RITUAL


Year of release:
1993

Tracklist:
A1: zero hour
A2: [arabic song title]
A3: shallow
A4: unheard
A5: my time
B1: break me down
B2: reflection
B3: remain
B4: cold front

This is one of the cheaper releases to collect due to there only being 3 variants and most people not being into anything prior to Life.Love.Regret. Currently discogs might make it look like it's not that cheap to collect but those prices are outrageous. Recordcollecting really became a playground for fucking gold-diggers. I hate those people.
'Break me down' definitely is the go to hit track here but actually it is a great record from start to finish.
The grey vinyl version (there's conflicting info about numbers pressed. 200 or 250) has quite a bit of a purple touch to it which you can very well see in the pictures I took. This is also the case with every picture of a color vinyl copy I saw except for one listed on popsike which looks like a truly grey copy but that might just be the picture being off. Does anyone have any info on that issue?
Also I read that the color vinyl was pressed later than the black vinyl w/ flat cover so there might be 3 different pressings but knowing how New Age operated there were probably even more which you won't be able to tell apart. That being said does anyone have a grey vinyl with glossy cover?

update March 3rd 2015:
today Rob Moran shed some light on the pressing info for this release via a comment on an instagram post:
"Not a first press... first/second press was only on black vinyl. This is a much later around 96/97...no idea how many were made, maybe 500?"
According to this news it seems possible that the glossy cover version might be the first press which people have claimed before. Would also make sense because it is much harder to come by but could also just point to an in-between press run of not that many copies.

update August 9th 2016:
a few days ago i compared my copies with the ones from the collection of Ferry xthreesomex which showed that the glossy cover was printed at least two times so with the light/dark grey variation and the black vinyl with matt cover there are 5 different variations of this release and therefore it's not really the easy, on the cheap to collect release i thought it would be.

I still need a lighter (truly) grey copy and the glossy cover pictured on the left / top.

comparison of the two different printings of the glossy cover 
comparison of the two different printings of the glossy cover

TEST PRESS
one set of test pressings is known to exist. pictures are of the copy from the collection of Ferry xthreesomex




Version 1:
Label: New Age Records
Cat.#: NA 16
A-Side Matrix: L-41451 NA16-A "HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR EGGS?" BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF EM!"
B-Side Matrix: L-41451-X NA16-B THIS CAME FROM BUNDLED DICKS. COVER THE BABY"
Vinyl color: black
flat cover











Version 2:
Label: New Age Records
Cat.#: NA 16
A-Side Matrix: L-41451 NA16-A "HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR EGGS?" BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF EM!"
B-Side Matrix: L-41451-X NA16-B THIS CAME FROM BUNDLED DICKS. COVER THE BABY"
Vinyl color: grey out of 200 or 250 according to different sources
flat cover











Version 3:
Label: New Age Records
Cat.#: NA 16
A-Side Matrix: L-41451 NA16-A "HOW DO YOU WANT YOUR EGGS?" BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF EM!"
B-Side Matrix: L-41451-X NA16-B THIS CAME FROM BUNDLED DICKS. COVER THE BABY"
Vinyl color: black
glossy cover












Below you see a comparison of the flat with the glossy cover


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