April 21st, Record Store Day, has a special place in the heart of every vinyl collector. It is a day where you brave the lines to obtain special exclusives at your Indie record store of choice. Information has been leaking little by little over the last couple of months, but what everyone was salivating for is The List. The complete listing of RSD releases is finally here.
Run the Jewels are this year’s ambassadors, so it is only right that they release a special gold metal box to house your RTJ collection. It comes with an exclusive slipmat, sticker and Marvel Comics-branded 12″ vinyl single featuring the tracks “Kill Your Masters” and “Stay Gold (Smiff & Cash Remix)” (featuring Gangsta Boo), and it is limited to 5,000 copies worldwide.
This year also features the very first Led Zeppelin Record Store Day release, a yellow vinyl 7″ that features the “Sunset Sound MIx” of “Rock And Roll” and the “Olympic Studio Mix” of “Friends”, both chosen by Jimmy Page.
The Doors released Live from The Matrix Pt. 1 last year and this year sees a follow-up Live from the Matrix, Pt. 2 limited to 5,800 individually numbered copies. The ever-popular David Bowie has four releases this year: Bowie Now, a 1977 compilation re-release on white vinyl; the 3 x LP Welcome to the Blackout (Live in London 1978); David Bowie, a re-release of his first album featuring both mono and stereo versions on red and blue vinyl and limited to 3,000 copies and 12″ 45rpm “Let’s Dance (full length demo).”
Courtney Barnett has The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, a collection of her previously released I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris and How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose. It is limited to 1,800 copies and is a picture disc. Arcade Fire is putting out their first EP on vinyl for the first time in a limited to 3,000 transparent blue numbered edition. The Cure have two releases, both limited to 7,000 copies, their classic remix album Mixed Up and a new remix album Torn Down (Mixed Up Extra) on a picture disc.
Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead have a live album Dylan & The Dead a first-time release featuring Bob Dylan backed up by The Dead on 9 tracks, limited to 5,000 copies. Jimi Hendrix has a 7″ limited to 5,000 copies featuring his cover of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” with rare track “Trash Man” on the B-Side.
Phoenix has a never-released single called “Monologue” pressed into red heart-shaped vinyl and limited to 3,000. A Perfect Circle has a limited edition white, dual-grooved 10″ with “Disillusioned”/”The Doomed.” First Aid Kit has a 7″ of their single “You are the Problem Here” recorded in honor of International Women’s Day and limited to 2,500.
And this is only a taste of what is available for Record Store Day 2018. There are far too many exclusives and firsts to highlight properly here, so be sure to peruse the full list here.
Watch the Run the Jewels RSD Ambassador announce video below: