Posts Tagged ‘Record Store Day 2017’

Fleet Foxes have announced a special Black Friday release edition 10″ EP available exclusively at independent record stores starting on Record Store Day’s Black Friday, November 24th, 2017.  The EP features four songs, thoughtfully selected from a WFUV session recorded at the historic Electric Lady Studio in New York on June 13th, 2017, days before the band’s new album, “Crack-Up”, was released.

Side A of the vinyl includes “Cassius,-“ and “- “Naiads, Cassadies” while Side B includes “Mearcstapa” and “On Another Ocean (January / June).” Each pair is recorded and cut as one long track to reflect the intentional fluidity between these songs, on both the album and in live performance. In addition to the announcement, Fleet Foxes have released a Classic Album Sunday Q&A which premiered via Record Store Day,

WFUV (90.7 FM) has been a noncommercial, member-supported public media service of Fordham University in New York for 70 years. WFUV has received national recognition for its award-winning weekday format of adult album alternative music, award-winning local news and sports, and a diverse weekend lineup. Electric Lady Studios is the oldest working and thriving recording studio in New York City. Made famous by Jimi Hendrix and classic 70s sessions with The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Patti Smith, among others, the studio maintains its reputation as hallowed grounds for recorded music.

Live recording from Electric Lady studios

A:  1.  Cassius, 2. –Naiads, Cassadies.  B:  1.  Mearcstapa 2.  On Another Ocean (January / June)

A box set of 10 pre-1980 singles by the Ramones with reproduced Sire labels and picture sleeves (where applicable) will be released next month as part of Record Store Day in the U.S. and U.K., a collection of “great punk rock tracks that changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll.”

10 x Repro US 7″ Singles / Cigarette box / 7 x 7″ pic bags Numbered. All pre-1980 US singles by the Ramones

Ramones, ’76-’79 Singles Box (Sire/Rhino)
This unique, numbered box of Sire Records-era singles, featuring original labels and sleeve designs and including such tracks as “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Sheena is a Punk Rocker,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School” and “I Wanna Be Sedated,” is a perfect set for the punk in your life (3500 copies)

Singles included: 1. BLITZKRIEG BOP/ HAVANA AFFAIR (SIRE SAA 725) 2. I WANNA BE YOUR BOYFRIEND/CALIFORNIA SUN/I DON’T WANNA WALK AROUND WITH YOU (SIRE SAA 734) 3. SWALLOW MY PRIDE/PINHEAD (SIRE SA 738) 4. SHEENA IS A PUNK ROCKER/I DON’T CARE (SA-746) 5. ROCKAWAY BEACH/LOCKET LOVE (SIRE SRE 1008) 6. DO YOU WANNA DANCE/BABYSITTER (SIRE SRE 1017) 7. DON’T COME CLOSE/I DON’T WANT YOU (SIRE SRE 1025) 8. NEEDLES AND PINS/I’M AGAINST IT (SIRE SRE 1045) 9. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL/DO YOU WANNA DANCE (LIVE VERSION) (SIRE SRE 1051) 10. I WANNA BE SEDATED (STEREO)/ I WANNA BE SEDATED (MONO)– CONVERTED TO US SIRE LABELS. WHITE LABEL

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The Doors - The Matrix

So long after their explosive heyday The Doors and Jim Morrison retain their gold-standard of cool.
Strip away the fables surrounding Morrison and The Doors . Live at The Matrix in San Francisco March 7th & 10th, 1967, part 1 on vinyl for the first time.
Although these tapes will be well known by hardcore Doors fans, this is the first time they’ve seen the official light of day. Massaged into life by Bruce Botnik (engineer on those original Paul Rothschild produced albums), they offer a glimpse, as Ray Manzarek observes, of the band having fun. Playing a sizable chunk of their first album and half of their follow up record (yet to be laid down in a studio),  Just a few weeks on from the release of their debut, word about the band’s impending canonisation does not appear to have reached the handful of punters who turned up to Marty Balin’s nightclub in San Francisco, The Matrix , who can be heard offering only the politest of applause between numbers.
Without the catalyst of audience reaction and in the face of such indifference, the sparks rarely fly and despite Manzarek’s assertion about the extent to which this meant the band could stretch out and experiment, we have a performance that only occasionally smoulders, never quite ever catching fire.

