Warner Bros. Records will offer up a slew of exclusive Record Store Day releases for artists ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Black Keys to Metallica, Eric Clapton and Wilco.
National Record Store Day, which falls on April 21 this year, celebrates the culture of the more than 700 independently owned records stores in the U.S. The event celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, and participating stores host to in-store events, performances and signings and sell special product releases. For more information, visit www.recordstoreday.com.
The Black Keys, “El Camino” deluxe vinyl album. Cut for vinyl from the master tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Pallas for sonic perfection. This RSD exclusive package also contains a bonus CD, a limited edition poster, and a two-song 45 RPM 7-inch single featuring previously unreleased live tracks “Sister” and “Money Maker.”
Gary Clark Jr., “Gary Clark Jr. Presents HWUL Cuts Vol. I” 12-inch vinyl single. A RSD exclusive contains two previously unreleased live tracks, “If You Love Me Like You Say” and “Bright Lights” capture over twenty minutes of music from one of the most anticipated guitar players in music today. This first-ever vinyl release from Clark is sure to be sought out by fans and collectors alike. Cut at 45 rpm by Bernie Grundman Mastering for the very best in analog sound quality and presentation.
Eric Clapton, “Blues” deluxe vinyl album box set. Released to critical acclaim leading up to RSD’s Back To Black Friday 2011, this limited edition box set is close to selling out. The set includes all three of Eric Clapton’s seminal blues albums, “From The Cradle,” “Riding With The King” (with B.B. King) and “Me And Mr. Johnson,” remastered from original source material for vinyl. First-time vinyl versions of these albums afford the listener a new audio experience. Little more than 1,000 of these audiophile box sets are left.
Common, “The Dreamer/The Believer,” 12-inch vinyl album. This limited-edition offering features exclusive album art of Common’s ninth studio album. “The Dreamer/The Believer” reunites Common with producer No. I.D.
Wilco/Billy Bragg, “Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions,” three CDs and one DVD. Nonesuch Records will release “Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions,” which includes: “Mermaid Avenue,” “Mermaid Avenue Vol. II” (re-mastered) and “Mermaid Avenue Vol. III,” which comprises 17 previously unreleased recordings made during the Mermaid Avenue sessions. This set also includes director Kim Hopkins’ 1999 film “Man in the Sand,” which documents the sessions, and a 48-page booklet that features new liner notes by Nora Guthrie, full lyrics, archival photographs and facsimiles of lyric sheets and sketches by Woody Guthrie.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., “We Almost Lost Detroit,” 12″ vinyl EP. Contains three remixes and three covers, including Madonna’s “Like A Prayer,” “I Think Of You” by Sixto Rodriguez (both exclusive to this release only) and the memorable Gil Scott Heron cover “We Almost Lost Detroit” from the group’s debut album, “It’s A Corporate World.” Features remixes by Stepdad, Phantasmagoria and Chuck Daniels. This six-song single disc is cut at 45 RPM by Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Disturbed, “The Collection” vinyl album box set. This five-album, six-disc offering of the band’s complete studio album discography features “The Sickness” (2000), Believe (2002), Ten Thousand Fists (2005), Indestructible (2008), and Asylum (2010). A career retrospective spanning ten years and 18 Billboard Top 100 hits of sophisticated and life-altering heavy music. For this box set, each album has been carefully mastered and pressed on 140-gram vinyl for the very best in audio quality. Each album has been meticulously showcased in a stunning art presentation that is unique and exclusive to this release. This is a limited edition box of only 2500 units worldwide.
Dr. John, “Locked Down,” vinyl album. This is the latest album from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame-inducted boogie and blues pianist. Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, “Locked Down” is slated to be released April 3, 2012, on Nonesuch Records.
Fleetwood Mac, “Fleetwood Mac,” deluxe and standard vinyl editions. Originally released in 1975, this album represented the rebirth of the band with the addition of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. It served as a second debut of sorts for a group firmly rooted in the rock genre that was now reinventing itself into a pop-rock force. The album includes the iconic songs “Rhiannon,” “Say You Love Me” and “Over My Head.” Cut for vinyl at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original analog tapes and pressed in both 33 RPM and 45 RPM for the very best in audio presentation.
Jeff The Brotherhood, “Upstairs at United Vol. 3,” 12-inch vinyl EP. This release is a three-song EP of Jeff The Brotherhood as a five-piece band (recorded live to tape) performing “Master Of The Universe” by Hawkwind (from the album of the same name), a brain-melting new track called “In Space, Nobody Can Hear You Scream” plus a reprised ”cover” of ”I’m A Freak.” Pressed at 45 RPM for greater sonic impact at United Record Pressing and distributed by URP Music Distributors and 453 Music.
