Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Toto, Andre 3000, Robert Johnson, Coheed and Cambria, Dennis Wilson, Harry Nilsson, Moondog, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Pearl Jam and more are among the 2017 Record Store Day releases. Now in its tenth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture held on the third Saturday in April which is April 22nd this year. RSD has named St. Vincent as Record Store Day’s Madame Ambassador 2017.
A few RSD releases have already been announced such as U2, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney. Here are a few other highlights. The entire list can be viewed here.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 – 4 LP 12″ vinyl – Numbered
On November 18, 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.
Toto – “Africa”/”Rosanna” Picture Disc – LP 12″ vinyl
Two of Toto’s biggest hits–the chart-topping “Africa” and Grammy Award-winning smash “Rosanna”–return to vinyl on a special recreation of a limited edition, die-cut, Africa-shaped picture disc originally released in 1982, featuring a map of the continent on the A-side and an image of actress Rosanna Arquette, the inspiration for “Rosanna,” on the B-side. This is the first release in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Toto, one of the best-selling and most virtuosic rock bands of all time.
Santana – Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 – LP 12″ black vinyl
When Santana took the stage at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair on August 16, 1969, the group was virtually unknown outside of the thriving Bay Area music scene. By the time they triumphantly closed their set, they were one of the festival’s biggest surprises. Santana delivered a career-making performance melding Latin rock and bruising blues that readied the world for the band’s platinum-selling debut album, released weeks later. Santana Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 takes listeners back to that jaw-dropping show, pressed on vinyl for the first time.
Alice in Chains – “Get Born Again”/”What the Hell Have I” – Two 7″ black vinyl singles – gatefold
This special Alice in Chains 45 RPM double 7″ single collects four hard-hitting tracks remastered and available on vinyl for the first time. “What the Hell Have I” and “A Little Bitter,” released on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Last Action Hero” in 1993, were the first to feature new bassist Mike Inez, who’d played with Ozzy Osbourne for five years. “Get Born Again” and “Died,” released on the box set Music Bank in 1999, were the band’s final recordings with original vocalist Layne Staley.
Pearl Jam – “State of Love and Trust”/”Breath” – 7″ black vinyl single
First heard 25 years ago on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s Singles, Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust” and “Breath” are coupled on 45 RPM 7″ vinyl for the first time. The double platinum soundtrack album exposed mainstream audiences to the burgeoning Seattle grunge scene, and helped establish bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. Pearl Jam will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live At Carnegie Hall – 2 LP 12″ vinyl
Stevie Ray Vaughan celebrated his 30th birthday in style in 1984, turning New York’s Carnegie Hall into a blistering Texas roadhouse for a sold out audience. Backed by Double Trouble (bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton) and featuring an all-star guest list that included Dr. John on piano and organ, brother Jimmie Vaughan on guitar and horn players from Roomful of Blues, it’s easy to hear why SRV deemed the show his “best birthday ever, forever.” Live At Carnegie Hall is available as a limited 2 LP opaque brown vinyl set, exclusively for Record Store Day.
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