Die-hard Morrison-ologists will however be cheered by the inclusion of alternate words grasped from his poetic writings and scattered about in songs such as a pulsing cover of the old Them stomper, Gloria and their sinuous classic, The End.
With Kreiger’s blazing guitar solo on When The Music’s Over, and Manzarek’s faux-classical noodling, there’s a lot of potential waiting to be called upon. However, at The Matrix we’re in the company of a somewhat quaint and reserved bar band,  and with it, quite literally in the case of The Doors, the stuff of legend.

Side A: 1. Back Door Man 2. Soul Kitchen 3. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) 4. Light My Fire

Side B: 1. The Crystal Ship 2. Twentieth Century Fox 3. The End

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With the full list of Record Store Day releases 2017 now unveiled, you’re faced with the lengthy task of sifting through so much great stuff, and preparing to save for what you want to rush out and get on RSD itself .

To aid your journey down to one of the participating record stores, we’ve put together some top picks from a wide spectrum of genres (with emphasis on psych, jazz, rock, experimental) and highlighted potential collectible items, as well as releases that are just incredible regardless of future value.

Preparing for RSD is a noble activity, too. It’s thanks to movements like it that music fans are shifting further away from wanting to own every mp3 under the sun, and toward collecting records that are special to them.

When RSD started vinyl album sales amounted to just £1.1m, accounting for just 0.2% of the physical albums market. Now, 10 years on, vinyl sales are worth £65.6m, representing 14% of total spend on physical format albums in the UK. Sure it’s not the only catalyst but it’s definitely a key force. Materialism has never felt so good.

999 – Live And Loud

What is it: A live album
Why buy it: As one of the punk bands that broke through in the wake of The Clash and Sex Pistols, 999 were one of those bands that rapidly built up a cult following thanks to singles ‘Homicide’ and ‘Feelin’ Alright With The Crew’. This live album finds the recording remastered and comes with background liner notes and rare archival photos. And thankfully no gobbing.

Allen Toussaint – The Allen Toussaint Collection

What is it? 16-track compilation on double vinyl
Why buy it: If you want to find out how and why the sound of New Orleans made such an impact on modern music, then you’re advised to head in the direction of this two disc collection of the Allen Toussaint, one of the most influential song writers from The Big Easy. This 16-track compilation of Toussaint’s Nonesuch and Reprise recordings is available on 2 x 140g vinyl.

The Bevis Frond – Triptych

What is it: 2 x LP
Why buy it: As well as being one of the most fiercely independent bands in the UK, they’re also one of the most pioneering in the field of psychedelia. Hailed as “a Hendrix devotee every bit as tough and contemporary as the serrated guitar chorales of Sonic Youth and Pixies” by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, his immense psych-stoner-rock has seen him become a cult figure in his own right.

The Black Angels – Death Song

What is it: Vinyl album
Why buy it: It’s the new album from Texan psyche warriors The Black Angels. This limited edition comes with glow in the dark vinyl, black light cover, double LP, sticker, poster, and download card. And from what we’ve heard of it so far, they’re back on coruscating form.

Brett Anderson – Live At Koko 2011

What is it: Vinyl album
Why buy it: Recorded at Koko in Camden on October 12, 2011, Suede frontman Brett and his band (Jim Dare on guitars and backing vocals, Didz Hammond on bass and backing vocals, and Kriss Sonne on drums) played a rousing set that concentrated on Black Rainbows and its predecessor Slow Attack. The album is pressed on dark green vinyl, and the inner sleeve features previously unpublished photos from the rehearsal sessions.

