Since its founding in 2007 by a group of group of music retailing veterans including Eric Levin, owner of Atlanta’s Criminal Records shop, Record Store Day has successfully surfed the vinyl resurgence wave and is now a worldwide event with the participation of thousands of independent record shops and the support of record labels both large and small, who stock said stores with an array of very limited edition releases made just for the annual event.
This year Record Store Day lands on Saturday, April 18th, and naturally, given Georgia’s vast musical history and current prominence in the scene, there are plenty of Georgia-related items to be procured. Here’s a quick rundown…
In advance of a forthcoming live album, Concord Records is offering a live 10” picture disc from Gregg Allman featuring two songs recorded last year with his solo band at a show in Macon, along with two others (“Melissa” with Jackson Browne and ”Midnight Rider” with Zac Brown and Vince Gill) recorded at the January 2014 all-star Allman tribute at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
From the vaults, Otis Redding’s 1965 album Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul is being reissued on a double LP (stereo and mono versions) that also includes a replica of his single “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” b/w “I’m Depending on You,” released that same year.
Blackberry Smoke perform acoustic versions of several songs from their latest album Holding All the Roses, along with a cover of Tom Waits’ “Old Shoes (and Picture Postcards),” on the 10” record Wood, Wire and Roses.
Mastodon’s song “Atlanta,” recorded with Gibby Haynes, was originally only available online as part of Adult Swim’s Single Series. For RSD, you can get it on a 12” picture disc, with an instrumental version on the B-side.
Limited to 3,000 copies, Of Montreal’s double-LP live album Snare Lustrous Doomings was recorded at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and Portland’s Wonder Ballroom.
R.E.M.’s rare version of Syd Barrett’s “Dark Globe” shares a colored vinyl 7” with Barrett’s original recording on a single from Rhino Records. Meanwhile, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills plays as a member of The Baseball Project on a live, colored vinyl, split mini-LP with The Minus 5, Redeyed in Austin.
Bucking the vinyl trend, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood are offering a two-song CD housed in a CRB tote bag designed by rock poster artist Alan Forbes. The disc includes one track from their new live album Betty’s Blends, Vol. Two, plus a version of Buddy Holly’s “Love’s Made a Fool of You,” with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead on bass.
Brother Rich Robinson will have a 7” for “I Remember” from his latest album, The Ceaseless, with an otherwise unavailable version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Up From the Skies” on the flip side.
The A-side to Kate Pierson’s colored vinyl 7-inch single, “Better Not Sting the Bee,” is an exclusive track, while the B-side is a remix of “Wolves” from her new solo album Guitars and Microphones.
Athens acts Futurebirds and T. Hardy Morris split sides on a 7” single from Dangerbird Records. The former does “Painted Tears,” while Morris does “Too Little, Too Late.”
T.I. is included on The Mayback Edition, a compilation of the singles from new Atlanta resident Rick Ross’ Maybach Music label.
Finally, these last two items are RSD “First” releases, i.e. records that aren’t necessarily pressed in as limited a run but are being first put on sale on Record Store Day. Augusta’s Sharon Jones and her band the Dap-Kings will release a new 7” single for “Little Boys with Shiny Toys,” recorded during sessions for the Grammy-nominated album Give the People What They Want. And rap duo Run The Jewels, featuring Atlanta’s Killer Mike, will have a 12” record with four songs, one of which is the previously unreleased “Blockbuster Night Part 2.”
For a full list of Record Store Day releases as well as all participating stores, check out www.recordstoreday.com.