After two years of staggered Drops dates, Record Store Day will return to its former glory on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022. The celebration of all things vinyl at independent record stores throughout the world has released its official list of all releases hitting stores this spring.
While RSD is finally back to one single day—after three Drops dates in 2020 and two in 2021—organizers understand the limitations still imposed on the manufacturing industry due to COVID. That is why 2022 will feature a “safety net” RSD Drops date on June 18th for any releases intended for the April 23rd celebration that were impacted by shipping delays.
“As we’ve all learned in the past few years, it can be hard to make any plans in permanent ink, so it’s always a good idea to have a sort of contingency plan,” organizers wrote. “A safety net for anything a few months still down the road.”
With that said, here is a preview of some of the releases headed for stores on Record Store Day 2022. A full list is available here.
The Allman Brothers Band Cream Of The Crop 2003 — Highlights — Peach Picks highlight from throughout ABB’s 2003 touring year, including classics such as “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, “Midnight Rider” and “Whipping Post” alongside latter-era compositions like “Soulshine”, “The High Cost of Low Living”, and more. Limited to 9,500 copies.
Chet Baker Live In Paris: The Radio France Recordings 1983-1984 — “Available for the first time anywhere, Live in Paris features two concert recordings made by Chet Baker at Esplanade De La Defence on July 17, 1983, and at Le Petit Opportun on February 7, 1984. Captured in glorious stereo by Radio France. Featuring bassists Riccardo Del Fra and Dominique Lemerle, and legendary pianist Michel Graillier. Includes liner notes by GRAMMY-winning writer/author Ashley Kahn, interviews with Riccardo Del Fra and Dominique Lemerle, an essay by French journalist Franck Bergerot, and recollections by former Chet Baker sideman Richie Beirach. With never-before-seen photos from French photographer Christian Rose and Franck Bergerot. Transferred from the original Radio France tape reels by INA. Mastered for vinyl by legendary sound engineer Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on 180-gram vinyl.” Limited to 2,500 copies.
Black Pumas Black Pumas [Collector’s Edition 7″ Box Set] — “Collector’s Edition Box Set includes six 7” singles with deluxe artwork and two bonus tracks.” Features remixes by BADBADNOTGOOD and Pete Rock. Limited to 2,500 copies.
James Blake COVERS — Includes covers of Stevie Wonder, Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Roberta Flack, and more. Limited to 2,000 copies.
Blur Bustin’ + Dronin’ — “For Record Store Day 2022, Blur will release a special, double heavyweight coloured vinyl edition of their 1998, Japan-only remix compilation Bustin’ + Dronin’ featuring mixes of tracks from their 1997 eponymously titled, number one album. Originally only available as a 2-CD set including a Radio 1 John Peel session, only a handful of copies made their way over to the UK on import. Bustin’ + Dronin’ has never been available on vinyl before now, and this release features the nine remixes (note: no Peel Session) by William Orbit (tracks 1, 6, 7 & 9), Adrian Sherwood (2 & 8), Moby (4), Thurston Moore (5) and John McEntire (7). Released on two x heavyweight coloured vinyl LPs – 1 x transparent blue, 1 x transparent green, the sleeve comes with an adapted version of the original Japanese OBI strip and replica insert.” Limited to 6,000 copies.
David Bowie Brilliant Adventure EP — “The Brilliant Adventure EP contains four unheard songs from the Outside era, and two tracks performed by Bowie and pianist Mike Garson at a fundraiser for the New York Public Theater at the Shakespeare Festival in New York on 18th September, 1995.”
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band The Original Lost Elektra Sessions (Expanded) — “Paul Butterfield met aspiring blues guitarist Elvin Bishop in the early 1960s and with bassist Jerome Arnold and drummer Sam Lay (both from Howlin Wolf’s touring band), the new group secured a highly successful club engagement at Big John’s Folk Club in Chicago, bringing them to the attention of producer Paul A. Rothchild. During their engagement, Butterfield met and occasionally sat in with guitarist Mike Bloomfield. Rothchild was impressed with the chemistry between the two and having persuaded Paul to bring Bloomfield into the band, eventually signed them to Elektra Records in 1964. This Deluxe 3LP expanded edition of The Paul Butterfield Band’s lost sessions from the 1964-1966 era features the classic line-up working through blues classics. It is the first time this killer collection is available on vinyl and is expanded to include unreleased demo and alternate tracks recently found in the Warner Vaults.” Limited to 5,000 copies.
