Record Store Day's Hottest Special Releases -- From David Bowie to Vintage Madonna

Record Store Day
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Vinyl and cassettes are experiencing an unlikely renaissance, but the brick-and-mortar mom-and-pop stores built to sell them are closing in droves. Enter Record Store Day (RSD), an annual celebration of independent music shops across the globe, now in its ninth year. More than 350 special releases -- think limited runs, unreleased rarities and new artwork -- will be pressed exclusively for the 2016 edition on April 16, including these five must-grabs. 

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David Bowie, The Man Who Sold The World (Rhino)
This beautiful picture disc, featuring rare album art for the classic 1970 LP's German release in lieu of the standard black vinyl, is one of a trio of exclusives showcasing the late legend: a 7-inch picture disc of "TVC15" and the 12-inch I Dig Everything -- a 50th-anniversary selection of six singles from 1966 -- round out the tribute.

Johnny Cash, All Aboard the Blue Train (ORG Music)
The 1962 record, which features classics like "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Hey Porter" from The Man in Black, returns to print with 3,000 copies available on blue vinyl.

Madonna, Like a Virgin and Other Hits (Rhino/Warner Bros.)
First released as an EP in Japan in 1984, this compilation makes a comeback on pink vinyl. The original artwork featuring Japanese lettering remains, but "Holiday" producer John "Jellybean" Benitez gives the songs a modern twist.

?Outkast, "Elevators (Me & You)" (Legacy)
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of André 3000 and Big Boi's seminal 1996 sophomore album ATLiens, its lead single is being rereleased as appropriately glow-in-the-dark ­10- inch vinyl.

Metallica, Liberté Egalité Fraternité Metallica! (Blackened)
The metal legends (and RSD 2016 ambassadors) are releasing the audio of their 2003 performance at Paris' Le Bataclan -- the theater where 89 people were killed during the November 2015 terror attacks -- as a benefit for Fondation de France's Give for France. On April 15, a deluxe box set and remastered versions of Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning will hit shelves as well.

This story originally appeared in the April 16 issue of Billboard.


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