Record Store Day, like many other things, looks very different this year. Originally planned for April, RSD was then temporarily postponed to June (where the massively successful label-driven Love Record Stores ended up taking its place), and has now instead been planned across three "drops" in August, September and October. The first and biggest of these drops takes place two weeks today, on Saturday the 29th of August. Here we'll give you a rundown of some of the great releases we're looking forward to.
As usual for RSD each release is limited and strictly one per person, initially available in-store only on a first come first served basis, with any remaining stock then made available online at 6PM the same day. We'll be open from 8AM, and there's no guarantees that whatever you're after will still be available later in the day, but please feel free to give us a call to check before you pop down (although we will not be able to reserve anything).
It's also a big week for new releases, with records by Angel Olsen, Moon Duo, Kikagaku Moyo, Don Cherry and more being released the day before. As always we offer a click'n'collect service, meaning you can reserve any of these non-RSD titles online and pick them up from behind the counter when you come in on Saturday.
We'll have safety procedures in place, with masks required, hand sanitiser provided at the door, and a limited number of people allowed in the shop at any one time to allow for 1m social distancing. This may mean a little more patience is required but I'm sure you'll all agree it's necessary for everyone's safety.
Without further ado, let's take a look at some of the great releases Record Store Day has to offer this year:
The very first release on the crucial Black Jazz Records, New Direction showcases label founder Gene Russell's forward thinking brand of soul jazz and sets the tone for an incredibly bright burning series of releases from '71-'75. The first in a series of Black Jazz reissues from Real Gone Music, this LP is pressed on clear vinyl with black swirl and features liner notes by Pat Thomas, author of Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975.
An incredible deep spiritual jazz record featuring Don Cherry, Herbie Hancock, Ed Blackwell, James Mtume and more, based around Maulana Karenga's afrocentric Kawaida philosophy. Reissued here on heavyweight vinyl in original gatefold sleeve format.
Documenting Sun Ra on his first trip to Egypt with his Astro-Intergalactic-Infinity Arkestra, this 5LP boxset includes the first ever reissues of the Horizon, Nidhamu and Dark Myth Visitation Equation albums, along with 2 discs of previously unreleased recordings plus rare photos and extensive liner notes!
Nice big boxset containing the Artistic Vice and 1990 LPs plus plenty of goodies including a T shirt (medium or XL), art book, pin badge and stickers!
On vinyl for the first time courtesy of Northern Spy, The Asylum Tapes was the first release under John Lurie's Marvin Pontiac Persona in 17 years when it was originally discharged in 2017. Mr Lurie has a special place in our hearts, not least for starring in and soundtracking the film we take our name from, and this release is a must own for us!
Spiderland is one of our favourite albums of all time, and 'Breadcrumb Trail' and 'Good Morning, Captain' are two of the greatest opening and closing album tracks of all time, respectively. Here the original unused mixes are presented on a 7" courtesy of Touch & Go.
Fela Kuti's very first recordings from 1959 are being released on a limited edition 10", with the A-side containing the long thought lost original Melodisc single, and the B-side containing two tracks never before issued in any form!
Sarathy Korwar releases a companion piece to More Arriving, which just won Best Independent Album at the AIM awards! Pressed exclusively for RSD on transparent green vinyl, this release features two brand new tracks with vocals by London-based poet Zia Ahmed (Birthright) and Kushal Gaya of Melt Yourself Down (Juggernaut), plus remixes by Auntie Flo and Emanative.
Celebrating 40 years of Linton Kwesi Johnson's Bass Culture, Island Records release a remastered and expanded edition of the dub poet's classic album, including the great LKJ In Dub LP as a second disc. Co-produced with the legend that is Dennis Bovell, this is hugely important, hugely political music, as accessible as it is boundary pushing. Pressed on heavyweight red and green vinyl in an expanded gatefold sleeve.
"On the last day of your life, don't forget to die..." The Pastels cover a poignant Silver Jews treasure , with a version of Ship to Shore on the B-side, both taken from a 1997 Peel Session.
More Peel sessions are included in the sought after Pale Fountains compilation. Remastered and with enhanced artwork and liner notes, the LP collects some of the finest moments of the band's early period.
Kelley Stoltz' Echo & the Bunnymen covers go all the way back to when he was 14. This new reissue of Crockodials, his track-for-track take on the band's Crocodiles LP is pressed on red vinyl and also includes a 3 track 7" of demos from those teenage years!
Superior Viaduct provide us with three slabs of underground punk and no-wave for RSD this year.
1982's Cleveland Confidential compilation is a definitive document of Northeast Ohio's weirdo punk scene, reissued here on orange vinyl, limited to 1000 copies. After reissuing the first Ike Yard album, the label follow up with the driving, dub-influenced no wave classic debut EP Night After Night. Pressed on red vinyl 12" and limited to just 250 copies in the UK. There's also only 250 copies available in the UK for this clear vinyl reissue of the debut 7" from Dutch anarchopunk evolutionaries The Ex, the snarling All Corpses Smell The Same.
Also available from Superior Viaduct on the day is a special yellow vinyl repress of the Planete Sauvage OST!
Heavenly keep on giving with three reissues and a live album even after spoiling us all on Love Record Stores Day!
Firstly, the debut solo album from Terry Hall (The Specials/Fun Boy Three) gets its very first vinyl release, 26 years later. Another first time on vinyl for Cherry Ghost's second album Beneath This Burning Shoreline, a classic from the severely underrated songwriter. Also released on the day is a stunning stripped-back live album recorded at the Hebden Bridge Trade's Club for Heavenly's 2015 weekender. Finally, Heavenly celebrate 25 years of the Magic Numbers' self titled album with a reissue pressed on crystal clear vinyl and faithful to the original format, with a one-sided 7" included.
Of course this is just a handful of what's on offer, with plenty of other fantastic releases available on the day too.
Check out the full list here.
Check out the full list here.
On top of that there's two more days to look forward to; check out the releases for September 26th and October 24th, which we'll be going into more detail over the next few weeks.
See you on the 29th!