As an update from our previous Record Store Day story – read it here – we are highlighting just some of the forthcoming special releases that you might be lucky enough to grab on Saturday 21st April.
But before we go into the list of options, it is advisable to contact your friendly local record shops that are taking place beforehand and place an order for the items that you are after.
This is really essential to you as basically it’s a free for all out there and people from everywhere will be chasing down that same limited edition release that you are after.
So what happens? Well in a nutshell, go through this list and pick the ones that take your fancy, then contact your local Record Store Day participants, which for Brighton are Bella Union Vinyl Shop, Rarekind Records, Resident Music and Vinyl Revolution.
They will then put in their vinyl orders with their distributors (which could even say be 20 different distributors) which will need to be sent by that distributors order deadlines – warning, some of these deadlines are as early as Tuesday 20 March – and then your friendly record shop will be on tenterhooks until about Saturday 14th April, as that is about the time that they will find out the exact record allocation they have been successful in securing for their customers.
Sounds like a bit of a lucky dip really, doesn’t it. But having witnessed how busy previous Record Store Days have been in Brighton, Eastbourne and Bexhill with hopeful punters queueing out of the record shops and right down the streets, then I guess you could actually say that it’s an element of first come, first served.
That’s why some souls sleep outside the record shops on the night prior to the event. I myself haven’t quite done that but I did queue for seven hours in torrential rain to grab some tickets for The Who back in the day. Yes, I got them.
Once in your record shop on Record Store Day, you could even find one or two releases that you didn’t even know that existed. That’s the fun of record shopping. Many a time have I gone out with the purpose of buying one disc only to return home with something completely different.
Some people are under the misconception that vinyl is dead. Well, Record Store Day blows that right out of the water.
So what’s of interest this year? Well, it’s a very varied bunch as always, so here are 30 decent offerings:
ABBA – Summer Night City (7” single picture disc limited to 2000 copies worldwide) “for dancing queens everywhere”
Air – Sexy Boy (12” single picture shaped disc) “for cuddly toy gorilla lovers”
The Barry Gray Orchestra – No Strings Attached (10” light blue vinyl mini LP) “FAB release for Gerry Anderson fans”
The Boys – The Boys (12” vomit splatter picture disc of 1000 copies) “for punks into the 1977 sound”
The Cure – Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018 (12” 2LP gatefold picture discs) “for lovers of goth”
David Bowie – Welcome To The Blackout: Live London ‘78 (12” 3LP trifold black vinyl) “for lovers of The Thin White Duke”
Doctor Who – The Tomb Of The Cybermen (12” 2LP silver vinyl) “for Timelord lovers across the galaxy”
Duran Duran – Duran Duran Budokan (12” LP black vinyl) “for New Romantics and Blitz Club boys and girls”
Elvis Presley – The King In The Ring (12” 2LP red opaque coloured vinyl) “for collectors of the King”
Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now: CamelPhat Remix (12” single black vinyl) “for followers of the Cook genius and Bake Off fans”
Fawlty Towers – Second Sitting (12” LP picture disc of 2000 copies worldwide) “for Basil The Rat and builders everywhere”
Hans Zimmer/Jacob Shea/David Fleming – Blue Planet II (12” LP numbered colour vinyl) “for lovers of David Attenborough and film buffs”
Human League – Secrets (12” 2LP 3 sided! white vinyl discs of 1000 copies worldwide) “for collectors who desire a whole side of blank”
Killing Joke – Absolute Decent (12” 2LP gatefold transparent yellow vinyl 300 limited edition) “for Wardance followers across the planet”
Lalo Schiffrin – Enter The Dragon OST (12” LP picture disc) “for Kung Fu and Bruce Lee enthusiasts”
Lovely Eggs – This Is Eggland (12” LP giant fried egg picture disc of 500 copies) “for me and only me…..oh go on then, for psychedelic punks from Wiggy Giggy”
Marc Bolan & T. Rex – The Final Cuts (12” LP numbered picture disc of 2000 copies worldwide) “for collectors of the Electric Warrior”
The Mekons – Where Were You?/I’ll Have To Dance Then On My Own (7” yellow vinyl) “for people with yellow hair with impeccable taste”
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – It’s A Beautiful World:Remixes (12” single on monochrome vinyl) “for Manchester City fans except Liam”
The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request (12” LP 3D cover with transparent vinyl disc) “for those wanting to be dazzled by their purchase”
Shaggy – Oh Carolina (7” single green vinyl) “for girls called Carolina and those who shake their booty”
Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe EP (12” EP red vinyl) “for lovers of Norwegian female vocalists who haven’t yet discovered Emilie Nicolas”
The Stooges – The Stooges: Detroit Edition (12” 2LP black vinyl) “for lovers of Iggy Pop”
Toy Dolls – Nellie The Elephant (7” single pink vinyl) “for tiny tots everywhere who want something a little more discerning than ‘The Wheels On The Bus’”
The Undertones – The Singles Box (13 7” singles in box) “for anyone who has got a cousin called Kevin who got The Human League into advise him”
Various Artists – Gary Crowley’s Punk & New Wave (12” 2LP in translucent red and blue vinyl limited 1977 copies worldwide) “for lovers of long forgotten punk gems”
Warsaw – Warsaw (12” LP in black and white vinyl) “for collectors of everything Ian Curtis, Joy Division and New Order”
The Who – The Kids Are Alright OST (12” 2LP red and blue vinyl) “for people who want to buy it and frame it and hang it on their walls as iconic art”
Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses: Remix EP (12” single white label) “for people who can pick up on a cred band”
Yazoo – Situation: Francois K Remixes (12” single black vinyl) “for those who didn’t buy the original US 12” import called Yaz”
Your local Brighton independent record shops that are taking place this year are listed below. Good luck and happy hunting!
Bella Union Vinyl Shop,
13 Ship Street Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1AJ Tel: 01273 245287 http://bellaunionstore.com/
104 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4ER Tel: 01273 818170
27-28 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL Tel: 01273 606312
33 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG Tel: 0333 323 0736
Once again, here’s a link to the website with the vinyl available, good luck: https://recordstoreday.co.uk/home/