This Record Store Day Cooking Vinyl is auctioning a selection of rare vinyl test pressings from their artist roster, including Seth Lakeman , The Subways, The Cranberries, Billy Bragg,The Orb, Turin Brakes (Official), Alison Moyet , Marilyn Manson , Skindred (official) , Madness , Embrace , The Pretty Reckless , Black Spiders , Gary Numan Official , The Rifles , City and Colour and Reverend And The Makers. The first auction is now live, with the second starting on Tuesday 22nd April and the third on Monday 28th April.
The format will be three eBay auctions spanning five days each, giving fans the opportunity to own some genuinely rare 12” and 7” vinyl from their favourite artists, with all proceeds being donated to the The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
While it is unclear what Turin Brakes item is being auctioned (but probably a test pressing of either Outbursts and We Were Here), they are quoted on their support:
“We are pleased to support the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as cancer care and research are both hugely important for everyone it seems in recent times. No one gets away without being affected by cancer at some point in their lives so we are happy to help in our small way. Our test pressings are normally reserved for only our very innermost circle… so we hope you enjoy it as much as the man in our corner shop would have done.” Turin Brakes
Please note that due to the nature of test pressings they can sometimes have audio imperfections and they usually come without any cover artwork etc. But they are genuine, rare items. As Cooking Vinyl Production Manager Marcus Knight says:
“Over the past couple of years we have built up an esteemed collection of test pressings that span the width of our diverse roster. As these pressings are in very limited supply, they become a coveted item for music fans and collectors. We wanted to give fans the opportunity to own these rare and non-commercial pieces of memorabilia.
We also felt it would be a great opportunity to help raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, a charity that is close to the heart of several people here at Cooking Vinyl. We’re extremely pleased with the response we’ve had from our artists and the support we have received”
We’ll report back here when the auction is live although I’d advise you all not to bid on it and let me win ;). Just kidding! Let’s raise a lot of money for charity!