The tenth annual Record Store Day is on April 22nd this year. I’m a big fan of RSD, but it does get a bad rap in some quarters, mainly due to opportunist cock-ends buying up the most wanted items and flipping them online. Regardless, indie record stores across the world say it’s their busiest day of the year, and I’m all for that.
While the official releases list hasn’t been announced, there was a leak of the supposed USA product last week, the contents of which have not been confirmed. The official list will be published next Tuesday, the 19th, but here are a number of exclusives that we known will be on it:
David Bowie – Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74) LP
This is a triple-LP set taking in a full gig from the Diamond Dogs Tour in September 1974. There are 20 songs over 5 sides of vinyl, with the sixth side housing an etching of the Diamond Dogs-era Bowie logo. The album has been newly mixed by longtime Bowie associate Tony Visconti.
Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing
All The Young Dudes
Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me
Knock On Wood
It’s Gonna Be Me
The Jean Genie
Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)
David Bowie logo etching
David Bowie – Bowpromo
This collection received a limited release back in 1971, and features alternate versions of tracks that eventually wound up on the Hunky Dory album. According to davidbowie.com, “This RSD, one-sided release faithfully replicates the original promo featuring Bowie’s seven tracks plus five exclusive Bowie prints and new sleeve notes regarding the original promo, all housed in a special presentation box”
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.18)
Eight Line Poem (2.59)
It Ain’t Easy (3.04)
Queen Bitch (3.21)
Bombers/Andy Warhol Intro (3.39)
Paul McCartney – Flowers In The Dirt: The Cassette Demos With Elvis Costello
Paul’s 1989 album Flowers In The Dirt is receiving a deluxe edition reissue on March 24th, including a download link to several demo tracks. It was announced yesterday that Macca is to release a limited edition cassette of three of these demos especially for Record Store Day 2017:
You can see the tracklist in the picture above. Must be on a C15 cassette, didn’t know they made them. Couldn’t he have put all the demos on it? Maccaficionados are incensed that all these demos aren’t included on a physical disc within the box set, and putting just three of them on a tape in a limited run seems like nose-thumbing. Anyway, he’s a Beatle, he can do what he wants.
That’s all the confirmed product for now, more as we get ’em!