Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Record Store Day Roundup: Michael Ubaldini, Laurence Juber, The Shelters, The Zombies, Rush, David Bowie, The Cars, The Doors, much more!

The 10th anniversary of Records Store Day is coming Saturday, April 22, 2017. Here is an exhaustive roundup of some of the most noteworthy special releases set to be issued as part of the event. Please note, special releases include 7-inch vinyl singles, as well as full-length vinyl and audio CD titles! It's important to note that Record Store Day often comes to discovering and supporting the brick-and-mortar local near you. Take Pepperland Music, located in Orange, CA (and not far from me), where area rocker Michael Ubaldini will be celebrating the release of his exclusive vinyl release "The Ballad of Brian Jones" with an in-store performance at 9 a.m. on April 22. Later that day, Laurence Juber (of Paul McCartney & Wings fame) will perform instrumentals from his newly-issued album LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles! at noon. Pepperland Music is located at 850 N. Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92867. 

The Shelters / Photo credit: Brantley Gutierrez
Coming off an impressive SXSW, Los Angeles based rock band The Shelters —who were ranked as one of Bandsintown’s “Breakout Artists” at SXSW — have confirmed the release of a special edition 7” on Record Store DayApril 22

The release is limited to only 3,000 copies and features two of The Shelters’ favorite cover songs: “Really Wanted You” which was written and originally performed by Emitt Rhodes and “So Get Out" by Ronald Lee Wilson and Jim Pash, originally performed by The Surfaris. These songs are often included in the band’s live concert performances but the band will not have released studio versions until Record Store Day. The Shelters’ self-titled debut album — out now via Warner Bros. Records — was co-produced by one of the band’s musical heroes, Tom Petty, with all songs written by band members Chase Simpson (vocals, guitar) and Josh Jove (vocals, guitar).
The Shelters are Simpson, Jove, Sebastian Harris (drums) and Jacob Pillot(bass). Information: TheSheltersMusic.com.

For Record Store Day 2017, The Zombies are releasing the "I Want You Back Again" exclusive (pink!) 7", featuring the original 1965 version together with the 2015 version from the band's latest album Still Got That Hunger.

This is a limited-edition release for Record Store Day, and will be available in select stores as supply lasts, beginning Saturday, April 22, 2017. 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Rush’s sixth studio album, A Farewell To Kings. To kick-start the celebration, on April 22, 2017, UMe/Anthem/ole will release a limited edition, 12” single for Cygnus X-1 as an exclusive for Record Store Daywhich celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. 

Featuring “Book I: The Voyage” and “Book II: Hemispheres,” this is the first time these tracks will be released as a single and the pressing will be limited to only 5000 copies. Cygnus X-1 is pressed on 180g vinyl and features brand new artwork by Hugh Syme, Rush’s longtime artwork and creative director.   

Side A:
Cygnus X-1 – Book I: The Voyage

Side B:
Cygnus X-1 – Book II: Hemispheres

Released in 1977, A Farewell To Kings is the studio follow-up to 2112 and is a continuation of Rush’s musical growth, as they continued to push traditional rock boundaries and explore new ground, both musically and lyrically. Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, A Farewell To Kings was the band’s first U.S gold-selling album, receiving the certification within two months of its release, and was later certified platinum. Visit www.Rush.com for more information on all things Rush.

Elton John is commemorated as the first ever worldwide Record Store Day legend and will release his live album 17.11.70+ on April 22, 2017, the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day. 

The legendary album is being released on vinyl in newly expanded form with six previously-unreleased tracks. This format is a 2 LP set on 180GM Vinyl, remastered by Bob Ludwig. 

