July 14, 2023
A simple complication, mispresses lead to fall out.
Taylor Swift’s latest release has been mispressed as an experimental electronic compilation in a recent vinyl mix-up.
Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), which was released on July 7, is part of Swift’s ongoing back catalogue re-recording project. One Swift fan who snapped up the latest record got a surprise when she encountered industrial band Cabaret Voltaire’s “Soul Vine (70 Billion People)” on her wax.
TikTok user @mystic_marauder took to the platform to share her confusion.
@mischief_marauder send help I got speak now (not Taylors version) this is so funny #speaknowtaylorsversion @Taylor Swift @Taylor Nation #erastour #speaknoworchid ♬ original sound – Rachel ✨
The compilation she’s hearing is called Happy Land: A Compendium Of Electronic Music From The British Isles 1992-1996. Released by label and distributor Above Board back in March, it features Aphex Twin, Matthew Herbert and Thunderhead.
It’s thought that both the Swift and Above Board records were manufactured at the French pressing plant MPO.
“I dunno what the hell has happened, but Taylor Swift’s records seem to have been mispressed with our album,” Above Board founder Dan Hill told Resident Advisor. “Swift fans on TikTok are calling it ‘the cursed version.’ It’s a massive collision of worlds as the music featured is from such different musical spheres.”
“Mistakes happen all the time, we’ve certainly made a few, but I hope the fans enjoy their surprise mix of electronic music. I’m sure it’s going to be a Discogs rare pressing classic in years to come.”
As to how many of the mispresses are in circulation, that is yet to be determined. UMG has issued a statement to DJ Mag saying: “We are aware that there are an extremely limited number of incorrectly pressed vinyl copies in circulation and have addressed the issue. If you have purchased one of the affected goods, please contact customer service at your respective retailer for a replacement or refund”.
We advise any Swifties that find a copy to not speak now and to keep it for the inevitable Discogs asking price down the road.