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Seven Cool RSD Vinyl Releases

By Mike Breen · April 16th, 2014 · Cover Story
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There are always a lot of great limited-edition vinyl releases issued on Record Store Day, which returns this Saturday for its annual celebration of independent record sellers. Below are some of our favorites. For the full list of Record Store Day (RSD) exclusives (vinyl and otherwise), visit recordstoreday.com. (Note: Because there are a ton of them, RSD store participants will not have every single exclusive available; call ahead if you’re looking for something specific.)

Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back: Not only is it one of the best Hip Hop albums ever released, Public Enemy’s sophomore LP stands as one of the greatest full-lengths ever issued and is one everyone should have in their collection. Originally released in 1988, this “collector’s edition” 12-inch vinyl reissue comes with a special 3D cover. 

Joy Division’s An Ideal for Living EP: At times, U.K. Post Punk kings Joy Division sound downright Punk on their debut, a four-song EP originally issued in 1978. But it’s a great, raw, razor-wire glimpse of the band’s sound to come. Given Joy Division’s influence, it’s weird to think singer Ian Curtis died less than two years after the EP’s release.

This limited edition 12-inch vinyl version features new (but similar) artwork and should sound better than the original, having been cut from a new master.

Faux Real: Faux Songs by Real Bands compilation: Father/Daughter Records is releasing this collection of up-and-coming artists (like Potty Mouth, Levek and Body Parts) covering songs by “fake bands” from TV shows and movies on yellow 12-inch vinyl for RSD. The album features covers of songs originally performed by faux acts like Eddie & the Cruisers and Josie and the Pussycats, as well as the bands from Freaky Friday, The Jetsons, Daria, That Thing You Do and more.

Big Mama Thornton’s Sassy Mama: Vanguard Records asked fans to vote for what album they’d like to see reissued for RSD and they chose this saucy, sizzling set from R&B legend Big Mama Thornton (the first person to record “Hound Dog,” a song that later helped change music forever as an early hit by Elvis Presley). Though remastered, the packaging of this vinyl 12-inch is an exact replica of the original ’70s release. 

Jack White’s “Lazaretto”: If you’re a fan of the ex-White Stripe, it might be worth a trip to White’s Third Man Records storefront in Nashville on Saturday, the only place selling this 7-inch featuring the title track from his forthcoming album. White is going for the Guinness World Record for “Fastest Released Record,” recording the song at his studio Saturday morning, sending it out for pressing, then selling it at his store later Saturday. 

Poison Idea/Pantera’s “The Badge”: Warner Brothers Records and Rhino team up for another round of the “Side By Side” series for this year’s RSD, which puts famous cover songs on 7-inch wax, backed by the original version. “The Badge,” originally by Portland Punk band Poison Idea, was recorded by Metal giants Pantera and featured on The Crow soundtrack. Other Side by Side RSD releases reportedly include The Cure/Dinosaur Jr., The Doors/X and more, each pressed on colored or picture vinyl.

Wussy’s Left For Dead: Cincinnati’s Shake It Records in Northside will be the only place to find the baby blue vinyl version of Cincy band Wussy’s second album (released on Shake It’s label branch) on Saturday. This edition of Left for Dead (which landed in the Top 15 of legendary critic Robert Christgau’s list of the best albums of the ’00s) will be limited edition, with just 500 copies pressed. 



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