Record Store Day is a little over a month away – Saturday, April 21 – and record labels large and small are celebrating in high style. Legacy Recordings is looking to make this the biggest and best RSD yet, with a line-up of nearly 30 titles in genres including classic rock, pop, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, comedy, and beyond.
Many of the label’s heavy hitters are represented, including Johnny Cash (an expanded vinyl box set of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition), Jimi Hendrix (a new 7-inch single with an unreleased side), Bob Dylan (a vinyl reissue of Dylan and the Dead), Pink Floyd (a mono LP reisue of Piper at the Gates of Dawn), Elvis Presley (The King in the Ring, a new vinyl collection of the 1968 comeback “sitdown” shows), Bruce Springsteen (a double-LP reissue of Greatest Hits) and Johnny Mathis (the first-ever standalone release, on vinyl, of the CHIC-produced “lost” album I Love My Lady). And they’re not all. The Allman Brothers Band, Van Morrison, Jeff Buckley, Marvin Gaye, Eurythmics, Prodigy, Cypress Hill, and Hot Tuna are among the other top-tier artists with goodies to offer on April 21.
Without further ado, here’s the full Legacy slate for RSD, with descriptions for each title provided by the label. Visit Record Store Day’s official website for the full list of titles, and watch this space for more info as it comes!
Aaliyah, Back & Forth EP (12″ Single – Purple Vinyl)
Aaliyah’s debut single “Back & Forth” firmly established the Detroit-born singer as a bold new talent in the R&B world–one whose pivotal body of work continues to enchant new fans around the globe. This unforgettable Top 5 hit is celebrated with a recreation of the original 12″ single release on opaque purple vinyl, featuring the original version of “Back & Forth” plus five dance mixes by Mr. Lee, R. Kelly and Ms. Mello.
AC/DC, Back In Black (Cassette)
Back In Black is the first AC/DC album with frontman Brian Johnson and the second best-selling album of all time! Now you can hear it the same way as when it was first released in 1980: on cassette, suitable for your boom box or the tape deck in your car!
The Allman Brothers Band, Live At The Atlanta Pop Festival, July 3 & 5, 1970 (4LP 12″ vinyl – Individually Numbered – First Time on Vinyl)
The Allman Brothers Band was one of Georgia’s top live acts still looking for a national break when they were hired to open the three-day Atlanta International Pop Festival. The band’s Southern blues style, bolstered by jams that stretched to epic lengths, won over audiences–and two days later, after legends like Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and B.B. King took the stage, the Allmans were invited back for a second set. Recorded nearly a year before At Fillmore East established them as one of America’s hottest bands, fans can now discover these landmark nights in Allman Brothers Band history with this individually numbered, limited edition box set, available on vinyl for the first time and packaged in an oversize slipcase with an eight-page booklet of photos and liner notes.
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, It Takes Two: 30th Anniversary Edition (LP – Red Opaque Vinyl)
As hip-hop moved into the mainstream in 1988, Harlem duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock changed the game with “It Takes Two,” one of the undisputed classic singles of the genre. The group’s debut album It Takes Two, which featured the title track as well as the dance hits “Joy and Pain” and “Get On The Dance Floor,” has been newly remastered in high definition from the original tapes and pressed on red opaque vinyl–its first appearance on the format since its original release 30 years ago.
Big Audio Dynamite II, On The Road Live ’92 (12″ Single – First Time on Vinyl)
The Clash’s Mick Jones resurrected Big Audio Dynamite with a new lineup in the early 1990s, releasing The Globe, the band’s best-selling album in America, in 1991. This five-track EP, available for the first time on vinyl, features performances from live dates in Chicago and New York–including a rendition of the band’s U.K. No. 1 single, “Rush.”
