Record Store Day 2014 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 19th 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!
Today we start with highlighting and reviewing ten (10) Record Store Day 2014 vinyl releases that were kindly sent to us for review:
1. Ray Parker Jr. - "Ghostbusters: 30th Anniversary Glow-In-The-Dark Vinyl" (10" Vinyl, Legacy) - 1000 Copies
Released for the film's 30th anniversary, in addition to the original track, this wickedly wonderful Glow-In-The-Dark 10" release contains rare, never-released before versions; such as an instrumental version, a rare dance remix, and even a dub version.
And what of the mixes, I hear you ask? Well, ... "I've been slimed" ... sorry, that came out of nowhere! Anyway, that's also how I feel after listening to this wonderful 10" RSD release of the theme tune to 'Ghostbusters'! Each track have their own greatness, in parts, but does it become hard to sit and listen to the same song for thirty minutes? Nope, not in the slightest as there is no doubt you can sit through various versions of Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters"!
So, ... "Who you gonna call?" ... sorry again, wow, that just keeps happening! Anyway, as I was saying, go buy this 10" Glow-In-The-Dark vinyl now and support RSD 2014.
Oh, and only 1,000 of these vinyl's have been produced, which means you had better get to them before Slimer's goop makes it impossible to find!
2. Henry Mancini and His Orchestra - 'The Pink Panther: 50th Anniversary Pink Vinyl' (12" Vinyl, RCA/Legacy Recordings) - 3000 Copies
Henry Mancini, the great composer/conductor would have turned 90 this year and so to mark the occasion not only has an all-new website been created for him (www.HenryMancini.com), but Legacy will soon bring out an 11-CD box-set of Mancini's soundtracks.
That said, let's concentrate on the brand new 50th Anniversary release (on eye-catching pink vinyl, of course) of Mancini's original album of music from Blake Edwards' all-time classic comedy caper 'The Pink Panther.'
Henry Mancini's classic soundtrack to 'The Pink Panther' is very timely for the carefree period in which it was released and captures the feel of this film and those great times that still resonate in the mind. Indeed, 'The Pink Panther' theme is an endearing and enduring melody that has become instantly identifiable with both the cartoon character and the film series.
The soundtrack captures a lot of source music that was certainly in vogue and has captured that tantalizing cocktail jet set quality in the numerous compositions especially in "It Had Better Be Tonight." The aplomb and easy nature of this recording is on target capturing the great feel of this film giving the listener the chance to relive the experience.
3. The Animals - 'The Animals EP' (10" Vinyl, ABKCO) - 1800 Copies
Celebrating it's 50th Anniversary here in 2014, this is the Animals' 2nd British EP, which features the hit "Boom Boom" now together with "Around and Around", "Dimples", and "I've Been Around." Having been never before released in the U.S. this stunning 10" vinyl EP is a dream come true for all us Animals fans!
ABKCO have been releasing Best Of albums from The Animals for years, oh so many years now, but they never let the listener down. And here on this 4 track EP songs like the hit single "Boom Boom" encapsulate The Animals recording style perfectly. Eric Burdon's voice is the key to the Animals sound for me. The music is good, but Burdon's smoky, emotional delivery add the polish to The Animals sound.
4. Ronnie Spector and the E Street Band - "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" b/w "Baby Please Don't Go" (7" Vinyl, Legacy) - 4000 Copies
Just taking one look at the sticker on this lovely new 7" single and you know what you're in for: "As much talent and class as you can squeeze onto a 7" single"! Amen to that as Billy Joel wrote the A-side track (which was actually featured on his 1976 Turnstiles album) supposedly; are ready for it, with Spector in mind.
A year later, she recorded it with perhaps the best match for her voice outside of The Wrecking Crew: The E Street Band. With Steven Van Zandt as producer (and featuring Bruce Springsteen on acoustic guitar throughout) it is still today and incredible song to behold.
And just checking out the photo on the front cover of this 7" should have you smiling. For it's a black and white featuring the grouping of: Ronnie, Bruce, Steven, Max Weinberg, Gary Tallent, Roy Bittan, the late Danny Federici, and the late Clarence Clemons.
5. Paul Weller - "Brand New Toy" (7" Vinyl, Virgin/Harvest) - 350 Copies
This quite unexpected new 7" vinyl from the Mod Father himself was a real pleasure to behold. Listening to the two tracks - "Brand New Toy"/"Landslide" - is a quick affair sadly though, but they are brand new, never heard before cuts. And with a new album More Modern Classics, featuring tracks from the past 15 years of the singer's solo career, coming this summer all we can hope for is that they don't appear on it - if you know what I mean.
