Orktober is Here, and So Is the Ork Box

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In which we shameless plug a piece of pop product… because we can!

By Fred Mills

So here at the ol’ BLURT basement we have a semi-official policy of not making what would be construed to be “blatant endorsements” of products, other than Senior Editor Randy Harward’s occasional product overview in which he highlights stuff that is just too cool or weird not to writer about. Our feeling is that the reviews, features and news items we post are equivalent enough, and while we do include links and whatnot, we try to steer clear of including, say, a link to an iTunes or Amazon page where the reader can make the actual purchase.

But then in today’s mail the Ork box arrived (keep an eye out for our upcoming review of it for the site).

Recall that back in June we posted a news item detailing the upcoming 2CD or 4LP Ork Records: New York, New York box set from Numero Group about legendary NYC punk/new wave label Ork. This arrived on the heels of the limited edition 2015 Record Store Day box of Ork vinyl 45s (below) that Numero served up, so needless to say, fans’ appetites were clearly being whetted, as the saying goes.

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In stores this week (Oct. 30), New York, New York is, in a word (or two), an object of beauty, slipcase-and-bound-book packaging design to the unbelievably lengthy and detailed liner notes and accompanying photos of records, posters and more, to the actual music —49 tracks in all, including a health dose of BLURT faves Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple. Even though I was buying the original singles back in the day, to have all this stuff under one cover is a genuine treat and one of the most fun flashbacks I’ve had all year.

My advice: watch the unveiling video below, then run, don’t walk, to your wallet, grab your credit card, and go camp out at your local independent record store for the box to go onsale… More details at the Numero Group site.

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