Evie Sands – Shine For Me

What is it: Vinyl album
Why buy it: Evie Sands was a Brill Building ingenue and Northern Soul legend and her songs have been covdered by the likes of Spritualized and Spectrum. Johnny Cash said of her: “She’s got the stardust in her eyes, she͛s got silver bells in her voice and you’d think she’s got electricity in her fingers the way she plays that guitar left-handed and upside down.” The album is limited to just 1000 copies worldwide.

The Flaming Lips – The Flaming Lips Onboard The International Space Station Concert For Peace

What is it: Red vinyl album
Why buy it: The Flaming Lips Onboard the International Space Station – Concert for Peace – is a re-imagining of seven tracks from the Oczy Mlody album set as a fictional/fantastical live performance of the Flaming Lips on the International Space Station. Sounds like a good enough reason to us.

Follakzoid ft. J. Spaceman – London Sessions

What is it: Vinyl album
Why buy it: For London Sessions, Chileans head Follakzoid and Spiritualized’s J. Spaceman join forces for new, live-to-tape renditions of ‘Electric’ and ‘Earth,’ two highlights from Föllakzoid’s III. The recordings were made in a private studio in London while Föllakzoid was on tour in Europe in June 2016, and Spaceman’s contributions breathe new life into the songs.

Goat – Goatfuzz/Goatfizz

What is it: 7” single
Why buy it: Goat release an unreleased edit of the track ‘Goatfuzz’ – one of the stand out tracks off their latest album, Requiem, as a special ltd edition 7″ for Record Store Day. The b-side of the 7″ is a brand new track, entitled ‘Goatfizz’ which once again shows another side to the bands take on “world music”. The two-colour “splatter vinyl” 7″ is ltd to 2,000 copies.

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall

What is it: 3 x vinyl LP
Why buy it: Iggy Pop’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2016 was, quite simply the best of last year. Of this there can be no debate and we don’t care who your favourite band is. Backed by members of Queens Of The Stone Age Josh Homme, Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen, and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders, Iggy brings to life his Berlin-era recordings The Idiot and Lust For Life as well as his swansong Post Pop Depression.

Alice Coltrane – Harp Improvisation

What is it: 10″
Why buy it: Alice, John Coltrane’s second wife, was an extraodinary jazz musician (she sadly passed away in 2007). This aptly titled piece is rare live unreleased nine minute solo harp improvisation recorded in Poland in 1987 for the Coltrane Legacy, it features etched lotus flower B side design and is numbered 1 – 1000. This would be a good investment for any serious collector and probably inspire you to buy a harp.

The Congos – Heart of the Congos

What is it: LP
Why buy it: Any copy of this seminal reggae album is great to have. But the 40th anniversary edition is special and will be worth a lot more than you pay for it down the line. It contains a recently rediscovered ‘vocal mix’, only on this vinyl pressing and it is limited to only 500 pressings. The cover includes hand painted detail by Tony McDermott which replicates the original modification by Lee Scratch Perry. Shrink wrapped and stickered.

David Bowie – Cracked Actor

What is it: 3xLP
Why buy it: A previously unreleased live recording from Los Angeles on 5th September, 1974. This was Bowie at his zenith, the transition between the Diamond Dogs tour and the Philly Dogs tour. Diamond Dogs being his best album. The setlist is sublime.

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Dimitri Shostakovich / Mstislav Rostr – Cello Concerto No. 2

What is it: X-ray picture disc
Why buy it: It’s a unique piece of history. In the 1950s roentgenizdat – or X-ray publishing – became a trend in Soviet Union counterculture. ‘Bone music’ and ‘rock on ribs’ are two other terms that describe these bootleg recordings of music from the West, ingeniously cut onto X-ray film discarded by hospitals. This vinyl disc carries an X-ray image of a spine and pelvis – and a 1967 recording that has its own bootleg history: the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich smuggled it out of the Soviet Union when he was exiled in the 1970s. It is his world premiere performance of the Cello Concerto No. 2 by his teacher and mentor Dmitri Shostakovich, recorded live in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra under Evgeni Svetlanov. This is its first release on LP.

