Record Store Day celebrates its 7th birthday this year on Saturday, April 19 – a day when a laundry list of artists from all over the musical spectrum put out exclusive releases that are only available at your local, independent record store.
While it’s mostly a day embraced by those new, hipster rock bands our favorite classic rock artists have started putting out exclusive releases to help encourage fans to find and go to their local record story. Our friends at sister station WNCX in Cleveland put together an exhaustive list of releases; here are some highlights. Go to WNCX’s website for a full list.
Bruce Springsteen – AMERICAN BEAUTY Format: 12″ Vinyl
Four previously unreleased songs. TRACK LISTING: 1) “American Beauty” 2) “Cold Spot” 3) “Hurry Up Sundown” 4) “Hey Blue Eyes”
The Allman Brothers – SELECTIONS FROM: PLAY ALL NIGHT: LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATRE 1992 Format: 12″ Vinyl
Double vinyl release of live songs previously only available on DVD. SIDE ONE: “Statesboro Blues”, “End Of The Line”, “Blue Sky”, “Midnight Rider” SIDE TWO: “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “Dreams” “Revival” SIDE THREE: “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” SIDE FOUR: “Jessica”, “Whipping Post”
David Bowie – 1984 PICTURE DISC Format: 7″ Vinyl
“1984” originally appeared on David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album and draws its inspiration from the George Orwell book of the same name. It was released as a single in 1974. The b-side was recorded live in December 1974 on “The Dick Cavett Show” and has had limited release since then. This is the first time it appears on vinyl. “1984 (2014 Remaster)”/”1984 (Live on the Dick Cavett Show)”
Creedence Clearwater Revival – THE 1969 SINGLES Format: 10″ Vinyl
10″ white vinyl of all 4 singles released in 1969 (A and B sides); 120g. TRACK LISTING: SIDE 1: “Mary”, “Born On The Bayou”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Lodi” SIDE 2: “Green River”, “Commotion”, “Down On The Corner”, “Fortunate Son”
Devo – BUTCH DEVO AND THE SUNDANCE GIG Format: 12″ Picture Disc
Devo’s Jerry Casale says, “In ’95, we closed Sundance Film Festival. We wore ’20s style prison suits, we did a special show with really old, hardcore Devo songs from the early ’70s, before we ever had a deal.”
The Doors – WEIRD SCENES INSIDE THE GOLDMINE
Reissue on amber vinyl of the 1972 Elektra Records release. It was the second compilation by the group and the first release following the death of Jim Morrison. It features the first album release of two B-sides, Willie Dixon’s “(You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further,” sung by Ray Manzarek, originally on the flip side of the 1971 single “Love Her Madly,” and the beautiful “Who Scared You,” “Wishful Sinful”‘s flip with Jim Morrison on vocals from a session in 1969.
The Everly Brothers – SONGS OUR DADDY TAUGHT US Format: 12″ Vinyl
1958’s Songs Our Daddy Taught Us was a concept album before there was such a thing; a return to basics before rock ‘n’ roll had even matured. It all came naturally to Don and Phil Everly, the chart-topping brothers, recording stars at age 19 and 21, respectively. This album inspired the Billie Joe Armstrong/Norah Jones album Foreverly, which copied this track list.
Fleetwood Mac – DRAGONFLY/THE PURPLE DANCER Format: 7″ Vinyl
Recorded in 1970 “Dragonfly” was the first UK single released by the band after the departure of their frontman Peter Green and their first single with Christine McVie as a full member. It has never before been released on 7″ vinyl. “The Purple Dancer” features vocals by Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer and has never before been commercially released in the US.
Jerry Garcia – GARCIA Format: 12″ Vinyl
Limited edition White 180g vinyl with individually numbered, foil stamped packaging. Audio remastered from the original reels. Garcia was the first solo studio album by Grateful Dead founding member Jerry Garcia, originally released in 1972. Six songs featured on the release would go on to become staples of the Grateful Dead repertoire.
Genesis – FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION Format: 12″ Vinyl
This is the first time this album has been released on vinyl since the original release in 1974. Features the original Genesis lineup of Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Anthony Phillips and Peter Gabriel.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – GLORIOUS RESULTS OF A MISSPENT YOUTH Format: 12″ Vinyl
Limited, numbered, PINK vinyl. “Cherry Bomb”, “I Love You Love Me Love”, “Frustrated”, “Hold Me”, “Long Time”, “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Baby”, “I Need Someone”, “Love Like Mine”, “New Orleans”, “Someday”, “Push and Stomp”, “I Got No Answers”
Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band – SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD/BABY PLEASE DON’T GO Format: 7″ Vinyl
A recreation of the 1977 7″ by Ronnie Spector, backed by the E Street Band. Recorded at CBS studios in NYC, this 7″ was produced by Steven Van Zandt and is the only title credited to the “The E Street Band.” Billy Joel wrote the song “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” with Ronnie and the Ronettes in mind and recognizing this tribute, Ronnie recorded her own version! Yes, that is Bruce on acoustic guitar on “Say Goodbye To Hollywood.” The B Side is the Van Zandt original, “Baby Please Don’t Go.”
Read more at WNCX’s website.
— Erin Fox, WNCX, Cleveland