It’s Record Store Day this weekend… what releases should you look out for?

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Arriving this weekend on April 13th, Record Store Day will present an opportunity to purchase classic vinyl reissues, limited collector’s editions and unreleased recording exclusives to help you celebrate your local record store.

Around 400 releases make up this year’s offering (iNews) and will see music fanatics and collectors alike lining up outside local music shops to get their hands on this year’s exclusive vinyl releases. In the run up to Saturday, record owners have been announcing several additions to the collector’s goldmine.

Prince – The Versace Experience

Prince – The Versace Experience is a release that everyone is talking about this year. Bucking the trend of reissuing on cassette, the tape claimed the title as the most expensive item sold on the collecting site Discogs in 2016, going for a staggering £3,075. Elton John’s recording of his Moscow concert during his tour of Russia in 1979 will also be making an appearance for the first time on vinyl (TheGuardian).

Elton John – Live From Moscow

Another exclusive to look out for will be the re-release of David Bowie’s famed 1973 LP covers as picture discs – one of which only 20,000 will be released. Fleetwood Mac are also a name to be watched. Following their return to UK audiences last year, the band are set to release the band’s self-titled 1975 album – known by fans as ‘The White album’ – for the first time on vinyl, including never heard before early versions of songs such as Landslide, Rihannon and World Turning (TorontoSun).

A couple of other notable releases inspired by this year’s events will be a raw studio mix of John Lennon’s notable Imagine, that following John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 50th anniversary will now be available on vinyl for the first time (previously its availability was limited to the super deluxe version of Lennon’s classic 1971 album). Similarly inspired by this year, a special Queen LP is set to be released following the recent success of the Bohemian Rhapsody film. The disc set will include original Queen and Smile songs from the soundtrack, alongside a live set from Live Aid, never to be released before (SmoothRadio).

To avoid missing out, the record store day website have listed all releases whose availability can be searched by the name of your local store: https://recordstoreday.co.uk/releases/rsd-2019. 

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