally, the second DVD includes various BBC TV performances on Top of the Pops, Old Grey Whistle Test, and The Late Show, as well as another concert in Sydney, Australia in 2013. The box set also includes a fold out poster, four photo cards of the band, and a book collecting various press clippings about Public Image Limited over the years. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

Ramones: Road to Run 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Rhino)

RRP: $45.15

Road to Ruin contains the fantastic single “I Wanna Be Sedated,” but Ramones’ fourth album wasn’t a huge success upon its 1978 release, peaking at #103 on the Billboard 200 chart, 54 places lower than their last album, 1977’s Rocket to Russia. On Road to Ruin the punk band tried their hand at ballads and guitar solos, which alienated some critics and fans, who labeled Ramones as sell-outs. Road to Ruin is also the first Ramones album to feature Marky Ramone (Marc Steven Bell) on drums, who replaced Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi). This 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition includes the original mix of the album, remastered, on disc one, alongside a new revisited mix of the album. Then there’s a vinyl LP featuring the new mix. A second CD features rough mixes, singles mixes, and acoustic versions, much of it previously unreleased. And a third CD is a previously unissued 32-song live concert from New York City in 1979. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

Alexander Spence: AndOrAgain (Columbia/Sony/Modern Harmonic)

RRP: $32.00

Before he spent time in New York’s Bellevue Hospital to address increasing mental health issues, Alexander Spence, better known as Skip, was one of the leaders of the ‘60s San Francisco band Moby Grape. After his stint in Bellevue, Spence recorded his one solo album, 1969’s Oar, a mishmash of folk, blues, and otherwise odd songs that Spence wrote while in psychiatric commitment. Despite some seemingly bizarre musical and lyrical ideas, Spence was given carte blanche to record whatever he wanted in the studio. He played every instrument himself.

Oar has been reissued before over the years but never as comprehensively or with as much extra content as Modern Harmonic has this year. AndOrAgain is three discs packed with product from Spence’s addled brain. To say that Oar is an acquired listen is something of an understatement. Its sound evidences only glimpses of Moby Grape-style greatness, but instead Spence engages in flights of fancy and lets his tattered muse lead him wherever it may.

With elucidating essay by David Fricke, the three-disc AndOarAgain features 58 tracks and no less than two hours of previously unreleased content. There are songs that never made it to Oar, in addition to multiple different versions of Oar tracks, each documented in the liner notes with studio dates and take numbers. Taken as a whole, AndOarAgain shows how the original Oar ultimately took shape. One can hear how tracks morphed into their final form. One can hear Spence playing around in the studio. One gets a deeper sense of what Oar was and where Spence was musically at the time of its development. By Frank Valish (Buy it here.)

Stereolab: Switched On, Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Volume 2), Aluminum Tunes (Switched On Volume 3) (Duophonic)

RRP: $21.89 for Switched On, $26.89 for Refried Ectoplasm, $40.21 for Aluminum Tunes

Stereolab were ahead of their time, despite some of their 1960s lounge and 1970s Krautrock influences, and were out of step with the Britpop bands of the era, even though many diehard Britpop fans were into the band. For example, I first saw them open for one of Britpop’s biggest bands, Pulp, at the Brixton Academy in London and right away went out and bought the 1995 compilation Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Volume 2). I at first didn’t exactly know what to make of the avant-pop and experimental sounds on the release, although it did feature one of their more accessible songs of the period, “French Disko.” I eventually warmed to the band even more once I dived deeper into their catalogue. In my music journalism career, they were one of the early bands I interviewed, talking to co-founder Tim Gane backstage in Los Angeles for only the second issue of Under the Radar. This year, several of their albums and compilations have been reissued on clear vinyl across two different labels. Duophonic, the band’s own label, have reissued the three Switched On compilations via Warp. Switched On, released in 1992, collects the band’s earliest releases, including two 10-inch EPs and one 7-inch EP. The aforementioned Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Volume 2) features various singles, B-sides, and rarities from 1992 and 1993, including the 13-minute long ““Animal or Vegetable (A Wonderful Wooden Reason…)”” (the actual song title features quotes, hence the extra quotes). Aluminum Tunes was released in 1998 and is two CDs worth of singles, B-sides, and rarities, including songs that were originally released as split singles with Tortoise and Yo La Tengo. Read our recent review of Switched On here. Read our recent review of Refried Ectoplasm here. Read our recent review of Aluminum Tunes here. By Mark Redfern (Buy Switched On here. Buy Refried Ectoplasm here. Buy Aluminum Tunes here.)

Stereolab: Peng! and The Groop Played “Space Age Batchelor Pad Music” (Too Pure/Beggars Arkive)

RRP: $22.98 each

Then Too Pure, via Beggars Arkive, have put out two other Stereolab clear vinyl reissues. Peng! is the band’s debut full-length album, released in 1992 a few months before Switched On was released. Less than a year later, in 1993, Stereolab put out The Groop Played “Space Age Batchelor Pad Music”, an eight-song mini LP. The band went on hiatus in 2009 to focus on solo and side-projects, but they just announced they are returning to live performances in 2019, which will be their first in over a decade. Hopefully that means we’ll be getting new music from the Lætitia Sadier-fronted band soon. By Mark Redfern (Buy Peng! here. Buy The Groop Played here.)

Barry White: The 20th Century Records Albums (1973-1979) (Mercury)

RRP: $109.46

Let’s be honest here, there are few musicians whose music is better suited to soundtrack foreplay and eventual lovemaking than the sensual sounds of Barry White. He made his career on sexy and romantic love songs, all sung with that deep bass-baritone voice. His songs were long too, keeping the mood going without interruptions. His1973 debut album, I’ve Got So Much to Give, and his 1973 sophomore album, Stone Gon’, for example, both only featured five songs each, with most around seven or eight minutes long or longer. I mean, how many forty-somethings walking around our planet right now were conceived to his songs back in the 1970s? I bet it’s a fair amount, not that there will ever be a scientific study on it. This vinyl box set collects remastered versions of his first nine albums, all of the ones released on 20th Century Records, stretching up to 1979’s I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing. White left 20th Century after that album, releasing his first for CBS Records, The Message Is Love, only seven months later. By Mark Redfern (Buy it here.)

Model 33 and Model 45 (Flipbin)

RRP: $75.00 (for Model 33) and $45.00 (for Model 45)

Flipbin have a stylish and practical solution for vinyl storage. Vinyl has been making a comeback for the last decade, so much so that it’s a tired statement to make. There are plenty of expensive vinyl shelves out there, but Flipbin offers a more affordable option. Also, when vinyl is wedged into a shelf it’s often hard to find the exact record you want, as you attempt to scan the thin spines, and then have to squeeze the record out of the shelf if it is packed tightly. Flipbin allows you to store and display your vinyl with the cover facing outwards, like how they are stored in a record store. You can place the Flipbins on the top of another shelf, on a side table, or even on the floor and you can alternate which record you want to display as the front one, depending on your mood. Model 33 is obviously suited for 33 LPs, whereas Model 45 is intended for 7-inch singles and actually also works well for comic books. Model 33 appropriately enough holds approximately 33 LPs and is made of aluminum. Model 45 appropriately enough, you guessed it, holds approximately 45 7-inches and is also made of aluminum. Both come in a variety of colors to match any home décor. (Buy Model 33 here. Buy Model 45 here.)

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