Tomorrow, April 22, is the tenth official Record Store Day, a day that (as the title suggests) is an international celebration of all things vinyl and turntable. And given the ever-increasing amount of special LP’s and singles released each year, it is also something of an elongated Christmas morning for music nuts.
But in all seriousness, there are a lot of amazing vinyls being pressed out this year. To help you sift through the overwhelming amount of goodness, we’ve rounded up our 10 essential records you should cop. Happy hunting!
Before you proceed, please take a moment to watch this message from Record Store Day 2017 ambassador St. Vincent:
André 3000—“All Together Now” 7″
We know what you’re thinking: ‘André 3000 covered The Beatles?’ Apparently he did, for a Nike commercial in 2010, and now it can be yours to own on a lush 7″ picture disc because, why not?
The Cure—‘Greatest Hits’
Curated and remastered by frontman Robert Smith himself, the titans of goth rock’s greatest hits collection is truly spectacular: “Close To Me,” “Friday I’m in Love,” “Love Song,” and “Boys Don’t Cry” are all here on picture disc for the afternoons you plan on spending at home crying deleting pictures of your ex. Also available in acoustic version.
Danny Brown—“Ain’t It Funny” 10″
After recently getting a Jonah Hill-directed music video, Danny Brown is now bringing his Atrocity Exhibition-standout to the world of vinyl. The single arrives on a picture disc designed by the folks at Braindead, and features a B-side of a track called “Worth It” written with Clams Casino. A must for all the Danny-stans of the world.
David Bowie—‘Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74)’
It’s hard to find rarities with an icon as big as David Bowie, but this 3-LP set nails it. This live set has never been released, and it captures a full evening of Bowie’s phenomenal “Diamond Dogs” tour. All of the early hits are there: from “Space Oddity” to “Rock n’ Roll Suicide” to his (at the time) recent hit “Rebel Rebel.”
Lou Reed—‘Perfect Night: Live in London’
Making its first appearance on vinyl, this Lou Reed live album has a setlist that has to be seen—or heard—to believe. Recorded at the 1997 Meltdown Festival, it features cuts from his solo career like “Perfect Day,” “Coney Island Baby” and “Vicious” in addition to golden staples from The Velvet Underground like “I’ll Be Your Mirror.”
Despite being only four years old, Miley’s Bangerz (featuring the ubiquitous hits “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball”) is being reissued in a hot-pink double vinyl set. Do you really need us to sell you more on this?
The Notorious B.I.G.—‘Born Again’
The first album released after the Notorious B.I.G.’s death was a huge success, topping the charts upon its release in 1999. It has sadly been out of print ever since, until now. Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the icon’s death, the album is being presented in a (literally) golden double vinyl set.
Peter Tosh—‘Legalize It’
Maybe it’s the residual effects of yesterday’s 4/20 fiesta, but this landmark album from Peter Tosh feels more relevant than ever, particularly when it comes to amassing the perfect record collection. If you plan on having guests over for a spliff or a bowl, then there is simply no better soundtrack than this reggae masterpiece. It even comes in red, green and yellow stripe vinyl with a scratch and sniff sleeve (!!).
Vangelis—‘Blade Runner Original Soundtrack’
Blade Runner is one of the greatest films ever made, and its soundtrack is one of the many things that makes it so great. The film turns 35 this year, and in honor of its birthday, its masterfully moody soundtrack by Vangelis is being printed in picture disc form, so you can stare at a spinning Harrison Ford as the music transports you to a not-so-distant dystopia.
Various Artists—‘Space Jam: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture’
Are you someone who enjoys reliving their youth via extreme ’90s nostalgia? Despite his questionable life choices, are you someone who goes to bat for R. Kelly? Are you an aficionado of either cartoons or basketball? Are you any or all of these things? Then it’s about damn time you get yourself a vinyl of the Space Jam soundtrack.
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