Ah yes. Record Store Day. That fake holiday that doesn’t give, but instead, takes. It’s coming again this year, and pandemic be damned, they are going ahead with the traditional April 23rd time frame. None of the periodic “drops” throughout the year that minimized virus transmission. Nope, it’s back to the “piranha feeding frenzy” of a table with a mass of undulating, Amoeba-like humanity clustered around it, desperately trying to grasp their selected release with their flailing limbs. Yeah. I know that sounds more romantic than it is, but I’m an old softie.
After several years on not bothering, I had to admit that the last two RSD events were particularly nice at my local emporium. There were three items I wanted. I got them with a minimum of fuss. And had it been that civil in the years immediately prior, I might have not studiously avoided the day for so long. So what is it that piques my interest this year? A few things on the US list seem interesting.
Blondie: Sunday Girl 2×7“
Here’s something different from Blondie. Their single “Sunday Girl” in an atypical [for America] 2×7″ with four different versions of the song on each side. Two of them unreleased live takes.
Purchase factor: interesting, but no
David Bowie: Brilliant Adventures CD EP
Gasp! My heart!! A RSD release on the unhip CD format?! I need to buy this on principle! Four loose tracks from the “Outside” sessions, so they’re unrelated to the live series of albums that irritated countless Bowie fans a while back. And two live tracks with Bowie and Mike Garson doing a benefit in 1995. Yes sir!
purchase factor: if I see one
David Bowie: Toy CD EP
A second Bowie EP with alternative track versions that didn’t make it to the “Toy” extravaganza released in January. And three radio session tracks previously only available as DLs.
purchase factor: if I see one
Camera Obscura: Making Money US LP
B-sides + rarities from the gorgeously winsome Scot band’s time on 4AD. I still need more of their music. Seeing them live was a gift.
purchase factor: holding out for CD
Echo + The Bunnymen: B-Sides + Live [2001-2005] 2xLP
Here’s an interesting look at a very specific Bunnymen era given a little love on wax. I’ve not heard a peep out of EATB since their eponymous album in the 80s, but one day…
purchase factor: admire from afar
Erasure: NeEP 12″/DL/CD
Here’s something wacky from Erasure. A new 12″ EP with four cuts no on their latest album but from the sessions. Then, there’s a CD in the sleeve with remixes of the tracks. You also get a high-res DL of the 12″ tracks not on the CD. Weird.
purchase factor: impulse buy if I see it [depends on price]
Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Altered Reel LP
More sweepings from the ZTT editing room floor with cassette versions of “Relax” and “Two Tribes” on wax for the 1st time. Released on June 18th due to the Vinyl Bubble.
purchase factor: Waiting for that ZTT Hard Drive of GOD™
Kid Creole + The Coconuts: Fresh Fruit In Foreign Places CD
Wow! A new issue of this which I have needed for…forever. On LP or CD, thanks! Buy anything August Darnell ever recorded, basically.
purchase factor: I may get an old used CD of this if they’re cheaper
Johnny Marr: Spirit, Power + Soul 12″
A Vince Clarke remix of the track from Marr’s new “Fever Dreams Parts 1-4” album. The B-side is “Human,” straight from the album by the looks of it
purchase factor: there’s no “there” there. Maybe if it had a non-LP B-side, like earlier Marr 7″ers.
Lou Reed: I’m So Free The 1971 RCA Demos LP
Now this looks pretty cool. Post VU/Pre-Bowie demos of early Lou Reed material. Possibly lacking in the distinctive Lou Reed “branding” and all about the songs.
purchase factor: If I see one, I’ll buy it
Simple Minds: 5×5 Live 3xLP
Simple Minds world-straddling 2012 live album where they only played their best material form the first six albums on LP [colored red, white + blue] for the first time. Great to have this back in print as this was THE Live Simple Minds album to own. Shocked to see this over in The States.
purchase factor: Already have the CD! Ixnay on the inylvay!
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