Out of all the records in my collection, this is probably the worst in terms of condition. The actual disc is fine, but the sleeve – the original gatefold octagonal design – has completely fallen apart. On a normal gatefold album you’re going to get twelve inches of hinge – on this sleeve, because it’s octagonal, not square, the hinge is six inches long, and probably stopped being a hinge a very long time ago.
The thing is, I think I bought the record in this condition. I’m getting much better these days at only buying records where the sleeve is in as good a condition as the vinyl. I’m still not perfect, but I’m getting better. I should really have held out to try and find this in a better condition – although that would probably mean finding the record in the reissued standard square sleeve.
But my decision to buy this was probably influenced by the fact that I was DJing regularly at the time. And to have this record in your DJ bag is extremely useful. It has my four of my favourite Stones singles – Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Honky Tonk Women, Street Fighting Man and Let’s Spend The Night Together – all on one disc.
Hit: Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Hidden Gem: 2,0000 Light Years From Home