Record Store Day 2020 is coming up on Saturday, April 18. It’s a day dedicated to the physical medium of music — one in which music fans flock to record stores to scoop up limited-edition and archival releases from artists across the musical spectrum.
This year’s RSD announced its marquee titles on Thursday, and there’s plenty of exciting stuff in the pipeline. Here’s a look at some of the highlights, with the full list and details available at the Record Store Day website.
Paul McCartney – McCartney
Paul in his London garden 📸 #LindaMcCartney #ThrowbackThursday #TBT Paul’s debut album ‘McCartney’ has been cut at half speed from the original master tapes for its 50th anniversary and will be released on 18th April for @RecordStoreDay #RSD2020 Details: https://t.co/0DgsEHo1SL pic.twitter.com/OhxW73iwa4
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) March 5, 2020
A special half-speed 50th anniversary edition vinyl LP of Paul McCartney’s 1970 debut solo record was detailed on Thursday:
The 50th anniversary Record Store Day limited edition of McCartney was pressed from a master cut
by Miles Showell at half speed using the original 1970 master tapes at Abbey Road Studios. It was
made as a vinyl specific transfer in high resolution and without digital peak limiting for the best
Toto – Live in Tokyo 1980 EP
We are pleased to announce that our Live In Tokyo 1980 EP (originally released as part of the All In boxset) will be available on vinyl for @recordstoreday on April 18th.
— TOTO (@toto99com) March 5, 2020
David Bowie – ChangesNowBowie and I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74)
UNRELEASED BOWIE TRACKS DUE – You may have been expecting something on what would have been Bowie’s 73rd birthday after announcements on 8th January for the past couple of years. Now it’s 8th January in the country of his birth, here’s that announcement: https://t.co/luFRPrkdQ9 pic.twitter.com/Qzw3hZvuUF
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) January 8, 2020
In addition to the already announced Record Store Day album CHANGESNOWBOWIE, Parlophone is proud to also announce the release of previously unissued recordings of Bowie in concert in 1974, in the form of I’M ONLY DANCING (THE SOUL TOUR 74) on 2LP and 2CD: https://t.co/6dKH7p7Lre pic.twitter.com/AEPlkID36O
— David Bowie Official (@DavidBowieReal) February 19, 2020
Black Sabbath – “Evil Woman/Wicked World” & “Paranoid”/”The Wizard”
The first two @BlackSabbath singles are being rereleased on very limited edition 2x 7” picture disc in a gatefold sleeve for Record Store Day 2020.
50 yrs after original release – Evil Woman/Wicked World & Paranoid/The Wizard.
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) March 5, 2020
U2 – 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (40th Anniversary)
We thought that we had the answers/ It was the questions we had wrong…’ 40 years on, '11 O'Clock Tick Tock’ returns on limited edition 12” transparent blue vinyl for @RecordStoreDay @Recordstoredayus, Saturday 18th April. #U2 #RecordStoreDay2020 #RSD20 pic.twitter.com/pCZ2rXAUs9
— U2 (@U2) March 4, 2020
“11 O’Clock Tick Tock” was recorded with producer Martin Hannett in Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios and originally released in May 1980. The song was U2’s first single on Island Records. This 40th anniversary limited edition LP includes the original track and the 7” b-side version of ‘Touch’, plus two previously unreleased live recordings from the band’s September 1980 show at the London Marquee. Pressed on 180-gram, transparent blue vinyl. Gatefold sleeve packaging, with photo gallery on inner gatefold.
The Kinks – The Kink Kronikles
Exciting Record Store Day 2020 Kinks news: ‘The Kink Kronikles’, Reprise 1972 US compilation (1966-1971), limited edition re-issue by BMG on red vinyl 2LP. Carefully mastered from the original tapes. Original artwork fully restored.#recordstoreday2020 pic.twitter.com/TLuWZtXMXd
— The Kinks (@TheKinks) March 5, 2020
Out of print in the US for over 35 years, this red vinyl gatefold RSD release brings the 1972 compilation of Kinks tracks (1966-71) back to record stores. The 28 tracks include hits, album tracks, US-only versions, non-album singles, B-sides, and the original sleeve-notes are recreated.
The Cure – Bloodflowers (20th Anniversary) & Seventeen Seconds (40th Anniversary) Picture Discs
— The Cure (@thecure) March 5, 2020
And plenty more, with key titles coming from Billie Eilish, Post Malone, the Grateful Dead and a seemingly endless list of other acts spanning genres, decades and styles. Happy vinyl hunting!