Ray Charles Genius Loves Company — A collection of Ray Charles’ duets with Elton John, Gladys Knight, Van Morrison, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, and more. Limited to 2,000 copies.
Chicago Chicago At Carnegie Hall, April 9, 1971 (Live) — “Chicago performed eight epic shows over the week of April 5-10, 1971 at Carnegie Hall in NYC (including two shows on two of those days). The entire run of shows was mixed by Chicago founding member/trumpeter Lee Loughnane, along with engineer Tim Jessup and issued as the 16 CD set Chicago At Carnegie Hall Complete.” Limited to 2,500 copies.
Childish Gambino Kauai — “Childish Gambino’s 2014 EP, Kauai, is a paradise-found exploration of nostalgia and the complex anxieties of romance, decadence and passion. From the pure pop brilliance of “Sober” to the cool closer “Late Night in Kauai”, Kauai is an essential postcard from the world of Childish Gambino. Available for the first time ever on vinyl, this limited edition Record Store Day release has been pressed on three surprise color vinyl variants randomly distributed through the global pressing.” Limited to 18,000 copies.
Jimmy Cliff Follow My Mind — “A colored vinyl reissue for this 1975 release.” Limited to 2,500 copies.
Miles Davis What It Is: Montreal 7/7/83 — “This double LP release features one of Miles Davis’ final great bands: John Scofield on guitar, Bill “The Other Bill Evans” Evans on saxophones, flute and electric piano, Darryl Jones on bass, Al Foster on drums, and percussionist Mino Cinelu. Miles was back in amazing form (“incandescent and iridescent as ever,” critic Greg Tate noted), when he mounted the stage at the Theatre St-Denis during the Festival International De Jazz De Montreal in July 1983, and this revelatory performance has been lovingly mixed and mastered for its first ever release, on vinyl for Record Store Day 2022. (A CD will be part of the next edition of the Miles Davis Bootleg Series, focusing on the 1981-1985 period, later in the year.)” Limited to 10,000 copies and set for release on June 18th.
Dio Double Dose of Donington — “12” picture disc celebrating two legendary appearances at the Donington Festival!. Featuring “Stand Up And Shout” from ’83, and the classic “Rock And Roll Children” from 87’s Dream Evil tour.” Limited to 2,700 copies and set for release on June 18th.
Fats Domino Here Comes… Fats Domino — “Originally released in 1963. Re-issued again in 1975 and not since this date, and never released on colored vinyl until now. Fats Domino was a true rock ‘n’ roll pioneer; declared “the real king of rock and roll” by Elvis.” Limited to 1,500 copies.
Steve Earle Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother / Night Rider’s Lament — “Steve Earle has recorded two songs made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker. “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother” and “Might Riders Lament”. This two song 7″ is pressed on high quality clear vinyl. This title and songs will only be available at independent record stores on this limited edition worldwide 4,000-piece run.” Limited to 2,500 copies.
Foo Fighters “Making A Fire (Mark Ronson Re-Version)” b/w “Chasing Birds (Preservation Hall Jazz Band Re-Version)” — “A special 7” single for Record Store Day, featuring two Foo Fighters tracks “Re-Versioned” by some of their musical friends.” Limited to 9,500.
Peter Gabriel Live Blood — “Recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, 23 & 24 March 2011 and originally released the following year, Live Blood is exactly what its name suggests – the live incarnation of Peter Gabriel’s New Blood project where he reworked a chunk of his back catalogue for a 46-piece orchestra.
“I was determined that it shouldn’t be just a sort of ‘Hits goes to the Orchestra’. So we did two things different: one was to try to choose songs that were more textural, more journey songs, more evocative, ambient pieces and less the obviously structured pop songs, and the second thing we did was, we threw away the rock band; most people when they do orchestral projects keep the rock band and add orchestra, but we took away guitar, we took away bass, we took away drum kit, and in a way that meant that we were more committed and had only to use the colours of the palette of the orchestra.”” Limited to 5,000 copies and set for release on June 18th.
