Record Store Day 2017
Record Store Day 2017 is fast approaching, and you won’t be disappointed by the events planned on the 22nd April. For the 10th annual record store day, over 500 artists have released some of their best works on vinyl in the hope it will tempt you into a nearby record emporium. Record Store Day 2017 will be a celebration of independent record shops all over the world, with artists such as David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Babymetal all joining the fun. Best of all, Aqua are celebrating 20 years of Barbie Girl by re-issuing their global smash in a plastic sleeve. Why? Because “life in plastic, it’s fantastic”.
The full list of releases has just been published and, as usual, it mixes must-have exclusives with brain-scrambling obscurities by bands you’ve probably never heard of.
Luckily, I’ve ploughed through it so you don’t have to. Here are just a few of the records you might actually want to track down on Saturday 22 April.
Madonna: Dance Mix EP
A worldwide release for a mid-80s Argentinean EP, featuring Into The Groove and extended mixes of Angel and Chica Material (Material Girl). The artwork will authentically replicate the original, which changes hands for about £200 in the second-hand market.
Bruce Springsteen: Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75
When Bruce Springsteen flew into London for his first-ever UK show, he was greeted by posters declaring “FINALLY! London is ready for Bruce Springsteen”. Enraged, he ran around the Hammersmith Odeon destroying them all. “My business is SHOW business not TELLING. You show people and let them decide,” he fumed in his autobiography, released last year.That energy fuelled his performance, which went down in history as one of The Boss’s most incendiary performances (although Springsteen himself, wracked with doubt, felt otherwise). Released as a live album and DVD in 2006, it gets its first vinyl outing for this year’s Record Store Day.
The Fall: Masquerade (PWL mix)
AKA The moment when Manchester’s angular, vinegary post-punk hero Mark E Smith met 80s pop overlords Stock Aitken and Waterman. Masquerade was originally a track on The Fall’s 19th album, Levitate, but was re-recorded and remixed in February 1998 to coincide with Smith receiving the Godlike Genius award at the NME Awards. On the b-side was a remix from Stock Aitken Waterman’s in-house team of Jason Barron and Richie Reed. A sought-after rarity, it’s being released for the first time ever on 7″.
The Smiths: Boy With The Thorn In His Side
A prime example of what Record Store Day is all about – The Smiths releasing a previously unheard version of one of their best singles. The limited edition 7″ also contains an early version of Rubber Ring, the original b-side to Boy With The Thorn In His Side. The release is an early sample of the material being unearthed for a reissue of The Smiths’ seminal album The Queen Is Dead next year.
Johnny Cash: The Johnny Cash Children’s Album
It’s a long journey from “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die,” to “There’s a little green fountain on a little green mountain” but Johnny Cash went there on this, his 49th album. Available on vinyl for the first time since 1975, it’s worth a listen just for Cash’s self-penned and scientifically-inaccurate Dinosaur Song, in which the country star imagines opening his very own Jurassic Park. Truly bizarre.
Bastille: Comfort of Strangers
A brand new song from Dan and the Bastille Boys, this was recorded during sessions for their number one album, Wild World, last year. Given the band’s literary and cinematic proclivities, it’s entirely likely that the lyrics were inspired by Ian McEwan’s disturbing horror/thriller of the same name. The B-side is a live version of fan favourite Warmth, which gave Wild World its title; and the whole package comes on white vinyl, with a holographic sleeve. Fancy.
David Bowie: Cracked Actor
A year after Bowie’s death, and the vaults are slowly being opened. Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles 1974) is a three-album set recorded on the so-called “Philly Dogs” leg of his Diamond Dogs tour – the same show that was captured in an infamous BBC documentary of the same name. Over five sides of vinyl, you’ll hear material from Diamond Dogs and Aladdin Sane; as well as a handful of tracks intended for (but eventually dropped from) the soul-inflected Young Americans, which was released the following year. The set is completely different to Bowie’s patchy 1974 concert album David Live – and features a brand new band, including Luther Vandross on backing vocals. The sixth side of the three-album set features an etching of Bowie.
More to look out for
- Sex Pistols: God Save Sex Pistols – The first configuration of the band’s seminal Never Mind The Bollocks album, with slightly different versions of the key tracks and completely different artwork.
- Fleetwood Mac: Alternate Mirage – A completely new version of the band’s 13th album, featuring alternate versions of every song, including Hold Me and Gypsy. Available for the first time on vinyl.
- Kate Nash: Agenda EP – Kate Nash’s first new material since 2013; following her well-received appearance at the SXSW festival last week.
- Iggy Pop: Post-Pop Depression Live – A full recording of the star’s already-legendary 2016 shows at the Royal Albert Hall, backed by members of Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age
- Pink Floyd: Interstellar Overdrive – A full, 15-minute version of the Pink Floyd instrumental, released for the first time on one-sided black vinyl with a fold-out poster.
- Prince: 12″ collection – Reissues of seven classic Prince singles, including Sign O’ The Times, Batdance and Pop Life, with the original B-sides and remixes. Little Red Corvette will also be re-released as a 7″ picture disc.
