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10 Rare Classic Rock Releases for Record Store Day 2012 You Must Have [VIDEO]

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The Digital Generation has certainly taken hold with iTunes, Pandora, Slacker and the like, but many of us old dogs lament for the comforting clickity-pop sound of  well-listened to vinyl. It may come as a surprise to you that they still make 'records'… Actual vinyl LP's that are meant to be played on a turntable (clockwise only please) with a needle.

For an entire generation, the thought of getting up off your ass after only 6 or so songs to 'flip the disc' or more likely, pick a new album, is a completely foreign concept. In fact, even listening to more than ONE SONG in a row by ONE artist is a stretch.  But many young people have discovered what we already knew; that music on a well-pressed slab of vinyl can really change the sound, and, more importantly,  feel of the tunes.

I've asked my old cronies who still have thousands of albums, and the new collectors I know who happen to appreciate the past;  'What draws you so emotionally to the spinning black grooves?' The answer? The adjective overwhelmingly mentioned is; WARM. The music has a warm sound.  A warm feeling. It's also the consensus of the group that Jazz, Classical and most Art-Rock just sounds better in HD Digital, we're talking CD or DVD/Blu-Ray. MP3 is just too tinny for those forms. But, for good old Arena/Classic Rock, Punk/Alternative and Heavy Metal, vinyl brings a thickness and full quality to the bottom, meaning thicker sounding guitars, booming bass and thundering drums. Vocals seem more life like as well. That may be on account of the recording process of the time -  as analog tape captured that warm, live sound so well.

All this pontificating is not without it's ulterior motive: on Saturday April 21st it's Record Store Day all over the world. It's a day to celebrate, patronize and embrace this fading art-form we call LP/EP/45.  And I want you to go and experience it.

There was a day that you could frequent 5 or 6 record stores in a city the size of St. Cloud. But alas, Napster and later, Steve Jobs killed off most of them. Now only one true 'Record Store' remains in St. Cloud; The Electric Fetus. The Fetus reminds me of an ancient hangout in Mankato called 'The Lost Chord'. It was a record shop that did the same thing Fetus does now, sold records, new and used… and other stuff.

The Fetus not only sells the more popular CD format, but they also have a wide selection of vinyl. They are also a full fledged participant in Record Store Day. On Saturday, they'll be offering limited quantities of several RSD only releases.  We sent our Web Producer Abby down to the Fetus to talk to Record Store Day planner and vinyl buyer John Pederson, about the events, atmosphere and idea behind RSD.



Now there's over 400 total releases for this year, and many of them, while interesting, may not be enough to lure you in. Fortunately I have a PhD in Rockology, and I've been able to slim down the list to 10 must haves for this year. I've chosen them mostly because of their cool factor and because they rep my favorite genre: Classic Rock. They range from the uber-interesting concept of T. Rex reissuing the original album as a boxed set of 45's, to a spine-tingling 2nd collection of Who Quadrophenia demos to the very shiny distracting object that is the Metallica SILVER vinyl pressing of Beyond Magnetic.


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T. Rex - Electric Warrior


 
 

Format: 7" Vinyl Box Set
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

6x7" box with 6 7" Singles comprising complete album PLUS non-album B-Sides

 
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Janis Joplin- Highlights from the Pearl Sessions


 
 

Format: 10" LP
Label: Columbia
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:

Format: 2 x 10"

An exclusive RSD vinyl companion to the 2 CD reissue of Pearl (being released as The Pearl Sessions). Highlights from The Pearl Sessions presents an alternate view and an inside look at the Pearl recording sessions, with several previously unreleasd and almost-never-heard alternate takes and early versions of classic songs

 
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David Bowie - STARMAN


 
 

Format: 7" 45rpm picture disc
Label: Virgin Records
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Tracks:
"Starman (Original)"
"Top of Pops Performace of "Starman"

7" picture disc, numbered, clear plastic sleeve.

 
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Bruce Springsteen - Rocky Ground


 
 

Format: 7" 45
Label: Columbia
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:

Tracks:
"Rocky Ground"
"The Promise"

"Rocky Ground" from Wrecking Ball; "The Promise" Live from The Carousel, Asbury Park (audio taken from the DVD "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town")

 
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Grateful Dead - Dark Star: Europe '72


 
 

Format: LP
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info: recorded live at The Olympia Theatre - Paris, France 5/4/72

Tracks:
Side 1 - Dark Star (19:21)
Side 2 - Drums (2:32), Dark Star (17:34)

180 Gram LP. Longest and previously unavailable version now on vinyl for the first time. Total pressing: 4,200 (420-get it?)

 
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Patti Smith - Horses


 
 

Format: LP
Label: Columbia
Release type: 'RSD First' Release

Reissue of original release

 
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Pete Townshend - The Quadrophenia Demos


 
 

Format: 10" LP
Label: UMe
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

 
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The Clash - London Calling


 
 

Format: 7" 45
Label: Epic
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Tracks:
"London Calling 2012 Remix"
"London Calling Instrumental 2012

 
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Rainbow - Long Live Rock and Roll


 
 

Format: LP
Label: Niji Entertainment
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Reissue of original 12" Picture Disc

 
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Metallica - Beyond Magnetic


 
 

Format: LP
Label: Warner Bros.
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
More Info:

12" Silver Vinyl of Beyond Magnetic

 

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