Rory Gallagher Live In San Diego ’74 — “Live In San Diego ’74 is an unreleased live radio concert recovered from the depths of the Rory Gallagher archives. This recording features Rory and his band playing a 7 song set at the San Diego Sports Arena on February 8, 1974. This period is regarded as one of his peak live eras, most notably on his album Irish Tour ’74, which is his biggest-selling record. This follows the RSD 2021 release of Cleveland Calling, Pt. 2, which came in at #2 on Billboard’s Blues chart.” Limited to 4,000 copies.
Jerry Garcia Band Ragged But Right — “Released in 2010, Ragged But Right features live recordings from the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band’s fall 1987 tour stops at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City, Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band consists of Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), John Kahn (string bass), David Kemper (snare drum), Kenny Kosek (fiddle), David Nelson (guitar, vocals), and Sandy Rothman (mandolin, dobro, banjo, vocals). Available for the first time on vinyl, this 2 LP set is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket.” Limited to 7,500 copies.
Glass Animals I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance) — Limited to 1,400 copies.
Grateful Dead Wembley Empire Pool, London, England 4/8/72 (Live) — “Breakout vinyl set from the Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings Box Set. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1972 tour. Mastered by Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering.” Limited to 8,000 copies.
Jazz Sabbath Vol. 2 — “Longtime Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne keys and guitar player Adam Wakeman (as Milton Keanes) is back with Jazz Sabbath Vol. 2.
According to the liner notes, the UK jazz trio Jazz Sabbath were recording two albums in 1969 when disaster struck. Their debut album was cancelled, and their second album shelved; leaving room for a certain band from Birmingham becoming famous by playing metal versions of their jazz songs; claiming they were their own. Jazz Sabbath were powerless to do anything about it.
The discovery of their debut album master tapes and the following re-release of the album in 2020 has changed everything. With the truth finally out there and the Birmingham band exposed as musical charlatans, Milton Keanes and colleagues have reunited and finished recording their second album. This album contains the songs in their original form, replenished with 52 years of experience, vigor… and rage.” Limited to 4,000 copies.
Elton John The Complete Thom Bell Sessions (EP) — “Elton John recorded the Thom Bell Sessions in 1977 but when it was released in 1979, it only featured 3 tracks. The Complete Thom Bell Sessions brings together the full recording session featuring the singles, “Are You Ready for Love” and the Top 10 hit, “Mama Can’t Buy You Love.” Available for the first time on colored vinyl, this reissue is pressed on 180-gram purple vinyl.” Limited to 7,000.
Durand Jones & The Indications Power To The People — “”This 45 marks the label’s 100th 45 and what better way to celebrate it than with a 45 from arguably our most prominent artist, Durand Jones & The Indications. This mix of “Power To The People” was the first new recording by the band after their self-titled album had been released. I distinctly remember hearing it for the first time and just feeling like we were hearing the next phase for the guys. I was behind the counter at Plaid Room, with my laptop plugged into the speakers so we could listen. There was no one in the store, just Bob and I. And when it finished playing Bob said, “Where can I pre-order?”” Limited to 1,900 copies.
Jorma Kaukonen The Land of Heroes — “Grammy Award winner/Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee (Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane) Jorma Kaukonen’s The Land of Heroes is a Relix Records 1995 studio album, and was his first new solo album in over 10 years, displaying once again his mastery of blues guitar. The album incorporated the work of several other musicians, including Michael Falzarano, who had joined Hot Tuna at the time. This deluxe package includes an OBI strip, gatefold album jacket, printed inner sleeve, orginial record labels and hazed-gold-and-black-effect color vinyl.” Limited to 2,500 copies.
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Live in Loveland! — “This noteworthy live performance, recorded on Record Store Day in 2018 at Plaid Room Records, features songs tracked directly to tape and engineered/mixed by Colemine Records label owner Terry Cole. This show was the first time that the label crew had met the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio in person, and was also the day they were releasing their RSD 2018 release ‘Live At KEXP!’ And now, this whole live set comes full circle, and is available on pink vinyl for RSD 2022! Featuring the band’s original lineup, Live In Loveland documents a momentous record store (and Record Store Day!) occasion.” Limited to 7,500 copies.
