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Green Day is taking a never-before-pressed recording out of the vault and releasing it as an exclusive vinyl on OaklandCoffee.com – the coffee subscription site owned by band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool.
The latest release features live recordings of “Basket Case” and “When I Come Around,” taken from Green Day’s 1994 BBC Radio 1 Evening Session performance. The recordings come on a unique purple vinyl, personally chosen by Tré Cool, while the custom artwork was created by acclaimed artist Brian Viveros, a longtime friend of the band’s.
The new 7-inch vinyl is a great companion record to Oakland Coffee’s Green Day BBC Sessions Part One 7-inch, which was released earlier this summer and featured live recordings of “She” and “2000 Light Years Away” — two fan favorite songs. That release was pressed on a special white vinyl, along with custom jacket art as well.
Both limited-edition pressings make a great gift for both Green Day fans and record collectors alike, and is available exclusively through Oakland Coffee. Current and new subscribers to Oakland Coffee’s recurring subscription club will receive priority to preorder the vinyl, with any remaining quantities being released to the general public.
After nearly three decades in the vault, this is the first time these live recordings have ever been released on a physical format. “Over the years we’ve always looked forward to doing The BBC sessions,” says Dirnt. “All of our favorite artists have done them. We knew these recordings would come out one day and be something special.”
“Oftentimes I think the BBC session recordings are better than the originals,” adds Armstrong.
The special edition 1994 BBC Sessions releases are an exclusive vinyl production by The Oakland Coffee House, billed as a “virtual community venue” featuring content curated by Green Day and Oakland Coffee, the organic coffee company started by the guys in 2015. Oakland Coffee offers both coffee pods and traditional bags of coffee, all sourced from organic farms and independent roasters from around the world. Customers can choose to sign up for a monthly delivery or purchase individual bags of coffee online at OaklandCoffee.com.
The limited-edition vinyl release comes on the heels of the first leg of Green Day’s “Hella Mega” tour, alongside Fall Out Boy and Weezer (see latest ticket prices here). Oakland Coffee says their site will host exclusive content from the tour, along with Green Day from-the-vault videos, and other limited-edition drops through the end of the year. Find out more at at OaklandCoffee.com.