After last week’s initial announcement, we’ll be periodically continuing our look at the releases for the upcoming Record Store Day events on June 12 and July 17. Today, we’re focusing on our friends at Legacy Recordings. The label has a robust slate for both Drops with many familiar faces including Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Kenny Loggins, Prince, Miles Davis, and the legendary artists and musicians of Philadelphia International Records. Visit RecordStoreDay.com for a list of participating retailers and more information on these two Drops.
The following descriptions have been provided by Legacy Recordings.
Janis Joplin, Pearl (LP picture disc, 4,750 copies)
In honor of the album’s 50th anniversary, Janis Joplin’s Pearl is being made available for the first time as a picture disc featuring the iconic cover portrait lensed by Barry Feinstein. Pearl showcases some of Janis’s best-loved signature performances including “Cry Baby” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” as well as her off-the-cuff a cappella “Mercedes Benz,” the last song she ever recorded. This special edition pressing is limited to 4,750 copies.
Jefferson Airplane, Acid, Incense and Balloons: RSD-Collected Gems from the Golden Age of Flight (LP, 3,500 copies)
Created by the Record Store Day team and curated by record stores, Jefferson Airplane’s Acid, Incense and Balloons: RSD-Collected Gems From The Golden Era Of Flight mines studio, single and live gems from 1966 to 1971. From sweet folk-pop to crushing psychedelic anthems, the album evokes a glorious sonic portrait of the era. This special edition pressing is limited to 3,500 copies.
Kenny Loggins, At the Movies (LP, 2,100 copies)
For the first time ever, Kenny Loggins’ At The Movies brings together the artist’s greatest soundtrack hits on vinyl, including songs from “Footloose,” “Top Gun,” “Caddyshack” and more plus a newly recorded version of “Playing With The Boys.”
Prince, The Truth (LP, 13,000 copies)
One of Prince’s underappreciated hidden gems, The Truth was originally released as part of the monumental 1998 box set Crystal Ball, which marked the first time Prince released an album totally independently. The Truth was the first Prince album to be labeled “acoustic,” though it does contain electronic instruments and elements, and it gave listeners an unprecedented chance to hear his songwriting and voice in a stripped-down presentation. This RSD release marks the first time The Truth is available on vinyl with gorgeous, foil-embossed artwork designed by Prince’s long-time art director Steve Parke.
Rage Against The Machine, The Battle of Mexico City (2-LP, green and red vinyl, 12,350 copies)
The Battle Of Mexico City documents Rage Against The Machine’s mythic performance at Mexico City’s ‘Palacio de los Deportes’ in 1999, the band’s first-ever concert in Mexico and a highlight of RATM’s Battle Of Los Angeles tour. This RSD release makes its 12″ vinyl debut with a red and green colored vinyl pressing featuring a white label tribute to the Mexican flag.
Various Artists, Golden Gate Groove: The Sound of Philadelphia in San Francisco (2-LP, 2,100 copies)
Available on vinyl for the first time, Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia Live 1973 captures–and celebrates–the first and only occasion when the stars of Philadelphia International Records (P.I.R.)–including The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The Three Degrees, and Billy Paul–performed in concert with the label’s house band, MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother), showcasing what would become the Sound of Philadelphia, affectionately known as “T.S.O.P.” The concert took place in San Francisco during the annual CBS Records convention at the Fairmont Hotel in September 1973. [Read Joe’s review of it back from 2012!]
Bob Dylan, Jokerman / I And I (The Reggae Remix EP) (12″ single, 7,000 copies)
This 12″ Dylan collectible features two reggae remixes apiece of “Jokerman” and “I And I” by Doctor Dread. The original versions of each track appeared on Dylan’s 1983 Infidels album featuring Sly Dunbar (drums) & Robbie Shakespeare (bass) as the rhythm section. The two “I And I” remixes were previously released on 2003’s Is It Rolling Bob: A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan (2003) while the ‘Jokerman’ remixes are newly commissioned and previously unreleased. Doctor Dread has worked with Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Gregory Isaacs, Luciano, Mad Cobra, Freddy McGregor, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, The Wailers and many others.
