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Think vinyl for Record Store Day

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Long live vinyl.

It was just a decade ago that independent record store retailers across the United States decided to get together and celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store.

From some rather humble beginnings, the event has helped caused a major resurgence in the sale of vinyl, not only in this country but around the world.

On Saturday, April 22, independent record stores in Central Florida, across the United States and in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan and more, will celebrate the 10th annual Record Store Day.

The event varies from store to store, but some record shops will have special celebrity guests and all will be selling exclusive Record Store Day branded releases. This year’s list will include about 200 releases.

At Park Avenue CDs in Winter Park, for example, they will open their doors at 8 a.m. and will be stocking at least one copy of every RSD-branded release. Of course, quantities will be limited. Park Avenue CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Drive, Winter Park.

Other Central Florida record stores participating in Record Store Day include

Retro Records (downtown Orlando at 59 N. Bumby Ave.), a second-hand store that buys-sells-and trades vinyl and CDs. It has been at the same location since 1980.

Rock & Roll Heaven (1814 N. Orange Ave., Orlando). Visit the website at http://rock-n-rollheaven.com/ to find out all this store has to offer. The shop has a large selection, including music memorabilia, and they also buy records, CDs and DVDs.

East-West Music & More (4895 S. Orange Ave., Orlando) has been around since 1971, making it the oldest independent record store in the area. They have a large selection of new and used music in most music categories.

As for the records themselves, what does the long list of music include for 2017?

It’s only fitting that two music icons will be remembered on the 10th anniversary event, David Bowie and Prince.

Record Store Day sees the release of two David Bowie titles: Cracked Actor (Live, Los Angeles, ’74. previously unreleased live recording from Los Angeles on 5th September, 1974, a pivotal gig in the transition between the Diamond Dogs tour and the Philly Dogs tour; and BOWPROMO (GEM Promo LP), a reproduction of one of Bowie’s earliest demo promos.

Record Store Day also sees multiple special 12-inch maxi-singles from Prince, a man who loved and visited his local record store on Record Store Day and year-round, according to Record Store Day officials, as well as a 7-inch picture disc of “Little Red Corvette” b/w “1999”.

A CD reissue of legendary songwriter Leon Russell’s Guitar Blues is also on the list of official titles, and some of the earliest music from Sharon Jones comes on a funk gospel 7-inch record.

Record Store Day will also see the release of Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir – Record Store Day Celebrates the Music of Leonard Cohen, a brilliant tribute album curated by Fingerprints Records owner Rand Foster and set to drop as one of Record Store Day’s first actual label releases. The album features Joseph Arthur, Matt Costa, Leanna Skoda, Glen Hansard and a host of others doing justice to choice cuts from the great bard’s catalog, and proceeds benefit Pablove.

Other notable releases include The Beatles, Strawberry Fields Forever, a seven –inch vinyl; The Cars, Live at the Agora, 1978, a double-album; The Johnny Cash Children’s Album; Cheap Trick, The Epic Archive Vol. one, double-album; The Cure, Greatest Hits, double-lp, picture disc; The Cure, Greatest Hits Acoustic, double picture disc.; The Doors, Live at the Matrix ’67, album; Emerson, Lake and Palmer, seven-inch vinyl; Fleetwood Mac, Alternate Mirage, double album; Ben Folds w. West Australia Live in Perth, double album; Grateful Dead, P.N.E Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, double album; Jimi Hendrix (Curtis Knight) Live at George’s Club 20, 1965 & 1966, double album; The Kinks, Got Love if You want it, 7-inch vinyl; The Kings All Day and All of the Night; Luna, Penthouse Deluxe, double album; The Lumineers, Song Seeds, 10-inch vinyl; The Notorius B.I.G., Born Again, double album; Dolly Parton, Puppy Love, 7-inch vinyl; Pink Floyd, Interstellar Overdrive; Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal, triple album; Ramones ’76-’79 Singles Box; The Runaways, Cherokee/Gold Star Sessions, LP; The Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the U.K.; Patti Smith, Hey Joe, 7-inch vinyl; The Smiths, The Boy with the Thorn in his Side, 7-inch vinyl; Various Artist, Fawlty Towers picture disc; John Willams, Star Wars: A New Hope, 10-inch vinyl; Neil Young Decade, three-albums; The Zombies, A Rose for Emily, 7-inch vinyl.

About Record Store Day:

Record Store Day, the organization, is managed by the Department of Record Stores and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and promotes independent record stores year-round with events, special releases and other fun things.

For general information, visit: http://www.recordstoreday.com.


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