Here at Second Disc HQ, we’ve been thrilled by the news of amazing releases coming from all the labels this Record Store Day 2020, and UMe’s slate of 20+ titles is no exception. With a new definitive vinyl edition of Paul McCartney’s debut, a tenth-anniversary celebration of Ellie Goulding’s Lights, a Cat Stevens rarity making its vinyl debut, an expanded Elton John, a reissue of an impossible-to-find CTI Jazz album, and many more, fans will want to line up bright and early to secure their copies this April 18!
Here’s the official word from UMe!
Johnny Cash, Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series – Early Mixes (1987) (2LP 180gm; Mercury/UMe)
In 1988, two years after signing to Mercury Records, Johnny Cash released Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series, which featured new recordings of his classic material. With renowned tracks like “Ring Of Fire” and “I Walk The Line,” the series captured one of country music’s greats singing songs that made him a legend. For the first time ever on vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day 2020, Mercury/UMe is proud to present Classic Cash: Hall Of Fame Series – Early Mixes, mastered from newly-discovered tapes in the Mercury vault. (This set will also be available on CD as part of a forthcoming box of Cash’s Mercury material.)
Jimi Hendrix “Message To Love (Live)” / “Changes (Live)” (7″ Single; Experience/Capitol/UMe)
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s Band Of Gypsys, this 7″ from the album will be given its inaugural U.S. release, featuring new artwork and pressed on red/yellow splatter vinyl.
Ellie Goulding, Lights 10 (2LP 180gm; Polydor/UMe)
British dance-pop star Ellie Goulding hit it big in 2010 with debut album Lights, featuring a stunning cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” (a U.K. No. 2) and the powerful title track (a U.S. No. 2). This edition, pressed and printed on 100% recycled materials, includes all the contents of the original and deluxe album (Bright Lights) plus six remixes making their vinyl debuts.
LP1 / Side A – 1. Guns and Horses 2. Starry Eyed 3. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) 4. Under The Sheets 5. The Writer 6. Every Time You Go
LP1 / Side B – 1. Wish I Stayed 2. Your Biggest Mistake 3. I’ll Hold My Breath 4. Salt Skin 5. Lights (Single Version) 6. Human
LP2 / Side A – 1. Little Dreams 2. Home 3. Animal 4. Believe Me 5. Your Song 6. This Love (Will Be Your Downfall) (Mille Remix)
LP2 / Side B – 1. Guns and Horses (Monsieur Adi Remix) 2. Lights (Fear Of Tigers Remix) 3. Salt Skin (Alex Metric Remix) 4. Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix) 5. Under The Sheets (Jakwob Remix)
Roger Waters, The Wall – Live In Berlin (2LP 180gm; Mercury/UMe)
To mark the 30th anniversary of its performance, Roger Waters’ performance of the Pink Floyd classic The Wall bows on clear vinyl cut at Abbey Road Studios. Recorded in the former no-man’s land between Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz near the recently-dismantled Berlin Wall, the set featured special guest appearances by Van Morrison, The Band, Cyndi Lauper, Scorpions, The Hooters and Joni Mitchell.
Lennon/Ono with The Plastic Ono Band, Instant Karma! (2020 Ultimate Mixes) (7″ Single; Apple/Capitol/UMe)
Written, recorded and released over 10 days in January 1970, John Lennon’s “Instant Karma!” reached the Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic. A key recording at the end of The Beatles’ lifetime, it featured George Harrison and Billy Preston alongside bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White in a session produced by Phil Spector (which predated his work on Let It Be and solo albums by John and George in 1970). The newly-mixed versions of the single and its B-side (“Who Has Seen The Wind?”) are packaged in a faithful replica of the original sleeve.
Paul McCartney, McCartney (1LP; MPL/Capitol/UMe)
One of the greatest solo debuts in rock history will receive a special 50th anniversary, limited-edition, half-speed mastered pressing from a master cut by Miles Showell using the original 1970 master tapes at Abbey Road Studios. It was made as a vinyl specific transfer in high resolution and without digital peak limiting for the best possible reproduction.
Elton John, Elton John: 50th Anniversary Edition (2LP; Mercury/Rocket/UMe)
Elton’s breakthrough second album, featuring the classics “Your Song, “Border Song,” and “Take Me To The Pilot,” set the piano rock icon on the successful path he’s still on today. This purple vinyl pressing includes a 2016 remaster of the original album on alongside bonus tracks from a 2008 2CD deluxe edition plus unreleased demos of “Border Song” and “Bad Side Of The Moon.”
LP1 / SIDE A – 1. Your Song 2. I Need You To Turn To 3. Take Me To The Pilot 4. No Shoe Strings On Louise 5. First Episode At Hienton
LP1 / SIDE B – 1. Sixty Years On 2. Border Song 3. The Greatest Discovery 4. The Cage 5. The King Must Die
LP2 / SIDE A – 1. Your Song (Demo) 2. I Need You To Turn To (Piano Demo) 3. Take Me To The Pilot (Piano Demo) 4. Sixty Years On (Piano Demo), 5. Border Song (Piano Demo) 6. Bad Side Of The Moon (Piano Demo)
LP2 / SIDE B – 1. Thank You Mama (Piano Demo) 2. All The Way Down To El Paso (Piano Demo) 3. I’m Going Home (Piano Demo) 4. Bad Side Of The Moon 5. Grey Seal (Single Version) 6. Rock and Roll Madonna
Roxy Music, Roxy Music: The Steven Wilson Stereo Mix (1LP 180gm; Island/UMe)
Celebrated engineer Steven Wilson’s stereo mix of Roxy Music’s debut makes its debut on clear vinyl, mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road and featuring the U.S. track listing (with “Virginia Plain” on the A-side).
The Black Crowes, Jealous Again (12″ Single; American/UMe)
To celebrate The Black Crowes’ debut Shake Your Money Maker and the surprise tour they’re embarking on in celebration of the release, the album’s first single will be repressed, featuring the original track listing: “Jealous Again” on Side A, backed with non-album cut “Waitin’ Guilty” and “Thick N’ Thin” on Side B.
Frank Zappa You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore (Sampler) (2LP 180 gm; Zappa/UMe)
To promote the six-volume You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore live collection, issued between 1988 and 1992, Frank Zappa hand-picked these performances. This edition is mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed on red & yellow transparent discs.
LP1 / SIDE A – 1. Plastic People (Live At The Factory, The Bronx, NYC 1969) 2. The Torture Never Stops (Live At Hemmerleinhalle, Germany, 1977)
LP1 / SIDE B – 1. Montana (Whipping Floss) (Live in Helsinki, Finland, 1974) 2. The Evil Prince (Live In Vancouver, British Columbia, 1984) 3. You Call That Music? (Live At Columbia University, New York, 1969)
LP2 / SIDE A – 1. Sharleena (Live At The Universal Amphitheater, Hollywood CA, 1984) 2. Nanook Rubs It (Live At The Odeon Hammersmith, London, 1979)
LP2 / SIDE B – 1. The Florida Airport (Live In Florida, 1970) 2. Once Upon A Time (Live At Rainbow Theatre, London, 1971) 3. King Kong 4. Dickie’s Such An Asshole (Live At The Roxy, Hollywood CA, 1973) 5. Cosmic Debris
Charlie Parker, Jazz at Midnite (1LP; Blue Note/UMe)
Recorded live in 1952 and 1953 at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. and available both as a standalone and vinyl album for the first time, Jazz At Midnite features stellar band members Max Roach, Charlie Byrd, Zoot Sims and more. This midnite blue vinyl pressing includes original liner notes from producer Bill Potts and vintage-style Blue Note design.
SIDE A – 1. Ornithology 2. Out Of Nowhere 3. Cool Blues 4. Anthropology
SIDE B – 1. Scrapple From the Apple 2. Out of Nowhere/Now’s the Time
J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding, Stonebone (1LP; A&M/CTI/UMe)
One of the rarest CTI albums, trombonists Johnson and Winding’s Stonebone was issued only in Japan and never digitally available. That all changes with this red vinyl RSD pressing. Session players include all-stars like Herbie Hancock, Bob James, George Benson, Ron Carter and Grady Tate.
U2, 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (40th Anniversary Edition) (12″ Single 180 gm; Island/UMe)
This special pressing of U2’s first single for longtime label Island Records features the original A and B-sides (the long cut of “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” and “Touch”) plus unreleased live versions of “Touch” and “Twilight” recorded at The Marquee in London in September 1980. It’s pressed on transparent blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with a photo gallery on the inside.
