“Buy records. Whenever possible, get them directly from the label or artist. Listening to music makes you a better person, so listen as often as you can.” – Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band)
A slight change of tact this month as we look into some of the must-have releases in the upcoming Record Store Day 2019, set for April 13th. Record Store Day Australia will be celebrated with most if not all the independent and some larger vinyl retailers around the country with a host of limited edition pieces, some bargain reductions and even live music in-store! Check out your local record stores for more information. Keep an eye on the official RSD website for more information –> https://www.recordstoreday.com.au
Remember to chuck us a follow on Twitter (The Vinyl Odyssey) and remember my bargain of the month will be at the bottom of the article. Get amongst it vinyl lovers! But for now, check out the Top 7 RSD albums we think you should be searching high and low for come April 13.
Beartooth – B-Sides
7” vinyl with two previously unreleased tracks from the Disease sessions. The release will feature two unreleased songs, ‘Takeover’ and ‘Messed Up’ and features an etched B-Side.
Def Leppard – The Story So Far: The Hits Vol 2
This Record Store Day exclusive presents the second disc of the recently released greatest hits ‘Story So Far’. First and only time on a double vinyl. Features the tracks, ‘Let’s Go’, ‘Bringin’ On the Heartbreak’, ‘Nine Lives’ and more. Full track listing here. The release differs from the 2018 2 LP set in that it has the 16 tracks from the second CD. The 2018 vinyl version had the 16 songs from CD 1. The album is re-titled as The Story So Far (Volume 2/Hits And B Sides). This release follows the 2018 RSD Live At Abbey Road Studios live EP.
Green Day – Woodstock 1994
Full live set from the muddy depths of Woodstock ’94. The album will be released on a black 140g 12″ vinyl record and will be limited to 6800 copies. The Record Store Day website lists this release as an “RSD First” release, which implies that the album will be more widely available at some point after Record Store Day, which is on April 13th. The tracklist has yet to be revealed but we’d have to assume it will be all nine songs the band played that day including, ‘Welcome to Paradise’, ‘Longview’, ‘Basket Case’, ‘When I Come Around’ and ‘F.O.D.’ amongst others.
Ramones – Live At The Palladium, New York, NY (12/31/79)
Double LP which first appeared on CD only as part of the 40th Anniversary Deluxe set of Road To Ruin. This then previously unreleased recording of the band’s entire 1979 New Year’s Eve concert, was mixed live by Stasium, and broadcast on WNEW-FM. Recorded in New York City at The Palladium, with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone’s original cassette of the console recording, it features blistering performances of ‘Blitzkrieg Bop,’ ‘Rockaway Beach,’ and ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker,’ along with several songs from Road To Ruin: ‘I Don’t Want You,’ ‘I Wanna Be Sedated,’ and ‘I Wanted Everything’. This will be its first release on vinyl. Limited to 8500 copies worldwide and numbered.
Serj Tankian – Harikiri
12” coloured vinyl with four-page booklet, bonus print and exclusive tracks. Serj Tankian (System of a Down) third solo album Harakiri is the most punk rock-oriented record he ever created. Even a sudden interlude like ‘Occupied Tears’ doesn’t slow down the pace Tankian is laying down on the album. Much like anything else that Tankian has ever released, there are deep sociological and political themes all throughout the album. He isn’t afraid to express himself and that’s exactly what he does by combining his statements with up tempo songs. The metal influences has been cut out, but the energy is still intact. Harakiri is one of the finest albums he delivered as a solo musician to date.
Mastodon – Stairway To Nick John
10″ Single featuring 2 covers of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’, dedicated to the memory of long time manager Nick John. The band had this to say regarding the loss;
“In early September 2018, we lost one of our closest friends and our biggest fan, our manager Nick John. He was essentially the band’s Dad. From our highest highs to our lowest lows he was always there. Every single move we made went through him first as our trust in him was marrow deep. His favorite band besides us and Gojira, was Led Zeppelin. We were asked to perform “Stairway to Heaven” at his funeral. Afterward, finding out that someone had recorded it, we figured we should record a studio version and release it on Record Store Day as a tribute to Nick with all the proceeds to be donated to pancreatic cancer research. We would not be the band we are today without the help of Nick John. We miss him dearly and think of him always. We love you buddy.” The limited edition 10-inch vinyl features the Studio Version on Side A and a Live Version on Side B. All of the proceeds benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The vinyl will be limited to 1,500 copies that will have the studio version on Side A and a live version on Side B.
Motörhead – Rockaway Beach
7” Coloured Vinyl housed in a clear PVC wallet. Motörhead celebrate their appreciation of another legendary, pioneering bunch, the Ramones. Featuring their roaring take on ‘Rockway Beach’, plus a live recording from the 2006 Wacken Festival of their own studio-written tribute from 1991 ‘R.A.M.O.N.E.S.’ The 7” single will be a coloured vinyl in a good ol’ fashioned standard 7” sleeve featuring exclusive artwork by Tokyo Hiro.
So that’s some Record Store Day vinyl to search for, of course they’ll be a stack more in-store of various genres and price ranges. Hit us up on social media, would love to see what you purchase from the day. Our #bargainalert for this week comes from our friends at 24Hundred. They’ve got a few ‘Mixed Media Bundles’ left at the special price of $25. It’s like a lucky dip for music collectors. You’ll get a vinyl album, a cd and a cassette tape. What band you get is anyone’s guess but it’ll be heavy either way. Take a lucky dip, here.
Until next month….