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Record Store Day 2018 Guide: 25 Releases to Watch Out For

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Madonna performs at the St. Paul Civic Center on July 29, 1987 in St. Paul, Minn.

After 11 years, it's understandable how some view Record Store Day in the same light as going out drinking on St. Patrick's Day. Yet despite the cynical stance many have taken on the April quasi-holiday, it's an event that still underlines the importance of physical music ownership in an era where that's waning even as vinyl sales steadily increase. 

Record Store Day, for all its insider baseball foibles, remains a beacon of promise that flies in the face of the idea that nobody buys hard copies of the music they love anymore. There's nothing quite like the ritual of picking away at that vulnerable corner of the cellophane on a brand new vinyl record and hearing the static as you carefully remove the fresh wax from its paper sleeve. The day has also created community among vinyl enthusiasts -- there are curated Record Store Day Crawls across the country (and if you don't want to leave home, Red Bull Radio is airing 24 hours of Counter Intelligence, which spotlights brick-and-mortar vinyl stores across the globe).

And while some may never get past the capitalistic aspects of Record Store Day, here are 25 reasons why it's still very much worth braving the amateur hour element of this coming Saturday.

2. Madonna — You Can Dance (Sire Records)
Being how Madonna got her start in the clubs of New York City, the release of her first remix album back in 1987 was definitely a fond tip of the hat to her disco roots as she turned a corner on her own ascent into pop superstardom in the mid-80s. With a primary focus on the hits from her eponymous debut LP (which is also being reissued for Record Store Day as a replica of a rare 1983 Japanese import picture disc), You Can Dance saw Madge working with some of the best producers and remixers of the moment including Jellybean Benitez, Nile Rodgers, David Cole of C + C Music Factory and Shep Pettibone to reimagine songs like “Holiday,” “Everybody” and “Into The Groove” before moving on to her Like A Prayer period, which cemented her place on '80s pop’s Mt. Rushmore.

14. Dave Grusin — The Friends of Eddie Coyle OST (Wewantsounds)
Director Peter Yates’ 1973 crime flick The Friends of Eddie Coyle is one of the most underrated classics of a decade teeming with pure grit on celluloid. Starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle, the film chronicles the travails of a low-level wiseguy who chooses to rat out his friends to avoid a lengthy jail sentence while supplying weapons to the very friends he’s snitching on. Shot on location all over the Boston area, the Bullitt auteur took a chance on a young jazz composer named Dave Grusin to score the soundtrack, who brought together some of the hottest players on the L.A. jazz scene including John Guerin, Chuck Rainey, Tom Scott, Bud Shank and percussionist Emil Richards to create a funky electric jazz suite on par with the movie soundtracks of Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin and Herbie Hancock at the time. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Friends of Eddie Coyle was strangely never released when the film hit theaters in the summer of ’73. But thanks to the Wewantsounds imprint, this deep funk classic is finally available on vinyl for the first time and on CD as well, remastered from the original tapes with one bonus track, liner Notes by UK journalist and musician David Toop and a gorgeous gatefold sleeve with artwork by famed movie poster designer Oliver Barrett.

17. Thelonious Monk — Monk (Legacy Recordings)
Originally released in 1964, Monk’s fourth LP for Columbia featured a swinging mix of standards (“Just You, Just Me,” “April In Paris”) and originals (“Teo,” a unique arrangement of “Children’s Song (That Old Man)”) with perhaps his most famous lineup (himself on piano, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Larry Gates on bass and Ben Riley on drums). The release of this RSD edition of the classic LP on standard black vinyl has been newly remastered at high resolution from the original master tapes and is a great punctuation mark to complete the centennial celebration of this true genius of jazz piano.

25. Grant Green — Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970), Slick! Live at Oil Can Harry’s
The Jazz Detective does it again! And this time producer Zev Feldman delivers a pair of lost live albums from the thick of jazz guitar icon Grant Green’s funk era. The first one, Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes, features two complete performances from la Maison de la Radio in Paris on October 26, 1969 plus full concert recordings from Antibes Jazz Festival on June 18 and 20, 1970. Slick! - Live at Oil Can Harry’s, meanwhile, was captured live on September 5, 1975 and originally broadcast on CHQM-FM in Vancouver with primarily Detroit-based band with Emmanuel Riggins (father of drummer Karriem Riggins) on electric piano, Ronnie Ware on bass, drummer Greg “Vibrations” Williams (Jack McDuff, Lou Donaldson) and Gerald Izzard on percussion, displaying the heavier R&B direction Green was taking four years prior to his death in 1979 at the young age of 43. Get the early jump on these gems ahead of their official rollout in late May with the limited vinyl editions Resonance has made available for Record Store Day.