WARNING: Frivolous non-work related post
I don’t know why this passed me by until now but tomorrow is World Record Store Day (RSD)! The short film above will give you a sense of the anticipation that is building for some music fans.
The 18th April is also my birthday (which hadn’t passed me by). I decided at the end of last year that I should finally invest in a turntable on my birthday to justify hoarding a whole stack of records – I haven’t had a record player since 2002 (?) – so it would seem that the ‘vinyl’ stars had aligned!
As is now tradition, there are dozens of RSD related special releases on vinyl that will not be available until Saturday 18th April – and even then, some of them will only be available through participating stores. So if you like your music served up on black (and various other coloured and pictured) plastic then there’s plenty to get excited about.
On the official site you will also find a list of the RSD releases, however (and this is why we are here) I have already done some of the dirty work for you…
This is my Top Ten of what to look out for – I’ve listed the format and by clicking on ‘More RSD information’ you’ll find more info on that product. What are you waiting for Pop-pickers!?
– Number 10
False Hope – Laura Marling [7″ Vinyl] [NEW release]
Limited edition from Laura Marling’s new album Short Movie. I lost track of her a little after her first album but I’m loving the sound of her new stuff and so this would be a good place to get back in… More RSD information
– Number 9
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Join Hands [12″ Vinyl Album] [reissue]
This one is going in for sheer effort alone – restored track listing, artwork that was originally rejected (but preferred) and heavy weight vinyl. This looks like a very nice gift for any SatB fan. More RSD information
– Number 8
No life ’til leather – Metallica [music cassette] [new format]
Early Metallica demos (featuring Dave Mustane) reissued on a music cassette – you may never get to ‘play’ it but how could you resist? More RSD information
– Number 7
You Really Got Me – The Kinks [7″ Vinyl] [reissue]
One of three exclusive 7″ reissues from The Kinks for RSD. The grandaddy tune of heavy metal – I’d be tempted to buy this for the cover alone. More RSD information
– Number 6
Kings of the Wild Frontier/Ant Music – Adam and the Ants [7″ Vinyl] [reissue]
At the time Stand and Deliver was the AatA track for me – these days it’s Ant Music. It’d be great to hear the faint crackle of the turntable over the drum sticks intro… More RSD information
– Number 5
Detroit – Gaz Coombes [10″ Vinyl] [NEW release]
This is the latest single from Gaz Coombes (formerly of Supergrass) and while I’ve only heard it the once on YouTube it’s stayed with me. RSD is not all about reissues, it’s about new music too so this isn’t a bad start. More RSD information
– Number 4
Alone + Easy Target – Foo Fighters [10″ Vinyl] [new format]
I’m not the biggest Foo Fighters fan but Dave Grohl is the official RSD ambassador for 2015 and this looks a nice little EP of demos (including a classic Kim Wilde cover) to coincide with Foo Fighters 20 years anniversary. More RSD information
– Number 3
Walk On By – Dionne Warwick/The Stranglers [7″ Vinyl] [new format]
The Stranglers deliver a great cover version. This special edition 7″ has the Dionne Warwick classic on the flip side. Neither is better than the other – just different – highly recommended! I’ve included the Top of the Pops version below but the full version runs for much longer with a classic Dave Greenfield keyboard solo. More RSD information
– Number 2
More Roar – Robert Plant [10″ Vinyl] [new release]
A life EP of from Percy’s recent tour – featuring a reworking of Whole Lotta Love – what more could you want?! More RSD information
– Number 1
Now That’s What I Call Music Volume 1 – Various Artists [Double Vinyl Album] [reissue]
This one is a pure indulgence. Ordinarily buying a reissue on vinyl is less satisfying than tracking down an original (unless the original is prohibitively expensive). In this case however, owning a bright and shiny indulgent reissue of the 80s classic somehow seems more appropriate. If you were around the first time then, like me, you might be tempted – if you weren’t then you really should get this – watch the original TV add below for proof!! More RSD information
And bubbling under the Top Ten…
Take On Me – Aha 7″ picture disc (another eighties indulgence)
Bernard Herrmann – Psycho Original Score (Great for scaring the neighbours)
Chime in and let me know what you would (will, or do) chose..!