Tomorrow (April 22) marks the 10th installment of the annual celebration of music shops known as Record Store Day. We've gone through the official list of limited-edition exclusives singles and albums that will be on sale tomorrow and found our favorites.
This year, the organizers named St. Vincent as the day's official ambassador, with Sir Elton John as the first-ever worldwide Record Store Day Legend. In a video he created for Record Store Day, John still recalled the first singles he ever bought, “At the Hop” by Danny and the Juniors and “Reet Petite” by Jackie Wilson, and said he still buys five or six records a week.
So follow Elton's example and get down to your local record shop tomorrow. We know what we're looking for, but if you want some other options, check out Record Store Day's website for everything that's available.
In addition, members of the Diffuser team will be visiting and documenting Record Store Day 2017 activities in New York City, Ohio and California. Be sure to visit our Instagram page to see the reports.
Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains have a double-7-inch single that puts four songs on vinyl for the first time. “What the Hell Have I” b/w “A Little Bitter” combines the two songs that were featured in the 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Last Action Hero. The other two songs, "Get Born Again” b/w “Died,” were released on the Music Bank box set and were their final recordings with Layne Staley.
It almost wouldn't be a Record Store Day without David Bowie. For this year, his estate has a pair of offerings. First is the three-LP Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles ’74), a concert from his turbulent tour in support of Diamond Dogs. The other is Bowpromo, an EP containing alternate mixes of seven songs recorded for Hunky Dory. Originally, Bowie's manager packaged those songs with a side's worth of material from another client of his, Dana Gillespie, to shop both of them around to labels. This marks the first time six of these tracks have been commercially available.
A 2001 compilation by the Cure came packaged with a bonus disc of new acoustic recordings of the same 18 songs. They putting out both Greatest Hits and Acoustic Hits individually, with both being sold on two picture discs.
Jane's Addiction are reissuing the European 12-inch single of "Been Caught Stealing." In addition to the album version, there's also a remix of it, the demo of "Had a Dad" and the "L.A. Medley," which combines the Doors' "L.A. Woman," X's "Nausea" and the Germs' "Lexicon Devil."
A former Record Store Day Ambassador himself, Iggy Pop is releasing the triple-LP Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Each of the 1,200 copies are numbered, and come with packaged in a four-sleeve gatefold with a 16-page book with exclusive photos.
The punk progenitors have created 76-'79 Singles Box, a replication of the Ramones' early 45s, including "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" and a special mono/stereo promo of "I Wanna Be Sedated." It's packaged in a cigarette-style box and all 6,500 copies are individually foil-stamped.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
A 12-inch single of live versions of two songs from the Red Hot Chili Peppers most recent album, The Getaway, comprises their Record Store Day exclusive. "Go Robot" was recorded in Paris, while "Dreams of a Samurai" was performed in Madrid.
Lou Reed's acoustic set at the 1997 Meltdown Festival in London is getting its first vinyl release. Perfect Night: Live in London features 30 years of classic Lou Reed songs, including "I'll Be Your Mirror," "Perfect Day" and "Coney Island Baby."
Like the Ramones, the Sex Pistols are replicating early 45s. Anarchy in the UK -- The UK & US Singles contains five 7-inch records, "Anarchy in the UK", "God Save the Queen", "Holidays in the Sun" and the U.S. and U.K. versions of "Pretty Vacant."
Rumored all the way back in November, the Smiths are giving fans a twist on a classic single, "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side" b/w "Rubber Ring." But this time, they're releasing a different recording. The picture sleeve features actor Albert Finney who, like the band, hails from the Manchester suburb of Salford.
Austin's Spoon are putting out a 12" of "Hot Thoughts," the title track from their most recent album. The album version is packaged with Dave Sitek remix of it and a cover of Elvis Presley's "Love Letters."
Earlier this month, Jack White released "e," a mostly instrumental song that's part of a promotional campaign for Warstic, a baseball bat company he co-owns. However, it will only be sold at his Third Man Records stores in Nashville and Detroit.