Rollins Band – Nice (with promotional epk footage)

I’ll buy anything Rollins, so this advance promo CD for the 2001 record Nice was a no-brainer for me to snag on our recent trip to the Big Smoke. I’m glad I did. I mean, sure, I already own the record and it fucking rocks and I’ve played it many times over the years. So many great songs on this follow-up to Get Some Go Again from Rollins and the Mother Superior line-up. But I’m not here to tell you what you already know about the record. This entry is a short note about the extra promotional footage packed into the CD, 11 minutes of video hilarity. It’s so hard to tell whether Rollins is serious or not sometimes. He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who really wants to sell himself, yet everything he does (and in order to survive, he must) revolves around selling himself to you, me, and every other potential fan. So this promotional video, full of stage, recording studio and interview footage to sell the record Nice, plays well for record company executives and purchasers, but for anyone who knows the man and what he does, it’s just a hoot. He’d probably cringe to know I got my hands on this. But hey man, it was filed under Rollins for cheap and there was no question in my mind that it was coming home. I’ll probably never watch this again. But the collector-geek in me loves having it in my collection.

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