US: BMG special vinyl releases return to retail as ‘RSD Drops’ kick off August, September & October
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Since 2008, Record Store Day has grown into the world’s largest single-day music event, shining a light on the culture of the indie record store across the globe. In 2020, that world is different, so Record Store Day will be too. RSD is now scheduled to be celebrated with special, properly distanced release dates on Saturdays over the coming months kicking off this month, followed by two additional RSD Drops in September and October with BMG to issue eleven separate titles.
On August 29, BMG will release a selection of limited edition vinyl including a DIO picture disc; an Emerson, Lake & Palmer live set never before on LP; a Motörhead shaped picture disc; Ravi Shankar’s first-time vinyl release of his collaboration with George Harrison, Chants of India; The Kinks The Kink Kronikles, out of print in the US for over 35 years; and Trojan Records’ vault find, The Ska (From Jamaica), finally being released after over 50 years.
On September 26, BMG will release Hank Williams’ complete 1951 March Of Dimes performance; RBC Records will release Big L’s The Danger Zone, for the first time on vinyl; and Renew Records will release Wilcovered, a loving tribute to Wilco.
On October 24, BMG will release Keith Richards ‘Hate it When You Leave’ including rarity ‘Key To The Highway’, while RBC Records will release Chief Keef’s best-selling Back From The Dead 2.
Please click here for an up-to-date list of participating retailers offering curbside pickup, local delivery, online sales, and appointment shopping. While Record Store Day will look very different this year, supporting indie record stores may be more important than ever.
BMG releases RSD Drops: August 29
Dio | Annica [12” picture disc limited to 3000 copies]
A 12” Dio picture disc based around his Magica album. The A-side leads with rare track ‘Annica’ from the Magica sessions and includes live and studio versions of ‘Lord Of The Last Day’. Side B is the 18-minute epic Dio spoken word piece ‘Magica Story’.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer | Live at Waterloo Field, Stanhope, New Jersey, USA, 31st July [LP limited to 2500 copies]
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the formation of ELP, this flame-colored RSD release marks the first time on vinyl for the sold-out 1992 New Jersey show.
Motorhead | ‘Ace of Spades’/’Dirty Love’ [12” vinyl limited to 4000 copies]
A limited edition shaped picture disc celebrating the 40th anniversary of Motörhead’s speaker-smashing, worldwide outlaw anthem ‘Ace Of Spades’.
Ravi Shankar | Chants of India [2LP limited to 3000 copies]
For the first time on vinyl, celebrating Ravi Shankar’s Centennial, Chants of India is the 1997 collaboration with George Harrison. The album was produced by Harrison and recorded in both India and at Harrison’s Friar Park studio in England. Limited double red vinyl edition, housed in a gatefold sleeve with exclusive photo print.
The Kinks | The Kink Kronikles [2LP limited to 2500 copies]
Out of print in the US for over 35 years, this red vinyl gatefold RSD release brings the 1972 compilation of Kinks tracks (1966-71) back to record stores. The 28-tracks include hits, album tracks, US-only versions, non-album singles, B-sides, and the original sleeve-notes are recreated.
Various Artists | The Ska (From Jamaica) [LP limited to 1000 copies]
Originally scheduled for release in 1966, The Ska (From Jamaica) album remained lost for well over half a century before the ¼” master tape was finally discovered in the Trojan archives earlier this year. Comprising a dozen top-quality tracks, the collection features numerous musical talents now widely regarded as Jamaican legends. The album comes presented in a stylishly designed sleeve and includes an annotated insert, relating the story behind the discovery of the long-lost tape and the essential ska music featured therein.
Big L | The Danger Zone [2LP limited to 1000 copies]
A first time vinyl release for this album from Big L.
Hank Williams | March of Dimes [10” vinyl limited to 2000 copies]
Hank Williams’ complete 1951 March Of Dimes performance on 10” red vinyl. Its first release on vinyl, with a new restoration and mastering of the 16” radio transcription disc. Features five songs, plus a rare PSA read by Hank about Infantile Paralysis. Produced by the same team that earned a 2015 Best Historical Album Grammy award for their work on Hank Williams’ The Garden Spot Programs, 1950.
Various Artists | Wilcovered [2LP limited to 2500 copies]
A loving tribute to Wilco from the November issue of Uncut magazine, this collection comprises 19 Wilco covers recorded by notable artists. There is not a weak moment on this album and many outstanding ones. Sure to appeal to the rabid Wilco fan base the CD which accompanied the magazine sold out quickly and is no longer available.
BMG releases RSD Drops: October 24
Chief Keef | Back From The Dead 2 [2LP limited to 1500 copies]
Best-selling Chief Keef release featuring the monster hit ‘Faneto’, on black and orange splatter vinyl.
Keith Richards | ‘Hate It When You Leave’ b/w ‘Key To The Highway’ [7” vinyl limited to 4000 copies]
This red vinyl 7” single features the rare Keith Richards track ‘Key To The Highway’ which only ever saw release on the Japanese version of the album Main Offender, along with that album’s classic ‘Hate It When You Leave’.
August 25, 2020 4:15am ET by Pressparty