RSD Exclusives Worth Digging – Billboard
After two years of navigating fragmented drop days due to a pandemic that cared very little for your shopping diary, Record Store Day once again returns to its rightful place on the penultimate Saturday in April. .
Granted, there will be a designated makeup day on June 18 that plans to serve as something of a safety net for titles that couldn’t make it to stores on April 23. But the good news is that the lion’s share of these exclusive pieces will actually arrive on schedule, which also serves as RSD’s 15th anniversary as an international buyers’ holiday.
To commemorate this milestone, the folks at RSD have named the Queen of American Pop Taylor Swift Global Ambassador this year, who over the past 15 years has firmly established herself as one of the great album artists of her time. generation through modern classics such as 1989 folklore and last year’s epic Red (Taylor’s version). These are titles as dear to today’s generation as those of Carole King Tapestry and Carly Simon no secrets were to their grandparents.
“Record stores are so important because they help perpetuate and foster the passion for music,” Swift wrote in a statement on the DSR website. “They create settings for live events. They employ people who love music thoroughly and purely. These people and these stores have had a tough few years and now more than ever we need to support these small businesses to make sure they can stay alive, stay quirky and stay individual. It has been a real joy for me to see vinyl sales increase over the past few years and we artists have to thank the fans for this pleasant surprise. Happy Record Store Day everyone! Stay safe there.
Whether you’re a hardcore crate digger or a casual reveler of the annual hype, here are some titles worth seeking out this year.
bleeding hearts, Ragged riches (Fiasco Records-Bar-None)
Bob Stinson didn’t just vanish into thin air after leaving The Replacements. And it’s high time the late guitarist’s post-Mats output gets the buds it deserves, starting with those unreleased 1993 recordings as part of The Bleeding Hearts, a band made up of fellow Minneapolis musician Mike Leonard at the guitar and vocals, bassist Rob Robello and drummer Bob Herbers whose relationship with Stinson was over before it started when Bob left just after composing the 13 songs including Ragged riches, made available for the first time anywhere for RSD and pressed on blood red vinyl. Stinson is said to have died two years after cutting those songs with the Bleeding Hearts on February 18, 1995 at the age of 35, making this collection all the more valuable for Mats fans who wish they had more time with him.
Albert Ayler, Revelations: The complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elementary records)
Chet Baker, Live In Paris: Radio France Recordings 1983-1984 (Elementary records)
Charles Mingus, Ronnie Scott’s Lost Album (Resonance Recordings)
Bill Evans, Morning Glory: The 1973 Concert at Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires and Inner Spirit: The 1979 Concert at Teatro General San Martín, Buenos Aires (Resonance Recordings)
Jazz sleuth Zev Feldman works four times this year for RSD with FIVE new archival tracks on deck from the Resonance and Elemental imprints, including a pair of Bill Evans concerts in Buenos Aires, a lost 1972 live album by Charles Mingus by Ronnie Scott’s in London (featuring an incredible band that includes alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, tenor saxophonist Bobby Jones, trumpeter Jon Faddis, pianist John Foster and drummer Roy Brooks) and an endearing collection of Radio France recordings from Chet Baker Trio which date back to 1983-84. But the piece de resistance of Zev’s latest bounty is a 5-LP collection of unreleased tapes by free jazz saxophone giant Albert Ayler shortly before his death in 1970, from a pair of radio performances in St. Paul. from Vence, France, housed in a deluxe slipcase with a 12 x 12 booklet containing new interviews with surviving jazz icons Sonny Rollins and Archie Shepp.
Mariah Carey, #1 (Legacy records)
Just a few years before the majors began cashing in on collections of number one hits from the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey released #1 in 1998, a real-time collection of her absolute dominance of the Billboard Hot 100 since her debut in 1990 (she now has 19 No. 1s on the chart). This RSD edition of #1 is a most welcome return to vinyl, one that somehow makes the sweetness of Mariah’s timeless hits like “Someday”, “Fantasy” and “Always Be My Baby” all the tastier when they blast off your turntable.
Jeannie C. Riley, Harper’s Valley APT (ORG Music)
Before bad moms and Bridesmaids, Country singer Jeannie C. Riley assumed the Mom Mafia title from the song that helped her become the first-ever woman to have a No. 1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Country Songs chart. Out of print since the early ’70s, Riley’s loose 1968 concept album about life in Harper Valley enjoys a return to vinyl with a limited-edition color pressing featuring newly penned liner notes by JCR herself.
Voivode, nothing face and Angel Rat (really gone)
The Real Gone label continues to do wonders for the catalog of Canadian prog-metal giants Voivod by delivering the long-awaited returns of the two crown jewels of the band’s discography on vinyl in 1989. nothing facewhich will be released in a limited run of 6,000 copies on pink and blue swirl vinyl on June 18, and its even more experimental sequel, 1991’s Terry Brown produced Angel Ratwhich will also be limited to just 6,000 pressings on the “Deep Purple with Lime Monster Green” limited swirl wax on April 23. Any self-respecting metal fan knows exactly why the return of these two vinyl albums is so important.
let’s row, father’s albums (Rhino Recordings)
Ramones made some of their best albums in the ’80s, all of which deserve deluxe editions in the vein of those Rhino designed for the punk icons’ first four albums. But beggars can’t choose, and instead of such A&R fantasy, we’re grateful to see these seven tracks available again on vinyl as part of this deluxe box set, which includes underrated Ramones classics like those from 1983. Underground Jungle and the magnificent ones of 1989 Brain drain.
The treatment, Pornography (Elektra/Rhino)
Their last album as three imaginary boys by Robert Smith, Simon Gallup and Lol Tolhurst, 1982 Pornography scored one last look at the post-punk darkness of their early years before heading into the more pop fare of mid-80s gems such as head on the door and Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me. In honor of its 40th anniversary this year, this limited edition Rhino Picture Disc.
Jonathan Richman and modern lovers, Modern Lovers ’88 (Crafting Records)
Similar to former Lover Jerry Harrison’s Talking Heads band in the same year NakedModern Lovers by Jonathan Richman ended his recording career gracefully on Modern Lovers ’88, a playful and largely sweet affair that has more in common with Jonathan’s quirky solo work than early Lovers ravers like “Roadrunner” and “Pablo Picasso.” To celebrate its upcoming 35th anniversary comes this sky blue pressing of ’88 featuring an all-analog remaster from the original tapes, giving longtime Richman/Lovers fans another opportunity to enjoy this oft-overlooked album in the Boston bard’s oeuvre.
Rick Asley, Whenever You Need Someone: 35th Anniversary Edition (BMG)
It took us a good 16 years of RickRolling for audiences to hear the English singer’s pop genius and his 1987 debut LP. In honor of his 35th birthday, Whenever you need someone has been remastered at Abbey Road Studios for a limited run of 1800 copies on classic black wax.
original movie soundtrack, Lapping’ (Come down)
Rest in peace to Adolfo ‘Shabba Doo’ Quiñones, who as Ozone in this 1984 Gen X fan favorite helped a nation learn to pop, lock and backspin alongside the actress Lucinda Dickey as Special K and West Coast dance icon Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers as Turbo. Limited to a print run of just 2,000 copies, this clear vinyl edition of the soundtrack – highlighted by hits such as Ollie & Jerry’s perennial hit “Breakin’…There’s No Stopping Us Now” from Rufus and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody” and Ice-T’s debut hit “Reckless” – is a must for any kid looking to delve into their hip-hop history.