Cockroach Media, an independent record label specializing in custom vinyl pressings, has teamed up with Zodiac Killer Records to release four special customized versions of "Sick" by DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED on LP in the U.S.
Unlike the U.K. pressing on standard black vinyl, the limited edition U.S. versions will be released on separate custom multicolored records, and be packaged with a bonus 7" single. The bonus disc will include two non-CD tracks, including a rare live acoustic recording of their single "Wasted Heart". This LP will also feature original U.S.-LP-only cover art by Mexican Chocolate Design.
This release was made available late last week through the Cockroach Media and Zodiac Killer Records web sites. "Duff's management sent out e-mails and announcements through their fan clubs and social networking sites late last Wednesday. Within minutes, our site traffic and sales were through the roof. We fully expect this limited pressing to sell out quickly," said Cockroach Media president Jimmy White. White went on to say, "The response was immediate and positive. The remarks on the various forums are extremely positive". The four versions will feature various multicolor combinations of purple, green and black vinyl. Each of these four pressings is extremely limited to 500 pieces or less. The U.S. retail street date for this release has been set for September 15, and will be distributed exclusively through Burnside Distribution in Portland, Oregon.
LOADED features Duff McKagan on guitar and vocals. McKagan is best known as the current bassist for platinum-selling band VELVET REVOLVER and as a former member of GUNS N' ROSES.
"Sick" sold around 1,400 copies on CD in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 43 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.