Record Store Day is almost upon us again! My wife might tell you that every day is Record Store Day for me, but honestly, this is like Santa Claus coming in April, and I just can’t help myself. Similar to past years, I will probably wake up way too early and spend way too much money, but such is the life of a music junkie.
As RSD continues to gain in popularity, and the number of releases increases, with several record labels hoping to cash in on anything and everything they can, it’s becoming harder to separate the wheat from the chaff. The following albums are the releases that I’m most excited about this year.
Heartworn Highways- 40th Anniversary Edition Box Set
I recently saw this documentary about Outlaw Country for the first time. I was hooked by the opening scene of Larry Jon Wilson playing Ohoopee River Bottomland in the studio. “It’s not a licks song. It’s a groove.” I’m looking forward to getting my grubby hands on this deluxe reissue. It looks like Light In the Attic has gone overboard with the handcrafted wooden box and 80-page book, not to mention whiskey colored vinyl. Looks deliciously good.
The James Brown Revue- Get Down At The Apollo With the J.B.s
I honestly don’t know much about this release, but I’ve been kicking myself for not picking up the J.B.’s release from a couple of years ago. I’m hoping this will be an excellent funky consolation. I mean, how can you go wrong with James Brown at the Apollo in the early 70s?
The Third Power- Believe
I’m a sucker when it comes to obscure psychedelic rock from the late 60s and early 70s, and this is right in my wheelhouse. The Third Power came out of Detroit and sound kinda like a mashup of the MC5 and Cream. Pressed on red vinyl, I can’t wait to hear this blasting from my stereo speakers.
Allen Toussaint- Live in Philadelphia 1975
Allen Toussaint’s album Life, Love, and Faith from 1972 is one of my favorite albums of all time, so this live release recorded a few years later with members of the Funky Meters sounds like a dream come true. There’s something about New Orleans that can not be explained in words, but I’m betting this album is able to say it.
The Bevis Frond- Miasma
I don’t know what to say about this, other than it’s my left field pick. These guys just landed on my radar, and I don’t think I can even classify them. I’ve read that it’s guitar driven, British neo-psych from the 1980s. I’m sold. This will be a small batch release, so I hope I’m lucky enough to snag a copy.
Grateful Dead- Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 4/25/77
I don’t think the Dead have missed a RSD release yet, so I tend to err on the side of caution with most of their RSD releases, but this one looks tasty. My first Dead bootleg was a cassette tape from Cornell University recorded May ’77. The band was pumping out the magic that spring, and I hope this Rhino release captures some of it.
Third Man Records can basically open up my wallet and take all my money. I don’t care, as long as they keep the rock n’ roll coming. I’ve heard bootlegs of these Peel Sessions, and I’m chomping at the bit to hear an official release. Pressed on red & white vinyl, I know this is gonna sound raw and amazing. Gimme.
So that’s my shopping list next weekend. Are you going digging on RSD? Please let me know what you’re excited about. What am I missing? Let me hear from you in the comments section. Rock on.