Celebrate Record Store Day with these classic LPs
Saturday is Record Store Day’s 10-year anniversary. It started on a very small scale in the United States on April 19, 2008, with 10 official releases and 300 participating stores. The following year, there were 85 releases and 1,000 stores in the U.S. and nine foreign countries. It has grown steadily in the past nine years to where it is now a worldwide event. Antarctica is now the only continent that does not have a participating record store.
This year, there more titles available on a limited basis than any other year, from small independent labels to the corporate giants and everything in between. Triple Play became more involved in 2010 after barely participating in the first two years, then went all in in 2011 with the help of my son, Matthew. No store receives everything they order. We receive about 60 percent of the titles we request. We seem to request more every year. Most are heavily allocated and some will be available for mass distribution on a later date. We try to avoid the latter when we can.
These are some LPs we are looking forward to on Saturday:
■ Robert Johnson, “The Centennial Collection, the Complete Recordings”
Three LPs contain 42 tracks. They were recorded in 1936 and 1937 by the unquestionable “King of the Delta Blues” and served as an influence on everybody who has followed his path. Included is a bonus poster of all of the labels of his 78 RPM releases.
■ Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, “Live at Carnegie Hall”
Recorded on Stevie’s 30th birthday with Dr. John, Jimmie Vaughan and other special guests, this 14-track double LP is on marbled brown vinyl.
■ The Notorious B.I.G., “Born Again”
This is a two-LP set on gold and black mixed vinyl. The LP was posthumously released in 1999 more than two years after his untimely death and features some of hip-hop’s most iconic artists.
■ Santana, “Woodstock, Saturday, August 16, 1969”
This is the complete Woodstock performance that started the legendary band on its way to superstardom. It contains most of the material from their legendary platinum debut LP, “Santana.”
■ “Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye, a Tribute To Roky Erickson”
This pays tribute to the founder of the legendary 13th Floor Elevators. This two-LP set has 23 tracks from ZZ Top, Bongwater, Doug Sahm and Sons, R.E.M., Lou Ann Barton, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Chris Thomas and T-Bone Burnett, among others.
■ Grateful Dead, “P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, Canada, July 29, 1966”
This consists of two LPs on 180-gram vinyl of the band’s first show outside of the U.S., featuring most of the tracks from their debut album as well as cover art by the legendary Bob Masse.
■ Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix, “Live at George’s Club 20, 1965 & 1966”
It’s a double LP set with 17 tracks featuring Hendrix shortly before he was discovered by Chas Chandler at the Café’ Wha?.
■ Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “Hammersmith Odeon, London ‘75”
This was their first trip out of America, shortly after the release of “Born To Run” and Springsteen’s appearance in Time and Newsweek. Forty-two years later this is still one of their greatest live performances in a career full of them.
■ Harry Nilsson, “Nilsson Schmilsson”
This legendary LP featuring “Without You,” “Coconut” and “Jump Into the Fire” is on yellow and white split-color vinyl and includes a bonus poster.
We hope to see you on Saturday!