ALL SALES VINYL

Record Store Day spe­cials

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Af­ter more than a decade, there’s prob­a­bly no other mu­si­cian more proud of Record Store Day than rocker Jack White. April 21 marks the 11th an­niver­sary of the an­nual vinyl cel­e­bra­tion and White, who helped spear­head re­newed in­ter­est in the for­mat among mu­sic en­thu­si­asts, couldn’t be hap­pier.

“It’s won­der­ful to see a lot of that come to its fruition,” White told Post­media in a re­cent in­ter­view.

On the third Satur­day ev­ery April, Record Store Day cel­e­brates vinyl at your lo­cal record shop from sun up to sun down. For the first time since 2011, vinyl and CDs are out­selling dig­i­tal down­loads There are hun­dreds of ti­tles be­ing re­leased — reis­sued clas­sics, lim­ited-edi­tion coloured press­ings, box sets, cas­settes and never-be­fore heard of­fer­ings from A-lis­ters.

Here is a highly sub­jec­tive list of the most col­lectible re­leases you should try to find. For a list of all the al­bums avail­able and a store near you, visit record­store­day.com:

AC/D BACK IN BLACK (CAS­SETTE)

While Record Store Day cel­e­brates vinyl, there are still some cas­sette and CD-only re­leases. AC/DC is set to reis­sue Back in Black — one of the big­gest-sell­ing records of all time — on cas­sette.

AR­CADE FIRE EP

Al­bum of the year win­ners at last month’s Juno Awards, Ar­cade Fire is go­ing back to where it started for this year’s Record Store Day. The seven-track de­but EP (known un­of­fi­cially as Us Kids Know) will be avail­able for the first time on trans­par­ent blue vinyl.

DAVID BOWIE WEL­COME TO THE BLACK­OUT (LIVE LON­DON ’78); BOWIE NOW; LET’S DANCE

This year there are three lim­ited-edi­tion Bowie items. Wel­come to the Black­out — a pre­vi­ously un­re­leased three-LP set recorded in Lon­don dur­ing the ISOLAR II tour — comes with im­agery by pho­tog­ra­phers Sukita and Chris Wal­ter. Fans can also try to snag a copy of Bowie Now, the first com­mer­cial re­lease of a rare 1977 promo LP fea­tur­ing tracks from the Low and He­roes al­bums. It comes on white vinyl and fea­tures rarely seen pho­tos taken in Ber­lin that same year. And col­lec­tors will want to seek out a stripped-down demo ver­sion of Let’s Dance. The song was re-re­leased on dig­i­tal for Bowie’s birth­day on Jan. 8 and ends with the singer en­thus­ing, “That’s it! That’s it! Got it.”

ERIC CLAP­TON RUSH; COM­PLETE CLAP­TON

Clap­ton will dust off two gems from his discog­ra­phy — his mostly in­stru­men­tal sound­track to the 1991 film Rush (which fea­tured the orig­i­nal ver­sion of Tears in Heaven) and his 2007 com­pi­la­tion Com­plete Clap­ton. The lat­ter boasts 36 of his most revered songs, from 1968 to 2006. The Record Store Day 2018 ver­sion in­cludes a lim­ited-edi­tion sin­gle of The Shape You’re In.

BOB DY­LAN AND THE GRATE­FUL DEAD DY­LAN & THE DEAD

More than 30 years ago, two leg­ends joined forces for an un­for­get­table tour. Dy­lan & The Dead re­cap­tures that strange trip with stretched-out jams All Along The Watch­tower, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Gotta Serve Some­body and more. Nat­u­rally, it will be avail­able on red-and-blue tie-dye vinyl.

LED ZEP­PELIN ROCK AND ROLL; FRIENDS

Sur­pris­ingly, Led Zep has never had a Record Store Day re­lease be­fore. That’s about to change with a seven-inch Olympic Stu­dio Mix of Rock And Roll and Friends se- lected by gui­tarist Jimmy Page. It comes in eye-catch­ing yel­low.

MADONNA THE FIRST AL­BUM; YOU CAN DANCE

The Queen of Pop is pulling out two gems from her vaults. The first is a reis­sue of a rare 1983 Ja­panese eight-track that comes with a fold­out page Ja­panese bi­og­ra­phy/ lyric in­sert and a pink heart-shaped sticker fea­tur­ing the orig­i­nal Ja­panese text. She will also re-re­lease a replica of her 1987 remix com­pi­la­tion You Can Dance. The red vinyl, out of print for 30 years, fea­tures hits Hol­i­day and Into the Groove.

PINK FLOYD THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN

The iconic prog-rock­ers are tak­ing a trip down mem­ory lane with a re­mas­tered re­vamp of their de­but al­bum. Writ­ten and per­formed by Syd Bar­rett, Roger Wa­ters, Richard Wright and Nick Ma­son, the 1967 re­lease was the only one made under the stew­ard­ship of Bar­rett (who helped found the band). The disc comes paired with an ex­clu­sive poster per­fect for fram­ing.

ELVIS PRES­LEY THE KING IN THE RING

To­ward the end of 1968, the Elvis re-es­tab­lished him­self as the King of Rock and Roll with an in­ti­mate come­back spe­cial that aired on NBC. Fea­tur­ing hits like Heart­break Ho­tel and Are You Lone­some Tonight? and hol­i­day tune Blue Christ­mas, King in the Ring gets a spiffy up­grade, in­clud­ing a new gate­fold sleeve and a red vinyl press­ing. The set will be num­bered and there are only 3,000 avail­able.

PRINCE 1999

His pur­ple­ness re­turns with a seven-track reis­sue of his fifth stu­dio al­bum. Fea­tur­ing the mas­sive pop hits 1999, Lit­tle Red Corvette, Deliri­ous and Let’s Pre­tend We’re Mar­ried, his ac­claimed break­through has been avail­able on vinyl for 35 years. But it will be hard to find: There are only 5,300 copies be­ing re­leased in North Amer­ica.

BRUCE SPRING­STEEN GREAT­EST HITS

The Boss is play­ing a sold-out run on Broad­way for the rest of the year. For those not lucky enough to be go­ing, we can re­live his fist-pump­ing sta­dium an­thems in this 1995 com­pi­la­tion of his big­gest hits from the first two decades of his ca­reer. In­cludes Born in the U.S.A., Danc­ing In the Dark, Hun­gry Heart and more all pressed on red vinyl.

THE SHEEPDOGS NO­BODY; I’VE GOT A HOLE WHERE MY HEART SHOULD BE

Saskatchewan’s Sheepdogs have been named Record Store Day’s first-ever “Champions of Canada.” To cel­e­brate, the rock­ers will drop live per­for­mances of No­body and I’ve Got a Hole Where My Heart Should Be. If that weren’t enough, the band’s first two al­bums — Big Stand and Try­ing to Grow — will be on vinyl for the first time.

TAY­LOR SWIFT TAY­LOR SWIFT; 1989; FEAR­LESS

Swifties can get in on the fun as the pop star reis­sues three of her al­bums on coloured vinyl. Pop’s reign­ing princess will be drop­ping a turquoise vinyl of her self-ti­tled de­but, a gold vinyl of Fear­less and a hot pink vinyl of 1989. There will only be 2,500 avail­able of each, and each is in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered.

U2 LIGHTS OF HOME

U2 will is­sue a snazzy-look­ing 12-inch pic­ture disc fea­tur­ing two ver­sions of their Songs of Ex­pe­ri­ence tune, Lights of Home — one of which is a remix by Beck.

There are three David Bowie press­ings avail­able this year.

Elvis Pres­ley: The King in the Ring

U2: Lights of Home

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