The annual celebration is back with hundreds of fresh collectibles…
By Paul Marszalek
After years of COVID-related calendar adjustments, Record Store Day is back where it belongs – in April. The 15th annual event will take place this Saturday, April 23.
With Taylor Swift on board as this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador, local music shops are loading their bins with limited edition releases. Swift is making available 10,000 copies of her song “the lakes” on 7″ vinyl.
As with past years, the focus is on vinyl collectibles. However, perhaps due to pressing plant capacity issues, there are a number of titles also available on CD.
Record Store Day is widely credited with fueling the vinyl resurgence — a rebirth so significant that demand has far out-run capacity to manufacture. Industry experts believe there is annual demand for as many as 400 million units, but manufacturing capacity reportedly sits between 160 million and 180 million units annually.
Among the more than 300 titles available is David Bowie’s Brilliant Adventure EP, which features four previously unheard songs from the Outside era. It’s available on both CD and Vinyl.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of The Cure’s Pornography, 9000 copies are available of the UK band’s legendary fourth album in picture disc form.
Staying with the picture disc theme, Kacey Musgraves is making available 15,000 copies of her latest album, Star-Crossed. This release is a double-sided picture disc.
A complete list of titles, as well as a list of participating stores is available on the Record Store Day website.