Record Collecting

54.40 is prepping a deluxe vinyl edition of their “green” album

There’s money to be made in reissues of classic albums. Next up is 54•40 and their “green” album from 1986. Not only does it included remastered songs but also alternate versions and three previously unreleased songs.

Here’s the package.

The Deluxe Vinyl Bundle features:

  • 180 Gram White Translucent Vinyl Audiophile LP with updated reimagined inner gatefold
  • 7” Single for “Baby Ran” and “I Go Blind”
  • 24” x 36” 54-40 Poster – folded in album jacket
  • Three 8”x 10” Black and White Photographs
  • 11” x 17” Pink – Vintage Show Poster
  • 5.5” x 3.5” Band Sticker
  • Vintage 54-40 Postcard
  • Reproduction of the Original Album Sleeve

There’s also a lot of digital material to be had: high-quality WAV files of all the songs and remastered MP3 versions (interesting, no?)

The band says:

“After recording our first album Set The Fire, we went through a period of discovery. The songwriting was starting to flow, and our band vision was becoming clearer. It started with the last couple of songs written for Set The Fire recorded by Dave ‘Rave’ Ogilvie. Those songs “A Big Idea” and “What To Do Now” would lead to defining ourselves as 54•40 – the rock combo (2 guitars, bass and drums). We went back to Mushroom Studios with Rave and recorded the Green album in late 1984. “Baby Ran,” “I Go Blind,” “Take My Hand” and other songs all emerged during this time.

“Signing to a record company wasn’t exactly on our radar in 1984 but we were actively promoting and touring north-south as far as Highway I-5 would take us. Seattle, Portland and in particular San Francisco became a second home for the band. Eventually shows in Los Angeles lead to record company interest. After much deliberation, Warner Brothers Records became our first label home. They would put out the Green album with the suggestion that we mix the album with Dave Jerden (Rolling Stones).

“The label committed to the next album which was half written at the time of signing. This was a big breakthrough for us and a turning point opportunity. The rest is history, so they say. “Baby Ran” became a hit song for us. “I Go Blind,” despite not being released as a single in the USA, became a hit for us and a massive international hit for Hootie and The Blowfish a decade later. Our thanks to Phil and Darryl, Rave, Felix and Kevin, our partners in business but mostly thanks to our fans that have embraced our band and songs.”

Pre-order here.

Alan Cross

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