Record Store Day is Saturday, April 13th. Whether you’re searching for new releases or classics, your local mom and pop stores have the best variety. When you support local businesses, you help your community and artists. This year, let Record Store Ambassadors Pearl Jam lead the way to your favorite shop to pick up the most anticipated albums of the year.
The Best Albums For Record Store Day
This Record Store Day, Billy Joel is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album that launched his career, Stranger. A remastered version of the album Stranger will be released on a two CD Legacy Edition, as well as a vinyl of his previously unreleased Live at Carnegie Hall 1977.
With alternative hits and edgy punk rock classics, these albums are great for everything from working out to road trips. Whether you want to head bang or chill out, you can’t go wrong with these albums in your collection.
Green Day – Woodstock 1994
Green Day’s Woodstock 94′ performance is coined as the most memorable set from the festival. Relive the mud and madness from this punk trio’s breakthrough set.
The Ramones – Live At The Palladium
Punk Rock pioneers, The Ramones, are releasing a recording from their 1979 New Year’s Eve show. Enjoy the raw sound and rocking riffs from Live At the Palladium.
My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade Is Dead!
My Chemical Romance frontman, Gerard Way recently shifted gears and released a comic book series and Netflix show called “The Umbrella Academy.” Even though MCR fans are sad the band has split, they will be happy to know that My Chemical Romance is releasing a live album of them performing in Mexico for RSD.
The Used – Live From Maida Vale
If you ever watch 90s Nation on MTV, it’s not hard to see that frontman Bert Mccracken was heavily influenced by Kurt Cobain from Nirvana. Fans of The Used will definitely want to own Live From Maida Vale, which includes Nirvana and Linkin Park cover songs.
Pick up a family-friendly album that the entire family can enjoy. Appreciate the power of music with tracks all ages can listen to.
Louis Armstrong-Disney Songs The Satchmo Way
Enjoy Disney’s most beloved songs performed by jazz legend, Louis Armstrong. This album is contains the last trumpet recordings of Louis Armstrong playing songs like “Heigh-Ho,” “The Bare Necessities,” “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Pizza Power
Pizza Power was first released on tape in 1990 as part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coming Out of Their Shells tour. The Pizza Power single contains removable patches and is the perfect item for any Turtle fan’s collection.
Bob Dorough-Multiplication Rock
Multiplication Rock was Grammy-nominated for Best Children’s Recording as part of the Schoolhouse Rock soundtrack in 1973. Help your child memorize their multiplication table with upbeat pop and rock melodies that associate the numbers with the sounds in the song.
Rockabye Baby-Lullaby Renditions of Weezer
Nurture your baby musically by sharing the songs you love. Enjoy Lullaby Renditions of Weezer from your favorite nerd rock pioneers, Weezer.
These musical legends have shaped the sound of music and have inspired future artists. Be sure to pick up these rare or classic albums on Record Store Day.
John Lennon- Imagine [Raw Studio Mixes]
Score a Limited Edition of John Lennon’s Imagine [Raw Studio Mixes] which will be exclusively released on black vinyl for Record Store Day. Listen to mixes of John and The Plastic Ono Band live on the soundstage at Ascot Sound Studios at John & Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst. Treasure these rare mixes, appearing for the first time ever on vinyl.
Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody The Original Soundtrack
Bohemian Rhapsody the movie, received 16 nominations and 9 awards for celebrating Queen’s musical journey. A special limited edition 7” single featuring ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with original B-side ‘I’m In Love With My Car” will be released on Record Store Day.
Iggy Pop- Live At The Ritz, NYC 1986
Rock icon, Iggy Pop is celebrating his birthday on Record Store Day by releasing Live At The Ritz, NYC 1986. Snag this special double vinyl on Record Store Day.
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Vans Presents: Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax!
Vans is a brand that has always been rooted in art, music, and street culture. It’s no surprise that Vans has partnered up with Record Store Day to release a compilation called Wax Trax!, named after a iconic record shop in Chicago that impacted the punk rock scene. This album contains tracks from Ministry, Front 242, Chris Connelly, and many more.
(Photo Credit: Dogfish Head website)
Grateful Dead-Sage & Spirit
Dogfish Head Brewery and The Grateful Dead are collaborating this Record Store Day with a limited edition vinyl compilation called Sage and Spirit. This album will feature a mix of studio and live versions selected by archivist David Lemieux. Artist, Michael Hacker created a special psychedelic album cover, as well as an official poster for this release. Also pick up the official Record Store Day beer, Analog Beer for the Digital Agem Dragons & YumYums, and Wood-Aged Bitches Brew.
Record Store Day features limited edition and rare albums releases sought out by vinyl fans and collectors. Remember to support your local shops and the artists you love.