Earlier this month, Blackest Ever Black was back in the place of its birth, London, finally sorting through various possessions it left there when leaving for Berlin in a hurry two years ago. These included several large boxes of unsold stock, and spare archival copies, of BEB releases dating back to 2010, many of them quite rare; plus a handful of distro stock items.
On the morning of July 2, we packed up the most significant finds, dragged them to Queen’s Crescent post office, and shipped them to our stock-room in Berlin, at no small expense. Now they’re here, and we’re putting them on sale. If we’re lucky we’ll make back the extortionate amount it cost to ship them here, if nothing else.
A list of the titles and how many copies we have available for sale follows. All these records, tapes and CDs will go on sale simultaneously over on the Blackest Ever Black shop site at precisely 6pm Berlin (CET) time (that’s 5pm British Summer Time) tomorrow: Thursday 16 July, 2015. We’re unable to reserve items for customers, so please don’t email with any such requests. We’ve concluded that the only fair way to do this is to notify everyone in advance, and put the items on sale at a time that is, for most people, fairly civilised.
Please note that these titles are not re-presses but warehouse finds of original first pressings, and have been priced accordingly: in most cases more expensive than their original RRP, but still less than the going rate on the second-hand market. Prices are in GBP and do not include shipping.
ALEXANDER LEWIS – A LUMINOUS VEIL (BLACKEST014 12″, 2013) – £12
Mint, first edition copies, unplayed and still in shrinkwrap. 5 copies in stock.
CUT HANDS – BLACK MAMBA (BLACKEST010 12″, 2012) – £6
Unplayed, first edition copies. Record in mint condition, sleeve is VG (bent corner, top-left, nothing bothersome). 4 in stock.
GARETH WILLIAMS & MARY CURRIE – FLAMING TUNES (BLACKEST009 LP, 2012) – £25
Unplayed, first edition copies of this highly sought-after record (£50+ on Discogs). Record and inner sleeve are in mint condition, sleeve is VG (bent corner, top-right, nothing bothersome). 7 in stock, one per customer.
IKE YARD – REGIS / MONOTON VERSIONS (BLACKEST011 / DSR60, 2012) – £6
Near-mint, unplayed first edition copies.
PETE SWANSON / MOIN – POSITIVE / ELSIE (CONFESSION001* 7″, 2012) – £10
Unplayed, first edition copies of another rare one, the split 7″ from Pete Swanson and Moin (later revealed to be Raime working incognito) that was the inaugural and last release on our very short-lived Confessions sub-label. *NB: Original copies were placed in clear plastic sleeves with hand-numbered, lithoprinted 7″x7″ art insert; the copies we have on sale here are housed in white paper inners only. 14 in stock, one per customer.
PRURIENT – THROUGH THE WINDOW (BLACKESTLP002 LP, 2013) – £15
Mint, first edition copies, unplayed and still in shrinkwrap. 8 in stock.
PRURIENT – THROUGH THE WINDOW (BLACKESTCD002 CD, 2013) – £12
Mint, first edition copies, unplayed and still in shrinkwrap. 19 in stock.
PRURIENT – THROUGH THE WINDOW (BLACKESTCS002 CS, 2013) – £20
Mint, first edition copies of this extremely rare tape edition. 7 in stock, one per customer.
RAIME – EP (BLACKEST001 SECOND EDITION, 2011) – £25
Mint, unplayed copies of the second (and last) edition of Raime’s debut EP. Hand-stamped white label in white disco bag. 5 in stock, one per customer.
RAIME – HENNAIL (BLACKEST005, 2011) – £20
Mint, unplayed first edition copies in original picture sleeve. 14 in stock, one per customer.
RAINFOREST SPIRITUAL ENSLAVEMENT – BLACK MAGIC CANNOT CROSS WATER (BLACKEST015 LP, 2013) – £15
Mint, first edition copies, unplayed and still in shrinkwrap. 18 in stock.
TROPIC OF CANCER – I FEEL NOTHING (SLEEPERHOLD PUBLICATIONS, 2013) – £15
Mint, first edition copy of this limited edition release on Sleeperhold, unplayed and still in shrinkwrap. One-sided play, with etching on B-side.
VATICAN SHADOW – IRAQI PRAETORIAN GUARD (BLACKEST008, 2012) – £12
Mint, first edition copy of first pressing in original picture sleeve. 5 in stock, one per customer.
In addition to the London haul, we’ve also found the following here in Berlin, all mint, unplayed copies still in their original shrinkwrapping (if ever they had any). These will be added to the store at the same time as the above.
TOMORROW THE RAIN WILL FALL UPWARDS – HOW GREAT A FAME HAS DEPARTED? (BLACKEST025 10″, 2013) – £10
6 in stock. One per customer.
TROPIC OF CANCER – RESTLESS IDYLLS (BLACKESTCD005 CD, 2013) – £12
7 in stock.
STEFAN JAWORZYN – EATEN AWAY BY SHADOWS (SHOCK CD, 2014) – £12
1 in stock.
TROPIC OF CANCER – THE SORROW OF TWO BLOOMS (2013 EDITION 12″) – £15
3 in stock. One per customer.
CHRIS PETIT – MUSEUM OF LONELINESS (TEST CENTRE LP, 2013) – £15
1 in stock.
CROATIAN AMOR & LUST FOR YOUTH – POMEGRANATE (POSH ISOLATION 2xCS, 2013) – £10
2 in stock. One per customer.
VANITY PRODUCTIONS – I ALLERFORSTE GRY (POSH ISOLATION CS, 2013) – £20
1 in stock.