At 1:00 pm EST/10:00 am PST today, the list of Record Store Day’s annual offerings was made public. As was the case in 2020, this year’s RSD festivities will take place over more than one day. The two RSD Drops are scheduled for Saturday, June 12, and Saturday, July 17. We’ll be sharing periodic announcements of various labels’ releases, including this look at Rhino’s whopping array of over 30 titles from heavy hitters including Black Sabbath, Donny Hathaway, Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Tom Petty, CSNY, Lou Reed, John Prine, and many more. For the full list of all participating RSD retailers, visit RecordStoreDay.com.
All descriptions below have been provided by the label, or are adaptations of same.
Air, People in the City (12-Inch EP, Picture Disc) – 7,000 units
This Warner France picture disc reissue of the 2002 EP features four tracks: “People in the City” and “The Way You Look Tonight” on Side A, and “People in the City (Modjo Version)” and “People in the City (Jack Lahana Remix)” on Side B.
Black Sabbath, Mob Rules (LP, Picture Disc) – 5,000 units
Black Sabbath’s album Mob Rules celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year with a limited edition picture disc exclusively for RSD Drops 2021. The newly remastered audio – from the line-up of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice – features the tracks “The Mob Rules,” “Turn Up The Night” & “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”.
Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell (LP, Picture Disc) – 5,000 units
Black Sabbath’s classic 1980 album Heaven and Hell pressed on a Limited Edition Picture Disc for the first time, exclusively for RSD Drops. The artwork showcases the album’s original “Smoking Angels” cover art by Lynn Curlee on the front and an illustration of the band by artist Harry Carmean on the back. The newly remastered audio – from the line-up of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – features tracks “Neon Knights,” “Die Young” & “Heaven And Hell”.
Donny Hathaway, Live (180-gram LP) – 8,500 units
The late soul man’s 1972 live album featuring “What’s Going On,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Jealous Guy,” and “The Ghetto” returns to vinyl in this 180-gram pressing.
Grateful Dead, Olympia Theatre, Paris, France 5/3/72 (6-LP box set, 12th-side etching) – 10,000 copies
Travel back in time with this deluxe 6-LP presentation of the Grateful Dead’s May 3, 1972 concert in Paris, France. The 12th side features an etching.
Joni Mitchell, Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1967): Highlights (180-gram LP) – 15,000 copies
Last year, Joni Mitchell and Rhino launched the Joni Mitchell Archives series with a 5-CD box set of live cuts, home recordings and other rarities from the musician’s vast vault. For Record Store Day this June, Rhino will release a 1-LP highlights set featuring 12 recordings previously released on CD. (Two titles, “House of the Rising Sun” and “I Don’t Know Where I Stand” appeared on Early Joni 1963 and Live at Canterbury House 1967, respectively. The rest make their vinyl debut here.)
Lupe Fiasco, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor Series (4-LP, color vinyl) – 7,000 units
Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor Series is a limited edition four LP set featuring Fiasco’s debut studio album Food & Liquor and follow up Food and Liquor II together on vinyl for the first time, exclusively for RSD Drops 2021. The albums are pressed on 140g vinyl, in an assortment of colors and housed in a slipcase.
Me’Shell Ndege’Oecello, Peace Beyond Passion (2-LP, 140-gram blue vinyl) – 5,000 units
Vinyl debut for RSD of Me’Shell’s 1996 sophomore release for Warner Records’ Maverick subsidiary. Deluxe and expanded 2LP set features four non-LP & instrumental bonus tracks making their debut on wax. Pressed on 140g blue vinyl in a deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket. All tracks are previously released.
Steely Dan, Two Against Nature (2-LP) (180-gram black vinyl) – 5,000 units
Steely Dan, Everything Must Go (LP) (180-gram black vinyl) – 5,050 units
Steely Dan’s final two studio albums, from 2000 and 2003, return in these new 180-gram vinyl pressings. Two Against Nature makes its debut in the format.
The Cure, Faith (LP, Picture Disc) – 8,000 units
The Cure’s third studio album Faith marks its 40th Anniversary this year and to celebrate the album – which features the single “Primary” – will be pressed on picture disc for the very first time. The new pressing has been overseen by Robert Smith and will be available exclusively as part of RSD Drops 2021.
The Doors, Morrison Hotel Sessions (2-LP, 180-gram vinyl) – 16,000 numbered units
Rhino presents the sessions from last year’s deluxe reissue of Morrison Hotel on vinyl for the first time.
