With Record Store Day less than two months away, the details of exclusive releases, re-packaged re-issues and creative collections have started leaking out, with much more to come over the next seven weeks.
Maybe the most intriguing of the announcements so far has come from the Omnivore Records camp, which has announced new releases from both country legend Buck Owens and from late-70s power poppers The Knack, each with a little unexpected twist.
Owens' release will feature an original coloring book commissioned by Owens in 1970 that tells the story of Buck & the Buckaroos performing four songs at a show, and will be packaged with a four-track flexi-disc featuring rare live recordings of the four songs depicted in the book. The recordings have been taken from the band's performance for Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House in 1968, and will be released along with a digital download card. The coloring books have been kept under wraps for over 40 years, and a limited edition of 2,500 will be released to participating stores this April 21.
On a related, and somewhat cosmic, note, the full White House concert will be released later this year, and will include a bonus set that has never before been heard on planet earth, having only been broadcast to the astronauts aboard Apollo 16 in 1972.
Omnivore is also releasing The Knack's Live In Los Angeles, a live recording that shows the band on the cusp of success, a full year before signing to Capitol Records and releasing "My Sharona," which molded them into an overnight success. The show was pieced together from late singer Doug Fieger's archive of tapes in his personal collection. The label will only be issuing 1,500 copies of the show on vinyl.
French star-gazers M83 are also getting in on the Record Store Day act, putting out hidden single "Mirror" from their acclaimed late-2011 album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (which reached no. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart) on vinyl for the first time. M83 is releasing 2,000 copies of the record, but the track can also be heard below.
Among others getting in on the act are Public Image Ltd., the post-punk group fronted by John Lydon, more famously known as the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten, who are releasing a four-song EP, titled One Drop, as a preview for their upcoming album This is PiL, which is scheduled to come out at the end of May.
Big names have been announcing re-issues as well, with EMI set to drop a remix of Morrissey's "Suedehead" on RSD before re-releasing his debut solo album Viva Hate March 26, according to Pitchfork. Phish are also set to re-release their 1989 debut Junta on RSD for the first time ever on vinyl as a three-LP collection.
More releases are being announced as the day inches closer.