With less than a month to go till Record Store Day, Saturday April 20, I thought I would have a look through the official list of releases that will be available on the day and see what would be of interest to blues and roots fans. As usual there is a few interesting titles coming out and if you are lucky enough to live near one of the participating record shops then you might be in luck in nabbing one of these tasty vinyl albums or CDs.
Unfortunately there are no more local record shops on the islands where I stay in the North Atlantic. The nearest record shop to me is Grooves Records in Kirkwall, Orkney all of 159 kilometres away from Shetland, my next stop would be Inverness and then off to Norway. Kind of says a lot about the state of play of our local record shops. I will quite happily hold my hands up and say I stopped supporting mine years ago due to numerous reasons, not least of which was having a family and looking for alternative ways to listen to music. In fact when the local record shop, Clives Record Shop, was closing the doors and having a closing down sale I could only go in the once to have a look and pick over the stock.Why ?Because the feeling of guilt that I had not been loyal over recent years was very strong, but you know I had cause to thank the music Gods that the record shop was there. I had a radio show to do and there was no time to work with the mp3 files I had and I had to dash to Clive’s to see what I could grab to play on the family request show, Gie Us A Tune, I found music, CDs that I could play and know what I was going to play. Cannot do that any more. Of course the replacement for the local record shop is the local charity shops and over the years I’ve found some gems, not the valuable ones as charities are a bit wiser now, the musical gems of times gone by and memories of youth, guilty pleasures as well as the ones that you wished you had bought in the past. A fun day in Aberdeen last year going around all the charity shops and increasing my collection of CDs.
The only problem I have now is that I have no room for storing CDs and I have started buying vinyl again, if the release merits it, the feel of heavy vinyl is so addictive. Just need to sort out my turntable but thank heavens most of these vinyl releases come with a download code or a CD included. Well most other than Record Store Day releases !
I’ve singled out the blues and roots orientated releases and the stand outs for me would be Buddy Guy, Newport Live 1961, Big Mama Thornton and the Bobby Rush compilation are what appeal to me. Mind you the Joe Bussard and Gary Clark Jr releases would be worth tracking down. Ach let me just say that they are all worthwhile and if you have the chance to get out there and support a local record shop do it. Mind now a record shop is not just for Record Shop Day but for every Saturday of the year.
You can download the complete list here but here is a list of the Blues and roots releases, so far.
Record Store Day Exclusive Release
The Animals - The Animals are Back 10″ LP
More Info: First vinyl reissue since 1964, cut on 10″ 45 RPM for audio fidelity. Includes We’ve Got To Get Out of This Place, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Bring It On Home To Me, Club A Gogo
The Animals - The Animals is Here 10″ Vinyl
More Info: First vinyl reissue since 1964, cut on 10″ 45 RPM for audio fidelity. Includes House of the Rising Sun, Gonna Send You Back To Walker, I’m Crying, Baby Let Me Take You Home
Big Mama Thornton - Jail 12″ Vinyl
More Info: Re-issue of Big Mama’s 1975 classic live-from-prison album. Newly re-mastered from the original tapes.
The Black Keys/ Stooges - Side by Side: No Fun 7″ Vinyl
More Info: A) The Black Keys – Black Chandelier (Live Zurich, Switzerland 19.01.13) B) Stooges – City Of Dreadful Night. Black and Clear splatter colored vinyl in clear plastic jacket. Two tracks exclusive.
Various Artists - Blues at Newport 1963 12″ Vinyl
Features performances from Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, Mississippi John Hurt, John Hammond, Rev. Gary Davis, John Lee Hooker and Dave Van Ronk.
Joe Bussard - Guitar Rag/Screwdriver Slide 7″ Vinyl
More Info: 8 RPM of Fonotone Records owner and 78 collector playing slide guitar.
A. Guitar Rag B. Screwdriver Slide
Gary Clark Jr. - HWUL Raw Cuts, Vol. 2 12″ Vinyl
More Info: A) When My Train Comes In (Live). B) When My Train Comes In (Album Version).
12″ Vinyl single, regular weight vinyl. Three colors randomly shipped. 1K of each color: Clear, White and Gold.
Cream - Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6 2005 Vinyl Box Set
More Info: 3 x 12″ vinyl box set (white vinyl). Limited to a one time pressing of 1,500 units. Title has been unavailable for more than 5 years.
Buddy Guy - Hold That Plane 12″ Vinyl
More Info: re-issue of Buddy Guy’s blistering 1972 set. Newly re-mastered from the original tapes.
Ben Harper - By Your Side 12″ Vinyl
More Info: The vinyl version of his latest release, on which Ben curated his personal favorite ballads.
JD Mcpherson - Fire Bug 7″ Vinyl
More Info: SIDE A: Fire Bug / SIDE B: A Gentle Awakening
Rolling Stones - 5 X 5 EP 7″ Vinyl
More Info: First time on original format since 1964. Includes If You Need Me, Empty Heart, 2120 Michigan Ave, Around and Around.
Bobby Rush - Southern King Of Blues Funk 12″ Vinyl & CD
More Info: This is gonna be the best single package of his music of all times—not only will it have his biggest hit (original version of ‘Chicken Heads‘), his single for Philly International/Gamble & Huff(bet you didn’t know he had one with those guys), but two extended versions and a cut from his late February 2013 release also. Cover for each piece is unique.
Record Store Day First Release
Taj Mahal - Hidden Treasures
Taj Mahal - Natch l Blues