The Doors – Live at The Matrix ’67

What is it: 180g “12 Vinyl
Why buy it: This is one of the earliest recordings of the band known to exist and it’s seeing vinyl release for the first time. They were relatively unknown outside of California at this point, you can even here in the background just a few claps between songs which contrasts massively to the live recordings when they’re huge. There’s nothing quaint about the sound of the band, though, and the setlist is incredible. It’s a piece of history that should be sought after by any fan.

Flower Travellin Band – Anywhere

What is it:LP.
Why buy it: This 1970 debut album from the legendary Japanese psych rockers is seeing release on numbered coloured vinyl. Predominantly covers, it saw the band adopting a style that would stay with them for their band’s next release, the classic Satori. They’re perfect for fans of Hendrix, King Crimson, and Cream, and although they’re not as commercially successful, they’re no less potent – as their feverish cult following will testify.

The Future Sound Of London – Archived Environmental View

What is it: 180g 3xLP
Why buy it: The duo are regularly praised for pushing the boundaries of electronic music experimentation and of pioneering a new era of dance music, and they still sound like the future. This Triple album brings together the two main strands of FSOL’s current output, namely the From the Archives series and the Environments albums. Comprising a total 48 tracks, 35 of them are new or previously unreleased.

The Headhunters – God Make Me Funky

What is it: 7″
Why buy it: This is the sort of release that has vinyl junkies elbowing each other to get at. It’s a rare disco mix version The Headhunters iconic ‘God Make Me Funky’ featuring vocals by The Pointer Sisters. It comes in at 4 minutes, and has only previously been issued as a rare Promotional only 45 in 1975 and has never been reissued on any format since. The original version is on sale on Discogs for £150.

Popol Vuh – Cobra Verde

What is it: LP (Green Vinyl)
Why buy it: This is the OST to Werner Herzog’s film Cobra Verde, created by pioneers of German avant garde electronic music, is a tantalising listen. Out of print since 1987, now back available as a gorgeously packaged deluxe vinyl edition, exclusively for Record Store Day 2017. Strictly limited to 1000 copies on green vinyl with printed insert and extensive liner notes. A necessary purchase for both Popol Vuh fans and Herzog collectors.

Penguin Cafe & Cornelius

What is it: LP
Why buy it: The combination of Penguin Cafe on piano and strings and Japanese producer Cornelius mastering the electronic soundscape makes for an enticing Umbrella EP. Made exclusively for Record Store Day, the pair reworked and reimagined existing tracks of their own, alongside two new Penguin Cafe songs. Limited to an edition of 1000 copies worldwide.

Sun Ra – Hello Mr. Schimmel

What is it: 7″
Why buy it: A very special release: A previously unreleased Sun Ra solo piano improvisation recorded in June 1990 during an interview with presenter and DJ Jez Nelson at the studios of Jazz FM in London.

Marc Bolan and T Rex live for Record Store Day 2017

A live Marc Bolan and T.Rex album was never released during Marc’s lifetime. He claimed that he felt it unfair to expect fans to buy the same material more than once, and a multitude of contractual problems also kept his hands tied. This has often been due to the quality of the source tapes , a problem that has been largely unavoidable.

For this first release on vinyl the sound has been cleaned up as far as is possible without altering what was recorded. The 1977 ‘Dandy In The Underworld’ tour, which featured The Damned as the support, was Marc Bolan’s most successful since 1972, receiving widespread acclaim from previously hostile critics, and earning Bolan a whole new credibility amongst the burgeoning punk audience. It is from this final tour that these recordings are taken.

Despite extensive research over many years, a tape of the final three songs from The Rainbow has remained elusive. In order to present as complete a document of the final T.Rex tour as is possible, we have used recordings of the three missing Rainbow songs from the last date of the “Dandy In The Underworld” tour, Portsmouth Locarno on 20th March 1977.

