This year’s Record Store Day marks 15 years of supporting indie record stores. Launched on April 19th, 2008, the annual event is a collector’s dream. Featuring artists from the Allman Brothers to Jimmy Cliff, these exclusive vinyls are sure to fly off the shelves. To assist in your Record Store Day planning, we put together a list of over 40 exclusive releases, distributed by The Orchard, that will be hitting stores on Saturday, April 23. Make sure to grab yours at your local record store before it’s too late!
*Update: these releases will now be coming out June 18
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Madonna (Svart Records)
A new transparent yellow vinyl is available for this 1999 art-rock classic.
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – The Century Of Self (Svart Records)
A new transparent blue vinyl is available for this 1999 art-rock classic.
Allman Brothers Band – CREAM OF THE CROP 2003 – HIGHLIGHTS, 2003 (Peach Records)
A collection of the best Allman Brothers Band performances was pulled from six live shows via the band’s Peach Records. This collection includes 36 tracks recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003 across tour stops in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Darien Center, New York, Hartford, Charlotte and Raleigh, with no song repeated. The 2003 iteration of the Allman Brothers band – founding members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks plus Warren Haynes, Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge, and Derek Truck – would prove to be the longest-running line-up and most consistent in its live performances. Guest musicians on four Cream Of The Crop 2003 songs include Susan Tedeschi, Karl Denson and Branford Marsalis. The tracks were originally recorded for the “Instant Live” CD series where the CDs were burned in real-time and fans could picked up copies of the concert immediately after the show. These shows capture the group at full throttle. For this collection, Warren Haynes serves as Supervising Producer, longtime manager Bert Holman as Executive Producer, with Bill Levenson and John Lynskey as Associate Producers. Cream of the Crop is dedicated in honor of Gregg Allman (1947 – 2017).
America – History 180 Gram Translucent Blue Audiophile Vinyl (Friday Music)
Friday Music is very pleased to announce for the very first time on translucent blue audiophile vinyl: History/America’s Greatest Hits. Mastered impeccably from the original Warner tapes by Joe Reagoso (America/Doobie Brothers/Yes), this rock classic truly stands out amongst audiophiles. Containing even more of their classic hit singles and solid album tracks like “Sandman,” “Woman Tonight,” and “Only In Your Heart,” this vinyl is sure to truly resonate with collectors. Original artwork designed by the late Phil Hartmann. The legendary rock superstars America burst onto the rock music scene in the early seventies with their much revered classic debut America (Friday Music 9001) featuring “A Horse With No Name” which forever changed the lives of the popular rock trio. Produced by the legendary George Martin (The Beatles), this 1976 platter was filled with a generous helping of their most popular hit singles and album tracks from many smash albums like Homecoming (Friday Music 9013), Hearts and Holiday. The twelve-track masterpiece is loaded with original hit tracks like “A Horse With No Name”, “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “I Need You,” and even more classics like “Daisy Jane” and “Lonely People”. One of the most popular albums in their career, History/America’s Greatest Hits went on to collect multiplatinum accolades since its 1976 release.
Billy Bragg – Life’s A Riot With Spy vs Spy (30th Anniversary Edition) (Cooking Vinyl)*
A colored orange vinyl version of the 30th-anniversary edition of Billy’s debut album with numbered releases exclusively on vinyl.
Bomba Estereo – Live In Dublin (Nacional Records)
A live album from the Grammy and seven-time Latin Grammy-nominated Bogota party band, Bomba Estereo are noted for their fusion of electronica, dub and hip-hop with additional hints of Colombian cumbia and champeta. This release was originally recorded on the 2009 tour in support of their breakthrough album Blow Up. The album led by the single “Fuego” catapulted the band onto the international scene. This live set makes its physical debut on splattered colored vinyl.
Charlie Benante – Moving Pitchers (Megaforce)
Charlie follows up on his acclaimed Silver Linings quarantine album with an EP featuring 5 songs and an all-star lineup.
Christian McBride, Conversations with Christian (Mack Avenue)
For the first time on vinyl, listed to Christian McBride featuring 13 duets with Angelique Kidjo, Regina Carter, Sting, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Hargrove, Dr. Billy Taylor, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Hank Jones, George Duke, Chick Corea, Russell Malone, Ron Blake, and Gina Gershon. Previously only on CD and digital. Limited Edition 2,500 colored.