- Kate Tempest: Let Them Beat Chaos / Let Them Speak Chaos – A deconstructed version of the punk poet’s latest album, with just the beats on one vinyl and just the spoken word on the other.
- Ramones: Ramones singles box – A box set of the band’s first 10 singles, including Blitzkrieg Bop and Sheena Was A Punk Rocker.
- Paul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt (Demos) – A three-track cassette featuring early versions of the songs Sir Paul wrote with Elvis Costello in 1987.
- Wiley: Godfather – One of the few grime releases for Record Store Day, this is a white label vinyl of Wiley’s current, and allegedly final, album.
- Airbourne – It’s All For Rock N’ Roll / It’s Never Too Loud For Me. The song “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll” was written as a tribute to Lemmy from Motorhead! The bands’ new video also includes the bands famous Bomber never used by anyone else but Motorhead. The band wanted to release something special for RSD.
- Alice In Chains – B-Sides x2 7″ vinyl of x4 hard-hitting singles – ‘What The Hell Have I’, ‘A Little Better’, ‘Get Born Again’, ‘Died’
- Aqua – Barbie Girl. Aqua’s 1997 hit “Barbie Girl” reached the number one spot in 13 countries when it was first released. Celebrating 20 years since it was originally released, this special hot pink 7″ edition comes in a plastic sleeve, because “life in plastic, it’s fantastic!” Featuring the karaoke version is on Side B
- Babymetal – Metal Resistance earMUSICV12x2 Picture disc. Exclusive item for RSD 2017
- Blossoms – BlossomsVirgin EMI 10″ LP Picture Vinyl – Unplugged At Festival No.6
- Bullet For My Valentine – Don’t Need YouSpinefarmV10 Transparent Red with an Etched B-Side.This is the first track (of many) from Bullet For My Valentine since they signed to the unholy union of Spinefarm Records + Search And Destroy.
- CABBAGE – YOUNG, DUMB AND FULL OF…. SKELETON KEY RECORDS 2LP Skeleton Key Records Release in Stunning Orange Vinyl of one the UK’s most exciting new bands Cabbage with their Debut LP
- Catfish And The Bottlemen – The Balcony, White Vinyl Version
- The Chemical Brothers – C-H-E-M-I-C-A-L, 12″ Black etched vinyl in a spined sleeve. 1 side audio. 1 side etched
- The Courteeners – The 17th (Remixes) Ignition 12″ Pink vinyl feat remixes of The 17th (taken from the Mapping The Rendezvous top 5 album), plus a new acoustic version recorded for Today FM
- The Cribs Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever. 10th Anniversary Edition, Gold Vinyl
- The Cure – Greatest Hits. First time on vinyl for the 2001 compilation. Mastered by Robert Smith and housed in a die-cut gatefold sleeve. Artwork by the original design team at Stylo Rouge and features out-takes from the original photo shoot for the front cover. Features 4 Top 10 hit singles plus 4 Top 20s.
- Curtis Knight & Jimi Hendrix – Live At George’s Club. Raw amateur recordings from Dec 1965 – Jan 1966 featuring Jimi Hendrix & Curtis Knight. Released on ‘Dagger Records’ – The official bootleg label. Fully restored by Eddie Kramer
- Def Leppard – The Def Leppard E.P. 12″ Version of the EP – a one-off special for Record Store day and the first time it has been available in that format – the release has been approved by the band and kicks off a series of re-issues from the band. Cut at 45RPM for 12″
- Diana Ross – Diana. Released in 1980, the Diana album was Diana Ross’ biggest selling album. It spawned the hit singles ‘Upside Down’, ‘I’m Coming Out’ and ‘My Old Piano’. However, on delivery to Motown, the original tapes were deemed too ‘far out’ by Ross and her usual engineering team, and a remix was given to make the record more commercial. For years, the original mix became something of a holy grail for both Diana Ross and CHIC fans. The mix was finally released as part of a CD deluxe edition in 2003, and now, for the first time, it’s getting released on vinyl. PINK vinyl.
- Dolly Parton – Puppy Love Southern Folk Collection and Yep Roc Records 7″ This is one of the earliest recordings to be released by Dolly Parton. Originally released in 1959 by Gold Band Recordings. Yep Roc Records, in conjunction with Southern Folklife, is proud to re-release this 45 in packaging that is as true to the original as we could make it. The B-side features “Girl Left Alone,” written by Parton, her Aunt Dorothy Jo Owens, and her Uncle Bill Owens.
- The Doors – Live At the Matrix ’67. 12″ Black vinyl album. Numbered. Live at The Matrix in San Francisco March 7 & 10, 1967, part 1 on vinyl for the first time.
- ELVIS PRESLEY – ELVIS ON TELEVISION 1956- 1960: THE COMPLETE SOUND RECORDINGS (2LP+24 PAGE GATEFOLD) RSD EXCLUSIVE REISSUE / FIRST TIME ON VINYL!!!!!
- Doctor Who and the Pescatons – The first-ever Doctor Who audio drama, this features Tom Baker as the Doctor and Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, defending London from a violent attack by the Pescatons, a race of humanoid sharks, who crash land in the Thames Estuary on a meteorite. The double album also features a second disc of classic sound effects from Doctor Who.