Kimbra, “Settle Down,” deluxe CD EP. International newcomer Kimbra’s digital EP is being re-released as a physical CD just in time for RSD and her tour with Gotye. The five-song release, which now includes the sultry “Good Intent,” also features title track “Settle Down” as well as a remix of “Cameo Lover”.
Metallica, “Beyond Magnetic,” 12-inch color vinyl EP. “Beyond Magnetic” consists of four outtakes from the 2008 “Death Magnetic” sessions. It’s available for the first time on silver vinyl, just for Record Store Day. Previously unreleased on vinyl; includes a limited-edition Metallica sticker.
Mastodon/Feist, “A Commotion”/”Black Tongue,” 7-inch vinyl single. This very exclusive pressing features Mastodon covering the Feist song, “A Commotion,” while Feist covers Mastodon’s “Black Tongue.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Stadium Arcadium,” deluxe 180-gram vinyl box set. Create to commemorate The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2012 induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, this classic deluxe box set of the band’s first No. 1 album will be specially priced for Record Store Day. The deluxe package was mastered for vinyl by Steve Hoffman and includes two 16-page booklets: “Jupiter” and “Mars.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers won four Grammy® Awards for “Stadium Arcadium” — Best Rock Album, Best Boxed Or Special Limited-Edition Package, and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group for the chart-topping single “Dani California.”
Ximena Sarinana: “Maps”/”La Llorona,” 7-inch vinyl single. This two-song 7-inch single features two audio tracks: “Maps,” a Yeah Yeah Yeah’s cover, from Rolling Stone Live and “La Llorona,” a Latin America folk song from KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” This is a special release to celebrate Sarinana’s 2012 Coachella appearance.
Regina Spektor, “The Prayer of François Villon (Molitva)”/”Old Jacket (Stariy Pedjak),” 7-inch white vinyl single. This RSD exclusive features two B-sides from Regina’s upcoming album, “What We Saw From The Cheap Seats,” due in May 2012. This single, which was mastered by Bob Ludwig, features two songs originally penned by Russian poet/musician Bulat Okudzhava and are performed in Russian.
Tegan and Sara, “Get Along,” 12-inch white vinyl album. This Record Store Day exclusive has never before been available on vinyl. Featuring music from the 2011 “Get Along” release, “Get Along” is comprised of 15 favorites including “Alligator,” “Call It Off,” “Monday Monday Monday” and “Sentimental Tune.”
SIDE BY SIDE 2012 SERIES
This continues Warner Bros. Records “Side by Side” series first introduced in 2011. All are exclusive for Record Store Day on uniquely colored and extremely limited-edition 7-inch vinyl singles, featuring Warner Bros. artists covering other historic and personally influential iconic artists. This year’s series includes:
The Flaming Lips/Mastodon, “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton,” 7-inch baby pink vinyl single. The mighty Mastodon faithfully covers the Lips’ classic “Spoonful Weighs a Ton,” from “The Soft Bulletin” album.
Sara Watkins (featuring Fiona Apple)/The Everly Brothers, “You’re The One I Love,” 7-inch olive green with blue/black splatter vinyl single. Sara Watkins covers The Everly Brothers’ classic “You’re The One I Love” and features co-vocals from Fiona Apple. This cut is from Watkins’ new full-length album, “Sun Midnight Sun,” which will be available later this spring.
Michael Bublé/Ray Charles, “Georgia On My Mind,” 7-inch Georgia Peach vinyl single. Michael Bublé’s first ever 7-inch vinyl release featuring a cover of Ray Charles’ classic “Georgia On My Mind” on “Georgia Peach” colored vinyl.
Carolina Chocolate Drops/Run-DMC, “You Be Illin’,” 7-inch Coke-bottle green vinyl single. The Run-DMC classic rendered in an entirely new way by old-time string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The Drops’ version was recorded at the same sessions as the group’s February 2012 release “Leaving Eden,” which was produced by Nashville legend Buddy Miller.
MC5/Afrika Bambaataa, “Kick Out the Jams,” 7-inch white with red splatter vinyl single. Features the incendiary original coupled with a cover version from the pioneer of the electro funk sound.
Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin, “Respect,” 7-inch gold vinyl single. The seminal classics meet for the first time together on vinyl.