The many flavors of Bad Brains – ROIR Sessions

One of the hardcore punk albums held in the highest regard by so many actually started its life as a cassette-only release in the 1980’s and remained that way for nearly a decade before it would finally get a proper release on the preferred format of vinyl. Throughout its vinyl life, it has seen more than its share of variations so let’s get down to it shall we?

Originally this came out sometime around the end of the 1980’s or possibly the very early 1990’s on Dutch East India Records, or Dutch East Wax as the label states. Dutch East India was one of the biggest independent record distributors at the time and also had its share of in-house labels such as Homestead Records, Giant Records and later, Rockville Records.

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The first press on Dutch East on yellow vinyl.

After being out of print for a number of years it was released on vinyl once more, this time on ROIR who decided after years of doing nothing but cassettes, to give up on that dead format and step up to the real man’s format of vinyl. This resulted in the record being pressed on a new color about every six months for the first couple years of its existence.

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First it came on yellow vinyl, just like it used to on Dutch East only note the changed cover art and labels.

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After this is came on red vinyl

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blue vinyl

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“translucent green” vinyl (why someone thought clear vinyl was green is a mystery to me but they were all this way and are in fact, not green!)

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and white vinyl.

It also was released on black vinyl, which is the only flavor you can still buy new today. Some black vinyl copies have a sticker on the shrink wrap stating “limited edition black vinyl” which is total bullshit because that’s all they make ’em on these days!

So there you have it, every color of the Bad Brains – ROIR Sessions, damn near every color of the rainbow!