While vinyl might have been left for dead in the mainstream music business when Value Driven was originally released in 1998, it was still odd for hardcore bands to abandon the format at that time. Not that it mattered to me back then, because I was a fool and following that CD trend...but still...it seems strange to look back and think that there was a time when bands and label thought that only a CD option was fine.
Also odd was the fact that it took almost 20 years for this album to finally get the vinyl treatment. With so many records getting reissued and repressed with ten different colored vinyl options, I'm surprised it has taken this long for Value Driven to finally get pressed.
2018 vinyl pressing limited to 300 on transparent orange.
Man, I was excited for this record in 1998. The Youth Crew revival was in full swing, and at the time I thought that Value Driven was a lot better then the Just One debut. Back then, I felt like this record was on par with those classic Youth Of Today records...these days, it has lost something over the years, and doesn't feel nearly as potent. Still, it has been fun to revisit this one, and it is cool to finally get a vinyl pressing.