Record Store Day returns in 2018 on 21st of April. Now an established and anticipated annual global event for music lovers, collectors and independent record store owners/workers alike, the initiative has helped reinvigorate the life of record shops everywhere with its crowd-drawing special limited releases.
The list of one-day-only releases is bigger than ever this year so to help you digest the available records we picked out ten that caught our eye.
Arthur Lee and Love - Coming Through To You: The Live Recordings (1970-2004)
Arthur Lee and Love are undoubtedly one of the most regular inclusions in our playlists picked out by contributors of every generation. Put together by archivist David Skye, with the participation of Diane Lee, Arthur Lee's widow; this is the first time a large collection of Arthur Lee & Love live recordings are being made available. The red vinyl is complemented by artwork by renowned rock n roll bootleg cover artist William Stout.
DJ Pierre Presents / Various Artists - Acid 88 Volume 2
Three decades on from the summer of 88, Acid House pioneer DJ Pierre brings together a dozen original tracks from the like of Hardfloor, Thomas P Heckmann, Posthuman, Bloody Mary, Luke Vibert, as well as his own, presented as a double LP.
Duke Reid All Stars / Roland Alphonso - Judge Sympathy / Never To Be Mine
A delightful Trojan orange pressing of the 50th-anniversary release of what was the first UK release by the iconic reggae label in 1967. A must-have 45 for UK reggae enthusiasts, sure to become a collector's item in years to come.
The Lovely Eggs - This Is Eggland (RSD Egg Edition)
One of the most fun releases this year is The Lovely Eggs' fried egg vinyl pressing of their 5th album 'This Is Eggland'. Who could resist a record resembling a giant fried egg? Joking aside, This Is Eggland's DIY spirit, and unconventional approach makes it one of the most eccentric albums of 2018, picture disc or not.
Listen to our playlist with The Lovely Eggs here.
The Mekons - Where Were You / I'll Have To Dance Then (On My Own)
One of the more overlooked bands of the punk and new wave era, The Mekons were nonetheless, and still are, one of the most prolific bands of the genre. This repressing of their second single pleasingly uses yellow vinyl, replicating the highlighter yellow of the single's original zine style sleeve artwork.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - It's A Beautiful World (Remixes)
A crowd-pleasing genre-hopping Manchester heavy combination contained on one 12" single. Noel Gallagher remixed by Andrew Weatherall, Mike Pickering and Graeme Park.
Listen to our playlist with Graeme Park here.
Ocean Colour Scene - Marchin' Already
There is little to be said about OCS' chart-topping third album that hasn't already been said, but this release offers a chance to own it on heavyweight green vinyl. Given the original release date in 1997 at the height of the CD era, it's sure to please many who converted to vinyl in the ensuing years since Britpop and wish to own the album on a format that befits its hat tips to Northern Soul and mod culture.
Various Artists - Soho Scene 60 - Jazz Goes Mod
Jazz is becoming more visible in the youth subculture of recent years, so there's no better time to familiarise yourself with the genre's history. A concise collection celebrating the UK jazz scene in 1960, only three years after US jazz musicians were permitted to play in the UK, previously blocked from doing so by the rulings of the Musician's Union. Highlights on this compilation include a previously unreleased recording of Stan Robinson's debut recording with the Jazzmakers, taped in December 1960.
Various Artists - Rock Steady Box
Another Trojan 7" release for RSD and another that represents a genuinely interested package as opposed to a tacky gimmick. A set of 10 well-presented reproductions of some of the most sought-after rock steady singles boxed with a printed essay on rock steady's evolution, sitting historically between ska and reggae.
Various Artists - Gary Crowley's Punk and New Wave
Gary Crowley's career in music began in the late 1970s when he founded the new-wave fanzine 'The Modern World' despite still being a schoolboy at the time. Interviewing many of the most significant bands of the day including The Sex Pistols, The Jam and The Clash, he famously persuaded Joe Strummer to give him an exclusive while The Clash rehearsed at London's Chalk Farm studios. This release of his 2017 compilation on heavyweight red and blue vinyl is an excellent opportunity to get hold of thirty tracks of Punk, New Wave, Post Punk and Mod Revival originally released between 1977 and 1982 including many that appear on vinyl for the first time in 40 years.
Listen to our playlist with Gary Crowley here.
For a full list of this year's releases head over to recordstoreday.co.uk/releases/rsd-2018/
And for more information about Record Store Day go to recordstoreday.co.uk