Tomorrow, Saturday, April 19th is Record Store Day. By now you should know the drill: artists release exclusive, limited edition vinyl, only available in store, to give you that extra motivation to go out and support your local music shop.
Here are 10 awesome finds from the Record Store Day release catalog to search for when you’re making the rounds tomorrow (listen in no particular order). All descriptions credited to www.recordstoreday.com
1. David Bowie – 1984
“1984” originally appeared on David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” album and draws its inspiration from the George Orwell book of the same name. It was released as a single in 1974. The b-side was recorded live in December 1974 on “The Dick Cavett Show” and has had limited release since then. This is the first time it appears on vinyl.
2. The Cure/Dinosaur Jr – Side By Side Series
The Side By Side series, which features an original song and a cover of the same song on one 7″, continues for RSD 2014! This “Just Like Heaven”/”Just Like Heaven” release is on white 45 RPM vinyl.
3. Dawes/Conor Oberst
Dawes covers Conor Oberst’s “Easy/Lucky/Free”, Conor Oberst covers Dawes’ “Million Dollar Bill”.
4. Fleetwood Mac – Dragonfly/The Purple Dancer
Recorded in 1970 “Dragonfly” was the first UK single released by the band after the departure of their frontman Peter Green and their first single with Christine McVie as a full member. It has never before been released on 7″ vinyl. “The Purple Dancer” features vocals by Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer and has never before been commercially released in the US.
5. Sun Records
This limited edition compilation LP was curated from the classic Sun Records catalog by Record Store Day participating stores, as a Record Store Day 2014 Exclusive. It features exclusive artwork and is limited to 4,000 pieces.
6. The Wizard of Oz – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Emerald Green Vinyl! Includes a digital download card with unreleased and rare tracks. 75th anniversary edition.
7. Devo – Live At Max’s Kansas City-November 15, 1977
November 15th, 1977: Max’s Kansas City – David Bowie is backstage with the 5 self proclaimed ‘spudboys’ from Akron, Ohio waiting for his cue to introduce the band who, in his words were, “The band of the future!”. As time went on it became clear that the future is still waiting to catch up with DEVO. Working closely with the band and those who were there that night, Jackpot Records brings you this audio time capsule that catapulted DEVO from strange, musical hillbillies to innovative pioneers overnight. Now the truth can be told! Available for the first time on vinyl the entire performance, complete with rare, unearthed audio of David Bowie. With liner notes written by DEVO Co-founder Gerald V. Casale specifically for this release (which also includes a reproduced early DEVO press bio sheet from 1976), this record will be the perfect compliment for hardcore DEVO collectors , music fans and those who are new to the game. Limited to 2000 copies worldwide
8. Cults – Upstairs at United
On February 3rd, 2014, NY indie pop duo Cults put to tape the 10th volume of the Upstairs at United series of recordings. Presented here in full ALL ANALOG glory are live recordings of fan favorite ”You Know What I Mean” from their self titled debut, ”High Road,” and the wondrous boy/girl vocal fun of ”Were Before” from their latest Columbia release Static. The closer is their take on the Motels hit ”Total Control.” As consistent with the series these recordings were done live to tape above the fully operating presses at United Record Pressing then cut as a 45 RPM 12” EP for your listening pleasure.
9. Various Artists – Rough Guide To Psychedelic Bollywood
In the 1960s and 1970s Bollywood composers adventurously adopted the trippy guitars, spiralling synthesizers and ethereal vocals of psychedelia and mixed it with lusciously over-the-top Indian orchestrations. Jewels included feature songs by Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Iyer and yodeller Kishore Kumar.
10. Donny Hathaway – Live At The Bitter End 1971
Live show recorded in 1971 never before released on vinyl. The track “Everything is Everything” has never been released before on any format and is an exclusive track to this release. Numbered, limited edition.