Believe it or not, Record Store Day is almost upon us. (It's April 21 - just over a month away!) We've been anxiously awaiting word from the labels on what's coming out this year, and it looks like Warner Music Group is one of the first to the scene.
While there's not much in the way of unreleased goodies on the catalogue side of things - there are certainly plenty new or unearthed songs from current acts, which you can read about here - there are a couple of vintage and contemporary classics bowing or reappearing on LP, and as catalogue enthusiasts it would be the right thing to pass the news along to you.
Interestingly, there seem to be a repeat in the mix: Eric Clapton's Blues box set, which we covered last year, is down to under 1,000 copies, having sold at RSD's Black Friday event in November.
But everything else old is looking pretty new otherwise. What will Warner offer?
- There's going to be a neat 3 CD/1 DVD box set from Wilco and Billy Bragg commemorating the 1998 album Mermaid Avenue. The acclaimed disc featured new musical compositions from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and British alt-rocker Bragg, featuring unpublished lyrics by folk legend Woody Guthrie. The box will feature a remaster of the original album, 2000's Mermaid Avenue Vol. II, a previously-unreleased third disc of material and the 1999 documentary Man in the Sand, chronicling these sessions.
- Commemorating a decade of metal group Disturbed, Warner will release The Collection, a box set of all of their albums - The Sickness (2000) and the No. 1 albums Believe (2002), Ten Thousand Fists (2005), Indestructible (2008) and Asylum (2010) - on 140-gram vinyl with specially-designed artwork. This box is limited to 2,500 copies.
- Fleetwood Mac's classic, self-titled 1975 album will be pressed as a special limited edition vinyl, following a similar reissue for Rumours last year. The album that introduced Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham to the group featured hits in "Rihannon," "Say You Love Me" and more. The discs, cut at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original analog tapes, will be mastered at 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM.
- Metallica's Beyond Magnetic EP - consisting of four outtakes from 2008's Death Magnetic - was released digitally last year and now gets its first release on silver vinyl.
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers' hit Stadium Arcadium (2009) is being remastered for vinyl by Steve Hoffman, in honor of the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Finally, arguably the best gem of Warner's "Side by Side" 7" single series (pairing an original hit with a new or rare cover) would be a gold-colored 45 featuring, for the first time together, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin's versions of "Respect."
Again, keep it tuned in here as more RSD reports come in, and save your pennies, because April 21 is here before you know it!