Back in May of last year, Carlos from Police & Thieves dropped me a line, letting me know that the band was looking to record some new songs over the summer, and to help fund it, he was selling a bunch of records from his collection. I told him that if he had some P&T rarities, then I would definitely be interested. By June, we had worked out the details on what he was able to dig up, and I sent the payment over to him for what I could afford at the moment. There were a few false starts and delays in getting the records out, but I was in no rush, and I knew the dude was good for it. By the time we were saying goodbye to Summer, I finally had my records in hand.
First up, we have a test pressing of the Fracturing 12 inch that Police & Thieves did a couple years ago. It looks similar to the record release pressing that P&T did, except the test cover is on green cardstock instead of white. Such a great record, and a great band...plus, anytime you get a chance to grab a Youngblood test, you've got to take it.
One of the reasons for the delay in getting these records out to me was that Carlos was waiting on the test press covers from Youngblood. Yeah, I'm cool with waiting for stuff like this.
The other test that Carlos had available, was for the split 7 inch that Police & Thieves did with Remission. This one was put out on Amendment records, and comes in a nice envelope-type sleeve. The packaging looks great for this one.
Stamped labels and numbered out of 20. I've got number 7.
After everything was said and done, and I had these two tests in my hand, I was starting to feel the pinch of some reckless record spending. I knew that it was time to reign myself back and in and chill for a little while. Then Carlos lets me know that he has a third test press available if I want it. I was torn, and I dragged my feet on it for a month or so, but in the end, I couldn't pass it up.
This time around we have a test press for the Amor Y Guerra 7 inch that Police & Thieves released back in 2008 through Youngblood. Just a simple red sleeve with a glittery silver "P&T" painted in the corner. Nice.
The catalog number for this is YB25, so I'm not sure if the number on the label means that this is number 7 from the pressing, or what. Either way, I'll take it!
Week one of 2014 and my test press count is at three. I wonder if I'll be able to keep up this pace for the year.