Mail From Cataraqui: KMA Edition
subtitle: The AAAA Welcomes New Residents!
Recently, Mike received awesomeness in the mail from the illustrious Geoff over at stephen1001. Well, it appears stephen1001 has been very busy because a parcel arrived here at the KMA’s Ontario offices this week as well!
First, let me express incalculable thanks to Geoff for these goodies!! Holy crap, man, I couldn’t believe it!
As Mike said in the intro to his post on the parcel he received, “The only thing sweeter than the arrival of an Amazon order, or that of imported Transformers toys from China, is surprise mail from a fellow music lover.” I couldn’t agree more. Now, Mike reports that he had received a cryptic email from Geoff about possible items for his collection… I don’t recall receiving such emails, so this parcel arrived out of the blue!
And what an amazing collection of items it is!
1) Chart Club Magazine CD1: Sloan – Work Cut Out (1998)
Listed as “1 of 8500 released with May, 1998 issue of CHART MAGAZINE,” this Limited Edition promo contains the excellent Sloan track Work Cut Out. Originally, this song was an exclusive track on the Japanese edition of the album Navy Blues. I know I never heard it, back in 1998! Years went by and, finally, Sloan released this on their digital-only B-Sides Win compilation in 2010. I did get that compilation, but this is the first physical copy of the song I’ve ever seen. I have to think is is fairly rare.* Sloan fans unite!! HOLY CRAP THANK YOU GEOFF!
2) Watchmen – Beach Tunes (1996)
I did not even know this CD existed. On the front cover it says it’s “A Limited Edition CD Single For Fans Only.” Discogs doesn’t list it. A quick Google search only coughed up a request on a Pearl Jam message board for anyone owning one these to consider selling it.*
Listed as MCA Canada MCADS 9629, it says right on the CD that it was promotional-only. I’m thinking fan club? Can anyone confirm this guess? Oh my goodness, this is incredible.
The tracks were all exclusive:
01 Lucky As I Am (previously unreleased)^
02 Boneyard Tree (live)^^
03 I’m Still Gone (live)^^^
^ I did a Google search, and only found lyrics for it, and a Youtube video (audio only). I guess it’s rare?
^^ Recorded live in Hiversum, Holland, May 1995.
^^^ Recorded live at Sunfest ’94, Gimli, Manitoba
Oh my goodness. I cannot wait to hear all of this goodness!
Geoff. Geoff! GEOFF!! These are truly stunning gifts. THANK YOU!! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!
* If you’ve Googled your way to this post in your own search for a copy of these CDs, sorry, I won’t ever sell these pieces of gold. But rest assured, they are living in a loving home with a huge Sloan and Watchmen fan. Good luck to you in your search!