The needle drops Saturday on the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day and vinyl-hungry hordes will be hitting shops in search of limited edition release from The Beatles, War on Drugs,  the first Record Store Day Legend, Elton John, and countless others.

If you want to just go over the full list of releases click here. Here’s the skinny on intriguing items coming out in limited batches on Saturday.

Mercury/Universal is re-releasing Elton’s live album 17-11-70 with bonus tracks; 6,600 copies of the double LP The Grateful Dead P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, 7/29/66 are being pressed; and a new 11-minute song from The War on Drugs, "Thinking of Place," is coming out on a 45rpm 12-inch.

The Beatles are represented with a 45 of “Strawberry Fields Forever” b/w “Penny Lane,” in advance of the Sgt. Pepper’s sessions set. Rand Foster of Fingerprints in Long Beach, who has released multiple CDs of in-stores, has curated a tribute album for RSD: Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir—Record Store Day Celebrates the Music of Leonard Cohen. It is Record Store Day's first official release.

For more adventurous listeners, the Tompkins Square label is reissuing Meredith Monk's 1971 debut LP, Key, and Animal Collective are offering their new album Meeting of the Waters, recorded live in the Amazon rainforest. The Bad Signs have an EP, Black Magic Moments, with subliminal messages for people who enjoy playing records backwards; they’ll be doing an in-store at Grimey's in Nashville.

Jack White’s Third Man Records has two significant releases: a reissue of Bob Seger System's first single on Capitol Records “2+2=?" b/w "Ivory," and  The Blue Series: The Story Behind The Color, Volume One, a 282 page book detailing the story behind the  singles recorded in the Blue Room at Third Man Records, which comes with a 7-inch of unreleased Blue Session tracks from First Aid Kit and Gibby Haynes.

Sony Legacy has started the hip-hop reissue label Certified and its initial RSD 2017 exclusives include DJ Muggs Presents...The Soul Assassins Chapter One, Giant Single: Profile Records Rap Anthology, Vol. 1 and the Big L - Devil's Son EP (From The Vaults).  Sony Legacy’s other offerings include: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s Hammersmith Odeon London '75, a four-LP set of the first concert appearance outside of the U.S.; a three LP Robert Johnson’s  The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection; a single of André 3000’s version of The Beatles’ "All Together Now"; two-LP reissue of Dennis Wilson’s Bambu (The Caribou Sessions); two-LP Ben Folds and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra Live in Perth; and the double-LP set Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble’s Live at Carnegie Hall.

Among Rhino’s 29 limited edition offerings are:  Air’s Le Soleil Est Pres de Moi on splatter vinyl; the three LP Bowie live set Cracked Actor; The Cars Live at the Agoura, 1978 two-LP set; The Doors Live At The Matrix '67 Stevie Nicks’ EP RARITIES 1981 - 1983 - 12-inch EP; The Notorious B.I.G.’s Born Again on gold colored vinyl; and Lou Reed’s Perfect Night: Live in London two-LP set.

Warner Bros.’ new releases, reissues, compilations and 45s include: the four-LP compilation Just Say Sire: Sire Records 50th Anniversary Box Set; the two-LP Allen Toussaint Collection; Brandy Clark’s Live From Los Angeles LP; an Emmylou Harris box Queen of the Silver Dollar; The Studio Albums 1975 – 1979; a Gary Clark Jr./Kaleo split 45; The Head and The Heart’s demo collection Stinson Beach Sessions; a reissue of Neil Young’s Decade; and seven different Prince maxi-singles.

BMG is going big with 7-inch releases. Among the limited edition 45s are: Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s “Brain Salad Surgery” b/w excerpts from Brain Salad Surgery; The Kinks’ four track EPs All Day And All of The Night and Got Love If Want It; and The Zombies’ “I Want You Back Again” (2015 version) b/w “I Want You Back Again” (1965 version). Also heading to stores are Mayer Hawthorne’s Party of One EP, a Uriah Heep live album and a picture disc of Venom’s At War with Satan.

UMe/Anthem/ole will release a limited edition, 12-inch single of Rush’s “Cygnus X-1 – Book I: The Voyage” b/w “Cygnus X-1 – Book II: Hemispheres.”

Among other items inspiring us to clear some room on the credit card are: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin’s Hard Travelin’ EP; Blitzen Trapper studio recordings, reissue of The Count Five’s classic debut, a Steve Earle and the Dukes live set, Thelonious Monk’s work for a film; live Iggy Pop; Sia’s Spotify Sessions; U-Roy’s Dread in Babylon; the Roky Erickson tribute album Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye; The soundtrack to the Edie Sedgwick film Ciao! Manhattan; The Cinematic Orchestra’s out-of-print Ma Fleur; and The MetersA Message from The Meters--The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977.


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Bring your umbrella.
Mulling possible surprises.
Why not wear a mask indoors?
What drugs will help us get there?

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