The annual celebration of independent record shops and vinyl takes place around the globe on 21st April this year, with the usual mixed bag of limited edition releases, re-issues, previously unreleased tracks, special artwork and rare remixes from artists big and small, old and new.
Amongst the 500-plus releases (which are strictly only available on the day, and thereafter if there is any unsold stock) are four David Bowie records; including his self-titled debut album of 1967, with mono and stereo versions; a 12″ single of the previously unreleased full-length demo of ‘Let’s Dance’; the first commercial release of Now, a rare 1977 US-only compilation; and WTTB, another previously unreleased three-LP live album recorded by long-term producer Tony Visconti at London’s Earl’s Court in 1978.
Among other rarities on offer are Prince’s 1999, available on vinyl for the first time since 1983, and The Cure compilation with 16 new mixes by Robert Smith. Arcade Fire will issue their self-titled EP from 2002 for the first time on vinyl, Warsaw‘s (pre-Joy Divsion) shelved first album (known as the RCA Sessions) will be released and The National commemorate their 2007 album Boxer with a front-to-back live rendition recorded in concert in Brussels in 2017.
Then there’s a Brian Eno and Kevin Shields collaboration in the form of ‘The Weight of History’/’Only Once Away My Son’, a Duran Duran live album, and a cassette version of Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers.
Practically every genre known to man is on offer on the day; from the British folk of Anne Briggs and Bert Jansch, to rock’n’roll courtesy of Elvis Presley; from the space-rock of Hawkwind to comedy albums (Fawlty Towers); the jazz of Thelonius Monk to acid house courtesy of DJ Pierre; and from porno soundtrack music to the soul of Marvin Gaye.
There’s also a plethora of ‘new’ releases, from the likes of Courtney Barnett, Belly, Gaz Coombes and Django Django.
Considered important for the local, independent music store sector, in 2017 shops in the UK sold an extra 32,500 vinyl albums in the week of the event, with sales of 12-inch singles jumping from 2,000 to 89,000!
Record Store Day 2018 takes place on 21st April, with more than 240 shops participating in the UK – the highest number in the event’s 11-year history. This year’s RSD ambassadors are hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.
For the full list visit: recordstoreday.co.uk/releases/rsd-2018/