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Record Store Day: here is our Top 10

By Stefano Nappa
7 min read

Record Store Day for a music lover is the best day of the year, but, for a collector it is nearly indescribable. Everyone prepares for the launch of limited edition albums, exclusive vinyls and thrilling box sets. Often these editions also incorporate exclusive digital tracks or unreleased content for the web. During this event you can spot interminable queues in front of record shops, especially in America.

Record Store Day is synonymous with exclusivity because there are few examples of this selection in the world. For example, there were only 100 special RSD copies of Captain Murphy’s Duality (Flying Lotus) and 900 versions of the Death Grips government license plates.

Others are even more sought after because they debuted as vinyls.

Funky Stuff by Jiro Inagaki and Soul Media was originally released as a record in 1975, but wasn’t reissued until Record Store Day 2015 in Japan (but has since seen wider circulation in 2020). Furthermore, the other hottest theme of these versions is the color of the vinyl. Almost all of the records we have chosen boast a unique vinyl coloring, from transparent to purple.

Obviously, these versions have huge value for some collectors, but that value also translates into a higher price tag.

1. Childish Gambino – Because The Internet

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It will be almost impossible to find it but never say never. The luckiest ones will find this wonderful Childish Gmabino gem during this Record Store Day. This release will feature the complete vinyl album, metallic o-card, 2 printed vinyl pouches and a wonderful 72 page (12 “) booklet. x12 “). In 2018 Childish shocked us with the song This Is America but this album released in 2013 was the beginning of it all. The creativity, the production, the lyrics… all these things make it one of the best contemporary records ever. Hey KidddooO! Don’t Sleeppp Oon This!

2. ROY HARGROVE/MULGREW MILLER – In Harmony

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In Harmony is the first unreleased recording of the trumpeter Roy Hargrove since his passing in 2018. Captured live on January 15, 2006 at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City and November 9, 2007 at Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College of Easton, PA, with great pianist Mulgrew Miller, In Harmony is an intimate snapshot of two masters performing netless at the height of their games.

The limited edition 180-gram 2-LP set was released in collaboration with Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller Estates and will include an elaborate booklet with rare photos, an essay by acclaimed writer Ted Panken, as well as interviews and statements by Sonny Rollins, Christian McBride, Common, Ron Carter, Jon Batiste, Karriem Riggins, Keyon Harold, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Botti, Robert Glasper and others. Aida Brandes-Hargrove, president of Roy Hargrove Legacy, said:

«Roy’s daughter Kamala and I are thrilled to partner with Resonance and to present this fantastic new album to Roy’s many fans». The vinyl edition is mastered by Bernie Grundman and printed at Record Technology Inc. (RTI).

3. BEASTIE BOYS – Aglio E Olio 

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This is one of the most aggressive records of the Beastie Boys. This is the record that differentiated them on the market with their sound. In New York this record still runs among the ghetto blasters of the boys and will be like this for generations to come. Vinyl reissue with two new bonus tracks added, “Soba Violence” and a rare cover of “Light My Fire”. 180g clear vinyl. DON’T SLEEEEEP ON THIS!

4. Wax Poetic – Wax Poetic

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Twenty years after its release in the vast and still growing Nublu Records catalog, Wax Poetic’s self-titled debut album finally makes its vinyl debut. It’s an album that boldly heralds the arrival of a whole new band, label, club and culture in New York’s East Village, as well as featuring the first commercial recordings of future superstar Norah Jones.

This album has stood up beautifully through the years and is a must for Norah fans as well as fans of Morcheeba, Massive Attack and Saint-Germain. The best aspects of lounge and acid jazz are combined here with a vision for the future that makes this music timeless.

5. ENNIO MORRICONE –
The Blue-Eyed Bandit (Il bandito dagli occhi azzurri) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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One of the very rare occasions, perhaps the only one, to hear the genius of Ennio Morricone speaking the language of jazz music.
His soundtrack for the film Il bandito dagli occhi azzurri (The Blue-eyed Bandit, by Alfredo Giannetti, 1980) is marked by the singular 5/4 which creates an implacable rhythm that perfectly matches the criminal atmosphere of the film.

This new edition of The Blue-eyed Bandit is part of CAM Sugar’s Morricone Segreto series and is remastered from the original tapes held in CAM Sugar’s historical archives.
This is the first official vinyl reissue of the soundtrack since its original release in 1982 on the Cerberus label.
Pressed exclusively for Record Store Day Drops on blue vinyl.

6. EARTHGANG – Strays With Rabie

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Never before released as vinyl.
Atlanta’s most token sound comes through loud and clear to keep up the name of the legacy Outkast and Goodie Mob left them.
On this Record Store Day release, Strays With Rabies on vinyl includes Sheeda, Mereba, MO, Meegs and Dreamville labelmate J.I.D. with the hit song “Missed Calls.” Hip-hop duo WowGr8 and Johnny Venus deliver an otherworldly sound that at times is literally a journey through the people around us and their feelings.

7. MATT BELLAMY – Cryosleep

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Matt Bellamy releases his first solo work, Cryosleep. It is a limited edition 12″ picture disc with a sheet music booklet. The picture disc contains ten songs, three of which are versions of previously unreleased songs.

8. Captain Murphy – Duality 

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Duality, DU∆LITY, is the debut mixtape from Captain Murphy, the rapper animated by Flying Lotus’ alter-ego.
It was initially released as a 34-minute short film featuring songs performed by Murphy and cult archival footage (including footage involving Heaven’s Gate co-founder Marshall Applewhite). It was a mix of pornography, cartoons, and ’80s movies. A deluxe edition was released for download on November 28, 2012 with separate tracks, as well as bonus tracks and instrumentals. Today, his hit has finally been transported to vinyl. Unfortunately, it is very expensive, nearly $480.

9. M.T.B (MEHLDAU/TURNER/BERNSTEIN)
Consenting Adults

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Presented for the first time ever as vinyl!
This stunning version of Cris Cross’ 1995 albums featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Turner weighs 180g.
Remastered from the original tapes and qualitatively inimitable, this is the over-the-top record that any jazz fan must have in his/her collection.


Consenting Adults’ captured all of us when we were at the very beginning of developing our voices.

Brad Mehldau

10. CHAMPIONS – Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions 

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Last but not the least…
We talked about Miles Davis in the tribute to Chick Corea but there is much more behind this artist who has literally spoiled, influenced and changed the whole history of music. This Record Store Day is really something to enjoy, especially for those who have always loved his creativity.

Miles Davis had a deep love and respect for boxing, seeing deep parallels between “the sweet science” as they call it in the US and his relationship with music.

One of Miles’ favorites of his recordings was the 1971 soundtrack to Bill Cayton’s documentary on Jack Johnson, and was inspired by the political and racial context of the boxer’s legendary fame.

In this disc you will find excerpts from the famous project The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions released in 2003. The track names are inspired by a number of boxing legends such as Ali, Sugar Ray, Duran, Johnny Bratton. These funk rock and jazz infused recordings are the hardest Miles has ever recorded. Together with him we find an extraordinary line-up of musicians: Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham. The legendary cover photo of Miles in the ring captured by Jim Marshall, will be released exclusively for the first time on vinyl.
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