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Here's Your Guide To Record Store Day 2019: Prince, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello & More Exclusive Releases
Since its humble launch in 2008, Record Store Day hasn't stopped growing. As more retailers find value in the surge in business, more labels and artists use the opportunity to drop unique releases and more fans flock to their local shops, the holiday feels like a win for everyone.
— Record Store Day (@recordstoreday) December 3, 2018
This year is no exception, with nearly 1,400 stores participating and over 500 exclusive "RSD exclusive" and "RSD first" releases. While that quantity ensures there's something for everyone to try to hunt down, it also can be a lot to sift through. As you plan out your record store visits on this year's installment, Saturday, Apr. 13, here are a few notables to stay on the lookout for while digging through bins. Happy hunting!
Jeff Tweedy - WARMER
The aptly titled follow-up to to 2018's WARM, this full-length offers an additional 10 songs of new material from the Wilco frontman. Tweedy also released his autobiography, Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir Of Recording And Discording With Wilco, Etc…, landed him on the New York Times bestseller list.
Aretha Franklin - The Atlantic Singles 1967
This vinyl box set containing a total of five 7" singles contains some of the late Queen of Soul's most instantly recognizable work, including "Respect," "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel)" and "Chain Of Fools." Pick up this limited release for a piece of music history.
RZA – Birth Of A Prince
The Wu-Tang alum's third studio album is pressed to blue smoke vinyl for its first-ever release on the format. The album features guest appearances by Ol' Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa and more.
Elvis Costello - Purse
Hot off the announcement of a co-headlining tour with Blondie this summer, the ever-prolific British singer/songwriter drops a special RSD EP collection of collaborations with some of music's greatest, including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash and Burt Bacharach. The EP's fourth and final track, "Down At The Bottom," features lyrics written by Dylan with Costello handling the music and Larkin Poe joining him on vocals.
Erykah Badu / James Poysner – "Tempted"
Badu teamed up with Poysner, producer/engineer Steve Mandel, Thundercat and more for this cover of Squeeze's 1981 ubiquitous hit, "Tempted" (fun fact: the song was originally produced by the aforementioned Costello). Surprisingly, the exclusive Record Store Day release is the first time the cover version can be heard, as the recording has never been released and Badu has never performed it live, making this 7" a true RSD treat.
Prince - The VERSACE Experience: PRELUDE 2 GOLD
Back in summer of 1995, this hyper-exclusive promotional cassette tape was given out during fashion week in Paris. Now, the companion to Prince's The Gold Experience sees its first-ever release for Record Store Day, a must-grab collector's cassette release for fans of the Purple One.
Courtney Barnett – "Everybody Here Hates You"
Coming complete with hand-drawn artwork by Barnett herself, the 12" single release of "Everybody Here Hates You" shows off a brand-new song from the GRAMMY nominee. The single's b-side, "Small Talk," was recorded during the sessions for her latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, and was released last year.
Third Man – 3" vinyl singles collection
Jack White's Third Man Records, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in Nashville this year, will release of a collection of 3" vinyl singles by the White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and his newly reunited band The Raconteurs, who are gearing up for their first album and tour in years. Third Man is also taking advantage of Record Store Day for its re-release of Captain Beefheart's classic album Trout Mask Replica, which was previously only available through the label's subscription program, The Vault.
Robyn – Body Talk
This double-LP of Robyn's 2010 smash album, Body Talk, gets its first-ever pressing on vinyl this year for Record Store Day. The exclusive drop follows the Swedish superstar's eight album, 2018's highly acclaimed Honey.
See the full list of Record Store Day 2019 releases here.