Refused, Not Fit For Broadcast – Live At The BBC (1LP; Spinefarm/UMe)
Refused’s Maida Vale in-studio session for BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show With Daniel P Carter, pressed on crystal clear vinyl. Includes the track “Economy Of Death,” available for the first time here.
SIDE A – 1. REV001 2. Malfire 3. I Wanna Watch The World Burn
SIDE B – 1. It’s Not Okay/Rather Be Dead 2. Economy Of Death
Rory Gallagher, Cleveland Calling (1LP; Chess/UMe)
Recorded at WNCR in Cleveland on August 7,1972, This intimate 8-song acoustic session and interview with DJ Carolyn Thomas was found on a small 7″ reel and will be released for the first time for Record Store Day.
SIDE A – 1. Pistol Slapper Blues 2. Don’t Know Where I’m Going 3. Gypsy Woman 4. Out Of My Mind
SIDE B – 1. The Cuckoo 2. Bankers Blues 3. Should’ve Learned My Lesson 4. Blow Wind Blow
Brian Eno, Rams: Original Soundtrack (1LP; UMe)
The premiere release of the complete soundtrack from a 2018 documentary about legendary German industrial designer Dieter Rams. Eno’s score, entirely self-written, produced and performed, will be pressed on solid white vinyl for its debut.
SIDE A – 1. Bright Clouds of Metal 2. Harmonic Guitar 3. Unusual Temperament 4. A Warm Sweet Bed 5. Beautiful Metals 6. Designer Piano
SIDE B – 1. Generative Lounge 2. Design As Reduction 3. Al’Khwarizmi Piano 4. Shimmering Future 5. For a New Design
Cat Stevens, But I Might Die Tonight (7″ Single; A&M/UMe)
From the classic album Tea For The Tillerman, this single features two versions of the track: the original take and a previously unreleased version as heard at the end of the striking drama Deep End.
Robyn, Robyn (2LP; Konichiwa/Island/UMe)
Robyn’s self-titled fourth album, released 15 years ago, reintroduced her to a new audience and was the first instance of the slick synth-dance music she’s mastered over the last decade. This 2LP color pressing (its first on vinyl) features a newly configured track listing, with bonus tracks including a cover of Prince’s “Jack U Off.”
LP 1 / SIDE A – 1. Curriculum Vitae (feat. Swingfly) 2. Konichiwa Bitches 3. Cobrastyle 4. Handle Me
LP 1 / SIDE B – 1. Bum Like You 2. Be Mine! 3. With Every Heartbeat (with Kleerup) 4. Who’s That Girl?
LP 2 / SIDE A – 1. Dream On 2. Bionic Women (Interlude) 3. Crash and Burn Girl 4. Robotboy
LP 2 / SIDE B – 1. Eclipse 2. Should Have Known 3. Any Time You Like 4. Jack U Off
Bob Marley & The Wailers Redemption Song (12″ Single; Tuff Gong/Island/UMe)
This 40th anniversary clear vinyl version of a U.K. 12″ single features one of Marley’s most enduring songs (in both its best-known version and the rare “band version” plus a live take “I Shot The Sheriff” from London’s Rainbow Theatre in 1977.
Down ‘N’ Outz The Music Box EP (Bludgeon Riffola/UMe)
Led by Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot, Down ‘N’ Outz started as a glam cover band, tackling Mott The Hoople-related artists’ songs. Last year’s This Is How We Roll was their first foray into original music, and this four-track EP complements that album. It features alternate, extended variations of album tracks “Music Box,” “Music Box Reprise/Griff’s Lament” and their cover of The Tubes’ “White Punks On Dope,” plus a previously unreleased version of Roxy Music’s “Virginia Plain.”
Def Leppard, Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame (Bludgeon Riffola/UMe)
Finally, another Def Leppard-related release for RSD: the band’s complete performance the night they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inauguration in 2019. The set, mastered by Joe Elliott and engineer Ronan McHugh, features “Hysteria,” “Rock Of Ages,” “Photograph,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and a cover of Mott The Hoople’s “All The Young Dudes” featuring guest appearances by that band’s former frontman Ian Hunter plus Queen’s Brian May on guitar.