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Record Store Day Releases Coming from the Cure, R.E.M., Lemonheads + More

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The Cure, R.E.M. and the Lemonheads are among the many artists with music set to be released via Rhino Records on Record Store Day 2013, which is scheduled for April 20. Other releases due out on RSD 2013 from Rhino include albums from the Cure side project the Glove; classic rockers the Doors, the Band and the Grateful Dead; punk veterans the Misfits and X and a Factory Records sampler featuring Joy Division, New Order, the Durutti Column and Happy Mondays.

The Cure’s 1987 album ‘Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me’ will be issued as a two-LP vinyl set in a limited edition run of 3,500 individually numbered copies. The album is best known for its singles ‘Just Like Heaven’ (the Cure’s first Top 40 hit in the U.S.) and ‘Why Can’t I Be You?’ Also due is out on Record Store Day is ‘Blue Sunshine,’ the sole release from the Glove, a side project featuring the Cure’s Robert Smith and Siouxsie the Banshees’ Steve Severin. ‘Blue Sunshine’ will be issued as a two-LP blue vinyl set in a limited run of 3,500 copies.

R.E.M.’s ‘Live In Greensboro EP,’ which documents a 1989 concert at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., is an addendum of sorts, offering several tracks left off the deluxe edition of their ‘Green’ album due to space constraints. The disc features five cuts and comes with an original, non-reproduction patch from the band’s Green Tour that was recently unearthed from the band’s vault.

The Lemonheads, meanwhile, team up with the Misfits for the ‘Skulls’ 7-inch vinyl single, issued in a limited edition of 4,000 copies on a skull picture disc. The release is part of Rhino’s Side By Side series, which features the original recording of an iconic song (in the case, the Misfits’ ‘Skulls’) paired with a cover version of the tune (here it’s the Lemonheads’ take).

Another Side By Side series album due on Record Store Day this year is the Doors/X joint ‘Soul Kitchen,’ which offers the Doors tune on the A side and X’s cover on the flip, in a run of 4,000 copies.

Available in a limited edition of just 1,000 copies in the U.S. (and 3,000 worldwide) will be ‘Factory Records: Communications 1978-92 (Sampler #2),’ an imported 10-inch vinyl album featuring four of the legendary label’s best-known acts: Joy Division, New Order, the Durutti Column and Happy Mondays.

Record Store Day is an annual celebration of independent brick-and-mortar record stores across the country and features numerous one-off rare and limited-edition releases. Get more information about RSD and find your local participating outlets here.

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