Brett Beach once had a signature on the LiveWire Msg Board that said
If you compare it to Judge it’s shit
If you compare it to shit it’s not so bad
This pretty much sums up how I feel about Judge.
All of the info below comes from either “THE FINAL WORD” Version 6.06 or from my wild guessing.
Read the story on how the recording of Chung King went here.
Here’s what Mike had to say about this record:
People have told me they love this record because it sounds more HC than what we released in Bringin’ It Down. As if a low-fi, poorly recorded and rushed performance is how you make a HC record. Simple fact is that record represents to me a studio that didn’t think we were worthy enough to belong in there. An engineer who was more worried about the cocaine he spilled on the floor than helping to get the best performance out of the band that was paying to be there. So that’s what that record means to me when I see it. I guess it means something completely different to everyone else…
Chung King Can Suck It LP
Revelation # -1 1989
Test press : 6 black vinyl
Both Jordan and Porcell believed that there were only 3 test presses. This however does not make a great deal of sense due to the fact that they usually come in a set of at least 4, otherwise your are not getting a true “test” of the stampers. However, it was discovered that Porcell sold one under the belief that he was selling a “Bringin’ It Down” test (since Chung King was supposed to be “Bringin’” it could get confusing). After it was thought that there were then 4 tests, a 5th was found in New York and then a 6th in Europe. There could be a few more, there’s just no way to tell. Three tests are in California, one in New Jersey, one in New York, and one in Europe. If you have one of the tests or even one of the original 110 Chung Kings, be sure to email Revelation at webmaster AT revhq.com so it can be added to the big list of where they all are.
110 on white vinyl
100 intended to be pressed, but 110 were made. 15+ still at Rev warehouse. #43 has a pseudo-gatefold sleeve for no apparent reason. At least one was mailed without a sleeve, but which number was excluded is not known.
I got this one from Sammy Siegler. He sold it to me so that he could buy some toys for his new baby as he put it when I saw him last year at the Rival Schools gig.
The extra 10 had the 100 over written with 110 and were stamped numerically.
This one I got from my mate Hiroyuki who won it at one of those early 90s auctions Rev used to run for whatever reason. You know the ones where bids were sent in by fax(!!) and you could buy Supertouch Earth LP test for $10 or $20. He bought that CK at that time and I got it off him.
Bringing’ It Down LP
Revelation #15 1989
Test press : 8 black vinyl with Rainbo labels
Rev’s pressing info states there were only 4 presses. 1st one (above), 2nd (w/ red labels), 3rd (w/ maroon labels) and 4th final one (on orange vinyl). I found that to be inaccurate as there are at least 3 different versions that pop up with red labels, indicating that AT LEAST 3 separate pressings were done between the 1st and the 3rd one. Interestingly the pressing sheet also states that 3rd press+ came with maroon labels. I don’t know who put that there because such version doesn’t exist. All of the pressings between the 1st and the final one came with red labels. Putting these pressings in chronological order was pretty much a guessing game on my part but here is what I deduced:
5th and final Press (April 2001)
There was a separate set of test presses made for this release to check whether the plates were still usable
Things that are worth noting:
The 1st press came with plastic dust sleeves while all of the other pressings had paper inner bags. Also in the 1st pressing we have PRINTED IN CANADA on the spine. In all of the subsequent pressings this was covered with an ugly pink box. See the comparison here:
Also type/quality of the cardstock used for the covers differs in few cases resulting in different colour and different type of gloss finish. It indicates that they may have been printed at a different printers over the years. One example: