25 LPs you did not know you can not live without – Variety



Gentlemen, start your Crosleys. And ladies, turn on your high-end Technics. The Record Store Day 2019 brought us 401 new vinyl plates (give or take one or two cassettes and, God forbid, even some CDs). Some will be available for months, and some have been released in such limited quantities that even joining the line at dawn is not a guarantee of success – even if you really have to have them, the fins can be your friend.

If this list of 401 has blurred the minds, here are 25 highlights, summaries:

Bob Dylan, "Blood on the Tracks – Original New York Pressing" (LP, 7500 copies) The raison d'être, the cataire, the holy grail of this year's Record Store Day, is a good reason why they are 7500, to avoid the loss of blood in the aisles. It is difficult to explain the interest aroused by this title to a non-buff: Wait, you say that there is an organ part on a song that is a little different, and this is the reason for this hysteria ? Well no entirely. Let's go back to the beginning: in 1975, Dylan published an unknown number of copies of a private acetate containing a preliminary copy of what he thought was "Blood on the Tracks" – and then decided to re-record half of the album. The half that has been set aside has for the most part been involved in various archival projects over the years, including the seemingly "exhaustive" cabinet of last fall … but that was not all that exhaustive. it included all true acetate blends. The "silly wind" here, very infamous, has an overdub "phantasmagorical organ" that was not found on the raw tracks of the box. So, did you get the call of this exact replica of a strange historical artifact? Think of it this way: if you heard about an alternative Sistine Chapel with a few different brush strokes, would not you visit? Do not answer that – just get away from the dylanologist's outburst.

Jeff Tweedy, "Warmer" (LP, 5000 copies) It is not unusual for artists to offer an exclusive live album to Record Store Day. Exclusive studio albums are indeed rarer things. Matthew Sweet made it last year and this year, Tweedy has taken it back. He had recorded two albums when he recorded his recent "Warm". The idea suggests that it will be a lot of lower outputs, but simultaneously recorded companion album is strong enough that some fans prefer it even to the other album. The title is perhaps just a pun, but taken literally, you could infer that he became even more emotional about this lot of songs than he had ever done on the exceptionally coherent and confessional story "Warm". with the opening "Orphan", in which Tweedy is struggling with the death of her parents ("Mom, she died like a flowering desert … / I'm an orphan / Bring them back to me / I'll forgive them" ). All this may seem a little heavy for something as ephemeral as Record Store Day, but hey, geeks are also thinking about their own mortality.

Elton John, "Live from Moscow" (2xLP, 4000 copies) Speaking of disk geeks, Elton figures at the top of the list – ask any employee who has ever seen it at Tower Records – and sometimes use RSD to throw a bone at the fans. Last year, he gave Record Store Day an exclusive two-album expansion of his famous live album "11/17/70". People who had not watched it at the time were convinced he would eventually release this complete set on CD or republish the vinyl for a general audience. Nope. So, if you are a fan, do not sleep on the opportunity to get this set never played a 1979 concert in the USSR, where he played solo, but with an intermittent accompaniment of his percussionist. Of course, it covers the famous Beatles number on Russia. He is also frank about his own catalog, culminating with "Crocodile Rock," which, uh, was not one of my favorites, "he confesses to the crowd," but I will do it for you now. will not hear this confession during his farewell tour.

Aretha Franklin, "The Atlantic Singles 1967" (5 × 7 ", 4500 copies)

Al Green, Box "The Hi Records Singles" (26 × 7 ", 1500 copies)

Todd Rundgren, "The Complete US Bearsville & Warner Bros. Singles »(Box 4xLP, 4500 copies) There are many ways to manage a compilation of boxed singles; Here are three examples, each containing all the B faces as well as the A faces of the artists of a given period, before they diverged. The Aretha set is limited to one year, but it's a year-round, with "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" among the A sides and something as classic as "Do Right Woman Was then relegated to the background. Green's Box will take you further back, as it encompasses all of its classic period and includes 26 singles versus only five for Franklin. (The cost will probably not prevent the 1,500 copies from leaving immediately.) In the Rundgren case, all the singles were mixed on four complete discs, rather than presented in their original 45-rpm form. The decision to reconfigure these items on albums will be made by Todd fans, who should adapt to the beautiful cover that is being written. Rundgren's set includes fresh notes from the eternal Todd, Paul Myers, which makes him (again) realize how much he hates "Bang On the Drum All Day" and formulate this universally accepted statement about setbacks: " TK "

Various Artists, "Woodstock Mono PA Version" (3xLP, unknown quantity) Here is a real strange record intended to please the genius of a record store: a set of three discs that reproduces exactly the order of performance of the first album "Woodstock", but which offers mixes almost completely different, mainly from unpublished tapes of the harmony table, meant to reproduce what you would have heard coming out of the AP if you were on Yasgur 's farm. In fact, there is sometimes dubious fidelity and many distortions, as well as the satisfaction of having an even more true live album that has not been softened for mass consumption. The packaging, strangely, is exactly the same as on the original album, up to the "Cotillion" on the LP labels … but the feeling of being in the mud and surrendering account that you have already eaten brown acid is brand new.

Elvis Presley, "Live at the International Hotel Las Vegas, NV, August 23, 1969" (2xLP, 3000 copies) The so-called special return of Elvis is rightly venerated. What came immediately after, a little less. But there is a forthcoming CD box dedicated to the very first series of concerts he gave in Las Vegas, while he still rode high on this special network, which represented his first real concerts in 11 years, and aimed at Elvis in Vegas was a beautiful thing at first, but bitter things went before he disappeared. Prior to this box, they broadcast a full concert as a two-disc set for RSD, and TCB's prototype band is as steamy as Presley, still in combat.


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Elvis Costello & the Imposters, "Purse" (EP, 3000 copies) Everyone should have both Elvis in their life. Costello recently registered an EP concept – remember EP concept? Of course not – in which he returned to the obscure recesses of his catalog of songs and recorded or re-recorded four tracks that he wrote with the great music lovers of the group 20.th century: Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and (not one, this collaboration) Burt Bacharach. Dylan's collaboration may be a bit misleading: this is one of Dylan's lyrics he set to music for the T Bone Burnett project of "Basement Tapes" – lyrical re-enactments a few years ago. Perhaps the most successful writing here is "Lovers Who Never Lived," of which we heard the McCartney version, but it's nice to hear EC find a more palpable pain, as well as the power. With the Imposters in their more nuanced fashion and the same producer as "Look Now" from last year, "Purse" is really an accessory of this acclaimed album.

Fleetwood Mac, "The Fleetwood Mac Alternative" (12,500 copies)

John Lennon, "Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)" (335,000 copies)

Van Morrison, "Astral Weeks Alternative" (EP, 9,000 copies) A delightful trend has emerged during the last Record Store Days: the "alternative" version of a classic rock album, restored and lightened from the many prints that filled a voluminous CD cabinet. Last year, Van Morrison's "Alternative Moondance" remains my favorite for this type of record. For "Astral Works", there were not enough versions to create a complete album with an alternate universe, but the four songs that make up the EP are sometimes long enough that you do not feel too much press. . Fleetwood Mac are regulars of these versions – we had the alternative "Tusk", "Rumors" and "Tango in the Dark" on previous RSD discs. This time, the concept is extended to their eponymous breakthrough of 1975. The opening of "Monday Morning", for example, is a slight revelation: it's nice to hear Lindsey Buckingham relaxed, even if they would never became superstars if these crude versions had not been reinforced. Lennon's "Imagine" tracks are actually the same soundtracks as the finished album 71, but without the added spectorization.

Erykah Badu & James Poyser, "Tempted" (7 ", 1500 copies) Nobody will ever be one of Record Store Day's major releases, but this is the kind of music you should not forget that you should not forget in the middle of your classic rock sensation. Steve Mandel, a Roots collaborator, produced a series of exclusive RSD Squeeze covers, including one from Costello last year. Apparently, there was a whole tribute album in the works that never failed, so unused recordings go out one by one. They will not get better than Badu in the most famous hit of Squeeze, which was already R & B before turning it into a serious R & B with this nice effort sober but effective.

Bill Evans, "Evans in England" (2xLP, 2000 copies)

Wes Montgomery, "Back on Indiana Avenue: The Recordings of Carroll DeCamp" (2xLP, 1500 copies) AT Variety, we've already explained that Resonance Records was Record Store Day's unofficial mascot brand because of the reliability with which they produced a pair of phenomenal record releases twice a year (there's also a Black Friday RSD compliment that the label never jumps). They are not disappointed this time. Although Resonance was already in the vanguard with his previous guitar editions, the great Montgomery and pianist Evans, they still find cassettes just as spectacular (in Evans' case) or even studio (with Montgomery) that you can not believe lost halfway. -century or more in the attic of someone else instead of being released and justifiably acclaimed among the pantheon of great jazz albums. The label has changed things a little this year; instead of waiting months after the release of CD versions of these albums, RSD consolidates advertising and publishes digital editions quite quickly. But they also made these sets of records in smaller quantities than the 3,000 units they sometimes bought. They should disappear just as quickly. Do you need vinyl versions, if digital versions arrive quickly? Yes, and not just for analog heat. Resonance achieves the highest ratings in the industry – each of their releases is almost annotated, with Q & As and essays with or by surviving players as well as scholarly fans (which, in Montgomery's case, include George Benson). You do not need reading glasses to get large print versions (and large photos) of these terribly comprehensive booklets.


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The White Stripes, "Candy Cane Child" (3 "single, 2000 copies) This is not a typo: a 3-inch disc does exist, for the great reason that it is there. Because everyone still leaves too much revenue available at the end of RSD, Crosley has created a drive for one of Jack White's pet formats, on sale in the best stores around the world (and one Third Man brand edition only available from the label). Nashville and Detroit). It is not very useful without software, so Third Man has issued a pack of four of 3 inches … and having them on hand (although we have not yet been able to demonstrate the turntable), we can say that the disc is even smaller than their ring. Third Man has a pack of four singles to give you your start – and maybe, frankly, finish – in the world of 3-inch collectors, while Epitaph also has a handful, and there's a big 3-inch record of Foo Fighters that comes with the Crosley unit. High fidelity report coming soon …

Pink Floyd, "A saucer of secrets (Mono)" (335 copies) Last year, Sony reissued Floyd's mono version of Floyd's "Piper at Dawn's Doors," which she was printing on vinyl for the first time in 50 years … and that was the first thing the audience RSD was waiting as soon as the doors opened. Giving the same treatment to the band's sophomore album, in which Roger Waters sets orders for the heart of the sun and new recruit David Gilmour, although Syd Barrett has fallen into the cameo role, will produce the same demand. Hardcore Floydians say the sound differences between stereo and mono on this one are not as pronounced – we're not talking about "Sgt. Pepper's "A / B-ing levels here – and purists may be slightly disappointed that the back jacket only reproduces the appearance of the packaging at the tip without actually being at the forefront. (Sorry, geek talk.) But surely there are not many fans who have not let themselves be carried away by a slightly different version of this set than the usual tour of Nick Mason who borrowed the title of this album on behalf of his band .

Lone Justice, "Live at the Palomino" (LP, 1700 copies) I will admit a slight bias here: I was present at this 1983 concert organized in the oldest country music club in Los Angeles, to which a young push, Dwight Yoakam, opened for the group of Maria McKee, who was then about a more established yard on the city's cowpunk fertile scene than Dwight. And, more than 35 years later, I am convinced that the 1983 Lone Justice was just a phenomenal phenomenon – a pastiche slightly affected by retrospective styles that also managed to be incredibly hot and seriously rocking and better musical composition than I was. I have never heard of my life … very few of them made their debut in the band's debut in 1985 with Geffen. McKee's style has changed so much in the years that have passed that it has become so obvious that it should have been obvious at the time of playing his part, but his combination of ideas has not changed. Western inflections and legitimate rockabilly should have been worth to him the equivalent of a music. Oscar. The rest of the band was on fire too, as writers and performers, with the Doors, Beach Boys, X's and Blasters among the top six LP bands ever produced. Listen and you will want you to be there too. You can be sort of. (A widely available CD will soon follow this exclusive vinyl.)

U2, "The Europa EP" (12 ", 5000 copies) U2 has been a big supporter of RSD, and although you may wish that they bring complete outings, they do a pretty consistent job coming out with a minimalist vinyl – usually 12-inch remix singles – in maximalistic packaging. . This is the case of this somewhat strange but effective release, whose side A reproduces the opening of their recent tour, in which an excerpt on the screen of Charlie Chaplin's moving final speech in "The Great Dictator" gives way to place in opening agreements. of the "New Year." It was, and is, a hell of a segue. Remixes in the studio populate the B-side 12 inches.

LeAnn Rimes, "Live from Gruene Hall" (LP, 1000 copies) In recent years, Rhymes has somehow re-established itself as an unlikely disco queen – or at least a person who figures at the top of the dance charts and who is a club favorite – and less than the country thrush, you are may remember it. But there's no hard-hitting dancefloor beats in this fiercely racial set, freshly recorded in Texas' most beloved roadhouse. Listen to her tearing up in Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride and Joy" for an opening act and you may be convinced to listen to a Vaughan contemporary from the Austin scene. From there, it is a list full of roots ("Streets of Bakersfield") and unusual choices ("Wonderwall"). This output in clear vinyl deserves a worldwide entry superior to 1000 copies.

Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch, "Twin Peaks Season 2: Music and More" (2xLP, 9000 copies) The soundtrack of Season 1 "TP" and the "Fire Walk With Me" album from Badalamenti's pre-music have both been published on vinyl several times, but the score for Season 2 was almost orphaned 'now. Historians will note that a CD was briefly available on Lynch's website, but it quickly disappeared into the red room and was never turned into vinyl. This oversight is corrected with this double colored vinyl album, which includes a large photo booklet and some very minimal support notes. Badalamenti's S2 music is arguably more varied and traditional than any other "Peaks" album – you get the twangy blues and spooky stuff, but also the quirkiness of a barber quartet.

