Last summer, I went to Las Vegas for a convention and decided that instead of losing money at the tables and going home pissed off, I’d blow it at every record store I could find and have a great time instead—and that’s exactly what I did.
That included a visit to one of the Zia Records shops, where I asked the guy behind the counter if they had the Beastie Boys’ 20th anniversary remaster of Paul’s Boutique on vinyl. He nodded, headed off into the records, dug a minute, and handed me the one seen here on the left: the impossible-to-find, original pressing from 1989! Even more amazing—it was still sealed! “Man, you’d think it was the original,” he chit-chatted. Realizing it was the real deal, I tried to act all nonchalant, nodded sagely and said—and I quote: “Yup.” Best part? 20 bucks, less than the cost of the remastered one.
It was an incredible find, but of course, the downside was that I still needed one I could actually play. That led to the eventual purchase of the remastered LP, seen here on the right side [Link-Amazon]. As you can tell, the packaging on the newer one is nicer, with a thicker cover and better centering of the photo; I expect the remaster’s vinyl is nicer, too, but I’m not gonna rip open the old one to find out!