The moment I saw it, I knew I had stumbled upon a fantastic find. I had seen it shown by someone on the Vinyl Community Facebook page. (Hello, Todd Sigaty!) I just never thought I would see one of these rare gems "in the wild". The price seemed pretty fair for such a collector's item, too. There was only one catch; it was dirty. Not damaged, just grungy, like someone had stored it in a corner of a basement or attic where it had accumulated a fair amount of grime. The folks had Reckless had opted not to clean it but had priced it accordingly, making it a rather appealing deal for me. After deciding to pull the trigger on it, resigned myself to the idea that it was going to require a serious cleaning job before I could even hope to brag about it.
The following pairs of photographs are shots of various places on this book both before and after my cleaning job. I've posted them as thumbnails, but you should be able to click on any of them to enlarge. I encourage you to do so!
The most noticeable grime was around the stamped edges of the plastic that made up the book itself, but this was also what had me most concerned. I really wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get the dirt out of all the divots and creases.
As you can see, it went pretty well. The back of the book was also pock marked with some sort of spotted grime but, thankfully, that came off as well.
So much of what made Reckless Records price this set reasonably was, to my delight, stuff that washed fairly easily off.
The sleeves for the discs were dusty, but that wiped away fairly easily. The sleeves had also yellowed, being the kind of plastic that tends to do that, but there wasn't anything I could do to reverse that condition. In case you're wondering, the discs themselves looked to be in excellent condition.
So here we have the finished product, looking really good, even if I do say so myself.
1A - Space Oddity
1B - Changes/Velvet Goldmine
2A - Life On Mars
2B - The Man Who Sold The World
3A - The Jean Genie
3B - Ziggy Stardust
4A - Rebel Rebel
4B - Queen Bitch
5A - Sound + Vision
5B - A New Career In A New Town
6A - Drive-In Saturday
6B - Around and Around
7A - Sorrow
7B - Amsterdam
8A - Golden Years
8B - Can You Hear Me?
9A - Boys Keep Swinging
9B - Fantastic Voyage
10A - Ashes To Ashes
10B - Move On