If your weren’t aware the 22nd April 2017, is Record Store Day, a day that celebrates independent record shops, record collectors, and LP culture. This year is a special year because it’s their ten year anniversary, having become an annual event since its inauguration in 2007.
And in this age when there’s talk of even digital copies (downloads) of music—mp3s and their ilk—dying off, giving way to streaming services, it’s an important day for music lovers and enthusiasts. Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz stated ""Every year we receive an email, typically from a young couple starting their own record store [asking to get involved], and they're the new versions of record stores; they're hybrids, a record store and a cupcake shop, or a barber shop, or a bookstore... any combination of different things," Kurtz says. "To be a part of Record Store Day, we just say, 'Your core business needs to be music.'"
It also couldn’t be more relevant this year. Because in January the British Phonic Industry (BPI) released statistics stating that in 2016, driven by interest in the late David Bowie, vinyl record sales rose by a staggering 53% on the previous year. It meant 3.2 million LPs were sold, the most since 1991.
Parlophone records has planned two limited edition David Bowie releases to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day. They told Pitchfork "Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles 1974 at Universal Amphitheatre on September 5th 1974 during the Philly Dogs Tour) has never been released, while Bowpromo replicates a 1971 small-run pressing of alternate mixes of some of the songs that made it on to Hunky Dory. It recreates a rare 1971 pressing that featured seven Bowie tracks on its A-side, with five songs that ended up on Hunky Dory.
There are also dozens of other special edition pressings to celebrate Record Store Day from iconic artists to choose from from such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Vangelis, Neil Young, Ramones, The Beatles, Animals, Prince and many more great albums and 7" singles.
To get an update on all the limited releases available get over to DrugStoreGroove to check out their listings.