There’s really nothing about Slint that I can say that hasn’t been said a billion times before. So I’ll spare you the rhetorical history lesson that you’ve already been force fed ad nauseam over the years. Having said that, Spiderland is one of my favorite records of all time, so when I heard that Touch and Go were releasing alternate mixes of “Breadcrumb Trail” and “Good Morning, Captain” as a special vinyl release for Record Store Day, naturally I was excited.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to get a copy at your favorite record shop, the alternate versions of both songs are now streaming everywhere (Spotify, Apple, Bandcamp, etc). What’s the difference? Is there much of a change with these mixes? Not really. At least not to my over-sized, untrained ears. The vocals are a bit dryer. The music is a bit more raw. I think. Who knows. But this is cool for people like me (and probably you) that like to collect special editions of records from bands you really like. At least I think it is.
Listen to both alternate mixes below via Bandcamp: