09 Apr 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Record Store Day is like Easter. It comes every spring, usually in April. And it’s packed with cool treats that come in a rainbow of colors – eggs and candy for Easter, colored vinyl LPs for Record Store Day.
And while we can’t guarantee what the Easter Bunny will bring to your door this year, we can tell you about the exclusive and limited releases featured in Record Store Day 2019, which arrives on Saturday, April 13 this year.
We scoured the catalog of new music – or sometimes old music in fresh presentation – to pick 10 of the best things you’ll find at your local indie record store. Because 10 is the correct number of tracks to make a perfect album.
Don’t ask us why the proper number is 10. Like the Easter Bunny, you just have to believe in it, and it’s true.
A picture disc release of David Bowie’s “Pin Ups” is one of the exclusive releases on Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Record Store Day)
David Bowie, ‘Pin Ups’: The 1973 album of covers might not get the nod for the songs, though the pair of Who songs (“I Can’t Explain,” “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere”) and the Kinks’ “Where Have All The Good Times Gone?” are solid takes. No, the reason why you want this exclusive release is because it’s a picture disc of the album art so you can watch a topless carrot-topped Bowie and alien-looking ’60s supermodel Twiggy spinning round and round and round on your turntable. Limited to 20,000 copies worldwide.
A box set of the first six albums by Devo, each of them on a different color of vinyl, is one of our faves for Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Record Store Day)
Devo, ‘This Is The Devo Box’: This exclusive edition of 3,000 boxed sets collects the first six albums with the art-punk act Devo, from the classic 1978 debut of “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!” to 1984’s “Shout.” That’s all well and good, but why you want them is because each is pressed on a different color of vinyl, and if you can find one of those record-changer turntables like your mom and dad used to have then you can picture how cool the disc’s will look all stacked up and ready to drop.
Janis Joplin’s entire set from Woodstock is getting its first-ever release on Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Record Store Day)
Janis Joplin, ‘Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969’: It’s the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in August, so expect to see a lot more music from the iconic festival. This, though, might be one of the best: It’s the full set performed by Joplin just as she was breaking out, released on vinyl for the first time ever. A double LP and only 3,000 copies made.
A single by blues guitarist Robert Johnson is getting a deluxe replica release, on 78 rpm no less, as part of Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Record Store Day)
Robert Johnson, ‘Kind Hearted Woman Blues/Terraplane Blues: The legendary bluesman inspired everyone from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, partly due to the purity of the 29 songs he recorded in his lifetime, partly because of the mystery around that life. This release of just 1,800 copies packaged in a re-creation of the Vocalion label sleeve the original came in comes with a mystery of its own: Where are you going to find a turntable that can play the 78 rpm vinyl grooves the music was pressed in?
Jack White’s Third Man Records has prepared 3-inch singles from White solo and three of his bands — the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather — as part of a special release for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Record Store Day)
Jack White, ‘Love Interruption’: Turntable-makers Crossley are marking Record Store Day 2019 with the release of a cute little turntable. How little? It plays 3-inch singles, and who better to provide some music in that format than Jack White and Third Man Records. White’s “Love Interruption” is one of four, all limited to 2,000 copies each, that will come in a “mystery box” package – you won’t know which one you’re getting until after you buy it. The other three are by White’s various bands including the White Stripes’ “Candy Cane Child,” the Raconteurs’ “Store Bought Bones,” and the Dead Weather’s “Be Still.”
A Doctor Who narrated soundtrack on orange vinyl with purple splotches is one of the limited releases on Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Record Store Day)
Doctor Who, ‘Galaxy 4’: Not everything on Record Store Day is traditional music. This release is one of two to feature narrated soundtracks from the BBC’s classic sci-fi series “Doctor Who.” This one features the First Doctor, William Hartnell, in a story about “deadly female clones and their mechanical slaves,” pressed on 180-gram orange vinyl with purple splatters in a release limited to 1,000 copies.
Flaming Lips, ‘King’s Mouth: Music and Songs’: The oddballs led by Wayne Coyne return with their 15th album, released initially as a run of 4,000 on gold vinyl for RSD. Songs inspired by an immersive art installation Coyne created “in which viewers crawl into a large metallic head to experience a music-driven LED light show,” Rolling Stone reported. Mick Jones of the Clash is on board to provide narration here, too.
A box set containing all 26 singles released by Al Green on the Hi Records label is one of our picks for Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Record Store Day)
Al Green, ‘The Hi Records Singles Box Set’: This collects the 26 singles the legendary soul singer released for Hi Records. I might never flip “Let’s Stay Together” to the B side of “Tomorrow Dreams,” but it’s great to know it’s there along with the 25 other 7-inch singles collected in one of 1,500 lovely green boxes that also include a 56-page book and an adapter so you plan the singles on your record player.
Various Artists, ‘Lost In Translation’: The soundtrack to the 2003 film starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson including artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Air, and the Jesus and Mary Chain. It’s on Rolling Stone’s list of the Greatest Soundtracks of All Time and this issue of 8,000 copies is its first release on vinyl since it debuted 16 years ago.
A collection of early recordings by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery is one of the rarer releases on Record Store Day, April 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Record Store Day)
Wes Montgomery, ‘Back on Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings’: The jazz guitar legend’s previously unreleased music from live and studio sessions he did in his hometown of Indianapolis in the ’50s will appear on an exclusive double album of just 1,500 copies. If you were to speculate on an RSD release you could flip for a big profit, which we’re not encouraging you to do, you should listen to the music you buy, this would be a likely candidate for rapid appreciation.
To find your local record retailer participating in Record Store Day go to Recordstoreday.com/Stores