As I've probably mentioned, I love record stores, but have some issues with Record Store Day. Mainly, I think the event is exploitative of have-to-have-everything collectors. So, you'll get silly releases on green vinyl and limited-edition, seven-inch singles that cost $25. And many of the vinyl pressings I've purchased at RSD over the years have been sub-standard or defective.
Yet, there's sometimes good stuff, too: releases of material that's actually desirable and otherwise rare, presented in a thoughtful manner in high quality.
So, I peruse the list each year, looking for items that might be of interest. Below are my choices for this year. You can see the complete list here. RSD 2018 is on April 21. You can find participating record shots here.
- Andrew Oldham Orchestra - The Rolling Stones Songbook
- David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence
- Blitzen Trapper - Kids Album!
- The Dap-Kings - A Closer Look At The Dap-Kings: The Instrumentals for Saun & Starr's Look Closer
- Flamin' Groovies - Grease
- Bobbie Gentry - Live at the BBC
- Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates of Dawn (Mono)
- Various Artists - Jazz Dispensary: Soul Diesel, V 2
- Wilco - Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96