Today’s the day! This morning, Los Angeles’ vinyl mecca Amoeba Music hosted the “Official List Launch” for Record Store Day, with simultaneous unveilings of the extensive RSD ’14 line-up occurring in Nashville and across the pond in London. We’ve already filled you in on some of the exciting titles arriving on Saturday, April 19 from many of our favorite labels (Real Gone Music, Omnivore Recordings) and artists alike (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Devo, Neil Young, R.E.M. ), and there’s plenty more news on the way! Among those slates revealed today was that of Legacy Recordings. An eclectic variety of vinyl goodies will be arriving on 33 and 45 RPM from some of RSD’s heaviest hitters.
For those ready to get back in the saddle at their local record store, Legacy is obliging with vintage albums – a number of which are making their vinyl debut - from 311, Aerosmith, MGMT and Outkast. The Allman Brothers Band’s recent Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992 gets a double-vinyl highlights release, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Live at Monterey makes its Legacy LP premiere. If you’re less about leather pants and more about a natty suit, the label is extending an invitation to Dream with Dean via the late Mr. Martin’s 1964 album. Legacy now has the Rat Packer's Reprise recordings, and this elegant album is one of the most choice titles from that catalogue. Dream features his original recording of “Everybody Loves Somebody” plus perennials like “Fools Rush In,” “Blue Moon” and “Smile.” And even the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau would likely be able to spot the new pink vinyl reissue of Henry Mancini’s original album recording of his sublimely sinuous music from The Pink Panther.
On the singles front, Legacy follows up this year’s Playlist: The Very Best of Ronnie Spector with a replica 45 of “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” b/w “Baby Please Don’t Go,” on which the former Ronette is backed by none other than Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Eric Carmen’s new “Brand New Day” also arrives on vinyl in an alternate mix supporting The Essential Eric Carmen, and post-punk band The The’s 1983 track “Giant” gets the 12-inch single treatment with a new remix!
Last, but certainly not least, we’re posing the question: Who you gonna call? In Legacy’s case, the label called our very own Mike Duquette! Mike wasn’t afraid of no ghost, and has co-produced a one-of-a-kind collectible for Legacy that just might keep you up at night with excitement! To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s blockbuster Ghostbusters, Legacy will offer a 10-inch vinyl EP with four versions of Ray Parker Jr.'s chart-topping, Academy Award-nominated hit “Ghostbusters,” including the original 12-inch and dub remixes. As if that’s not enough, it’s going to be pressed on special, glow-in-the-dark Ecto Green vinyl! It’s the next best thing to a visit from Slimer or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man – and a heck of a lot less trouble to clean up after! This project has been a labor of love for Mike and the team at Legacy, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share the news with you.
Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 19 – and rev up your Ecto One to be first on line at your local independent record retailer. After the jump, we have full specs on all of these limited edition releases from Legacy Recordings!
311, 311 / Evolver (Volcano/Legacy)
The Omaha band's 1995 breakthrough album (and their seventh LP from 2003) bow on individually numbered 180-gram double vinyl for the first time.
Aerosmith, Rocks / Draw the Line / Night in the Ruts / Rock in a Hard Place (Columbia/Legacy)
Meticulously recreated numbered 180-gram vinyl remasters of Aerosmith's last four studio albums for Columbia in the '70s and '80s, from 1976 to 1982.
The Allman Brothers Band, Selections from Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theater 1992 (Epic/Legacy)
A 180-gram double-vinyl highlights disc from the Allmans' acclaimed 1992 run at a venue they've since called a second home. (The full package was released on CD earlier this year.)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Live At Monterey (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)
A 200-gram vinyl reissue of the Experience's unforgettable 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival - you know, the one where Jimi set his guitar on fire. Remastered entirely in analogue by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Quality Record Pressings.
Henry Mancini, The Pink Panther: Music from the Film Score (RCA/Legacy)
One of the greatest film scores of Mancini's career (or anyone's, really) is reissued on - what else? - pink vinyl.
Dean Martin, Dream with Dean (Legacy)
As part of Legacy's recent deal with Martin's estate to distribute his Reprise-era masters, here comes Dino's acclaimed 1964 album on individually numbered 180-gram vinyl, featuring the original version of "Everybody Loves Somebody." (A dramatically rearranged single version would top the charts later that year.)
MGMT, Oracular Spectacular / Congratulations (Columbia/Legacy)
The psych-synth duo MGMT earned critical acclaim for early major label singles "Kids" and "Time to Pretend" in the late '00s. Legacy will release the band's first two albums on individually numbered 180-gram vinyl - 2007's debut on a single disc, and 2010's Congratulations on two.
Outkast, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (LaFace/Legacy)
Two decades after its release - and with a lengthy festival tour on the horizon, their first appearances in a decade - the Atlanta duo's debut album is reissued on limited, numbered vinyl.
Eric Carmen, Brand New Year (Alternate Mix) / Starting Over (Live 1976) (Arista/Legacy)
Eric Carmen's discography, from The Raspberries to his first new song in years, enjoys the Essential treatment with a two-disc entry in Legacy's longtime compilation series. This 7" single pairs an alternate mix of that wonderful "Brand New Year" with a track recorded at The Bottom Line in 1976, which also appears on The Essential Eric Carmen.
Ray Parker Jr., Ghostbusters (Arista/Legacy)
Who ya gonna call? This 10" release on glow-in-the-dark "Ecto green" vinyl features four versions of Ray Parker Jr.'s chart-topping hit, including the original 12" and dub remixes. It's being released to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the classic comedy blockbuster.
Ronnie Spector, Say Goodbye to Hollywood / Baby Please Don't Go (Epic/Legacy)
A collection of rock legends on one recreated 45 RPM single. Spector covers the Billy Joel tune with the aid of The E Street Band, with bandleader Bruce Springsteen sitting in on rhythm guitar. (All performers are featured on the awesome picture sleeve.)
The The, Giant (Some Bizarre/Epic/Legacy)
A track from the 1983 debut album by the British post-punk band on 12" vinyl, backed with a 2011 cover of the same by Strictly Kev's remix project DJ Food, featuring vocals by Johnson. This release anticipates the forthcoming reissue of The The's Soul Mining as a double-LP box set with B-sides and other rarities (with full details enclosed in an insert in this single).