Joni Mitchell Blue Highlights — “Featuring highlights from the second volume of the ongoing Joni Mitchell Archives series, this release consists of extremely rare recordings from Joni’s archives associated with her classic album Blue, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2021, and is created with Joni’s insight, cooperation and creative input.” Limited to 9,000 copies.
Kacey Musgraves star-crossed — “Special double-sided picture disc of her latest album, star-crossed.” Limited to 15,000 copies.
My Morning Jacket Live From RCA Studio A (Jim James Acoustic) — “Seven tracks from the latest self-titled My Morning Jacket album recorded solo at the famed RCA Studios in Nashville by Jim James.” Limited to 5,000 copies and set for release on June 18th.
Willie Nelson Live At The Texas Opry House, 1974 — “Recorded over the course of two nights in 1974, just a few months after Phases and Stages was released, these early concerts by the newly-minted Willie Nelson Family Band were meant to capture the sound and feel of the burgeoning Outlaw Country scene in Austin, TX. Produced by Jerry Wexler, the album was scrapped at the time and was only released on CD in 1992 and in this complete form in 2006 on the The Complete Atlantic Sessions. The set captures a rising star twelve years in the making, whose fame and fortune lurked just around the corner.” Limited to 8,500 copies.
Night Beats Live at Valentine — Limited to 900 copies and set for release on June 18th.
Pearl Jam Live on Two Legs — “Originally released in 1998, Live On Two Legs documents that year’s US summer tour in support of the Yield album. Sixteen tracks on crystal clear vinyl, in double LP gatefold packaging.” Limited to 20,600 and set for release on June 18th.
Pixies Live at Coachella 2004 — “After a decade-long hiatus, alternative rock legends Pixies reunited for a triumphant set at Coachella 2004. Hitting the stage before a headline set by Radiohead, Pixies delivered a now-iconic performance packed full of classic tracks including ‘Where Is My Mind?’, ‘Here Comes Your Man’ and ‘Debaser’. Now released on vinyl for the very first time, this Record Store Day exclusive features the epic 20-song set pressed on two 140g yellow and orange marbled vinyl with an etching on side D. First time on vinyl.” Limited to 8,000 copies.
Iggy Pop Live in Berlin — “A near perfect soundboard recording that includes many Iggy Pop classic hits like “Five Foot One”, “Lust For Life”, “Real Wild Child”, “Brick By Brick” and one of his most memorable “Candy”. Also includes The Stooges classics “Raw Power”, “Loose”, “I Got A Right” and their punk staple “Search And Destroy”. This double LP is housed in a deluxe package with an OBI strip, gatefold jacket, printed inner sleeves, original record labels and marble neon color vinyl.” Limited to 4,000 copies.
Prince The Gold Experience — “The Gold Experience was the first full-length Prince album to be credited to his unpronounceable symbol, and was released at the most public, heated stage of his battle with the major label industrial complex. With the word “SLAVE” written on one cheek, Prince shined on the opulent ballads “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and “Gold” and the defiant single “Eye Hate U,” and the album earned widespread critical acclaim.” Limited to 24,150 copies and set for release on June 18th.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Unlimited Love — “A special version of the new double-album from Red Hot Chili Peppers. The RSD special version includes two LPs pressed on silver vinyl, an exclusive 24 x 36 poster, and the sleeve printed on silver board.” Limited to 5,000 copies.
Lou Reed I’m So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos — “On October 27th 1971, Lou Reed walked into the first recording session of his solo career. I’m So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos is a collection of those rare recordings. This is Reed as few have ever heard him: the songwriter at work, pure and alone, before the noise, swagger and legend. Released on vinyl for the first time, the 13 tracks on this LP are an unprecedented addition to Reed’s rock ‘n’ roll life on record.” Limited to 7,550 copies.
Rex Orange County Apricot Princess – 5th Anniversary Edition — “In honor of the fifth anniversary of Rex Orange County’s second record, Apricot Princess, he has released a special edition vinyl version, exclusive to Record Store Day.
The vinyl is an exclusive green colorway and includes three additional, previously unreleased live tracks taken from his two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in 2020: “So Far So Good / Television,” “4 Seasons,” and “Happiness”.” Limited to 4,000 copies.
