12 Exclusive Releases to Look for on Record Store Day, Plus Highlights From the Rest

Posted by Billy Gil, March 18, 2015 09:40am | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2015 is upon us, taking place Saturday, April 18. The list of limited edition releases coming out exclusively on Record Store Day is up now (download the full list here). While there’s tons of great stuff to choose from (while supplies last, of course), here are 12 highlights to look for. 

Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Neko Case released her best album in 2006, a perfect distillation of her country-meets-indie-rock style, featuring the ethereal and confessional “Hold On, Hold On,” ’50s-style ballad “That Teenage Feeling” and Biblically inspired “John Saw That Number.” The long-out-of-print LP comes on red vinyl with a Record Store Day slipmat.


Johnny Cash – Koncert v Praze (In Prague Live)

Relive the Cold War as Johnny Cash plays his greatest hits behind the Iron Curtain in 1983, reissued on Soviet Red 180-gram vinyl.

Miles Davis – The Prestige 10 Inch LP Collection Vol. 2

The jazz legend’s Prestige recordings have been reproduced on 10-inch vinyl with original LP artwork and liner notes included. This edition includes the remaining five 10” LPs from Davis’ tenure as a bandleader for Prestige; the first edition was released last November, for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. The titles in this collection, all recorded in 1954, include: Miles Davis All Star SextetMiles Davis QuintetMiles Davis with Sonny RollinsMiles Davis All Stars Vol. 1 and Miles Davis All Stars Vol. 2.


Bob Dylan – The Basement Tapes (plus 180G mono version)

Tidier than the recently released Basement Tapes Raw, this reissue of the 1975 version has highlights from the legendary sessions Dylan recorded with The Band in the basement of “The Big Pink” house in Woodstock during the summer of 1967. Available in both mono and stereo, and signed by The Band’s Garth Hudson.


Brian Eno – My Squelchy Life

One of the great unreleased albums, Brian Eno’s My Squelchy Life was recorded and subsequently shelved in 1991 because of bad scheduling and because Eno was basically already over the material he’d recorded and wanted to record new stuff already (which would become 1992’s Nerve Net). It was released as a bonus disc to a Nerve Net reissue last year, but this is the first time it’s been available as a standalone LP, including a new previously unreleased track from the same recording session, “Rapid Eye.” 


Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

Before they ruled dancefloors with tracks like "Ooh La La," British duo Goldfrapp issued this gorgeous debut of sumptuous electronics and Alison Goldfrapp's velvet whispers. The 2000 album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize the following year. It hasn't yet been reissued on LP, and original copies go for more than $100.


Mark Kozelek – What's Next To The Moon?

Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil MoonRed House Painters) sings dramatically reimagined Bon Scott-era AC/DC songs. Kozelek’s covers are always killer, finding the plaintive heart in AC/DC’s machismo rock.


Paul McCartney – The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording

A true Beatles rarity is finally reissued—the soundtrack to an obscure 1968 dramedy starring Hayley Mills. Paul McCartney provided the original tunes, which then were orchestrated by George Martin. Sgt. Pepper’s-era strings ‘n’ horns galore!


Metallica – No Life Til Leather

Metallica’s first-ever EP gets reissued; read more about it here.


Polaris – Music From the Adventures of Pete and Pete

OK, so there are plenty of more “important” artists releasing material April 18. But this kind of cool one-off is part of what makes Record Store Day special—the band who wrote the theme song and other music for mid-’90s Nickelodeon TV show Pete & Pete gets their one album re-released. Polaris was a spin-off from the New Haven, Conn.-band Miracle Legion and sounded nothing like most mid-’90s alt-rock, instead sounding akin to the jangle rock of New Zealand. Now we just need a Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet reissue.


Otis Redding – Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

The third studio album by soul legend Otis Redding celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It’s is one of his best, featuring stunning renditions of songs by Sam Cooke and Redding himself, including “Respect” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” This set includes two LPs (one mono and one stereo version of the abum), plus a 7” replica of the original 1965 single of “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” b/w “I’m Depending On You.” It’s the first time the mono and stereo versions of the albums have been released together on vinyl.


The Sugarhill Gang – The Best Of

One quick and easy place to pick up the essential tracks from one of hip-hop’s originals on this two-12” set.



Various Artists – Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day Vol. 2

The original rock ‘n’ roll label sees some of its greatest songs compiled by participating Record Store Day stores. Tracks include “Boppin’ the Blues” by Carl Perkins, “Breathless” by Jerry Lee Lewis and “Rock Island Line” by Johnny Cash.


Various Artists – When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926-1936

Released on CD late last year and issued on now issued on a three-LP set, Heavenly Shore gathers pre-war black gospel recordings into one expansive set. Includes rare photographs.



The Zombies – R.I.P. Album

The intended follow-up to The Zombies’ psych-pop classic Odessey & Oracle gets its first-ever legitimate vinyl release as it was intended in the U.S.


Plus, here are some picks from the “RSD First” titles (first available on Record Store Day but not limited edition) as well as limited run/regional focus titles.



ESG The Moody EP

Half Japanese - Volume 3: 1990-195

The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy. Live.Barrowlands

Pulp It

The Shoes Primal Vinyl


RSD First:

Built to Spill Untethered Moon

Happy Mondays - Pills Thrills N Bellyaches

Ride OX4

Run the Jewels Record Store Day Release

Bruce Springsteen Born to Run; Born in the U.S.A.; Darkness on the Edge of Town; Nebraska; The River; The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle; Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ

Sun Ra Calling Planet Earth

The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan


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