Record Store Day 2020 has been moved to June 20th as the nation and the world at large continue efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The worldwide event was originally scheduled to take place on April 18th.
RSD is worldwide and celebrates a record store’s place in their community. As good citizens of those communities we want everyone to be safe, healthy and feel comfortable coming to the party.
— Record Store Day (@recordstoreday) March 13, 2020
Since 2008, Record Store Day has been a united coalition of some 1,400 independent record stores from across the country, and thousands more around the world. Each year, they all join together in releasing thousands of new and remastered pieces of music on a variety of platforms, not just vinyl. With vinyl sales hitting a record-setting high for this millennium, it has never been better to be a record enthusiast. Some of the eye-catching releases for this year’s Record Store Day celebration include:
- The Allman Brothers Band‘s Fillmore West 1-31-71 documents ABB still in full force, delivering a magnetic performance at Bill Graham‘s famed venue. The show came barley two months before the concerts that would create the iconic At Fillmore East live album.
- David Bowie‘s I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74) provides listeners a glimpse of Bowie’s 1974 tour of North America that was originally dubbed Diamond Dogs, after his latest album, but was changed halfway through the tour when Bowie completely retooled the tour’s format and shed the theatrical production and his backing band. In October of 1974, the tour resumes as The Soul Tour.
- Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker‘s Hooker ‘N Heat is a re-release of the classic blues mash-up that was the last studio album to feature Canned Heat harmonica player Alan Wilson, who died in September 1970.
- Neal Casal‘s debut album Fade Away Diamond Time will be released for the first time on vinyl, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit The Jed Foundation, a mental health and suicide-awareness non-profit organization.
- Mac DeMarco‘s Other Here Comes The Cowboy Demos features unheard mixes and unreleased songs from the singer-songwriter’s 2019 album and is a separate LP from Here Comes The Cowboy Demos, which will be released on April 17th, the day before Record Store Day.
- Drive By Truckers‘ 7″ single The Unraveling features the abandoned title track to the band’s most recent album, paired with “Sarah’s Flame” which also didn’t make the cut on the album.
- Rory Gallagher‘s Cleveland Calling LP features a recently-unearthed radio session from WNCR in Cleveland, OH, recorded on August 7th, 1972. The eight-song acoustic session also features an interview with DJ Carolyn Thomas.
- Jerry Garcia‘s The Best of Jerry Garcia isn’t the standard “greatest hits” album. Instead, the first LP of this two record set pulls from all five of Garcia’s studio albums and documents 1972–82 in his career. The second record is a 76-minute testament to Garcia’s live capabilities, featuring rare cuts spanning from 1973–90 across a variety of endeavors.
- Grateful Dead‘s Buffalo 5/9/77 documents the Dead’s very next performance following the legendary show at Barton Hall on May 8th, 1977. This five-LP set, limited to 7,700 models, features the band still smoking hot and coming off an iconic performance.
- Jimi Hendrix‘s “Message To Love (Live)” / “Changes (Live)” marks the first official U.S. release celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hendrix’s final album with Band of Gypsys and is pressed on red and yellow splattered vinyl.
- Brittany Howard‘s Live At Sound Emporium captures the Alabama Shakes singer performing six songs from her hit album, Jaime, live at the famous Sound Emporium studios in Nashville, TN.
- New Riders of the Purple Sage‘s Road Trip (Live) features the band’s performance from the legendary afternoon of August 27th, 1972 in Veneta, OR that also produced the Grateful Dead’s Sunshine Daydream concert.
- Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s debut solo effort Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version will arrive on a variety of platforms, including a digital version that features 43 tracks, including the original LP and appearances from fellow Wu-Tang Clan members SZA, Ghostface Killa, Method Man, and more.
- The Who‘s A Quick Live One captures the band’s groundbreaking set at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, available for the first time on vinyl.
- Frank Zappa‘s You Can’t Do That Onstage Anymore (Sampler) offers a glimpse of some of the more outrageous experimentation that Zappa engaged in onstage from 1969 to 1984 on vinyl for the first time.
- Primus‘ remastered rerelease of their 1989 live album, Suck on This, on translucent vinyl with a 3D cover.
That is just a taste of some of the many, many Record Store Day 2020 releases hitting the shelves at independent record stores across the country on June 20th. For a full list of releases, visit the Record Store Day website.