April 14, 2016
Not long to go until Record Store Day 2016!
We’re so pleased to announce the label’s electrifying line-up of collectible vinyl releases for Record Store Day 2016, celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, April 16, 2016. This is what we have in store for you this year… No less than 7 brilliant releases, so make sure you keep scrolling!
Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life – 12” Vinyl (RSD Exclusive)
This special 12″ vinyl single release of the Manic Street Preachers’ “A Design For Life” follows the success of the RSD 2015 Holy Bible picture disc, which reached #1 on the inaugural UK vinyl album chart. Originally released in May 1996, “A Design For Life” was the first single taken from Manics’ ground-breaking fourth studio album, Everything Must Go, and kicked off a run of five consecutive top ten hits for the band, marking the beginning of MSP’s global rise.
This limited edition single with copper, mirrored sleeve features artwork by Mark Farrow and includes the tracks “A Design For Life,” “Dead Trees And Traffic Islands,” “A Design For Life” (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix) and “Mr. Carbohydrate.”
Joe Strummer – Gangsterville (12” Record Store Day Exclusive)
Not only was Joe Strummer the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of one of the all-time great British bands, The Clash, he also gifted us a musical legacy which reaches far beyond. His career included membership of the 101ers, Latino Rockabilly War, The Mescaleros and the Pogues. He embraced the opportunity to create as a musician through his song writing and solo work as well as producing scores for film and television.
This exclusive 12” single includes a selection of solo tracks and has been curated by the Joe Strummer Estate. The sleeve features never-before-seen artwork created by Joe Strummer and Josh Cheuse, Joe’s long-term creative collaborator. The single includes, for the first time on vinyl, “Gangsterville,” “Punk Rock Blues,” “Sleepwalk” and “Cholo Vest.”
Jimi Hendrix – Smash Hits – 1 LP Black Vinyl (Windowed RSD Exclusive)
Carefully restored from the original analog master tapes, featuring original poster and alternate cover art, the Legacy/RSD 2016 edition of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Smash Hits (created in conjunction with Experience Hendrix L.L.C.) includes timeless classics like “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe,” “Red House” (a different take from the UK Are You Experienced version), “Fire” plus 8 more essential Hendrix tracks. First released in 1969, Smash Hits has proved to be immensely popular, serving as a critical introduction to the Hendrix canon for successive generations of fans.
This exclusive RSD 2016 edition of Smash Hits includes a recreation of the poster that came with the original U.S. LP release, depicting band members Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding dressed in western attire on horseback. The photograph, taken by Grammy-winning photographer Ed Thrasher (Grateful Dead, Neil Young, the Beach Boys) at Warner Bros. film studios in Burbank, CA in early 1969, was conceived as sleeve art for the album. Now, for the first time ever, Thrasher’s photo finally graces the cover of Smash Hits, as originally intended.
The first 5,000 units of this 150 gram 12″ vinyl edition of Smash Hits will be exclusively numbered for Record Store Day.
Elvis Presley – I’m Leaving: Elvis Folk-Country 1-LP Black Vinyl (RSD Exclusive)
This compilation album brings together the very best recordings of Elvis Presley’s work in the Folk and Country genres from 1966-1973. The collection includes masters from Elvis’ sessions at RCA Victor’s Studio B in Nashville in May 1971, a period from which material penned by several folk writers surfaced spontaneously amid Presley’s gospel and holiday recordings. Ranging from Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” in 1966 to then-contemporary pop-folk such as “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues” in 1973, this extraordinary anthology finds Elvis in an introspective mood, masterfully creating definitive versions of iconic compositions that resonated deeply and personally with him.
Big Star – Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93 – 2LP Gatefold Black Vinyl (RSD Exclusive)
Big Star–the mythic, yet, short lived Memphis band comprised of Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel, and Jody Stephens–reside on the top tier of the power pop pantheon on the strength of the group’s three studio albums (overlooked and under-appreciated at the time) recorded between 1972-1974. In 1993, some twenty years after the band’s dissolution, drummer Stephens recruited Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow (of the Posies) and a wary Alex Chilton to reform Big Star at the request of two fanatical student DJs from University of Missouri. This 2LP gatefold set finally captures that full historic set for the first time on a commercial release, mastered at high resolution from the original master tapes while adding 5 previously unreleased performances to the original 1993 album. This incredible concert has been accurately re-titled Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93 for its incarnation as an RSD 2016 exclusive.
Johnny Cash – The best of the Johnny Cash TV Show – 1-LP Black Vinyl (RSD Exclusive)
From the summer of 1969 through the final episode airing in March 1971, “The Johnny Cash Show,” a groundbreaking televised musical variety show hosted by Johnny Cash, ran 58 episodes in all, exposing a mainstream American viewing audience to an eclectic array of musical talent while solidifying the Man In Black’s persona and reputation as an artist of indisputable authenticity, a humanitarian and a larger-than-life legend. The 16 performances contained on this new “Best Of” LP showcase a spectrum of incredible performers handpicked by Johnny to appear on his show, many of them for the first time on network television. So, “Come along and ride this train,” the musical cavalcade Johnny Cash created every week on his TV show, appearing now for the first time on vinyl, living on for generations to come.
OutKast – Elevators (Me & You) – 10” Single w/ Alien Green glow-in-the-dark vinyl (RSD Exclusive)
The Atlanta-based hip-hop duo OutKast reigns supreme in the Dirty South and continues to achieve widespread critical acclaim. 2016 celebrates the 20th Anniversary of their platinum selling album ATLiens with this special release of the first OutKast single, “Elevators (Me & You), which spent 20 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Now making its first-ever commercial appearance on vinyl as a glow-in-the-dark alien green 10″, this Legacy RSD 2016 exclusive includes Crazy “C” & ONP 86 Remixes and Instrumental & Acapella Mixes.
To find out which stores near you are taking part in Record Store Day this year, head over to recordstoreday.com