Sony Legacy Record Store Day 2019
Record Store Day 2019 is in the books, and EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE wants to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who went out to the stores on Saturday, April 13th to support and celebrate them.
We hope you found something you loved to take home with you, whether that was something released exclusively for Record Store Day or something fantastic from what they regularly stock.
Yes, every day should be Record Store Day, so we encourage you to make stopping by your favorite record store AND stopping by this website a regular thing - because we'll be telling you about awesome things going on at record stores all year long!
As our dear friends at Sony Legacy Recordings have once more kindly sent us a couple of their RSD 2019 releases for review, as always we shall review those two whilst at the same time highlighting all the others, of course.
Reviewing those that were sent to us below, please know the remainder of the released titles are all listed and accounted for at the base of this article.
Legacy Recordings’ Janis Joplin, Live At Woodstock: Sunday, August 17, 1969 (2LP – Previously Unreleased On Vinyl) is one of the obvious stand out highlights this year and is a most incredible performance captured live by an artist taken too soon.
Already a tremendous star, 1969 was a year of change for Janis Joplin. Her legendary performance at Woodstock came just weeks before the release of her first solo album, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!
Both that record and this live set, available on vinyl for the first time, pointed to the new, exciting direction her music would take and helped define an incredible moment in music history.
The short life and career of Janis Joplin hardly detracts from her recognition of having one of the most beautiful voices in the history of music.
At the time her Woodstock performance was described as strong, but did little to fully display the talent of the troubled muse. Listening back to it now on vinyl, the way it was meant to be heard, and you hear none of those distractions within her incredible vocal performance.
Indeed, Joplin is obviously remembered for her powerfully distinctive raspy voice, her stomping foot, her unique vocal style, her outrageous dress, her outspokenness and sense of humor and so I'm happy to say that all of that bleeds through here on these audio performances.
1. 'Raise Your Hand'
2. 'As Good As You've Been To This World'
3. 'To Love Somebody'
2. 'Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)'
3. 'Kozmic Blues'
1. 'Can't Turn You Loose'
2. 'Work Me, Lord'
1. 'Piece Of My Heart'
2. 'Ball And Chain'
The other album sent to us is Sly & The Family Stone, Live At Woodstock: Sunday, August 17, 1969 (2LP – Previously Unreleased On Vinyl).
Despite going on at 3:20am in the morning, Sly & The Family Stone electrified a generation with an explosive set at the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival on August 17, 1969.
Five decades later, this infectiously energetic performance makes its vinyl debut, offering powerful renditions of classics like 'Dance To The Music,' 'Everyday People,' 'I Want To Take You Higher' and more.
Three months prior to the festival, Sly And The Family Stone had released their fourth album, Stand! featuring the hits 'Sing a Simple Song', 'I Want to Take You Higher', 'Stand!', and 'Everyday People.'
The group performed early Sunday morning August 17, 1969 from 3:20am to 4:20am following Joplin's set (noted above) and boosted by the publicity from their triumphant Woodstock performance, Stand! became Sly And The Family Stone's most successful album (selling over three million copies).
Listening again now to the pulsating hour long live show on vinyl, and the obvious stand out highlight of their Woodstock set was definitely their exhilarating ten minute performance of 'I Want to Take You Higher.'
Interestingly enough, the song was originally the B-side of 'Stand!' which was what they closed their set with on this most adored and respected of historical musical nights.
In what has to still be one of the most spellbinding live performances EVER brought forth (especially given the time they hit the stage!), listening to their live set and you forget that with darkness all around, and Sly front and center almost glowing under the spotlights as he danced in his white fringed jacket, that history was in the making.
2. 'Sing A Simple Song'
3. 'You Can Make It If You Try'
1. 'Everyday People'
2. 'Dance To the Music'
3. 'MEDLEY: Music Lover / Higher'
1. 'I Want To Take You Higher'
2. 'Love City'
Etched with Sly And The Family Stone Logo!
And finally, as promised, here are all the other RSD Legacy Recording releases for you to delve into on your own time:
Jeff Buckley - 'In Transition' (1LP – Previously Unreleased)
Bob Dylan - 'Blood On The Tracks: Original New York Test Pressing' (1LP)
Billy Joel - 'Live At Carnegie Hall 1977' (2LP – Previously Unreleased On Vinyl)
Pink Floyd - 'A Saucerful Of Secrets (Mono)' (1LP)
Elvis Presley - 'Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969' (2LP – Previously Unreleased)
Prince - 'The VERSACE Experience: PRELUDE 2 GOLD' (Cassette)
Dennis Wilson, Taylor Hawkins, Brian May, Roger Taylor - 'Holy Man (Wilson – Hawkins – May – Taylor Version)' (7” Single – Previously Unreleased)