Jeff Buckley, Live At Sin-é: Legacy Edition (4LP 12″ vinyl – Individually Numbered – First Time on Vinyl)
In a cramped club on the lower east side of Manhattan, armed with only an electric guitar, Jeff Buckley stunned audiences with his mysterious, emotionally uncompromising live sets, packed with eclectic covers and his own originals. The four-track Live At Sin-é EP, released in 1993, was his debut release for Columbia Records; here, it’s expanded as a numbered, limited edition in a deluxe hard shell slipcase housing four individually designed LP jackets and an eight-page, full-color booklet of photos and liner notes. Live versions of favorites like “Grace,” “Last Goodbye” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” appear here on vinyl for the first time.
Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition (5LP 12″ vinyl – Individually Numbered – First Time on Vinyl)
“Hello…I’m Johnny Cash.” With those four words, The Man in Black solidified his legend as outlaw country pioneer with two spirited sets recorded at Folsom State Prison in 1968 and released as At Folsom Prison, one of the most acclaimed live albums of all time. This special box set includes both full concerts available for the first time on vinyl, including performances by June Carter, Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers. This numbered deluxe package, featuring individually designed LP jackets packaged in a deluxe hard shell slipcase with an eight-page, 12″ x 12″ booklet, also includes a bonus 12″ single featuring previously unreleased audio of Cash and friends rehearsing at the El Rancho Motel in Sacramento, California, the night before the concerts took place.
Circle Jerks, Gig (LP)
Released during a four-year hiatus for the seminal Los Angeles punk band, Gig features live highlights from the group’s tenure on the Combat label during the latter half of the 1980s. Gig is now available on vinyl for the first time in the United States, and features newly-restored album packaging.
Cypress Hill, Black Sunday – Remixes (12″ Single)
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the best hip-hop albums of the ’90s with this newly-compiled stash of rare remixes from Cypress Hill’s breakthrough sophomore album Black Sunday. Includes alternate versions of “Insane In The Brain,” “Lick a Shot,” “When The Sh– Goes Down” and “Hits From The Bong,” plus the non-album track “Scooby Doo.”
Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead, Dylan & The Dead (LP – Red and Blue Tie-Die Vinyl)
In 1987, two legends joined forces for an unforgettable tour. Now, Dylan & The Dead, featuring The Grateful Dead backing up Bob Dylan on seven of his classic songs, including “All Along The Watchtower,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and “Gotta Serve Somebody,” is available on red and blue tie-dye vinyl for a trip unlike any other.
Eurythmics, 1984 (For The Love of Big Brother) (LP)
To be released on vinyl in the U.S. only for Record Store Day, the mostly-instrumental soundtrack to the British film adaptation of George Orwell’s renowned dystopian novel (also released in 1984) is one of Eurythmics’ most experimental works, as well as one of the duo’s personal favorites. Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart’s diverse electronic stylings accentuate the dark mood of the film, and “Sexcrime (1984)”–which was met with controversy from U.S. radio for its perceived content–became the duo’s sixth consecutive U.K. Top 10 hit.
Marvin Gaye, Sexual Healing: The Remixes (12″ Single – Red Smoke Vinyl)
In 1983, after a six-year absence from the upper reaches of the pop charts, Marvin Gaye re-established his soul supremacy with “Sexual Healing,” an addictive romantic classic and the final pop hit of his lifetime. This EP, pressed on red smoke vinyl, includes seven versions of this unforgettable song (several making their vinyl debuts), including the original 12″ single version, a rare alternate vocal version and remixes by Ben Liebrand, Kygo, SNBRN and more.
Jimi Hendrix, Mannish Boy b/w Trash Man (7″ Single)
Recorded at New York City’s Record Plant on April 22, 1969, this uptempo reworking of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” marks Jimi Hendrix’s first recording session with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles–the trio who became known as Band of Gypsys, whose work with Hendrix had a significant impact on his remarkable legacy. First released on Both Sides Of The Sky, a new studio album of rare and unissued Hendrix recordings, “Mannish Boy” is issued here as a 45 RPM single backed with “Trash Man,” an April 3, 1969 studio recording made by the original Jimi Hendrix Experience. “Trash Man” is drawn from Hear My Music, a Dagger Records “official bootleg” album not sold in stores and otherwise only available to fans via jimihendrix.com.
Hot Tuna, Live At The New Orleans House (2LP – First Time on Vinyl)
Legacy Recordings’ Live From The Vaults series uncovers rare and unreleased concerts on vinyl, featuring classic bootleg-inspired jacket design with unique, artist-specific outer wraps (OBIs)! Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane first conceived Hot Tuna as a loose, easygoing side project showcasing the duo’s favorite pre-war country and blues songs in an intimate, acoustic style. Live At The New Orleans House features alternate performances from the same weeklong run of shows in Berkeley, California that were used for the band’s self-titled debut in 1970–all released here for the first time on LP!
Living Colour, Live At CBGB’s, 12.19.89 (LP – First Time on Vinyl)
Legacy Recordings’ Live From The Vaults series uncovers rare and unreleased concerts on vinyl, featuring classic bootleg-inspired jacket design with unique, artist-specific outer wraps (OBIs)! For the first time on LP, experience Living Colour’s triumphant homecoming set at the legendary New York City punk club. Recorded at the end of the tour promoting the group’s smash debut album Vivid, this hard-driving set also previews songs from the band’s next album, Time’s Up, released in the summer of 1990.
Kenny Loggins, Return To Pooh Corner (LP – Purple Swirl Vinyl – First Time on Vinyl)
Kenny Loggins’ 1994 children’s album featured tender, gentle renditions of songs like “Rainbow Connection,” “Somewhere Out There” and “Pure Imagination,” plus a re-recording of Loggins & Messina’s classic “House At Pooh Corner.” This album (featuring guest appearances by David Crosby, Graham Nash and Amy Grant) makes its LP debut, pressed on purple swirl vinyl.
Johnny Mathis, I Love My Lady (LP – Clear Smoke Vinyl – First Time on Vinyl)
In 1982, Johnny Mathis attempted one of the biggest gambles of his lengthy career: an album of disco-ready funk and bossa nova tracks, written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, the founders of CHIC and hitmakers for Sister Sledge, Diana Ross and others. Unreleased for more than 35 years, the legend of I Love My Lady looms large. First released in Mathis’ 2017 career-spanning CD box set The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection, I Love My Lady now makes its standalone debut, pressed on clear smoke vinyl and packaged in a jacket that captures the look and feel of a 1982 vintage Columbia Records release.
Thelonious Monk, Monk (LP)
Thelonious Monk’s fourth studio album for Columbia Records, released in 1964, featured a sprightly mix of standards (“Just You, Just Me,” “April In Paris”) and originals (“Teo,” a unique arrangement of “Children’s Song (That Old Man)”). Monk would use this lineup (himself on piano, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Larry Gates on bass and Ben Riley on drums) in the studio and in concert for the next four years. To close Monk’s centennial year, rediscover this overlooked gem in his discography, newly remastered at high resolution from the original master tapes.
Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco, Close Enough for Jazz b/w The Things I Used to Do (7″ Single)
This limited edition 7″ single is a collaboration between legendary vocalist Van Morrison and jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, featuring a new version of Morrison’s “Close Enough for Jazz” and a stunning rendition of Guitar Slim’s “The Things I Used to Do.”
Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy: Comedian (LP)
Recorded in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1983, Saturday Night Live superstar Eddie Murphy’s raucous, no-holds-barred stand-up set tackled family barbecues, ice cream trucks and Reaganomics with the one-of-a-kind energy that quickly established him as one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. That set became the acclaimed stand-up special Delirious and the album Eddie Murphy: Comedian, a Grammy Award winner for Best Comedy Album–now back on vinyl for the first time in more than 30 years!
Pink Floyd, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Mono) (LP)
The psychedelic debut album by Pink Floyd was their sole album completed with original vocalist/guitarist Syd Barrett and featured the early classic “Interstellar Overdrive.” The original mono version of Pink Floyd’s first LP, named one of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, is available on vinyl for the first time in more than 50 years.
