Exclusive vinyl releases from superstar artists including ABBA, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa and Soundgarden have been confirmed among the special one-off releases for Record Store Day 2018, which this year takes place on Saturday, 21 April.
Among the cream of the Record Store Day 2018 crop are a clear/splatter pattern 7” single of ABBA’s ‘Summer Night City’; a clear vinyl edition of Elton John’s ‘Good Morning To The Night’; a coloured vinyl pressing of Frank Zappa’s Lumpy Gravy: Primordial; a coloured vinyl edition of The Rolling Stones’ psych-pop classic Their Satanic Majesties Request and a double-disc coloured vinyl edition of Soundgarden’s A-Sides Collection.
The Record Store Day 2018 exclusives thus far confirmed are as follows:
‘Summer Night City’ (Clear/Yellow Splatter 7”)
Live At The BBC (LP)
Chaka Demus & Pliers
‘Tease Me’ (12” Yellow Vinyl)
Thinking In Textures (LP, smoke swirled clear vinyl)
St Jude (LP Coloured Vinyl)
Mixed Up (2LP Picture Disc)
Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018 (2LP Picture Disc)
David Bowie (2LP Coloured Vinyl)
Dead Bees On A Cake (2LP Coloured)
‘Live From Abbey Road’ (12″ Single)
‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’ (12” Red Vinyl)
Ella At Zardi’s (2LP, pink & blue opaque blue vinyl)
Good Morning To The Night (LP Clear Vinyl)
1984 (LP Coloured Vinyl)
Lumpy Gravy: Primordial (LP Coloured Vinyl)
‘I Will Survive’ [12” Disco Version]/‘Substitute’ [12” Disco Version] (12” Black Vinyl)
Absolute Dissent (2LP, coloured vinyl)
Let’s Get It On [45th Anniversary Edition] (LP Red Vinyl)
Ocean Colour Scene
Marchin’ Already (2LP Coloured)
Public Image Limited
Live At Brixton Academy 1986 (2LP)
‘Journey’s End’ (10” Single)
The Rolling Stones
Their Satanic Majesties Request (LP Coloured Vinyl)
Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (LP Coloured Vinyl)
‘Oh Carolina’ (7” Green Vinyl)
‘Say Hello Wave Goodbye’ (12” Single)
A-Sides (2LP Coloured Vinyl)
The Best Of, The Rest Of (2LP Coloured)
’89 Vision’ (10”)
Bolan Boogie (LP Coloured)
Motown Funk Volume 2 (2LP Coloured Vinyl)
The Kids Are Alright (2LP Coloured Vinyl).
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on 19 April 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store – the staff, the customers, and the artists – to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet-and-greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point.
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