The Clash, If Music Could Talk (2-LP, 3,600 copies)
Recorded in 1980, If Music Could Talk is an interview album featuring The Clash – Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon – in brief conversation with their trusted management rep/fixer/consigliere Kosmo Vinyl. Originally released as a promotional-only LP for U.S. radio, in advance of the release of Sandinista!, If Music Could Talk is being commercially released for the first time as a limited edition double vinyl (180gm) package with new artwork for Record Store Day. The cover art is an homage to Nicaraguan rebel leader Augusto César Sandino – the original Sandinista – by artist Kosmo Vinyl, who also supplies the liner notes on the back alongside a rare Pennie Smith band photo. If Music Could Talk captures the band discussing and introducing tracks (for a potential radio audience) with the 10 tracks themselves included, using the latest band-approved remasters.
Miles Davis, Champions: Rare Miles From The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (LP, yellow vinyl, 7,500 copies)
Miles Davis had a deep love and respect for boxing, seeing deep parallels between “the sweet science” and his own relationship with music. One of Miles’ favorites of his own recordings was the 1971 soundtrack to the Bill Cayton documentary about Jack Johnson and he was inspired by the political and racial subtext of the legendary boxer’s saga. Culled from the celebrated expanded project The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions released in 2003, and name-checking a number of pugilistic legends (“Ali,” “Sugar Ray,” “Duran,” “Johnny Bratton”), these funk-infused recordings rock as hard as anything Miles ever put to tape. Featuring a sterling line-up of musicians (Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham) and Jim Marshall’s legendary cover photo of Miles in the ring, CHAMPIONS finds this music issued for general release on vinyl for the first time ever.
Future, EVOL (LP, red and black smoke vinyl, 4,700 copies)
With the release of EVOL, his fourth studio album, in 2016, rap superstar Future continued to forge his own trailblazing path in hip-hop. Driven in part by the smash single, “Low Life” featuring The Weeknd, EVOL reinforced Future’s reputation as one of the most formidable voices in rap, an undeniable influence on hip-hop’s evolution and a masterpiece in the Future canon. To commemorate the fifth anniversary of EVOL, RSD and Legacy are issuing a special limited edition pressed in 12″ red and black smoke colored vinyl.
Jamiroquai, Everybody’s Going To The Moon (12″ vinyl single, 180-gram, 1,000 copies)
Originally released in 2000 for the Titan A.E. movie soundtrack, Jamiroquai’s signature song, “Everybody’s Going To The Moon” is now available on vinyl for the first time. This limited edition 12″ single – with “Deeper Underground” (Chillington Mix) on the B-side – celebrates Jamiroquai co-writer Toby Smith; who sadly passed away from cancer in 2017. Each 180gm vinyl pressing will be individually numbered with silver foil and include liner notes from Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay on the rear along with a die-cut of the famous Jamiroquai Buffalo Man logo revealing a silver mirrored inner sleeve.
Pearl Jam, Alive (12″ single with etching limited to 18,500 copies/cassette single limited to 6,5000 copies)
With 2021 marking the 30th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s iconic debut album, Ten, Legacy Recordings and RSD are releasing special 12″ and cassette single editions of “Alive,” the track that kicked PJ into high gear. The 12″ features the original promo single version of “Alive” plus three rare B-sides: “Wash,” “Dirty Frank” and PJ’s cover of The Beatles’ “I’ve Got A Feeling,” currently unavailable anywhere else. All four tracks are included on Side A while Side B contains an etching of the band’s ‘Stick Man’ logo. The “Alive” cassette single is a replica of the promo cassette originally circulated at the time of Ten‘s release. It includes the promo single version of “Alive” plus “Wash” and “I’ve Got A Feeling,” repeated on both sides.