Kitty's Picks For Record Store Day

So much cool vinyl this Saturday

April 21, 2017

Record Store Day is this Saturday April 22nd. It's a celebration of local, independent record stores, with record companies big and small issuing special releases in honor of the occasion.

Here are some of my picks.

The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever/Hello Goodbye This 45 is being re-released in honor of the 50th anniverasry of Sgt Pepper this summer. These two songs were the first two recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions but were released as a single and not included on the album.

The Johnny Cash Children's Album Originally released in 1975, this album features the man in black singing "Nasty Dan," "Ol Shep," "I Got A Boy (And His Name is John)" and more. 

The Ken Kesey Acid Test Originally released in 1966 in a pressing of less than 500, this live-in-the-studio recording was intended to recreate the live acid test shows for listeners. Remember, acid was legal back then.

Jimi Hendrix Live at George's Club Early Jimi, with Curtis Knight. This release puts together amateur recordings from 1965 and 1966, right before Jimi was discovered. I am very curious about the quality of the recording!

Red Hot Chili Peppers "Go Robot" Picture disc containing two unreleased live RHCP tracks, "Go Robot", recorded live at in Paris,and "Dreams of a Samurai" recorded live in Madrid. Picture discs are cool.

U2 "Red Hill Mining Town" To coincide with the 30th anniversary of U2’s iconic album The Joshua Tree, Island Records will release a 2017 mix of ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ on limited edition 12” picture disc, featuring the classic photography of Anton Corbijn in color.

The Zombies "A Rose For Emily/This Will Be Our Year."  For those of you who did not get enough of the Zombies at their show at the Barrymore!

Stevie Ray Vaughan "LIve at Carnegie Hall" A double LP from 1984, when Stevie was celebrating his 30th birthday.

Various Artists: Lost In Space: Themes from the Irwin Allen TV Show. Who wouldn't want a picture disc featuring the Lost in Space Robot?

Wisconsin Vinyl Collective Volume One Features previously unreleased songs from artists with strong Wisconsin connections, including the Bodeans, the Mascot Theory, Locksley and more. (More info here).

Participating stores in Madison: Strictly Discs, Mad City Music, B-Side Records, Ear Wax Records, Sugar Shack Records.