‘The album 17-11-70 was not meant to be a live one at all; we did one of the first-ever stereo radio broadcasts live at A&R Recording Studios in New York City in 1970 on the 17th of November. It was Phil Ramone’s studio, one of the greatest producers of all time, and we just went in the booth and played it as a three-piece: Nigel Olsson on drums and vocals, Dee Murray on bass and vocals, and myself. There was a studio audience of about 100 sitting outside the booth, hearing it coming through the loud speakers, and we just played. I’m astonished by how good we were, listening to this record. A lot of it was improvised, and you can do that when you’re a three-piece band because I’m really the lead instrument, and Dee and Nigel were so brilliant at following what I did. There’s a 16-minute track on it that was completely improvised, more or less, and I’m very proud of it: I think it’s one of the greatest live albums ever made. It wasn’t initially coming out as a live album, but there were so many bootlegs in those days that the record company put it out. I’m glad they did because it really is something I’m very, very proud of’. Elton John

Track listing:
A1        Take Me To The Pilot
A2        Honky Tonk Women
A3        Sixty Years On
A4        Can I Put You On

B1        Bad Side Of The Moon
B2        Burn Down The Mission (Incl. My Baby Left Me / Get Back)

C1       Indian Sunset                                      Previously unreleased bonus track
C2       Amoreena                                           Newly remixed bonus track

C3       Your Song                                          Previously unreleased bonus track
D1       Country Comfort                                 Previously unreleased bonus track
D2       I Need You To Turn To                       Previously unreleased bonus track
D3       Border Song                                       Previously unreleased bonus track

D4       My Father's Gun                                 Previously unreleased bonus track
Watch Elton John discuss his love of records here.

Rhino is set to release a number of exclusive vinyl offerings for Record Store Day 2017. Here is the information as it relates to Rhino's Limited Edition Vinyl releases:

AIR - Le Soleil Est Pres de Moi - 180-gram splatter vinyl 

Limited edition of 4,500 copies, $14.98

David Bowie - Cracked Actor - 3-LP set with etched vinyl
Limited edition of 17,000 copies, $39.98

David Bowie - BOWPROMO - 12-inch LP in box with 5 Bowie photo prints
Limited edition of  15,000 copies, $54.98 

The Cars - Live at the Agoura, 1978 - 2-LP set with etched vinyl
Limited edition of 5,000 copies, $29.98

The Cure - Acoustic Hits - 12-inch double picture disc 
Limited edition, $31.98

The Cure - Greatest Hits - 12-inch double picture disc
Limited edition, $31.98

Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart / What Is Love? - 12-inch pink vinyl
Limited edition of 5,000 copies, $14.98

The Distillers - Coral Fang - 12-inch red vinyl
Limited edition of 4,000 copies, $21.98

The Doors - Live At The Matrix '67 - 12-inch 180-gram vinyl 
Individually numbered 
Limited edition of 10,000 copies, $21.98

Fleetwood Mac - Alternate Mirage - 12-inch 180-gram vinyl
Limited edition of 6,500 copies, $21.98

Grateful Dead - P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 7/29/66 - 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl
Limited edition of 6,600 copies, $29.98

Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing - 12-inch EP
Limited edition of 4,000 copies, $14.98

Luna - Penthouse Deluxe Edition - 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl
Limited edition of 4,000 copies, $31.98

Anni-Frid Lyngstad - Frida - 12-inch 180-gram vinyl
Limited edition of 3,000 copies, $21.98

Madonna - Dance Mix - 12-inch EP at 33 1/3 RPM 
Limited edition of 8,000 copies, $21.98

Stevie Nicks - RARITIES 1981 - 1983 - 12-inch EP
Limited edition of 7,500 copies, $14.98

The Notorious B.I.G. - Born Again - 2-LP set on black and gold colored vinyl
Limited edition of 8,000 copies, $31.98

Ramones - Singles Box - 10 x 7-inch vinyl housed in a cigarette-style box
Individually numbered limited edition of 6,500 copies, $79.98

Lou Reed - Perfect Night: Live In London - 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl
Limited edition of 7,000 copies, $31.98

Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K. - The UK & US Singles - 5 x 7-inch vinyl boxed set
Limited edition of 5,000 copies, $49.98

Peter Schilling - Major Tom - 7-inch picture disc
Limited edition of 2,800 copies, $13.98

