Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees. The event continues to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US, and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today, there are participating stores on almost every continent of the world.
This year, the tenth RSD will take place Saturday, April 22. To generate more excitement for devoted music consumers and record collectors, exclusive RSD releases are developed by recording artists and labels. Over the years these titles consist less of new music with increasing catalog reissues of previously released vinyl. A complete list of titles were announced yesterday at a press conference at the Gibson guitar showroom studios in midtown Manhattan.
Check out the full list here.
The Orchard has two contributions to this year’s batch of exclusive releases:
Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes: Live at Jones Beach
In the Summer and Fall of 1999 one of the hottest live rock & roll bands, The Black Crowes, and rock’s greatest guitarists, Jimmy Page joined forces on an American tour reinterpreting Led Zeppelin and blues classics. The final tour dates, October 18th and 19th were recorded at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and released on TVT Records in June 2000. To support the release, the band went back out for a Summer tour bringing them to the Jones Beach amphitheater on July 10, 2000. Three of the tracks performed were discovered in the TVT vaults and now make their vinyl debut. “Misty Mountain Hop,” “In The Light” and their take on Willie Dixon’s “Bring It On Home” were not part of the Greek concert 2000 TVT release but make their official commercial release this April. This RSD exclusive is pressed on black and white marble vinyl on a 10 inch EP, sequentially numbered and limited to 4000 manufactured internationally.
George Carlin: Jammin’ in New York
An American icon, George Carlin is one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the ‘60s and ‘70s generation. He is one of the best-selling comedians of all time, Soundscanning over 2 million albums. Over his lifetime, Carlin released 22 albums (18 stand up albums and 4 audiobooks), and won four of ten Grammy Award nominations. He filmed 14 concerts for HBO, three of which were nominated for Emmy Awards. One of those shows was recorded on April 24th and 25th of 1992 at the Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden. The concert was released later that year on CD in November through his long term label deal with Atlantic Records. The CD earned him a Grammy as best Comedy Album of that year. The 25-year-old recording comes to the Orchard through our new distribution deal with Comedy Dynamics, making its debut on vinyl. It follows behind our best-selling comedy release of 2016, the rare Carlin concert performance recording, I Kinda Like It When A Lot Of People Die.
See you April 22nd!