Keith Richards Talk is Cheap / Live At The Hollywood Palladium — “Specially created RSD exclusive double cassette release featuring Keith Richard’s debut solo album, Talk Is Cheap and the live release from the Talk Is Cheap tour, Live At The Palladium.” Limited to 650 copies and set for release on June 18th.
The Rolling Stones More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) [50th Anniversary] — “This iconic collection is a must-have release by the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band. More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) offers hits, some of their best deep cuts, and a whole LP side’s worth of rarities previously unavailable in the U.S. when it was originally released in 1972. This indispensable 25-track compilation features covers of “It’s All Over Now” and “Not Fade Away,” the psychedelic “Dandelion,” “She’s a Rainbow,” “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” “Out of Time,” “Tell Me,” and “We Love You.” Rarities include their 1963 debut single “Come On,” early R&B covers of “Fortune Teller” and “Bye Bye Johnnie,” the soulful 1966 U.K. B-side “Long Long While,” and a cover of Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” featuring great slide guitar recorded in stereo at Chess Studios. Also included is the stereo version of “Child of the Moon,” the psychedelic non-LP B-side that was previously only heard on mono prior to 1972.” Limited to 7,200 copies.
Santana Splendiferous — “Splendiferous is a new 2LP compilation, personally curated by Carlos Santana, showcasing highlights drawn from Santana’s musical output spanning 2003-2019. It focuses on the too-often-underappreciated yet creatively fertile period following Santana’s 1998 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the massive success of the 1999 album Supernatural. In its wake, Santana released a series of remarkable recordings, among them 2003’s Shaman, 2005’s All That I Am and 2014’s Corazón, that stand with the best that Carlos, or his band, have ever made. Many of these songs and performances were overlooked at the time of their release and are being presented anew on Splendiferous, as essential musical elements in the Santana canon.” Limited to 9,350 copies.
Patti Smith Curated By Record Store Day — “A new 2LP compilation of classic Patti Smith tracks from 1974 – 1996, chosen by the staff of record stores across the country. Includes “Gloria,” “Because The Night,” “Dancing Barefoot” and “People Have The Power.”” Limited to 5,050 copies.
St. Vincent The Nowhere Inn (Official Soundtrack) — “The official soundtrack for The Nowhere Inn starring St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein, directed by Bill Benz, and distributed by IFC Films. It features three original songs from St. Vincent. Limited Edition pressed on Orange vinyl.” Limited to 4,00 copies.
Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys The Bluegrass Sound — “Hasn’t been re-issued since original press in 1968. Never been on colour vinyl. Originally released in 1968 on the Jalyn Records label – pioneers of American bluegrass roots. This is the first official reissue in over five decades! Ralph Stanley dedicated this record to his late brother Carter Stanley. The Stanley Brothers are a true staple for any mountain music collection.” Limited to 1,500 copies.
Taylor Swift the lakes — “Record Store Day exclusive 7″ of “the lakes” and “the lakes (original version)” from Taylor Swift’s GRAMMY Album of the Year, folklore. This is the first time “the lakes (original version)” will be available on vinyl.” Limited to 10,000 copies.
Peter Tosh Complete Captured Live — “The legendary show was recorded in 1983 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and originally released as a single disc highlights album in 1984. This Complete Captured Live Record Store Day release features all fifteen songs performed that night, including fiery versions of “Equal Rights/Downpressor Man,” “African,” and “Get Up, Stand Up” on two colored vinyl LPs, the first solid yellow and blue, the second solid yellow, red, and orange. Available for the first time since 2002.” Limited to 6,700 copies.
Various Artists The Sam Phillips Years: Sun Records Curated by RSD, Volume 9 — “This limited edition compilation LP was curated from the classic Sun Record Company catalog by participating Record Store Day stores, and marks the ninth installment of the ‘Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day’ series. Volume 9 celebrates the 70th anniversary of Sun Records and the 15th anniversary of Record Store Day, with twelve tracks produced by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. The track list for this compilation was carefully curated by the hardworking people in record stores themselves. This Record Store Day 2022 exclusive release is limited to 4,000 copies worldwide.” Limited to 3,00 copies.