Black MidiCavalcade

Label:Rough Trade – RT0212LP
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, 180g
Style:Experimental, Art Rock, Math Rock


A2John L5:13
A3Marlene Dietrich2:54
A4Chondromalacia Patella4:49
A6Diamond Stuff6:26
B2Hogwash And Balderdash2:33
B3Ascending Forth9:48

Companies, etc.



Track A1 is not listed on the rear cover but is named in the credits on the inner gatefold.

Includes extra shrink title sticker.
Pre-orders from certain stores included a coloured flexi-disc (or CD in the case of Tower Records) of a cover of a song chosen from a poll voted on by fans of the band. The songs are:

Taylor Swift - Love Story (UK Indies. Green Flexi)

Prince - Nothing Compares 2U (US Indies. Blue Flexi) (Cavalcade)

King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man (Rough Trade. White Flexi) (Cavalcade)

Talking Heads - Psycho Killer (Tower Records. CD)

Captain Beefheart - Moonlight On Vermont (Rough Trade Records/International. Red Flexi) (Cavalcade)

Variant 4:
Side B: BL31801-01-A1 ST is stamped

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 191402021219
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched, variant 1): BL31801-01-A1 ST RT0212LP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, hand-etched, variant 1): BL31801-01-B1 ST RT0212LP-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched, variant 2): BL31801-01-A1 ST RT0212LP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, hand-etched, variant 2): BL31801-01-B1 ST RT0212LP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched, X7 vertical, variant 3): BL31801-01-A1 ST RT0212LP X7
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, hand-etched, X7 vertical, variant 3): BL31801-01-B1 ST RT0212LP X7
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, hand-etched, variant 4): BL31801-01-A1 ST RT0212LP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped / hand-etched, variant 2): BL31801-01-B1 ST RT0212LP

Other Versions (5 of 15)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Cavalcade (CD, Album)Rough TradeRT0212CDUS2021
New Submission
Cavalcade (LP, Limited Edition, Picture Disc, Stereo)Rough TradeRT0212LPEUK2021
New Submission
Cavalcade (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo, 140g, Obi Strip)Rough TradeRT0212LPJapan2021
New Submission
Cavalcade (Cassette, Album)Rough TradeRT0212MCUK2021
Recently Edited
Cavalcade (LP, Album, 140g, Flexi-disc, 7", 45 RPM, Single Sided, Red, All Media, Limited Edition)Rough Trade, Rough TradeRT0212LP, noneUK, Europe & Japan2021



  • lacdooo's avatar
    amazing sound quality and no noise at all as to be expected for blackmidi, although my copy must have been two discs stuck together as it feels a bit too heavy and it has a sharp edge.
    • CentralScrutiniz3r's avatar
      My pressing sounds perfect. I don’t know if it makes a difference but I purchased my copy at the Rough Trade store in NYC. Maybe the label sent their best pressed copies from the UK to the Rough Trade stores?
      • ESTRANGER0's avatar
        lots of surface noise but its usually covered by blaring guitar
        • RSPievaitis's avatar
          If this pressing is s bad as some folks have experienced then why not simply opt for the cd, for those that love physical media and own a CD player, if you don't then just buy the download?
          Ever since 1985 I have always owned a record player plus a CD player. I used to own a cassette player until 2005 when I upgraded my complete system. I realised that I hardly used cassettes and really didn't like the sound quality etc.So pared in back to only the media input devices that I actually used
          Just saying that with ever increasing demands being placed on so few record pressing plants today, meaning some factories not giving the batches time to cool properly etc, it might be time for us to reappraise the long neglected cd ?
          As Steven Wilson said ten years ago, and I paraphrase here " certain genres are perfect for vinyl and some perfect for cd". How right he was. I've bought the new Klaus Schulze Deus Arrakis album on cd, ambient electronic music being perfect for that medium.
          Perhaps it's now time to revisit those 3" silver things instead of giving them away to charity shops or stringing them up in the garden to scare birds and cats away ?
          I realise this is sacrilege on Discogs as most people, including me, tend to visit for their vinyl record collection needs or prices, but I'd hate to remain in a life full.of dogma rather than practicalities.
          I mean I've just bought Hellfire on vinyl !
          What an amazing band, pushing the fourth wave of progressive music forward, note I don't call it " prog rock" cos it's not got the usual tropes associated with that phrase, at all. Apart from their love of concept albums, great technical performances, odd time changes, strange vocal affectations, amazing album artwork, varied instrumentation. The only things lacking so far are albums with either two side long epics, or one side with a twenty three minute song and side two with two ten minute songs.
          I even detect the influence of Cardiacs as well as organ sounds not out of place on Pawn Hearts by Van Der Graaf Generator, plus a good dose of Talking Heads and mid to late 70s Zappa.
          Awesome stuff.
          • jmo05's avatar
            is this pressing as bad as people say or? very temped to buy
            • cobascis's avatar
              After cleaning, I had a better experience than most with this record. Definitely some crackles and pops, but not too bad. It did however come dished, and warped. Not audible, but visually annoying .
              • jwekind's avatar
                Great album. A really interesting group with a unique sound. Will be interesting to watch as they mature. That said I hope they release a better pressing one of these days. Sound quality isn't the best on either of their albums
                • Sap_ateira's avatar
                  Regarding the sound quality, I have heard better sounding bootlegs.
                  • bibshorts1972's avatar
                    As others have stated, one of the most explosive and exciting “guitar” bands to come along in a long time. My pressing oddly has none of the pops ticks and/or surface noise others are talking about about but I’ll never discredit anyone else’s experiences. I will concur however with others saying that the bottom end is muddy; the overall record sounds like there’s a thick blanket over my speakers. It’s weird because every once in a while a sound will shimmer or plink through with great clarity and it really stands out from the murk (i.e. elements of Diamond Stuff)
                    • MalachiLui's avatar
                      it seems like there are two separate pressings with the same runouts: one actually pressed at optimal for the UK/EU market, and another pressed at an anonymous US plant (but using optimal-cut and plated metal parts) for the US market. i have a US copy and it's fine but not stellar. the UK/EU pressing actually manufactured at optimal is probably more consistently solid.



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