Bingo Hand Job (aka R.E.M.), "Live at the Borderline 1991" (2xLP, 3000 copies) The sticker emphasizes that this live album is "fully licensed", ie simply because REM played under a pseudonym for some reason from this 1991 club show, and thus the rights apparently do not fall under their contractual ties usual, it is always a legal name and approved under another name. This makes it a beautiful addition to the posthumous canon – and despite the pen name, the group produces mostly familiar material, though they deviate for a mix of casual travelogues from the classic Cash / Carter "Jackson" And "Dallas" by Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

Charlie Parker, "Charlie Parker with Ropes – Alternative Shots" (LP, 2500 copies) One of the real treats of the season for jazz dogs. The cover notes from this album's releases of his best-seller of the early '50s indicate that later in life, Parker was ashamed of having done business with working with ropes but that his comments make it clear that he was proud of that. job. And what not to be proud of, despite the fact that he did a more stimulating job?

Devo, "This is the Devo Box" (6xLP box, 3000 copies) A box without frills, unless you count the six different vinyl colors for the first six Devo albums, which fit perfectly in their reproduction jackets in a holster. With the long-established theory of de-evolution, a proven socio-political fact, there could hardly be a better soundtrack for the broken ship. Read the news and write your own notes.

Jeff Buckley, "In Transition" (LP, 3000 copies) If you thought the Buckley closet was empty, you were wrong: these first sessions of his debut album never came to fruition until the release of this vinyl record. There is a reason why they might not have tried to publish them first posthumously: the young Buckley still finds his voice in every way, and perhaps he is influenced by everything. what happens at that moment, it becomes a little more aggressive sometimes to hear being beautiful. But there are some fascinating curiosities here – such as a cover of Nina Simone's "If You Knew", as well as an early stab at Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and an original title entitled "Unforgiven aka Last Goodbye" , which lets you know that this is a little song that you know and love and love.

Roxy Music, "Roxy Music – Remixed" (2 × 12 ", 2500 copies) Bryan Ferry has commissioned some additional items for the box set of their eponymous debut album, released last year. Some ended up not doing the cut, perhaps because he wanted to stay a little purist about the original recordings and outings. One of the victims that comes with this set of two discs is a selection of contemporary remixes that involve "Ladytron", for example, truly on the territory of "Tron". This is not an essential addition to Roxy's canon, but this first album was such a book that we would buy a collection being processed in a meat grinder – and those leaning EDM covers are definitely more fun than that.

Various Artists, "In the garage: WTF Live Music with Marc Maron" (LP, 2000 copies) Over the years, the favorite podcaster of the United States has collected a collection of his favorite acoustic performances of the series, and with a little luck it is only a Vol. 1. N & # Any contribution from Aimee Mann or Lucinda Williams is hard to beat, but Maron himself joins Dave Alvin for a performance and dialogue that follows when Maron's hero helps him cross the reminder of why the podcast lasts.

Robyn, "Body Talk" (2xLP, 2500 copies) It's Robyn. There is probably not much more to say, except that "Body Talk" has never been on vinyl, let alone on clear vinyl, and there are so-called unique mixes labeled on this double album (that we did not have the possibility to preview or get a complete list of songs in advance). As this is Robyn, you will cry if you are able to get and listen to this pressed version, and of course you cry if you do not, so think carefully.

John Hiatt and Lilly Hiatt, "You Must Go!" / "All Kinds of People" (7 ", 450 copies) Bring the family, redux. Genius within the family, this idea: Dad plays one of his famous daughter's songs and his daughter one of his songs. No need for competition here – if one jack or the other is lesser, he can always blame the songwriter at the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.

Dennis Wilson, Taylor Hawkins, Brian May and Roger Taylor, "Holy Man" (7 years) Few singles claim as much their own entry on Wikipedia as this collaboration from beyond. This is the third iteration of the song, which began life as an instrument, which Wilson recorded for his only solo album, "Pacific Blue". When a luxury version of this effort came out posthumously, Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters was enlisted to record a voice. for a newly written lyrics. This would have seemed to be (welcome) quite altered, but now the remaining two members of Queen, May and Taylor, have taken this hybrid and made it more hybrid, reinforcing the track – including the roaring guitar part you and the late Wilson probably never understood that he needed it.

Various Artists, "Stax Does the Beatles" (2xLP) The Fab Four stole black music from America, and this list has stolen. There is no bad time for that, in the 1960s or now, with this vinyl reissue half a century later.


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