Record Store Day Offers Limited-Edition Vinyl Releases
Posted 3/29/2012

Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans and Esperanza Spalding are just a few of the artists who will be highlighted during the fifth annual Record Store Day, taking place at independent music retailers on April 21.

What started as a relatively small effort to support indie shops has turned into a major shopping event, with many retailers taking in more revenue on Record Store Day (RSD) than on any other day of the year. While some stores will offer giveaways and free in-store performances on April 21, the flood of special releases is the lure that will motivate shoppers to line up outside stores.

One RSD exclusive will be Concord’s limited-edition pressing of The Dave Brubeck Octet’s Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals on 10-inch red vinyl. Originally released in 1952, the recording includes eight songs and features sidemen Bill Smith, Paul Desmond, David Van Kriedt, Dick Collins, Bob Collins, Ron Crotty and Cal Tjader.

Another Concord title is a limited-edition pressing of Spalding’s Radio Music Society, which will be available in a 180-gram, double-gatefold vinyl configuration, released exclusively to RSD outlets for four weeks. The two-LP set includes a download card for access to both audio and video content from the album.

Resonance is issuing a cobalt blue, 10-inch vinyl pressing of selections from the Bill Evans album Live At Art D’Lugoff’s Top Of The Gate, recorded on Oct. 23, 1968. Evans was joined at the gig by bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell.

Tompkins Square is issuing a 78 rpm, 10-inch vinyl release by Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars, and one by bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley. In a press release, Tompkins Square owner Josh Rosenthal said, “A lot of new turntables play 78s, and many 78 collectors listen to their records on modern equipment. Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe have all recently released 78s. So I thought it would be fun to start a line of them.”

Vanguard is offering vinyl reissues of titles by Larry Coryell, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt and Buddy Guy.

Also, there are releases by Miles Davis, the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Gary Clark Jr., Phish, the Black Keys, Tinariwen and Tortoise.

Because quantities are limited, not every store will receive every title. The Record Store Day website organizes titles into three categories: RSD exclusive releases; RSD limited run/regional focus releases; and “RSD First” releases.

For more information, as well as a full list of titles and participating stores, visit the Record Store Day website.

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