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Every Day Should Be Record Store Day

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And perhaps it is, depending on how often you buy from one. The fourth annual Record Store Day is happening in less than a month (April 17) but already a lot of releases have been announced for the occasion. Best of all, there are some neat releases for catalogue fans out there, too. You can have a look at the full list here, but here are some of the neatest catalogue offerings coming on Record Store Day.

Devo, Duty Now for the Future (1979) (Warner Bros.)

As previously mentioned, Devo’s sophomore album is getting a reissue on CD and vinyl, presumably with some extra content of sorts. This LP is known for typically oddball tracks like “The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprize,” “Devo Corporate Anthem” and a cover of “Secret Agent Man.” (A 7″ of Devo’s newest single, “Fresh” b/w “What We Do,” from their upcoming record, will also be available.)

Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Live at Hollywood High (1979) (Hip-O)

The complete Hollywood High Show from June of 1978 was recently released as part of Universal’s “Costello Show” series of live reissues. For collectors, though, Hip-O is reissuing the original three-track EP, originally included with copies of Armed Forces, on individually-numbered 7″ vinyl.

Elvis Presley, “That’s All Right” b/w “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (Single) (Sun/Legacy)

Legacy keeps the Elvis 75 celebration in full swing by releasing a vinyl repressing of the King’s first single, with a digital download code included.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Live at Clark University (1968) (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

A colored vinyl version of this previously released concert (available with audio interviews on Hendrix’s official bootleg label Dagger Records). The set includes four of his best songs from the Are You Experienced era (“Fire,” “Red House,” “Foxey Lady,” “Purple Haze”) and  a cover of “Wild Thing.”

Buddy Guy, A Man and the Blues (1968) / Doc Watson, Doc Watson (1964) / Joan Baez, Joan Baez (1960) / John Fahey, The Yellow Princess (1968) / Mississippi John Hurt, Today! (1966) (Vanguard)

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Vanguard label, five of the label’s best-loved artists will have some of their classic LPs reissued on vinyl with the original artwork reproduced.

Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros, Global A Go-Go (2001) / Streetcore (2003) (HellCat)

The last of The Clash frontman’s work with his last band, The Mescaleros, will get their first-ever vinyl issues.

John Lennon 7″ Box Set (Capitol)

A specially reissued, individually-numbered box includes reproduced 7″ singles to “Mother” B/W “Why” (1970), “Imagine” b/w “It’s So Hard” (1971) and “Watching the Wheels” b/w “Yes, I’m Your Angel” (1981) along with three postcards, a 24″ x 36 ” poster and a custom 7″ adaptor hub.

Joy Division Box Set (Rhino)

A quadruple LP box of unknown content, limited to 82o copies.

Modest Mouse, The Moon and Antarctica (2000) (Epic/Legacy)

A double LP reissue of the band’s first major label release, in honor of its 10th anniversary.

Pantera, Cowboys from Hell (1990) / Vulgar Display of Power (1992) / Far Beyond Driven (1994) (Rhino)

Vinyl reissues of three albums from the metal legends, limited to 5000 copies each (except Far Beyond Driven, limited to 3000).

Pavement, Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement (Matador)

The first career-spanning compilation by the recently-reunited alt-rockers was already released in March, but one lucky contest winner with the most imaginative track listing for the set saw his playlist pressed onto a limited double vinyl set just for the occasion.

R.E.M., Chronic Town (1982) (Interscope)

An individually-numbered, blue-vinyl version of the band’s debut EP (available on the Dead Letter Office CD).

The Ramones, Ramones Mania (1988) (Sire)

Double-vinyl reissue of the first-ever compilation by one of the best punk bands of all time. Includes thirty singles, including the then-unreleased stereo film version of “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.”

The Rolling Stones, “Plundered My Soul” b/w “All Down the Line” (Universal)

A hand-numbered 7″ single featuring two tracks from the forthcoming Exile on Main St. reissue.

Written by Mike Duquette

March 19, 2010 at 14:05