After last week’s article lambasting Record Store Day we revert to RSD type with Josh Nicol telling us about his pick of the bunch of reissues and special releases.
On Saturday April 18th, music lovers will again head to Britain’s independent stores for Record Store Day. Now in its eighth year, Record Store Day is an annual event which celebrates independent record shops through the release of limited edition vinyl, CD’s and cassettes – exchanged for actual money. Despite becoming the target of recent criticism, Record Store Day should still be celebrated for its important role in a recent vinyl revival, and its being the saving grace for a number of independent shops on the looming verge of demise, and though it might be seen as slightly pretentious, nerdy and even farcical event, Record Store Day is still serving its purpose well. With this year’s event shaping up to be the most exciting to date, here are 10 of the best Record Store Day 2015 releases:
David Bowie – Changes
It wouldn’t be Record Store Day without a David Bowie re-release and this year promises to be no different. This year, 1972 single Changes, is next in line to be given a seven-inch picture disc reissue. Featuring the singer’s iconic chorus stutter and limited to just 3,000 vinyl pressings, Changes is one of Bowie’s most well-loved songs and will be highly sought after come April 18th.
The Dells – It’s All Up to You / Wear It on Your Face
Essential for any avid northern soul collectors, this doubled sided seven-inch pressing by American R&B and soul band the Dells is limited to just 1,000 copies. Featuring obscure arrangements and an explosion of smooth soul, It’s All Up to You was written and produced by the Dells’ northern soul counterpart Terry Callier. The second side of this reissue includes 1968 single Wear It On Your Face which proved to be an important R&B hit, that Paul Weller states as a significant influence.
Johnny Marr – I feel you/ ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’
The Manchester guitar hero is celebrating this year’s Record Store Day with a numbered limited edition seven-inch release – a cover of one of Depeche Mode’s I Feel You which features the former Smiths man at his most powerful solo best. The B-side features a live version of classic Smiths song Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want recorded at Manchester Apollo in October 2014. Essential for all Smiths completists, this release is Limited to 1,000 copies only.
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (picture disc LP)
Renowned as not just one of the best debuts of all time, but one of the great albums of the last 50 years, the Sex Pistols debut is being restored as a picture disc LP for Record Store Day 2015. Mastered from the original tapes, the yellow and pink picture disc artwork is based on the rare 1978 picture disc release. In 1977, the Sex Pistols spearheaded a brand new and pioneering British punk scene, and with John Lydon at the helm, they had perhaps the most volatile man in Britain, ready to attack middle-class mediocrity and the establishment.
Sleaford Mods – Tiswas EP (12″)
The mouthy Nottingham duos 2014 EP has been re-packaged as a 12-inch picture disc for Record Store Day 2015. As one of the most talked about and exciting groups of last year, Sleaford Mods vent their working-class frustration through singer/shouter/speaker Jason Williamson’s ruthless social commentary, which sits somewhere in-between the region of vivid and monopolizing yet totally side-splitting. This EP is limited to 1,000 copies and features 5 studio songs including the title track lifted from 2014 album Divide and Exit.
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy, Live.
2013 saw the Jesus & Mary Chain reissue the band’s iconic debut record as a paint-splattered vinyl for Record Store Day, yet this year sees Psychocandy being released as a live version, recorded at Glasgow Barrowlands during their November 2014 tour. As an important part of the late ‘80s independent music scene, the Scottish band’s breakthrough album was an important influence on shoegaze and alternative rock, and their ability to successfully fuse loud guitars but with melody and a conventional structure was equally impressive. Quite simply one of the finest and most important guitar records of the 1980s.
Wilson, Frank / Chris Clark – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) (7″)
Just about the rarest and coveted northern soul record of all time, this Frank Wilson re-release will be highly sought-after come Record Store Day. Originally released on Soul, Motown’s subsidiary label, Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) was Wilson’s only Motown release, before the Texas singer produced and wrote various notable Motown hits, including the Supreme’s Stoned Love. As one of the most bootlegged tracks of all time, this official re-issue of the soul stomper is an essential buy for all northern soul collectors.
Wytches, The / Hooton Tennis Club – Wastybois / Barstool Blues (7″)
Legendary independent label Heavenly Recordings are putting out a split 7-inch vinyl for Record Store Day, featuring two of the labels most exciting bands. Peterborough three-piece, the Wytches only released their long-awaited debut last August, and the psych-rockers are following up last year’s release with Wastybois, a special four-track home recording exclusive to Record Store Day. Hooton Tennis Club, however, are almost brand new, and with just their debut single to their name, the Merseyside band have already caught the attention of BBC 6 Music and have drawn comparisons to Parquet Courts and Teenage Fan Club. The four-piece are set to release Barstool Blues, a Bill Ryder-Jones produced Neil Young cover and will be performing an in-store set at Rough Trade East on Record Store Day.
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