Epic Soundtracks ‎– Sleeping Star

Label:
Bold Records (2) ‎– GBR 1005
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Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition
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No cover, only an LP in a plain white paper inner sleeve that came with photocopies of Epic's "Debris" promo one-sheet and a Bold Records mail order form (listing this LP, and also an "art edition" vinyl version of Sleeping Star with the catalog number XGBR 1005).

According to the eBay seller of whom I purchased my copy:

"YET ANOTHER SAD TALE IN THE LONG AND WINDING STORY OF THE SWELL MAPS...

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE PREVIOUS ROUGH TRADE ALBUM "RISE ABOVE", EPIC WANTED THE NEXT TO BE ISSUED ON VINYL AS WELL AS THE AMERICAN BAR-NONE CD RELEASE.

500 COPIES OF THE RECORD WERE PRESSED BY MAYKING RECORDS (HOME OF ONE LITTLE INDIAN), HOWEVER, EPIC WANTED THREE SEPARATE EDITIONS OF THE SLEEVE MADE. THERE WERE TO BE NINE PRESENTATION BOX SETS (FOR HIS FAMILY AND THE RECORD COMPANY), 26 HAND-SIGNED AND LETTERED (A-Z) COPIES WITH HANDMADE SINGLE SLEEVES, THE REMAINDER OF THE 500 WERE TO HAVE FULL COLOUR GATEFOLD SLEEVES - VERY DIFFERENT TO THE CD COVER/BOOKLET.

HOWEVER, THE PRESSING OF THE RECORD WAS DELAYED BY THE FACTORY (WHO WERE OVERBOOKED BY THE SURPRISE SUCCESS OF BJORK'S DEBUT ALBUM AND THE PLETHORA OF VINYL VARIATIONS FOR THE MANY SINGLES LIFTED FROM IT), THE SLEEVE TOOK EVEN LONGER AS EPIC AGAONISED OVER IT'S CONSTRUCTION FOR MONTHS AND ANYWAY, WANTED THE RELEASE TO COINCIDE WITH AN EUROPEAN TOUR WHICH WAS TAKING LONGER TO CONFIRM THAN ANYONE COULD BELIEVE.

THE COVERS WERE BEING PRINTED BY A WEST LONDON PRINTERS WHO MANAGED TO GO BANKRUPT IN THE PROCESS (THE MONEY DISAPPEARED AND AS TO WHETHER THEY EVEN PRINTED THE COVERS IS UNKNOWN - THEY CERTAINLY HAVEN'T SURFACED IN THE INTERVENING 12 YEARS!).

THEN, OF COURSE, EPIC WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS FLAT APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS AFTER HE HAD DIED.

HIS RECORD COLLECTION WAS GIVEN TO A CERTAIN SECOND-HAND RECORD SHOP IN PORTOBELLO ROAD - HOWEVER, A LARGE AMOUNT WAS SAID TO GO MISSING (PRIVATE PRESSING PRE-CAN ALBUMS FOR EXAMPLE) - ALSO, NONE OF THE BOX SETS SURFACED EITHER.

BOLD RECORDS ALSO FOLDED, HAVING BEEN RIPPED-OFF BY THE MANAGER OF ONE OF THE LABEL'S BANDS WHO WERE THEN SIGNED TO ATLANTIC RECORDS, AND FINDING THAT ANOTHER PROJECT, 23 SKIDOO'S "TIMELY REISSUE" HAD TO BE SCRAPPED AS TWO MEMBERS DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE BACK CATALOGUE HAD ALREADY BEEN SOLD ON BY THE OTHER TWO MEMBERS WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION OR KNOWLEDGE!

IN THE MID 2000's - ALL THE REMAINING BOLD LABEL RECORDS & CDs, WHICH HAD BEEN IN A SOUTH LONDON STORAGE DEPOT ENDED UP IN MY POSESSION IN LIEU OF PAYMENT FOR AN OUTSTANDING BILL.

WHEN I WENT THROUGH THE STOCK, APPROXIMATELY 300 COPIES OF THE UNSLEEVED ALBUM HAD TO BE DESTROYED DUE TO BEING WARPED OR CRACKED (THEY HAD BEEN STORED IN ONE TALL PILE - AND ONLY THE TOP QUATER WERE STILL IN PERFECT CONDITION), 23 OF THE 26 HANDMADE COPIES WERE THERE, AS WERE TWO BOX SETS - TOGETHER WITH A BAGFUL OF EACH OF THE TWO INSERTS."

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: GBR-1005-A1 ANSWER SONGS
  • Matrix / Runout: GBR-1005-B1 DIRECT FROM ABBEY RD. N.W.8

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AHAON-049-2 Epic Soundtracks Sleeping Star(CD, Album) Bar/None Records AHAON-049-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
AHAON-049 Epic Soundtracks Sleeping Star(CD, Album, Promo) Bar/None Records AHAON-049 US 1994 Sell This Version
MAPANC002 Epic Soundtracks Sleeping Star(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Mapache Records MAPANC002 UK, Europe & US 2015 Sell This Version
NORMAL 186 CD Epic Soundtracks Sleeping Star(CD, Album) Normal NORMAL 186 CD Germany 1994 Sell This Version

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