By Dave Thompson
Being as objective as humanly possible (and considering all genres), Goldmine recommends five Record Store Day releases to pick up on RSD 2022.
The first vinyl release for Lou Reed’s first solo demos, rounding up 13 songs that would ultimately be spread across his first four solo LPs, Lou Reed, Transformer, Berlin and Sally Can't Dance. The songs may seem strange without the production bells and whistles that glorified the familiar takes, but the starkness that now surrounds them gives them a personal punch that is hard to resist.
Karen Dalton - Shuckin’ Sugar (Delmore Recording Society)
Following up the deluxe 50th anniversary edition of Dalton’s In My Own Time album, these two shows by the singer and Richard Tucker will be marking their 60th anniversary in January. Recorded in Aurora CA, these previously unreleased recordings capture Dalton at her rawest, and include seven previously unheard songs.
Gong - Gong in the Seventies (LMLR)
Previously available only on a fan club CD, Gong in the Seventies is dominated by a lengthy session by the You album lineup, before meandering off into rehearsal tapes and sundry other odds. It’s not essential listening for newcomers, but the pothead pixies among us will be transported.
Released on CD in 1990, Boy Child rounds up at least one vision of his early solo best. Focussing on his own compositions, it naturally omits fan favorites from the Jacques Brel canon, but it’s hard not to succumb to the dark (and occasionally daft) charms of Walker’s assault upon the easy listening market. Because it wasn’t always easy.
A single LP compilation of 10 classic Frankie remixes hitherto available only on period cassettes. Side one’s highlight is the 16 minute “Greatest Bits” remix of “Relax,” plus accompanying B-sides; side two is dedicated to the “Two Tribes”/“One February Friday” medley.
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