- Deee-Lite: Groove is in the Heart – Perhaps the ultimate sampladelic psych-pop disco party song, this has been out of print on vinyl ever since it was (contentiously) denied the number one spot by the Steve Miller Band’s Joker in 1990. Re-released as a solid pink 12″, the song is backed by the original B-side, What Is Love?
- Gerard Way Into The Cave We Wander. Picture Disc 1 x 140g 12″ picture disc single with comic book and poster from DC Comics from ex MCR vocalist
- Halestorm ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs. Picture Disc Limited 1 x 140g 12″ picture disc EP. Cover versions of Metallica, Twenty One pilots and Whitesnake amongst others
- Kasabian You’re In Love With A Psycho Columbia 10″ Lead single, taken from the new album “For Crying Out Loud”. Ltd 10″ Vinyl.
- Lumineers, The Seeds 1: Angela and Long Way From Home Decca 10″ This record is a 10″ that looks into how songs evolve in 3 phases: from the demo process to the album version, and finally into the live performance. The band takes us through 3 different iterations of the same song, featuring tracks from their sophomore record: “Angela” and “Long Way From Home.” Side A 1. Angela 2. Angela (Live) 3. Angela Seed (For Fra) Side B 1. Long Way From Home 2. Long Way From Home (Live) 3. Long Way From Home Seed With “Angela,” you’ll hear and see lyrics change and bridges and verses being moved around. And on “Long Way From Home” you’ll hear a whole new intro, that was omitted on the studio album but can be heard in the live version
- Little Mix Glory Days SyCo LP Vinyl Neon Pink coloured Vinyl with an exclusive poster.
- London Grammar Rooting For You Ministry of Sound 7″ 7″ Picture Disc of the brand new track. Mixes.
- Lou Reed Perfect Night: Live In London Rhino 2 x 180g 12″ Black vinyl album Perfect Night: Live in London is an acoustic live album by Lou Reed recorded during the Meltdown ’97 festival. It includes a version of the Velvet Underground’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror”, originally sung by Nico.
- MADNESS DRIP FED FRED / JOHNNY THE HORSE. This exclusive Record Store Day double A-side release celebrates two of Madness’s most majestic songs: the mightily menacing reggae skank that is ‘Drip Fed Fred’ (featuring Ian Dury’s last vocal performance before his death), and the catchy-as-you-like ‘Johnny The Horse’. The tracks, from 1999’s Wonderful album have never been released on vinyl before. The 7″ black vinyl record comes with an embossed ‘ransom note’ sleeve and an A3 poster with lyrics to both songs.
- Mallory Knox Wired Raw Power 7″ Transparent Green with a poster. Title track from new album b/w “89 (demo
- Manic Street Preachers Your Love Alone Is Not Enough Columbia 12″ Heavyweight Vinyl linked to the “Send Away The Tigers” 10th-anniversary reissue. Includes Nina Persson vocal version & x3 demos.
- LOADS of Motorhead!
- Pink Floyd Interstellar Overdrive Rhino 1 x 180g 12″ Black vinyl single with poster & postcard An 11 minute long, previously unheard/unreleased recording from 1966. Pink Floyd designer Peter Curzon will be creating artwork. Black vinyl, 180 gramme, track on one side only, reverse side plain. 331/3 rpm. Including fold-out poster and postcard.
- Primal Scream Mixamatosis First International / Ignition 12″ A Primal Scream Remix EP, with a stellar line-up of remixers, including classic Primal Scream collaborator Brendan Lynch and the Anton Newcombe (Anton’s Big Belly Nothing Bobby Selassie Primal Jah Mix) remix which was number 1 in the ZZub chart last year.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers Go Robot / Dreams Of A Samurai One 12″ inch 4/4 picture disc Clear vinyl sleeve Marketing sticker Silver RSD Exclusive sticker
- Ramones Ramones Singles Box Rhino 10 x 43g 7″ Black vinyl singles box 10 x Repro US 7″ Singles / Cigarette box / 7 x 7″ pic bags Numbered. All pre-1980 US singles by the Ramones.
- Sia This is acting (Spotify Sessions) Vinyl Exclusively recorded for Spotify & first time available anywhere physically
- Slaves Take Control A rose gold foil cover, exclusive white vinyl of Take Control with 35mm photo diary
- Who, The Quadrophenia. Parka’ green coloured vinyl replica reissue of the classic and seminal 1979 film soundtrack – includes 13 Who tracks and songs from the 60s mod era by James Brown, Booker T & The MGs, The Ronnetes and others
Record Store Day takes place on Saturday 22 April. BBC Radio 6 Music will premiere a selection of the exclusives in the week leading up to the event, culminating in a live broadcast from Vinyl Tap in Huddersfield on Friday, 21 April, hosted by Lauren Laverne. BBC Radio 3’s Record Review will also celebrate the initiative with a live show at Spiritland, a listening cafe just north of King’s Cross in London, on the day itself.