Record Store Day 2015: Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, U2 Plan Releases
With Record Store Day a little over a month away, its organizers have released “The List” – a collection of all the rare, curious and limited-edition items that will be available in independent music shops. Foo Fighters, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, U2, Brian Wilson and Bruce Springsteen are among the artists with notable releases coming out on April 18th.
In celebration of their 20th anniversary (and because Dave Grohl is this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador), Foo Fighters are putting out Songs From the Laundry Room, a 10-inch containing four tracks, including demos of “Big Me” and “Alone + Easy Target,” a cover of Kim Wilde’s peppy new-wave hit “Kids in America” and the previously unreleased “Empty Handed.” FooFightersLive has posted the release’s ostensible artwork, which was featured in the U.K. magazine Kerrang!, and reports the tunes were recorded in Laundry Room Studio by Barrett Jones, who co-produced Foo Fighters’ debut album. If this recording is like the album, Grohl plays all of the instruments himself.
Also notable is Cash’s Koncert v Praze (In Prague—Live), which he recorded in 1983 and will be available on “Soviet red” vinyl since he recorded it behind the Iron Curtain. McCartney is putting out a re-pressing of The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording, his long-out-of-print 1967 George Martin–produced score to the Hayley Mills film. U2 have made a Songs of Innocence Deluxe double-LP, which features a white, die-cut gatefold cover. Brian Wilson is putting out a seven-inch of the No Pier Pressure songs “The Right Time” and “Sail Away,” songs that feature appearances by fellow former Beach Boys members Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin (in varying configurations). And Springsteen is putting out limited-edition reissues of a handful of seven of his classic albums, including Born in the U.S.A., Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and Nebraska.
Several other artists are also reissuing parts of their catalog in interesting formats. The Doors are putting out the mono edition of Strange Days. Bob Dylan is reissuing The Basement Tapes in stereo and mono vinyl editions (signed and numbered by the Band’s Garth Hudson). Jerry Garcia’s 1974 solo album Garcia (Compliments) will come out on translucent green vinyl. And Willie Nelson’s 1998 album Teatro will become a double-LP.
Seven-inches will still occupy a lot of shelf space at this year’s Record Store Day. Jeff Beck has a handful of classic singles that he is reissuing. The Black Keys have a split seven-inch with Junior Kimbrough featuring recordings of “Meet Me in the City.” Reissues of three Kinks seven-inches will celebrate their 50th anniversary. Bob Dylan has one for his Sinatra cover “The Night We Called It a Day.” And a seven-inch of the song “Touch Me I’m Dick” by the faux-grunge band featured in Singles, Citizen Dick (actor Matt Dillon with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament) will also sport the etching of a quote by Dillon’s character about the song on its B side.
Elsewhere, Gregg Allman is putting out a self-titled 10-inch picture disc, and David Bowie has a “Changes” picture-disc seven-inch.
Some artists are putting out rare live recordings on vinyl. Jimi Hendrix’s performances of “Purple Haze” and “Freedom” at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival will be on a seven-inch. Robert Plant has put together a three-song live EP, More Roar, recorded last year. A 1968 Sly and the Family Stone concert will be available on green and red vinyl. The Stooges’ 1970 Have Some Fun: Live at Ungano’s will come out on black-and-white splattered vinyl. And a box set of Grateful Dead’s Nassau Coliseum shows in 1990 will come out on five LPs.
Finally, Metallica’s No Life ’til Leather demo cassette and the Violent Femmes’ Happy New Year, which features their “Love Love Love Love Love” will both be available. Although it’s not listed on Record Store Day’s website, Jack White is also planning on reissuing Elvis Presley’s 1953 “My Happiness” acetate, for which he paid $300,000 at auction.