Sadly though, on the info above my money is on "Brand New Toy" definitely appearing on said new release, but more sadly Weller has said this about RSD: "I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again"! And why, I hear you cry? Well, it's all down to this new single being sold-for-massive-profit on eBay seconds after it was released.
6. Sam Cooke - 'Ain't That Good News' (12" Vinyl, ABKCO) - 1800 Copies
Celebrating it's 50th Anniversary in 2014, Ain't That Good News was the last studio album released in Sam Cooke's lifetime. Featuring his iconic recording "A Change Is Gonna Come," which has become an anthem for civil rights plus the hit songs "Another Saturday Night," "Ain't That Good News" and "Rome (Wasn't Built In A Day)," his sweet soul voice still resonates today.
Indeed, Cooke always had an ease and light way of dealing with both very personal and serious themes. This is one the characteristics of this album, where most of his original songs could well be called classics.
On tracks like "Ain't that Good News", "Good Times" and his touching interpretation of "The Riddle Song" Cooke shows that he is in tune with the new sounds that streamed to America from Europe, especially thanks to The Beatles.
7. The Stranglers - "Peaches/Go Buddy Go" Green Vinyl (7" Vinyl, Rhino) - 1000 Copies
A lovely British import this one from one of my all-time favorite bands, The Stranglers. Indeed, what makes this 7" vinyl all the more special is that it is GREEN! Add to that it comes complete with a very rare green picture cover sleeve too and, well, this is going to be a collector's item for years to come.
Back in 1977, "Peaches" by The Stranglers was one of the big summer hits in the UK. Due to its explicit references it got tagged with a lot of media and public notoriety - which helped it tremendously on the charts!
Indeed, back then the 7" single was a double A-side with pubrock song "Go Buddy Go." The funny thing is though, due to those sexual references within "Peaches" every time the single was played on the radio, or live on a pop chart TV show they had to play "Go Buddy Go" instead!
8. Eric Carmen - "Brand New Year (Alternate Mix)" b/w "Starting Over (Live 1976)" (7" Vinyl, Legacy) - 2000 Copies
Did you know that this is the first new recording by Eric Carmen in over 15 years?! No, nor did I, but I'm mighty glad to have it here on RSD 7" vinyl, I can tell you that! The frontman for ‘70s power pop legends The Raspberries "Brand New Year (Alternate Mix)" is backed by the previously-unreleased 1976 solo live performance from the Bottom Line in NYC of the Raspberries classic "Starting Over."
Featuring Carmen supported by Jeffrey Foskett, Darian Sahanaja, Nick Walusko and Mike D'Amico of Brian Wilson's band, this new composition is vintage Carmen ie: lush, gorgeous and memorably melodic.
You want more? Well, this fantastic new 7" vinyl is also numbered and only 2000 have been printed!
9. The Allman Brothers - 'Selections from: Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992' (2x12" Vinyl, Legacy) - 4000 Copies
This incredible, truly incredible double vinyl release of live songs previously only available on DVD is now finally out for RSD 2014. Coupled together on two (2) lush vinyl records, there may not be as many tracks on here as you would like (or expect to find), but their quality is second to none.
SIDE ONE: "Statesboro Blues", "End Of The Line", "Blue Sky", and "Midnight Rider"
SIDE TWO: "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Dreams" and "Revival."
SIDE THREE: "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed."
SIDE FOUR: "Jessica" and "Whipping Post."
The reason this is such a beloved live recording is that in more than four decades together, The Allman Brothers Band had faced personal setbacks and enjoyed monumental reinventions in the studio and on the road. So, the out-of-the-blue announcement of a 20th anniversary tour back in 1989, after a seven year hiatus from recording or performing, made even the most faithful fans wonder how the band could rise again. But rise they most certainly did.
10. Anamanaguchi - 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Videogame Soundtrack) (12" Vinyl, ABKCO) - 2700 Copies
Nothing to do with the Edgar Wright movie of the same name, artist/score wise, this is indeed the Original Score to the videogame for 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.' With a soundtrack written and wholly performed by the NYC-based chiptune punk band Anamanaguchi, it gets its well-deserved RSD release here today.
Aside from the game being extraordinary, this music stands on its own. Together with the game, though, this soundtrack lends a genuinely moving, evocative and catchy demeanor to the entire thing. The 8-bit soundtrack defines the unique feel of the game and is also fun to listen to alone if you're into chiptune/8-bit music!
Anamanaguchi managed to make nearly every song on here catchy enough to where you hear 10 seconds and have to listen to the rest. Also, really good to just play in the background over whatever you're doing!
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