Annual Record Store Day is finally here. The day record collectors look forward to all year, where artists, bands, collectors and record labels come together at over 700 independent record stores the world over to offer fans a variety of totally cool collectible stuff.
There’s samplers from the really cool music labels like Rhino and Sub Pop, T-shirts, buttons, Coachella festival stuff, and hundreds of rare vinyl packages. There’s also a limited edition RPM vinyl figure designed by Frank Kozik, special Box Sets and rare picture discs.
There’s 7-inch vinyl singes from this year’s Record Store Day ambassabor Ozzy Osborne, Beach Boys, Phish, Pearl Jam, The Doors, Queen, R.E.M., Rush, Derek and the Dominos, Sean Lennon, AC/DC, Roy Orbison, Rolling Stones and Buck Owens, among others.
There’s vinyl LPS from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Television, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Big Star, My Morning Jacket and Dio, among many others.
A few of my favorite vinyl releases this year are the 40th anniversary of the legendary Derek and the Dominos album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. Several special digitally remastered editions are being released to celebrate this landmark album.
Besides the digital versions and a single CD remaster, a double vinyl LP album with the original artwork is available. There’s also a 7-inch single with new vocals by Bobby Whitlock on “Got To Get Better In A Little While” (b/w “Layla.”) The super-deluxe box will also be available.
Eric Clapton’s classic 1992 Unplugged double album is also remastered and will only be available in limited quantities, and includes two LPs pressed on 180 gram vinyl. It features the complete original show, including Clapton’s acoustic re-working of Derek and the Dominos’s “Layla.”
Here’s a few of my favorite record stores in Texas:
Sundance Records in San Marcos is Central Texas’ longest running record store, in business since 1977. Their eclectic collection of all genres of music will blow you away. Check out their Facebook Page!
Record Store Day Website RecordStoreDay.com
Facebook Page facebook.com/RecordStoreDay
Their official YouTube Channel has video of indie record stores from all over the world, including the UK and Australia.
Saturday, April 16th, 2011
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in New Releases