Paul Shaffer and The World's Most Dangerous Band - Happy Street (feat. Bill Murray) - 7-inch vinyl
Limited edition of 4,000 copies, $7.98

Patti Smith - Hey Joe / Piss Factory - 7-inch vinyl
Limited edition of 4,500 copies, $7.98

The Smiths - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side - 7-inch vinyl
Limited edition of 12,000 copies, $8.98

The Time - What Time Is It? - 12-inch green vinyl
Limited edition of 5,500 copies, $19.98

Vangelis - Blade Runner - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 12-inch picture disc 
Limited edition of 7,500 copies, $21.98

Various Artists - Nuggets: Come To The Sunshine (Soft Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults) - 2-LP on 180-gram orange and yellow marble vinyl
Limited edition of 5,500 copies, $31.98 

Various Artists - Space Jam: Music From and Inspired By The Motion Picture - 2-LP set on blue and black starburst vinyl
Limited edition of 4,000 copies, $31.98

Yes - 90125 - 12-inch picture disc
Limited edition of 5,000 copies, $21.98

For more information on Rhino's Record Store Day releases, visit Rhino.com.

Yep Roc Music Group is also set to release a number of exclusive titles on April 22. Here are details on their highly-anticipated releases:

Dolly Parton, “Puppy Love” and “Girl Left Alone” (Yep Roc Records/Southern Folklife Collection)
Packaging: 45rpm / 7” vinyl

Originally released in 1959 by Gold Band Recordings, this is one of the earliest recordings to be released by Dolly Parton. In conjunction with Yep Roc’s newly announced partnership with Southern Folklife Collection, the re-release features packaging that is true to the original. The B-side includes “Girl Left Alone,” written by Parton, her Aunt Dorothy Jo Owens, and her Uncle Bill Owens.
  • Limited to 1,500 copies in the U.S.
  • Suggested list price $7.99

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, Hard Travelin’ EP (Yep Roc Records)
Packaging: 12” Vinyl / Transparent Red

Exclusively for Record Store Day 2017, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin continue their reunion with a four-song vinyl EP. The transparent red vinyl includes “Hard Travelin’” (Woody Guthrie), “Mean Ole Frisco” (Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, “California Desert Blues” (Lane Hardin) and “Kansas City Blues” (Jim Jackson).
  • Limited to 700 copies in the U.S.
  • Suggested list price $12.99

Various Artists: House of Joy (Studio One/Yep Roc Music Group)
Packaging: 15x7 Box Set

House of Joy was the name used in Jamaica for the large wooden speakers that powered the early dancehalls. This box set contains 15 rare Studio One singles as well as a poster, booklet, 45 adapter, and a keychain. Compiled from the extensive Studio One catalog to honor the pioneering Jamaican soundman Clement Dodd, who started recording in the early 1950s, the box set features singles with the original labels.
  • Limited to 700 copies in the U.S.
  • Suggested list price $149.99

Last (but not least), one of the formative sounds of American rock and roll, The Doors, will be getting the signature Rockabye Baby treatment on April 28. Taking 12 tracks from their expansive discography, the psychedelic, bluesy rock sounds trade places with xylophones, bells, marimbas, and woodblocks as the volume is turned down from 11 to a nighttime patter.
The platinum records of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Desmore, and Robby Krieger transform into serene dreamscapes. To celebrate the chart-topping psych rock band, Rockabye Baby releases a special Record Store Day vinyl edition of the album, available at participating Record Store Day retailers on April 22, 2017.
Track List:
  1. Break on Through (To the Other Side)
  2. Light My Fire
  3. Hello, I Love You
  4. Roadhouse Blues
  5. Love Me Two Times
  6. When The Music's Over
  7. People are Strange
  8. Love Her Madly
  9. Touch Me
  10. A. Woman
  11. The End
  12. Riders on the Storm
Preorder Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Doors here:

For more information, including to see a list of participating stores, visit the official Record Store Day website.

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