The Flamin’ Groovies, Bucket of Brains (10-inch black vinyl) – 6,500 units
San Francisco rock band The Flamin’ Groovies moved to Britain in 1972, where they signed to United Artists. During this year they recorded The Rockfield Recordings with British producer Dave Edmonds at The Rockfield Studios in Wales. Now for the first time, all their 1972 recordings for United Artists will be released on vinyl, having previously only been available on CD as A Bucket of Brains back in 1995. The 10″ includes both the original mix – and a 1995 remix at original speed – of their masterpiece “Shake Some Action.”
The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Duets: The Final Chapter (2-LP, color vinyl + 7″) – 10,000 units
Biggie Duets: The Final Chapter is the second posthumous album from The Notorious B.I.G, featuring a collection of orchestrated duets between Biggie and hip-hop heavyweights including Jay-Z, Faith Evans, Missy Elliot, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, P Diddy, Eminem and many more. The album – which is platinum certified in the USA – will be made available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 2005, pressed on red and black LPs and accompanied by a 7″ showcasing two previous unreleased bonus cuts, exclusively for Record Store Day 2021.
The Replacements, The Pleasure’s All Yours: Pleased to Meet Me Outtakes & Alternates (LP) – 10,000 units
The bonus material from last year’s box set dedicated to the ‘Mats’ Pleased to Meet Me debuts on vinyl.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Angel Dream (Songs and Music from the Motion Picture She’s the One) (cobalt blue vinyl) – 25,000 units
Angel Dream is a special reimagining of the album She’s The One to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its original release. This also brings to a close the celebration of Tom Petty’s masterpiece Wildflowers, as most of the songs on this album were recorded during the same time period. She’s The One included some songs that were left off the original Wildflowers album, recently included in the Wildflowers & All The Rest reissue. To take the place of those songs, four previously unreleased songs have been added here – two Petty originals (“105 Degrees” and “One of Life’s Little Mysteries”), a cover of JJ Cale’s “Thirteen Days”, and the instrumental “French Disconnection”. An extended version of “Supernatural Radio” is also included. The album has been remixed & remastered and brand new cover art commissioned – emphasizing that this is a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album, rather than a soundtrack album. This very special version for RSD Drops is pressed on cobalt blue vinyl.
WAR, The Vinyl: 1971-1975 (5-LP, color vinyl) – 5,000 units
WAR: The Vinyl: 1971-1975 is an exclusive color vinyl boxed set celebrating the 50th anniversary and the first five classic albums from WAR (following the departure of their former lead-singer Eric Burdon). The set showcases WAR’s best-loved albums: WAR, All Day Music, The World Is A Ghetto, Deliver The Word, & Why Can’t We Be Friends?. Each album will be pressed on vinyl for the first time since its original release.
Various Artists, Psyche France Vol.7 (LP) – 4,000 units
This seventh volume of the Psyché France collection is a new tribute to the mavericks and lost heroes of the 1960s and ’70s French music scene.
Aretha Franklin, Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly, 1972 (2-LP, orange and yellow vinyl) – 10,000 units
Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly, 1972 is a shining example of the Queen of Soul at her best. The nearly hour-long performance – recorded live at the National Association Of Television & Radio Announcers Convention in Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1972 and first released on CD in 2007 – features the first live performances of many of Aretha’s landmark hits. The live recording took place shortly after the release of her Grammy Award-winning studio album Young Gifted and Black and features the album’s two Top 10 (USA) singles, penned by Aretha, “Rock Steady” and “Day Dreaming”. Plus, stunning covers woven into medleys of “I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You) / I Say a Little Prayer”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water / We’ve Only Just Begun” and a glorious rendition of Aretha’s anthem “Respect”. This stunning performance will be made available on vinyl for the first time especially for RSD Drops 2021, pressed on orange & yellow double vinyl.
Candi Staton, Trouble, Heartaches, and Sadness (The Lost Fame Sessions Masters) (LP) – 6,500 units
Trouble, Heartaches And Sadness (The Lost Fame Sessions Masters) features twelve previously unreleased tracks from Candi Staton’s incredible recording period at the legendary FAME studios. Discovered and compiled as part of 2011’s Evidence (The Complete Fame Sessions Masters) compilation and available here for the first time on vinyl exclusively for RSD Drops 2021.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Déjà Vu Alternates (180-gram black vinyl LP) – 20,000 units
Déjà Vu Alternates from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is a recreation of their immensely popular second album, Déjà Vu, featuring alternate versions of songs which appeared on the original album. The iconic album which featured “Teach Your Children,” “Woodstock,” “Our House” and “Helpless” will showcase these alternate versions on vinyl for the first time after appearing on CD as part of the box set due in May. It will also feature a cover that mirrors the original album with an alternate photo from the cover shoot. Pressed on 180g black vinyl, exclusively for RSD Drops 2021.
