The 12 most essential Record Store Day 2016 releases
With the rise and rise of records as a viable format once more for music lovers, it only makes sense that Record Story Day has well and truly entered the mainstream. Celebrating on 16 April, the day devoted to all things vinyl has seen labels and artists bring out their big guns with exclusive releases featuring B-sides, rarities and previously unreleased tracks alongside special rereleases of hits and cult favourites alike.
This year’s list is full of plenty of incredible choices from artists such as Regina Spektor (limited Soviet Kitsch on red vinyl), Simple Minds (Big Music Tour 2015), Notorious B.I.G. (Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems), The Doors (Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance), Madonna (Japanese collector’s title Like a Virgin & Other Hits), Foals (7” single of ‘Rain’ and ‘Daffodils’), Alanis Morissette (Demos 1994-1998) the Buzzcocks (greatest hits collection More Product in a Different Compilation), and so many more.
Here to celebrate are just twelve titles we’re excited to see on record store shelves across the country this Saturday.
David Bowie – I Dig Everything – The Pye Singles 1966
It was inevitable that Bowie would feature prominently this RSD, and true to form three works by the pioneering Thin White Duke will be arriving for fans of all things Bowie. There’s the release of The Man Who Sold the World with a German artwork picture disk, and a 7” picture disc of the Station to Station single ‘TVC15’. I Dig Everything is a 50th anniversary compilation of six tracks Bowie recorded for Pye Records that were among his first recordings, but failed to chart.
Wendy O. Williams – Fuck ‘n Roll (Live)
Talk about a WOW moment for RSD. Wendy O. Williams was a pioneer of anarchic vulgar rock shtick – she was arrested for simulating sex on stage, and was known for chainsawing guitars during performances. Previously released only on cassette tape for fan club members and recorded at L’Amour in Brooklyn in 1984, this 7” vinyl release has a limited run of only 1500 copies and is an essential for any lovers of Williams’ unique brand of explicit and in-your-face rock and roll.
Lush – Origami
Shoegazing trailblazers Lush have put together a comprehensive RSD release in Origami, a definitive box-set of all their albums. Across five LPs covering Spooky, Split, Lovelife, Gala, and Topolino, this colourful (literally, each record is pressed on a different colour vinyl) collection reminds us of Lush’s immense talent. Their latest EP, Blind Spot, is out on RSD eve.
Various artists – The Guest
Ladies and gentlemen, meet your next record of party background music. Like Drive before it, this oh-so-cool collection of moody synth pop and Miami Vice inspired instrumentals that are bound to get you swaying like it’s 1984. Among the new and old is a stunning remix of Annie’s ‘Anthonio’, several tracks by Dutch synth goth-rockers Clan of Xymox, British post-punk outfit The Sisters of Mercy, and even Stevie B’s cheesy 1990 chart-topper ‘Because I Love You (The Postman Song).
D.O.C. – No One Can Do It Better
This chart-topping hip-hop record has been out of print since its initial release in 1989 and has more or less been forgotten about. That is despite being one of the earliest produced works of Dr. Dre, and featuring behind the scenes work of N.W.A. members. A shame, really, since it is an impeccable album and across 13 tracks builds a recording that stands the test of time. Its rerelease on vinyl for RSD ought to return D.O.C. – whose career was cut short due to damaged vocals in a car accident – to the pantheon of hip-hop.
Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball
Long before Miley Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball, country superstar Emmylou Harris released her classic career-defining album Wrecking Ball in 1995. She won a Grammy for it (she has 13), and it was justly hailed as one of the great albums of the decade. This RSD not only sees the album finally hitting vinyl, but does so in a three-LP limited edition featuring remastered alternate versions, demos, and outtakes. Your quiet Friday night in has a new soundtrack.