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The Wire's pick of Record Store Day releases

Record Store Day is great for independent record shops, but when it starts involving rabbit shaped vinyl reissues of Chas 'n' Dave, it's legitimate to lose a little faith in it. The product list for the 2014 Record Store Day (19 April) is 17 pages long. Here's an abbreviated list of Wire-centric highlights:

Vinyl reissues of: Michael Chapman Playing Guitar The Easy Way; Holger Czukay On The Way To The Peak Of Normal; Kode9 & The Spaceape Memories Of The Future; ESG Dance To The Best Of ESG; The Fall White Lightning; Sun Ra The Futuristic Sounds Of… and Outer Spaceways Incorporated; Hüsker Dü Candy Apple Grey.

On 7": The Thing's "Boot"; Frank Zappa's "Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow"; Julia Holter's "Don't Make Me Over" with "Hello Stranger"; Fela Kuti's "Se E Tun De" with "Waka Waka".

First time on vinyl for: Psychic TV's Thee Fabulous Feast Ov Flowering Light, Hacienda, and Live At The Marquee, all on double vinyl editions, Alexander Tucker's self titled album from 2005, Omar Souleyman's Jazeera Nights: Folk & Pop Sounds Of Syria; Ozit's purple vinyl edition of Captain Beefheart Son Of Dustsucker (The Roger Eagle Tapes).

New and/or unearthed recordings: Peter Zummo Lateral Pass; Carter Tutti Remix Chris & Cosey CD; Dinosaur Jr Fossils 5x7" box set; Half Japanese Volume 1: 1981–1985 triple LP set; a vinyl picture disc of Devo's return show, Butch Devo And The Sundance Gig; Melt Yourself Down Live At The New Empowering Church; William Onyeabor double 12" What?!; Rodion GA's Misiunea Spatiala Delta (Delta Space Mission); Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld 12" titled Spring!; Horace Andy Zion Sessions; Bardo Pond Looking For Another Place; Alvarius B/Sir Richard Bishop If You Don't Like It...Don't.

Not enough? The full list is here. Note: if you are stepping forth into the breach, not everywhere will have copies of everything.


Some decent things no doubt but...

I don't know if the RSD reissue of Sun Ra's Futuristic Sounds is different, but Poppydisc did a fine reissue of this recently. The Czukay LP is already out - didn't think this was an RSD release? Confused by both of those.

The Fall record is on a label who've released several shoddy, illogical comps of old material and live tracks

RSD means big labels tying up pressing plants with unncessary "collectables" so that smaller releases are delayed. And small retailers can't get the stock they want.

Somehow ebay will have it all.

The golden rule in all fields of collecting is - if the manufacturer tells you it is collectable then it probably isn't. Save your money.

The Poppydisc Sun Ra Futuristic Sounds LP is a special edition done in "psychedelic splatter" vinyl for RSD.

Don't forget The Van Pelt!

I so hate RSD.

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