Sony Legacy Record Store Day 2016
Record Store Day 2016 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 16th 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 are highlighting, and reviewing, six (6) Record Store Day 2016 vinyl releases that were kindly sent to us for review from Sony Legacy Records.
Matthew Sweet – Goodfriend (Another Take on "Girlfriend") – 1LP 12" Vinyl LP: Yup, here on RSD 2016, Legacy Recordings has released, for the first time ever on vinyl, alternate versions of American rock musician Matthew Sweet's third studio album, Girlfriend, featuring home demos, session recordings and live performances.
Recorded in 1990 following Sweet's divorce, he later said to Rolling Stone, "It's funny how the album ended up showing everything I needed to feel. Everything I needed as an antidote is there." He told Entertainment Weekly, "People say, 'This is your big breakup record - will you still be able to write good songs?' I'm sure I'll be just as depressed at some other point in my life."
Matthew Sweet was my very first interview, face-to-face, here in the US, back in @ 1991/92 and he was a complete gentleman to the novice that I'm sure I portrayed. We were on his your bus and he chatted with me for what seems now in reflection over an hour. Anyway, back on track, and the original cover art of Girlfriend featured a photograph of actress Tuesday Weld from the late 1950s. Originally called Nothing Lasts, the album was retitled following objections to the title from Weld herself.
In fact, in 2006, the album was remastered and released under the Legacy Edition label, with three bonus tracks (originally released on the "Girlfriend" single, subtitled "the superdeformed CD", and also available on the Japanese version of the album), plus a second disc of home demos, live versions and session recordings called Goodfriend.
Subtitled "Another Take On 'Girlfriend'", Goodfriend was a promotional CD partly distributed through Sweet's fan club, and was not commercially released until the Legacy Edition. Indeed, 'Goodfriend' was the original name of the title track, but after early listeners universally misheard the lyric, Sweet changed the title to "Girlfriend."
Hence, here today, for the first time ever on vinyl, we now get all those lovely home demos, live versions and session recordings, previously only ever heard on cassette and CD.
Big Star - Complete Columbia: Live at Missouri University 4/25/93 - 2LP Gatefold 12" Vinyl: Big Star - the mythic, yet, short lived Memphis band comprised of Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel, and Jody Stephens - reside on the top tier of the power pop pantheon on the strength of the group's three studio albums (overlooked and under-appreciated at the time) recorded between 1972-1974.
Big Star's first album, 1972's #1 Record, was met by enthusiastic reviews, but ineffective marketing by Stax Records and limited distribution stunted its commercial success. Frustration took its toll on band relations: Bell left not long after the first record's commercial progress stalled, and Hummel left to finish his college education after a second album, Radio City, was completed in December 1973.
Like #1 Record, Radio City received excellent reviews, but label issues again thwarted sales—Columbia Records, which had assumed control of the Stax catalog, likewise effectively vetoed its distribution. After a third album was deemed non-commercially viable and shelved before receiving a title, the band broke up late in 1974.
In 1993, some twenty years after the band's dissolution, drummer Stephens recruited Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow (of the Posies) and a wary Alex Chilton to reform Big Star at the request of two fanatical student DJs from University of Missouri.
This 2LP gatefold set, originally produced, recorded and mixed by Jim Rondinelli, finally captures that full historic set for the first time on a commercial release, mastered at high resolution from the original master tapes while adding 5 previously unreleased performances to the original 1993 album.
"In the Street" (3:10)
"Don't Lie to Me" (3:22)
"When My Baby's Beside Me" (3:25)
"I Am the Cosmos" (Chris Bell) (4:12)
"The Ballad of El Goodo" (4:28)
"Back of a Car" (2:53)
"Way Out West" (2:54)
"Daisy Glaze" (3:34)
"Baby Strange" (Marc Bolan) (4:03)
"For You" (3:04)
"September Gurls" (2:58)
"Thank You Friends" (3:19)
"Slut" (Todd Rundgren) (3:58)
Joe Strummer - "Gangsterville" - 12" Vinyl Single (IMPORT): Not only was Joe Strummer the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of one of the all-time great British bands, The Clash, he also gifted us a musical legacy which reaches far beyond. His career included membership of the 101ers, Latino Rockabilly War, The Mescaleros and the Pogues. He embraced the opportunity to create as a musician through his song writing and solo work as well as producing scores for film and television.
This RSD 2016 exclusive 12" single includes a selection of solo tracks and has been curated by the Joe Strummer Estate. The sleeve features never-before-seen artwork created by Joe Strummer and Josh Cheuse, Joe's long-term creative collaborator. The single includes, for the first time on vinyl, "Gangsterville," "Punk Rock Blues," "Sleepwalk" and "Cholo Vest."
Listening to these four songs, it's not hard to understand why Strummer and the Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 2003. Each track is as powerful, as indepth, as liberating as anything that went before him, and his lyrics still resonate with what is going on in the world even today. In his remembrance, Strummer's friends and family have established the Strummerville Foundation for the promotion of new music, and each year there are many festivals and both organized and spontaneous ceremonies worldwide to celebrate his memory.
