Record Store Day gets its groove back

Psychedelic heavyweights the Doors, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Santana help make Record Store Day great again in 2017. The promotional event for independent music retailers has posted an unusually robust list of product for its 10th anniversary showing on Saturday, April 22. Other artists of note for psychedelic/1960s music fans include Procol Harum, Hawkwind, the Grateful Dead, Utopia, ELP, the Electric Flag and the Music Machine. Releases are all on vinyl and are "Record Store Day exclusives" unless noted. The Doors' "Live at the Matrix" recordings make their debut on vinyl on RSD. "Newly mastered by Bruce Botnick ... from recently discovered original master tapes." The 50th year set (from March 1967) includes the savage young Doors working out to soon-to-be-classics "Back … [Read more...]

Hendrix, Mothers cooking for Black Friday

Psychedelic music fans won't exactly be feasting, but get ready to tuck into servings both sweet and savory with this year's edition of Record Store Day: Black Friday. Top 1960s sonic explorers with goods on offer include Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, the Mothers of Invention, Timothy Leary and Sun Ra. Record Store Day's Black Friday edition dawns the day after Thanksgiving -- Friday, Nov. 25 -- at your favorite indie shops. Releases are on vinyl and are Record Store Day exclusives unless noted. Jimi Hendrix: "Morning Symphony Ideas" updates and abridges the Dagger Records release of 2000. This time it's three tracks that date back to 1969: the 9-minute "Jungle," "Room Full of Mirrors" and "Strato Strut." On 10-inch vinyl from Sony Legacy, limited to 3,000 copies. The Mothers of … [Read more...]

Record Store Day ’16: Doors, Hendrix, Prunes

The usual and unusual suspects populate Record Store Day 2016, keyed by releases from psychedelic stars the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the 13th Floor Elevators and Frank Zappa. From the fringes come the space rock of Sun Ra, offbeat freakbeat from Britain, ragas from Ravi Shankar and Japanese "Monster a Go-Go." Record Store Day 2016 is Saturday, April 16. Releases are all on vinyl and are Record Store Day exclusives unless noted (top section). The Doors: "Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance" chronicles the band's first night at the Hollywood venue, summer of 1969. Three LPs. Tracks include "Soul Kitchen," "Mystery Train/Crossroads" and "Who Do You Love." Rhino, on blue vinyl. 5,000 copies. Previously released on CD. The Doors: Live version of "Roadhouse Blues" backed with "A … [Read more...]

Black Friday books Hendrix, Joplin

Sets from Jimi Hendrix, Big Brother, the Zombies, Frank Zappa, Ween, and Stardeath and White Dwarfs top the psychedelic menu for Record Store Day's holiday edition, 2015. Other 1960s-vibed fare for Black Friday comes from Jeff Beck, Funkadelic, the Alan Parsons Project, NRBQ, MGMT and the Kinks. Also sure to interest collectors of the era's output is the 15th anniversary release of the "High Fidelity" soundtrack. Releases are all on vinyl and are Record Store Day exclusives unless noted (top section). Jimi Hendrix: Completists welcomed the CD release in 2006 of "Burning Desire," the Dagger label's collection of "authorized bootlegs" from the master guitarist's final years. Now Sony Legacy has the expanded vinyl version, on two LPs. First 5,000 are numbered. The Hendrix tracks were … [Read more...]

Quad Doors, live Yes, EL&P spark Q2

Classic but freshly repolished goods from the Doors, Yes, the Yardbirds, EL&P and Miles Davis promise a strong second quarter in the psychedelic music world. The Doors' music remained in strong demand a few years after the death of singer Jim Morrison. Elektra looked to give the music new spark with a "Best Of" collection in quadraphonic. The four-channel format fizzled, and Doors marketers moved on to other repackaging jobs, but the quad collection was never forgotten by the early adopters of long ago. Ace audio revivalist Steve Hoffman delivers the goods June 2 with a hybrid SACD containing the original quad mix and his re-do of the two-channel stereo mix. Tracks include the usual suspects as well as "Who Do You Love," "Take It As It Comes" and "Moonlight Drive." "I think that … [Read more...]

Record Store Day ’15: Zombies, Doors, Sly

The Zombies, the Doors, Sly and the Family Stone, Captain Beefheart and Hawkwind lead the freak parade for Record Store Day 2015. Other goodies for psychedelic bin flippers include vinyl by Country Joe and the Fish, Todd Rundgren, Jeff Beck, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, Tomorrow, Sun Ra, Robert Plant, the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, the Flaming Lips and Frank Zappa. The eighth-annual event promoting indie record stores is now an unabashed celebration of the old-school vinyl format. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 18. The Zombies: What was to be the follow up to the psychedelic classic "Odessey and Oracle" never was. Officially. Now the "R.I.P. Album" has been unearthed for its "first legitimate vinyl release" by the Varese Sarabande label. The band had broken up the … [Read more...]

Black Friday stars Hendrix, Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly, Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young dish out some tasty vinyl for this Thanksgiving weekend's edition of Record Store Day. Black Friday 2014 falls on Nov. 28. It's the little-brother event to the main Record Store Day in April. Both celebrate independent record stores, with the emphasis on the resurgent vinyl format. Here are the psychedelic servings for RSD Black Friday: Iron Butterfly's 1968 debut album returns in mono, cut into 180-gram vinyl in a Record Store Day exclusive release from Atco/Atlantic. The San Diego-area band would undergo significant membership changes before finding global fame with "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," but the heavy psycho-metal starts here: "Possession," "Unconscious Power" and the epic "Iron Butterfly Theme." Remastered from the original analog … [Read more...]

ELP, Yes, XTC, Cream pace Q2 records

The second quarter's reissues of psychedelic music star Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, the Moody Blues, Cream, XTC and Led Zeppelin. As usual, the audiophile formats of vinyl, SACD and 5.1 audio play strong supporting roles. Emerson, Lake & Palmer plan a giant serving of "Brain Salad Surgery" for May 12, via a six-disc box set from Sony/Legacy. The prog import will run about $100. There's also a 3-disc CD+DVD version. The trio's fourth studio album, it's highlighted by Greg Lake's silky-psychedelic "Still ... You Turn Me On" and the brain-busting "Karn Evil 9" suite of 30 minutes or so ("Welcome back my friends ..."). The 1973 album remains infamous for its prog-classical bloat and the sexy bio-mechanical artwork by H. R. Giger. The Sony/Legacy rereleases feature a CD with … [Read more...]

Record Store Day: Doors, Hendrix, Garcia

Record Store Day 2014 features reissues from the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, the Yardbirds and the Zombies. Other treats for psychedelic rangers include vinyl from the Grateful Dead, Tame Impala, Sun Ra, Creedence Clearwater Revival and 1970's Fleetwood Mac. Direct from Bollywood, there's an Indian psychedelic music guide. The seventh-annual event promoting indie record stores has almost all vinyl in a celebration of the hip old-school format. The big day is Saturday, April 19. The Doors: Rhino digs up the fan favorite "Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine" (pictured, top). The 1972 Elektra Records compilation returns on amber vinyl. Like many of the titles listed here, it's billed as a Record Store Day exclusive (exceptions noted). The double-LP Doors set includes the usual … [Read more...]

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