Dire Straits, Encores (12″ EP, pink vinyl + lithograph) – 5,000 units
Dire Straits’ live EP Encores was originally released in 1993 following the live album On the Night. Exclusively for RSD Drops 2021, the 45 RPM 12″ EP has been newly remastered and will be pressed on transparent pink vinyl with a lithograph.
Dr. John, The Sun, The Moon, and Herbs: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (3-LP black vinyl) – 6,500 units
Deluxe and limited 50th anniversary edition of Dr. John’s fourth studio album for Atco Records. Three LP expanded release with deluxe packaging and new liner notes featuring over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material on two discs, recorded during the 1971 album sessions and making a physical debut for RSD Drops. Only one track from the bonus material was previously available on the limited Run Out Groove vinyl release Dr. John: Professor Bizarre’s Funknology.
FEAR, The Record (140-gram clear and white mixed vinyl LP + 7″ single) – 5,000 units
Deluxe and limited reissue of this 1982 punk classic will be pressed on 140g clear and white mixed vinyl and comes with a bonus 7″ Christmas 45rpm single pressed on transparent red vinyl that comes in a repro of the original picture sleeve. The Christmas single has been out of print since original release in 1982. Package will also include a cardboard art-stencil of the band logo from the cover art. All tracks previously released.
Hawkwind, Greasy Truckers Party (2LP black vinyl) – 8,500 units
Legendary 1972 show at The Roundhouse, London from the Space Ritual era. Includes the original recording of Hawkwind’s hit single “Silver Machine”. It is the first time the whole show has been available on double vinyl. Bonus tracks include “Master Of The Universe” (Original 1972 LP Mix) and “Born To Go” (Original 1972 LP Mix).
John Prine, Live at the Other End, December 1975 (4-LP) – 12,000 units
John Prine, Live at the Other End, December 1975 (2-CD) – 6,000 units
In December 1975, Grammy award-winning songwriter John Prine played three nights at The Other End (previously and now known as The Bitter End) in Greenwich Village, NYC. The acoustic performances featured some of his best-known songs such as “Angel From Montgomery” and “Hello In There”, from his first four studio albums: John Prine (1971), Diamonds In The Rough (1972), Sweet Revenge (1973), and Common Sense (1975). These rare and previously unreleased solo performances–comprising two full sets–will now be made available, pressed on 180g black vinyl and on CD, exclusively RSD Drops 2021.
Lou Reed, Set The Twilight Reeling (2LP with etching side 4) – 9,000 units
Lou Reed’s Set the Twilight Reeling celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a double LP pressing for the first time. This exclusive edition, pressed on heavyweight audiophile vinyl, features 3 sides of audio with an etching on side four. Exclusively available for Record Store Day 2021.
Ramones, Triple J: Live at the Wireless Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia, July 8, 1980 (180-gram LP) – 13,000 units
Ramones: Triple J Live at the Wireless Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia, July 8, 1980 is a previously unissued live radio broadcast from the legendary NYC punk rockers Ramones. The famed performance – recorded in Australia during their 1980 End Of The Century tour – contains 23 tracks, many of which are rare songs from the album that did not remain in their sets following this tour. Pressed on 180g vinyl.
The Sisters Of Mercy, BBC Sessions (LP, smoky vinyl) – 10,000 units
BBC Sessions 1982-1984 features three BBC sessions which have never been available physically before. Two of the sessions were with admired radio broadcaster John Peel. Includes early versions of the singles “Walk Away” and “No Time To Cry” that would end up on their debut First And Last And Always. Includes covers of The Stooges’ “1969”, Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” & Hot Chocolate’s “Emma”. This title charts their earliest days as an indie band in 1982 to the time they signed to Warner Records in 1984. It will all be available on smoky vinyl.
The Cure, Wild Mood Swings (2-LP, Picture Disc) – 8,000 units
The Cure’s tenth studio album Wild Mood Swings marks its 25th Anniversary this year and to celebrate, the album – which features the singles “The 13th”, “Mint Car”, “Strange Attraction” and “Gone!” – will be pressed on double picture disc for the very first time. The new pressing has been overseen by Robert Smith and will be available exclusively for RSD Drops 2021.