Manic Street Preachers - "A Design For Life" - 12" Vinyl Single (IMPORT): This special 12" vinyl single release of the Manic Street Preachers' "A Design For Life" follows the success of the RSD 2015 Holy Bible picture disc, which reached #1 on the inaugural UK vinyl album chart.
Originally released in May 1996, "A Design For Life" was the first single taken from Manics' ground-breaking fourth studio album, Everything Must Go, and kicked off a run of five consecutive top ten hits for the band, marking the beginning of MSP's global rise.
The Manic Street Preachers were formed in 1986 in Blackwood, Wales and consisted (at the onset) of James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar), Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics) and Sean Moore (drums, percussion). Often colloquially known as "The Manics", after the release of their first single, "Suicide Alley", Richey Edwards joined the band as co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist.
Indeed, the band proclaimed their debut album Generation Terrorists would be the "greatest rock album ever" and hoped to sell sixteen million copies around the world, "from Bangkok to Senegal", after which they would split up! Despite the album's failure to meet this level of success, the band carried on with their career, as history tells us, but as history also informs us, sadly, the group later became a trio when Edwards disappeared on the 1st of February, 1995.
This limited edition single with copper, mirrored sleeve features artwork by Mark Farrow and includes the tracks "A Design For Life," "Dead Trees And Traffic Islands," "A Design For Life" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix) and "Mr. Carbohydrate."
Cheap Trick – At Budokan: The Complete Concert - 2LP 12" Black Vinyl: In April 1978, Epic Records band Cheap Trick capitalized on the group's wild popularity in Japan by performing and recording two shows in front of 12,000 screaming fans at the fabled Nippon Budokan located in the center of Tokyo.
In February 1979, the legendary 10 track Cheap Trick at Budokan album was released in the US. The record peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and, with more than 3 million copies sold, became Cheap Trick's bestselling album. Indeed, it was ranked #426 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
Interestingly enough, the album was only intended for release in Japan, but with strong airplay of the promotional album From Tokyo to You, an estimated 30,000 import copies were sold in the United States and the album was released domestically. The album also introduced two previously unreleased original songs, "Lookout" and "Need Your Love".
Now, for the first time on vinyl, Legacy Recordings presents At Budokan: The Complete Concert, a 2LP set, struck on 150 gram 12" vinyl, featuring all 19 of the Cheap Trick's song performances recorded during those historic shows, many of them (as aforementioned) available on vinyl for the very first time.
The album showcases the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees at the peak of their powers laying down classic live performances of "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," "Ain't That a Shame," "Downed" and more.
The Jimi Hendrix Experiences - Smash Hits (12" Vinyl) - Carefully restored from the original analog master tapes, featuring original poster and alternate cover art, the Legacy/RSD 2016 edition of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Smash Hits (created in conjunction with Experience Hendrix L.L.C.) includes timeless classics like "Purple Haze," "Hey Joe," "Red House" (a different take from the UK Are You Experienced version), "Fire" plus 8 more essential Hendrix tracks.
First released in 1969, Smash Hits has proved to be immensely popular, serving as a critical introduction to the Hendrix canon for successive generations of fans. Indeed, it was the very first compilation album for Jimi Hendrix, and as no new studio album was on the horizon in 1969, partly owing to the disbanding of the Experience by Hendrix exacerbated by tensions with Noel Redding, the label decided to issue the same album title, with different covers, in two countries, a year apart!
So, Smash Hits (which Reprise Records, at that time, actually felt that a greatest-hits collection, in general, would have been premature in 1968, as up to then Hendrix had only had three low-charting singles in the US), was released first in mono in the United Kingdom in 1968 (on Track Records), and a year later in stereo in the United States on, of course, Reprise Records. It peaked at #4 on the British album chart and #6 on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
This exclusive RSD 2016 edition of Smash Hits includes a recreation of the poster that came with the original U.S. LP release, depicting band members Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding dressed in western attire on horseback. The photograph, taken by Grammy-winning photographer Ed Thrasher (Grateful Dead, Neil Young, the Beach Boys) at Warner Bros. film studios in Burbank, CA in early 1969, was conceived as sleeve art for the album.
01) Purple Haze
03) The Wind Cries Mary
04) Can You See Me
05) Hey Joe
06) All Along The Watch Tower
01) Stone Free
02) Crosstown Traffic
03) Manic Depression
05) Red House
06) Foxey Lady
All tracks recorded October 1966 – August 1968.
This wonderful collection, containing some of Hendrix's best known songs along with some rare gems too, was almost entirely written by Jimi Hendrix (except "Hey Joe" - Billy Roberts, and "All Along the Watchtower" - Bob Dylan). Also, the stereo take of "Red House" derives from a different session than the original mono take found on the UK version of Are You Experienced. Now, for the first time ever, Thrasher's photo finally graces the cover of Smash Hits, as originally intended.
The first 5,000 units of this 150 gram 12" vinyl edition of Smash Hits will be exclusively numbered for Record Store Day.
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