Written by Emily Sollenberger
Every year on the third Saturday of April vinyl junkies wake up bright and early to get to their local independent music store for Record Store Day, the (~unofficial~) best day of the year. This year was especially great, with exclusive releases from many legendary artists including, of course, the late David Bowie, as well as Bob Dylan, Madonna, the Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, & more. While I could’ve gotten all of these if I had a million dollars and a teleportation device, I’m a broke college student with a bike so, without further ado, here are all the records I WISH I could have gotten:
1. Florence & The Machine - Delilah // Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Florence Welch has been performing a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ for quite some time now so it was no surprise when an official recorded version appeared on her RSD exclusive. The album features both a studio version and demo of ‘Delilah’ on the A-side and the ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ cover on the B-side. Pressed onto 180 gram custom blue vinyl, limited to 4,000 copies.
[Pro-tip: Listen to this mashup of Drake’s ‘Back to Back’ and Florence & the Machine’s ‘Delilah’ you will not regret it]
2. Alt J - Live at Red Rocks
As if my FOMO from missing the show at Red Rocks wasn’t bad enough, they have to remind me AGAIN that I wasn’t there….If you’re in the same boat as me their RSD exclusive will help ease some of the pain (emphasis on some). The album features their live performance on 2 different colored LP’s as well as a DVD with live show footage and CD.
3. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Do you need me to explain how cool this is? David Bowie’s iconic The Man Who Sold The World was pressed onto a 12” picture disk with the rare German album artwork, limited to 5,000 copies. Holy moly.
4. BØRNS - Live at KCRW ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’
I was beyond excited when I saw BØRNS was going to be releasing a RSD exclusive live from KCRW’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ show. While KCRW is a college radio station the quality of their music rivals any larger station, bringing in top artists to perform acoustic sessions. This album features acoustic renditions of songs from BØRNS’ debut album “Dopamine”. If you weren’t able to get a copy this past Saturday you can listen to the acoustic session on the NPR website here. This RSD exclusive was pressed on some super fly colored 12” vinyl, limited to 2000 copies.
5. The Doors - Live at The Aquarius: The First Performance
While it was no surprise The Doors released ANOTHER RSD exclusive (is it just me or do they plaster Jim Morrison’s face on every piece of merch ever invented?) I’m not going to lie; this year’s album is pretty dope. While the recording quality has been criticized it really brings you back to their 1968 performance, before the Aquarius Theatre became Nickelodeon Studios and before live albums were mixed and mastered just as heavily as studio albums.
Maybe we’ll all win the lottery next year and be able to buy the LP’s of our dreams but until then head on over to MAD Dragon Music Group’s Facebook page to enter our vinyl giveaways held every Wednesday! We might just have a super cool Record Store Day exclusive for you tomorrow….