Our navigation of Record Store Day hell


There’s an underwhelmingly sinking feeling as you reach a queue of fifty or sixty grown men waiting to get their hands on one of the three Bowie special releases you’d skipped your cornflakes in hope of grasping. After four disappointing hours stood outside a shop which rarely gets a look in any other day of the year, you settle for Yazoo – ‘Don’t Go‘, repressed in gleaming magenta.

At no other point in your life will you stoop as low as this… until next Record Store Day when you’re sat face to face with Alan Partridge – ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. What should be a celebration of the old musical form can so easily turn into “fuck you Sainsbury’s, why did you insist on bringing these abnormally large discs back?”

Here’s our simple tips on what you should be eyeing up in order to avoid disappointment this Record Store Day.

Ian Brown – ‘Solarized’
With the news that Stone Roses are back in the studio making ‘glorious’ music, this record store day offers the opportunity to delve into the front mans solo work. Releasing his critically acclaimed fourth album on vinyl for the first time, with collaborations from Noel Gallagher, this is bound to be hot property for old and new fans alike.
– Daniel Stockdale

Ezra Furman – ‘Songs By Others’
Ezra’s ‘Perpetual Motion People’ captured the essence of bluesy-rock, and allowed us to understand his personality and characteristics within a record. But this special release for Record Store Day, consisting of covers of the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Beck and Jackie Wilson means we’re about to get to know Ezra Furman a whole load more.
Connor Willis

Jimi Hendrix -‘ Smash Hits’
Hailed as one of the the greatest guitarists to grace rock music, Hendrix has significantly influenced modern day rock and blues, inspiring many of the present day heroes. This twelve track reissue, restored to it’s original 1969 format, offers a perfect opportunity for people who want to dip their toes in to the wonderful blues rock world of Jimi Hendrix. From the melancholic, bluesy slumber of ‘Hey Joe’, to the gritty, sexed up ‘Foxy Lady’, this album provides a glorious snippet of the archive of a rock legend.
– Benjamin Robinson

Mac DeMarco – ‘Another One Demos’
Since every instrument on Mac DeMarco’s excellent 2015 mini-album ‘Another One’ was recorded by the Pepperoni Playboy himself in his New York home, these demos are certain to capture the evolution of a song from its stripped down initial idea to the fully formed version featured on the album.
– Ethan Megenis-Clarke


Florence + The Machine – ‘Delilah/Only Love Can Break Your Heart’
A record tinged with heartache and the spellbinding vocal that could only be sourced from the raw emotion and power of Florence Welch, ‘Delilah/Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ is a firm reminder of the torment a broken heart can provide yet it’s laced with pure beauty and grace that makes it a dreamy listen. Including both the album and demo version of ‘Delilah’ from ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ and a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’, it showcases anguish in a glorious jaunt.
– Alisha Griffiths

Talking Heads/Echosmith – ‘This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)’
“This must be the place” is the likely to be murmured next Saturday by a number of enthusiasts at the tills as well as those who belatedly stumble across the lengthy queues. This is one not to be missed but as hard as it to find a copy of the original single, once these have been purchased, an Echosmith B-side will probably decrease its rarity. No, I’m don’t know what they were thinking either. Enjoy a Talking Heads classic and etch your love for them into the B-side – it’s the most use you’ll get out of it.
– Josh Shreeve

Public Service Broadcasting – ‘The Other Side’
With their unique style of no singing and using samples from the archives of the British Film Institute, ‘The Other Side’ is a live favourite taken from their last studio album ‘The Race For Space’. This unique picture disc features the conversation between ground control and those on board the Apollo 8, the first manned ship to orbit the moon, due to the subject matter the track is extremely tense. However the duo perfectly pair this tense moment with brooding music leading to a euphoric ending which showcases an iconic and heroic moment in modern history.
– Alex Walker

Glen Campbell – ‘Wichita Lineman’
As celebration of Glen Campbell’s 80th birthday this April 22nd, ‘Wichita Lineman’ is to be reissued on a red 7″ vinyl using the original artwork from the ’68 Spanish release. This infamous song has been a pivotal country release whilst also been branded as “the greatest pop song ever composed” by Stuart Maconie. This timeless classic perfectly captures the feelings of longing and loneliness through the lyrical imagery of the solitary linesman.
– Will Fisher

And one that’s perhaps not worth saving up for…

Muse – ‘Reapers’
In Matt Bellamy’s quest to become the world’s greatest sixth-form global conspiracy-themed Queen tribute act, Muse are putting out a limited pressing of super-smash hit ‘Reapers’. It’s detailed as a ‘7″ Pic Disc Live & studio recording also includes fold your own paper drone !’. Fold. Your. Own. Paper. Drone. Even the press release understands; that disjointed exclamation mark the result of some poor PR writer eye-rolling themselves out of their chair. Buy the record, fold your paper drone and join Matt Bellamy in his mountaintop tin-foil castle.
– Ethan Weatherby


Pictures by Rory Callum Brown

About The Author

Josh Shreeve

Director of VLM and radio man at Forge Radio. Studies journalism at the University of Sheffield.

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