Restraint and JOMO.The more I look at the list, this could either be a very cheap experience (I think there's only two I feel are must haves)...or very pricy depending how deep into the want list I would go.
You’re still talking about purchasing double digits RSD releases and likely spending at minimum $300.00. Not exactly as an austere approach as your “rules” are suggesting.Restraint and JOMO.
I look at it this way...
1. I take out all the junk - pic discs, shitty comps, redundant singles or pressings of obscure mixes, etc.
2. I consider that many, if not most, items that come from majors and major indies for RSD are things that wouldn't sell any other day.
3. I think long and hard about live albums, with the same criterea - would they have put this out if not for RSD? The Aretha yes, many others, no. I think back to feeling scammed at last year's Bill Evans (and to a slightly lesser extent) Rollins releases which were way overpriced and would have sunk like a dead whale if released any other day.
4. I consider the Doors well to have run dry years ago. Grateful Dead I have to think hard about. Complete Olympia when the original double set and another single disc were done beautifully AAA a few years ago? I try to avoid releases that are just milking the FOMO cow. Like the Parker set - 1940's fidelity - and sure to be way overpriced.
5. I thnk of who is releasing it. The Ann Peebles and Al Green titles are good ones, but the label releasing them are sure to be poor.
Easy. I'm down to 10 titles. Then my rule is - stick to it, no exceptions.
No one. But my points stand. There are just way, way too many releases put out for RSD that wouldn't make it in a minute outside RSD. And they can, and do, overprice them as well. RSD is FOMO day, and everyone should take a step back and think about what is really vital on the list.10 out of 450? For vinyl purchasing, that defines austere!