Being a Pearl Jam fan can be a pain in the ass if you’re also a vinyl collector. All of the band’s releases have always been available on vinyl in varying quantities. Some are easy to get and always readily available (Ten for example) while others are super-limited and can be pricey now (Live at Benaroya Hall).
So when it came time for there to be a vinyl release of Eddie Vedder‘s Into The Wild LP soundtrack for the film, it quickly fell into that latter category. Limited to 1,000 copies, released by Monkeywrench Records, it also included a bonus 7″. I initially became aware of the LP being available for sale when Aural Exploits announced the pre-order for it. The LP was also available via Ten Club, Pearl Jam‘s fanclub. Needless to say, thanks to all the rabid Pearl Jam fans out there, it sold out with the quickness.
As expected, people started flipping these on eBay and fetching prices up into the $300-$400 range. Yowza!
Thankfully, earlier this year Music On Vinyl came along and announced a reissuing/repressing of the LP. Great news for people who missed on the initial go-around and didn’t want to drop $300 for an OG copy. According to their site, “Music on Vinyl is a vinyl only record label that releases high quality 180g LP and 7″ vinyl pressings of titles licensed from a wide range of record companies and artists who control their own repertoire. These will be both re-issues of classic titles, or a simultaneous vinyl release to compliment a CD/DVD release. These will all be marketed under the Music on Vinyl brand, which vinyl lovers worldwide recognize as a trusted name providing a superb LP vinyl product.”
They sure as hell went all out with the Into The Wild reissue. The packaging is identical to the OG with the label stamps and logos to differentiate. The vinyl itself is heavyweight 180gram. The large-sized booklet is also identical to the original in its full-color and artful glory.