Timo Maas, one of the two men who was behind the rare vinyl mixes of Paul McCartney’s “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” released on Record Store Day, said Wednesday the mixes will soon get an official release. The vinyl was limited to 300 copies worldwide and is now going for $150 to over $300 on eBay. (Hear a little bit of it from BBC 1 here from Soundcloud.) The official release will not be limited, Maas says.
“We came up with the idea to press a limited edition white label 12″ & 7″ with a hand stamp of Paul’s face and absolutely no information on it. We secretly sneaked it into Phonica Records and Deejay in order to test the waters and understand how people would react to the music on face value.” (Another longer excerpt from Phonica Records, which released the song, is here.)
He said the reaction to the mixes was surprising. “The response was a little hard to believe. The record sold in mere few hours, Phonica’s London store’s phone was ringing off the hook like crazy for copies, and it went to No. 1 on their charts overnight. We started seeing copies being sold a week after release for more than 400$ Discogs and Ebay. Official release announced soon, watch this space!”
James Teej, who worked on the mix with Maas, told Billboard he, too, was surprised at the response. “It has certainly been a laugh for us to watch all the speculation floating around, but I am happy now that the cat is out of the bag. I really have to give credit to Paul for taking a chance with us on this, but there is no doubt that this has all come together because of our collective and absolute love and dedication to music.”