Tag Archives: Test Press


Always love to add a Dischord test press to the collection. Especially when it is a great record as this. This is the second full length of Beefeater, probably best known for being the pioneers of the post-hardcore music. It comes with a ton of promo stuff. Interesting and fun to read.

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United Mutation

This early eighties DC band never got as popular as their other Dischord label mates. Yes they made a single for Dischord records, but it was a split release with DSI records I think.

This 7″ that came out a few year later on the infamous Lost and Found record is along the same lines as their debut 7″. This is the test press.

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The first test press of the year of course is a Smiths one. This is the promo version of their live record Rank. Just a white label and regular sleeve.

Also I found a nice copy of the Shandie Shaw single to add to my collection. This 12″ is the German pressing, almost identical to the UK pressing, but a bit more tricky to find. Again the whole backup band on this single is the Smiths, all the additional vocal parts are done by Morrissey.

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Last night I dreamt…

…somebody gave me two test presses. Of course that didn’t happen, but I did buy two on Discogs last week. Both are Smiths singles. Of course they don’t have a cover, so I posted the poster two, to make it a bit less boring.

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore from the Meat Is Murder LP.

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me from the Strangeways Here We Come LP.

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Test press Tuesday 

Finally another test press Tuesday. It has been a while. This is the debut 7”s by the Omegas from Toronto, Canada. I know Canada for sure but Toronto is a small guess. The bass player is one of the OG members of Belgium’s own Justice. (Not to be confused with the French house duo Justice.) So expect a fast and rough hardcore single. 

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Another piece of the Shipwrecked puzzle arrived today. This is what I would call a corner piece.

The test press out of few made for the 2017 single. The single is definitely one of the best things this year, so getting a test press is pretty sweet.

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I started something…

That I couldn’t finish. Not sure what it is, probably my Smiths collection.

Anyway I found this promo/test press 12” of the I Started… single and I also noticed I didnt have the regular 7” yet. So it seems the best time to correct this.

The 7”

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Can’t Keep Up

This pick up was arranged many months ago. But since the seller lives in Sweden and I happen to be in Sweden early September, it felt better waiting a bit and pick it up in person.

For those unaware what this record is: Test press for the 1st pressing of the Minor Threat Out Of Step EP 12″. Probably 50 made, some sources say 100.

First press (original mix) test presses can be identified by the 14410 code assigned by Nashville Record Pressing as written on the labels and scratched into the dead wax.

These first press tests are more commonly found as radio promos with a photocopied flyer attached to the inner sleeve and mockup labels pasted on top of the standard NRP test press labels (which fall off when the glue fails over time). This copy still has them firmly attached, probably since it was only played a few times and then stored away for almost two decades.

My copy is indeed a record station promo from a local Baltimore radio station, they decided to trash a ton of records back in the late 80’s and one of their employees took it out of the trash and brought it back home. The sticker indicates what songs aren’t suit for air play.

It also comes with a thick cardboard DJ sleeve, that someone decorated, probably by someone from the radio station.

I am so happy to found this one and added to my collection. Best pick up of the year for me.

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Vinyl Party tonight

Just before Discogs decided to ban some releases, I searched and found some cheap ones. This one is rather boring since it is a test press of a bootleg, plain white labels in a plain white sleeve. Nice FM recording of The Smiths live in Amsterdam. I added a picture of the actual cover to make this post less dull.

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Unhappy Birthday

It’s my birthday and to treat me to something special, I managed to pick up not one but two promo/test presses of the Smiths. Both are for the S/T LP. One has the regular sleeve and one has the promo sleeve. Pretty stoked to find this in one go.

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