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A live Marc Bolan and T.Rex album was never released during Marc’s lifetime. He claimed that he felt it unfair to expect fans to buy the same material more than once, and a multitude of contractual problems also kept his hands tied. This has often been due to the quality of the source tapes – a problem that has been largely unavoidable. For this first release on vinyl the sound has been cleaned up as far as is possible without altering what was recorded.

The 1977 ‘Dandy In The Underworld’ tour, which featured The Damned as the support, was Marc Bolan’s most successful since 1972, receiving widespread acclaim from previously hostile critics, and earning Bolan a whole new credibility amongst the burgeoning punk audience. It is from this final tour that these recordings are taken. On 18th March 1977, Marc Bolan and the latest incarnation of T.Rex brought their successful Spring tour to the Rainbow Theatre in north London. As the band crashed out the opening bars to “Jeepster”, few in the packed auditorium could have known that Bolan’s wheel had come full circle. As a boy in the 1950s he had visited this same building – used then as a cinema, the Finsbury Park Astoria – in the company of his older brother Harry Feld to see the movie “Jailhouse Rock”.

Despite extensive research over many years, a tape of the final three songs from The Rainbow has remained elusive. In order to present as complete a document of the final T.Rex tour as is possible, we have used recordings of the three missing Rainbow songs from the last date of the “Dandy In The Underworld” tour, Portsmouth Locarno on 20th March 1977. Whilst the Locarno tape suffers several faults, the songs included here feature the historic final UK performance of “Get It On”, with T.Rex joined on stage by The Damned.
Limited to just 2000! units.

TRACK LISTING

LP 1: Jeepster / Visions Of Domino / New York City / Soul Of My Suit / Groove A Little / Telegram Sam / Hang Ups
LP 2: Debora / I Love To Boogie / Teen Riot Structure / Dandy In The Underworld / Hot Love / Get It On [with The Damned]

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Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce the first official limited edition vinyl release of the album “For All The Fucked Children Of This World We Give You Spacemen 3” (Sonic Boom a.ka. Peter Kember (Spectrum / E.A.R.) and Jason Pierce (Spiritualized).“For All the Fucked Up Children” from the neo-psychedelic trio Spacemen 3 was first released as a bootleg record in 1995. The record consists of Spacemen 3’s first ever recording session from 1984.

The music itself sounds like a primitive version of what the group were to become; the dominating sound of the record is a slow, droning psychedelic blues performed with sparse instrumentation. A drum set is matched with a pair of distorted electric guitars, all of which provide a swirling foundation for Jason Pierce’s vocals. The album’s liner notes replicated here are actually an early review of the band by Gary Boldie, where he contemplates the city of Rugby and finds it an odd source for this new sound, and he declares Spacemen 3 as the “all singing, all dancing answer to the problems of a grey 1985.”

Presented in a shrinkwrapped limited edition (1,000 copies only) on heavyweight (180 gram) transparent milky white coloured vinyl with printed card inner sleeve exclusively released for Record Store Day 2017. TRACKLISTING: Side 1: 1. Things’ll Never Be The Same (4:53) 2. 2:35 (2.57) 3. Walkin’ With Jesus (4:03) 4. Fixin’To Die (8.06) Side 2: 5. T.V. Catastrophe (7.18) 6. Things’ll Never Be The Same (alternate mix)(4:40) 7. Walkin’ With Jesus (alternate mix) (4.00)

Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce an official limited edition vinyl release of the fourth and final Spacemen 3 studio album “Recurring”; the follow up to their seminal “Playing with Fire” album. By the time the album was recorded, relations between the band had soured to the extent that the record is essentially in two parts; the first five tracks on side ‘A’ written and performed by Sonic Boom a.ka. Peter Kember (Spectrum / E.A.R.), and the last five tracks on side ‘B’ written and performed by Jason Pierce (Spiritualized). The lead track from the album “Big City” recently featured on the season 27 premiere of ‘The Simpsons’ being the sound track to Homer Simpson’s wild night out on the town, mixing alcohol with prescription drugs.