Elvis Presley, The King In The Ring (2LP – Individually Numbered – Red Vinyl – First Time on Vinyl)
Elvis Presley re-established himself as The King of Rock and Roll with ELVIS, the widely-seen “comeback special” broadcast on NBC at the end of 1968. The show’s many highlights included laid-back live performances recorded in the round before a small audience and featuring a powerful ensemble–including guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, both part of Elvis’ original, classic backing band. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ELVIS, both electrifying, intimate “sit-down” sets will be released on vinyl for the first time in an individually numbered 2LP package with a newly created gatefold sleeve, pressed on red vinyl. The history of Presley’s amazing “comeback special” is told in Elvis Presley: The Searcher, the new documentary premiering April 14 on HBO.
Prodigy, Keep It Thoro (Picture Disc)
As half of the iconic group Mobb Deep, Prodigy (1974-2017) was a key player in New York hip-hop’s mid-1990s renaissance, delivering in-depth, uncompromising verses about life in the Queensbridge projects. Certified Classics honors Prodigy’s legendary and undisputed legacy with a special picture disc release using the original artwork from his debut hit solo single, 2000’s “Keep It Thoro,” and featuring instrumental and a cappella versions of the track as well as a remix by Prodigy’s Mobb Deep partner Havoc.
Rage Against The Machine, Democratic National Convention 2000 (LP – First Time on Vinyl)
Less than a year after the release of the album The Battle Of Los Angeles, Rage Against The Machine performed a concert in protest of the American political party system across from the Staples Center while the Democratic National Convention was held inside. Rage Against The Machine’s set is now available for the first time on vinyl for Record Store Day.
Soul Asylum, Live From Liberty Lunch, Austin, TX, December 3, 1992 (2LP – Previously Unreleased – First Time on Vinyl)
Legacy Recordings’ Live From The Vaults series uncovers rare and unreleased concerts on vinyl, featuring classic bootleg-inspired jacket design with unique, artist-specific outer wraps (OBIs)! This never-before-heard set features Soul Asylum’s hard-driving performance at the legendary Austin venue Liberty Lunch, just months after the release of their breakthrough album Grave Dancers Union.
Bruce Springsteen, Greatest Hits (2LP – Individually Numbered – Red Vinyl)
Originally released in 1995, Greatest Hits was the first collection of powerful hit singles from the first two decades of Bruce Springsteen’s career–and kicked off an exciting new chapter in his story with three brand-new songs recorded with The E Street Band after nearly a decade apart. Long unavailable on the vinyl format, this individually numbered 2LP set, pressed on red vinyl, is assembled from the brilliant remasters of Springsteen’s discography by Bob Ludwig.
Uncle Tupelo, No Depression – Demos (LP – First Time on Vinyl)
Released in 1990, Uncle Tupelo’s debut album No Depression was a genuine milestone in American rock and roll, a striking fusion of traditional folk and country with post-punk innovation and hardcore ferocity. For the first time on vinyl, fans can hear Jeff Tweedy, Jay Farrar and Mike Heidorn’s legendary demo tape Not Forever, Just For Now, recorded in 1989, plus a demo of “No Depression” recorded a year prior.
Various Artists, Dogfish Head Brewery: Music To Drink Beer and Make Love To (LP)
Dogfish Head Brewery and Legacy Recordings’ ongoing Music To Drink Beer To series is a Record Store Day tradition–and this year’s entry offers a perfect playlist for refreshment as well as romance. Get in the mood with tracks from Teddy Pendergrass, Ginuwine, Jeff Buckley, Bill Withers, A Tribe Called Quest, Nina Simone and many more!
Wu-Tang Clan, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Cassette)
25 years ago, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) introduced hip-hop heads to one of the genre’s most unconventional groups ever. Rediscover the debut of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, RZA, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and all the rest, now available on cassette for the first time since its original release.