Dave Davies – Kinked (Color 2LP) (Green Amp Records / Red River Entertainment)
Kinked is a compilation of Dave Davies’ work from the late ’90s and early 2000s. This disc features selections from the 1998 collection Unfinished Business: Dave Davies Kronikles 1963-1998. These account for a little under half of this 15-track collection; the rest contains selections from the 2000 live album Rock Bottom: Live at the Bottom Line (four tracks) and 2002’s studio album Bug (two cuts), plus a selection of relative rarities — “When the Wind Blows (Emergency),” which was written for the End Hunger Network in 1997, and a cover of George Harrison’s “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth,” which was for a 2003 Harrison tribute album — and a newly released tune, “God in My Brain,” which was written and recorded in 2006, after Davies recovered from a serious stroke.
Debbie Gibson – Lost in Your Eyes (STARGIRL Records)
This 12” vinyl features “The Duet with Joey McIntyre” and “Lost in Your Eyes”.
Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation (Cooking Vinyl)
New colored vinyl variant of the final 2016 studio album from pioneering metal band. A small number of releases will be available pressed on gold ripple vinyl.
Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Frankie and the Witch Fingers (Greenway Records)
RSD Exclusive color vinyl edition of 3000, remastered from original source tapes.
Geoff Tate – Kings & Thieves (Svart Records)
Available for the first time on vinyl in limited quantities, pressed in red with a gatefold sleeve.
girlhouse – The girlhouse EPs (Secret Road Records)
Side 1 will feature The girlhouse EP and Side 2 will be the second EP. This is the first physical version of these songs with an exclusive bonus track: “a lot.”
Hasaan Ibn Ali – Retrospect In Retirement Of Delay: The Solo Recordings (Omnivore Recordings)*
This pressing features 21 previously unissued solo tracks recorded between 1962–1965 and is produced for release by the team who brought you Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album. Packaging contains essays from Matthew Shipp, Alan Sukoenig, and Lewis Porter, plus previously unpublished photos.
Jimmy Cliff – Follow My Mind (LAW Records)
Vinyl re-press of 1975 album in colored vinyl; first known re-press since 1984.
Joss Stone – LP1 (Surfdog Records Inc.)
Produced by Dave Stewart and originally released July 2011, this album will be available on purple vinyl reissue with foil finish on lettering.
Kenny Garrett – Sketches of MD: Live at the Iridium (Mack Avenue)
Sketches of MD arrives for the first time on vinyl. The live concert recording also features Pharoah Sanders.
Kid Creole and The Coconuts – Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places (Rainman Records)
Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places is the second release from the long and continuing career of Kid Creole and The Coconuts. The 2021 remasters are reissued on vinyl some 35-40 years after their release. Fans will appreciate the all new and much-improved master. The exclusive pressing will be available on gold vinyl with hot stamped gold art on a glossy black jacket.
Kid Creole and The Coconuts – Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places (Rainman Records)
This exclusive package will include updated liner notes and new, unpublished photos.
Laura Nyro – Trees Of The Ages: Laura Nyro Live In Japan (Omnivore Recordings)
Previously available only in Japan, this vinyl includes live versions of the classics “And When I Die,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” and more.
Linda Hoover – I Need To Shine (Omnivore Recordings)*
This shelved and previously unissued 1970 album from Linda Hoover produced by Gary Katz features previously unheard songs from Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. In addition to Fagen and Becker playing on the record and doing all of the arrangements, other musical contributors include future Steely Dan members Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Denny Dias. The cover features the proposed original art shot by Joel Brodsky (The Doors, The Stooges, Van Morrison). The release was restored and mastered by multi-Grammy winner Michael Graves, and has received approval on all fronts from Hoover and Katz (who were involved in all aspects of the reissue).
Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson – The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words: With Vin Scelsa (The Bottom Line Record Company)
Culled from an evening that also included Suzanne Vega and Victoria Williams, there was perhaps no other pairing more perfectly suited to the In Their Own Words platform than this singular meeting of Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson. As much a course in music history and songwriting as a performance, and years before VH1’s Storytellers series, Allan Pepper and Vin Sclesa’s ITOW series afforded the audience a window into the minds of their favorite songsmiths, in a run that lasted from May of 1990 until March of 2003. The two writers in question were born and raised in very different worlds – Lou Reed in the jungles of New York City and Kris Kristofferson in the heart of the Southland. Still, both men demanded total artistic freedom and created raw, brutally honest art that addressed strikingly similar issues of struggles – with loneliness and alienation, addiction and recovery, love and loss, good and evil, vulnerability and hopelessness – painfully aware of contradictions and critical of hypocrisy, painting pictures of characters known or imagined, yet always finding the humanity in our faults and weaknesses during our darkest hours. Through the lens of their music, Lou and Kris view the human condition with a sense of humility and no small amount of humor, which was always close at hand.
Maxim Mental – F*cking EP (Dine Alone Records)
Co-written and produced by GRAMMY winner and longtime collaborator Will Yip (Code Orange, Title Fight, Turnstile), enjoy debut solo EP from Max Bemis of Say Anything. The timing will coincide perfectly with the release of the Maxim Mental full-length, making this a limited edition vinyl-only companion piece highly sought-after for Max’s variant collector fanbase. Manufactured to be in high demand, this RSD First exclusive variant will be pressed on translucent pink vinyl with an etched b-side and include alternate artwork, also exclusive to this RSD First variant.
Night Beats – Live At Valentine (Cooking Vinyl)*
Night Beats is the brain-child of native Texan, Danny Lee Blackwell. The soundtrack of a generation, the band’s R&B-inspired sound is a reckoning that leaves nothing but a cloud of red dust in its wake. Through the years Night Beats has garnered a reputation as one of the finest purveyors of contemporary rock’n’roll. It seems fitting therefore that they should record a set of material live at Los Angeles’ Valentine studios in March 2021 especially for RSD 2022. Get ready for some of the finest psychedelic and R&B-infused garage-rock sounds around.
Night Ranger – Wasted Time (Frontiers Music Srl)
Two unreleased, never before available tracks from the recording sessions of the band’s most recent release “ATBPO.”
Night Ranger – Somewhere In California (M-Theory Audio/Postseason Records)
To commemorate the album’s 10th anniversary, enjoy the first-ever vinyl release of the acclaimed tenth album by classic rock icons Night Ranger! Somewhere In California, which earned a rare 100% rating from MelodicRock.com and led to the band’s first appearance on the Billboard Top 200 in 23 years. The ’80s hard rockers — best known for the timeless anthems “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock In America” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” — returned to their original form with an album that measured up to the likes of the platinum classics “Midnight Madness” and “7 Wishes.” The album was the group’s first with guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and ushered in a decade that saw the band — who have sold more than 17 million records worldwide — achieve its highest visibility in years via tours with the likes of Journey, Def Leppard, Foreigner and Sammy Hagar.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Magic Secrets 2022 (Sour Mash Records)
This 7” features Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds demos “We’re Gonna Get There In The End” and “Trying To Find A World That’s Been And Gone: Part 1,” released digitally at short notice as a New Year’s goodwill message to the fans. A physical release of these tracks has been highly anticipated. These limited edition 7”s are individually numbered and feature exclusive artwork.
Ringo Starr – Ringo The 4th (Friday Music)
Often considered one of his best works of the late seventies, Ringo The 4th would become one of Ringo Starr’s most loved ventures. Featuring the classic singles “Drowning In The Sea Of Love” and “Wings”, Ringo The 4th truly captures the Beatles drummer and vocalist with a driving and eclectic album that continues to thrill generations of fans. Whenever Ringo Starr makes a record, there’s always ‘a little help from his (superstar) friends’ like producer Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, The Rascals), along with musicians the caliber of King Crimson bassist Tony Levin, the late great Luther Vandross, Bette Midler, David Bromberg, Melissa Manchester and David Foster. More classics are included like the dance floor rocker “Can She Do It Like She Dances” and a powerful version of Allen Toussaints’ “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley”, making this another great album from this legendary rock giant. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, this album will also be manufactured for a very limited time for the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Orange Vinyl!
Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer (Cooking Vinyl)
First ever colored vinyl and first ever RSD release for cult Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith’s most celebrated album. Produced by Bob Rock [Metallica, Bon Jovi and Michael Buble], Long Player Late Bloomer is Ron’s eleventh studio album and was recorded in Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. The album features a star-studded cast of musicians, such as guitarist Rusty Anderson [Paul McCartney], bassist Paul Bushnell [Elton John, No Doubt], keyboard player Jamie Edwards [Aimee Mann] and drummer Josh Freese [Devo, Nine Inch Nails].
The Catatonics – Hunted Down (Southern Lord)
Besides pioneering the original 1981/1982 Syracuse Hardcore scene, the classic Hunted Down EP is considered one of the first hardcore thrash/metal crossover releases, up there with COC or DRI and remains a sought after (and pricey) collector’s item 30+ years after its release. Often compared to Jerry’s Kids, SSD, Negative Approach and even Slayer, The Catatonics weren’t followers or imitators, rather period contemporaries. Although the wait has been decades in the making, Southern Lord Records will soon be reissuing Hunted Down as a 12” vinyl release with bonus tracks.
The Lord – Forest Nocturne (Southern Lord)
The very first solo album from Greg Anderson is an 8-song collection, taking cues from legendary film composers Bernard Herrmann and John Carpenter and injecting lethal doses of early 90s Scandinavian Death Metal. Attila Csihar lends putrid vocals to the track “Triumph of the Oak”. This limited edition vinyl was pressed by Third Man Records.
The Muffs – New Improved Kim Shattuck Demos (Omnivore Recordings)
This release features Kim Shattuck demos from The Muffs’ Really Really Happy album.The pressing is available in limited supply exclusively for Record Store Day and is packaged with liner notes from The Muffs’ Ronnie Barnett.
The Rationals – The Rationals (Prudential Music Group)*
The Rationals are one of the cornerstone bands of Detroit’s ever-storied rock history. Artists such as Bob Seger, Ted Nugent and Brownsville Station were influenced by The Rationals. Coming out of Ann Arbor in 1964, The Rationals gave an authentic R&B twist to the new rock ‘n roll styles of the British Invasion and broke through in 1965. The Rationals were firmly embedded in the Detroit music scene alongside such contemporaries as MC5, The Stooges, Bob Seger System and the Amboy Dukes. Their matured sound included touches of soul, hard rock, psychedelia, and the blues which spawned classic originals as “Guitar Army” and showcased their soulful talents on covers such as “Temptation ‘Bout To Get Me”. This reissue of the 1970 LP has been remastered and pressed on Orange & Yellow Splatter Vinyl, Manufactured at Third Man Pressing in Detroit, MI.
The Sweet – Platinum Rare VOL 2 (Prudential Music Group)*
Platinum Rare VOL 2 captures the four founding and original members of the legendary Glam/Hard Rock band The Sweet. This rare collection comes from the personal vault of The Sweet lead guitarist Andy Scott. Fans worldwide will be amazed by the rarity of the alternate takes and mixes. This is a must-have for any glam/hard rock collector.
The Walkmen – Lisbon (Fat Possum Records)
Secure this deluxe edition of the band’s 2010 release Lisbon including 9 B-sides recorded by Jon Congleton and Chris Zane, housed in a gatefold jacket with artwork designed by the band.
Warrior Soul – Odds & Ends (Prudential Music Group)*
Warrior Soul’s worldwide fan base is going to snap up this exclusive red vinyl LP. This record is full of never-before-released outtakes from the band many still consider the voice of a generation.
Suzanne Vega – Close-Up Extras (Cooking Vinyl)
This vinyl features 12 tracks originally recorded as part of the `Close Up’ series of acoustic reimaginings of Suzanne’s favorite songs in 2010-2014.
Ryan Hamilton – 1221 (Wicked Cool Records)
1221 was previously only available digitally, so collectors can look forward to a unique new way to listen to Ryan Hamilton’s LP this record store day. The 12 inch disc features two sides: the first with hits like “How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me)” and “Deja Vu,” and side two featuring “Big Man,” “Permanent Holiday,” and more.
Tesseract – Polaris (Kscope)
This exclusive 12 inch Vinyl shows off the best of Tesseract’s critically acclaimed 2015 debut album for Kscope. Containing the songs “Dystopia,” “Hexes,” “Survival,” “Tourniquet,” and more, the LP is a must-buy for record collectors.