Presented in a shrink-wrapped limited edition (1,000 copies only) on heavyweight (180 gram) solid red coloured vinyl with printed card inner sleeve exclusively released for Record Store Day 2017.

TRACKLISTING: Side 1: 1. Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here) (edited version) (10:50) 2. Just To See You Smile (Orchestral Mix) (3:19) 3. I Love You (5:32) 4. Set Me Free / I’ve Got the Key (5:11) 5. Set Me Free (Reprise) (1:50) Side 2: 6. Feel So Sad (Reprise) (2:46) 7. Hypnotized (5:57) 8. Sometimes (6:36) 9. Feelin’ Just Fine (Head Full of Shit) (4:33) 10. Billy Whizz / Blue 1 (edited version) (7:33)

Interstellar Overdrive” is an instrumental composition written and performed by Pink Floyd. The song was written in 1966, and is listed on their debut album, , released in 1967, clocking in at almost ten minutes in length.

With crazed musical mastermind Syd Barrett at the helm, Pink Floyd started the space race with this full tilt cosmic cacophony, and from there established an acid-soaked sound that would inspire generations of surreal psychedelic ensembles to come. Culled from their groundbreaking debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, it created a wash of distortion, improvisation and sonics that set heads spinning and audiences spiralling skyward.

The song originated when guitarist Syd Barrett heard the band’s manager Peter Jenner humming a song, which Barrett tried to interpret by playing it on his guitar. Musically sharing the same theme with “Astronomy Somine”, the piece was recorded in several takes between March and April 1967. An earlier, longer recording of the song can be heard on the soundtrack to the film “Tonite Lets All Make Love In London” which was recorded at Sound Technique Studios in early 1967, and was released in the same year. In October 31st anotherr session yielded a demo version of “Interstellar Overdrive” that eventually served as the soundtrack for “San Francisco”, a 15-minute documentary by filmmaker and Syd Barrett’s acquaintance Anthony Stern. Aside from its inclusion in the film, this recording, indeed, has never been officially released.

Pink Floyd will release this special 12-inch single to mark Record Store Day 2017.

They’ll launch Interstellar Overdrive – a previously unheard mono instrumental recording of the 1966 track – on April 15th on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl. It’ll play at 33⅓ RPM and will come with a fold-out poster and an A6 postcard featuring a classic image of the band taken while they were recording their debut single “Arnold Layne”.

A statement reads: “Written and performed by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason, Interstellar Overdrive is an unheard recording from 1966, running at a hefty 14 minutes 57 seconds long.

“The original recording was done at the Thomson Studio in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, on November 31st, 1966, before the band were signed to EMI. “A different, shorter version of the track appears on the band’s debut album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” Other versions of the track appear on various bootlegs.

The piece has been covered by acts such as T.Rex, Pearl Jam Hawkwind the Melvins, and Simon House.

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Bambu (The Caribou Sessions) features highlights from the recording sessions for the planned second album by Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys. Recorded in 1978 as the follow-up to Wilson’s classic Pacific Ocean Blue, these eclectic and ambitious recordings were left unreleased when Wilson died in 1983, and remained so until 2008. Now, the power and emotion of Wilson’s lost masterpiece can be heard on a newly designed 2LP set pressed on colored vinyl and featuring new liner notes by Ken Sharp.

Recorded in ’78 as a follow up to “Pacific Ocean Blue”. Unreleased until 2008. Double, gatefold, coloured Vinyl with new liner notes by Ken Sharp.

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On November 18th, 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band made their first concert appearance outside of America, at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. “Born to Run” had been released three months earlier, and Springsteen had famously appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek three weeks before the Hammersmith gig–was the rest of the world finally ready for him?

More than 40 years later, Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 answers with a resounding “yes”–and now, for the first time on vinyl, fans can experience the magic of that unforgettable night.

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