Critics' Choice

Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead and Britney Spears are among the names found on the list of releases slated for Record Store Day, taking place this year on 4/18.

McCartney's McCartney (UMe/MLP/Capitol) is receiving a 50th anniversary release in a limited edition—7,000 copies—half-speed mastered vinyl pressing.

Two Pink-Floyd related releases are part of the dozen-title line-up from Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings: A 12” single of See Emily Play b/w “Vegetable Man” from Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets and the 7” of “Arnold Layne” from 2007, the last time David Gilmour, Mason and Richard Wright performed together.

Among Legacy’s other offerings are Spears’ Oops!…I Did It Again (Remixes and B-Sides) on baby blue vinyl; the previously unreleased Cheap Trick double LP Out To Get You! Live 1977; Miles DavisDouble Image: Rare Miles From The Bitches Brew Sessions on red vinyl; a picture disc of TLC’s Waterfalls EP; and Tyler, The Creator’s Cherry Bomb.

Rhino’s Record Store Day collection features Bowie’s double LP I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74), Alice Cooper’s Live From The Apollo Theatre Glasgow Feb 19, 1982 (two-LP; 7,000 copies) and the five-LP Grateful Dead Buffalo 5/9/77 plus picture discs from The Cure, boxed sets from the John Prine and Notorious B.I.G. and Warren Zevon's Greatest Hits (According To Judd Apatow).

Island Records and UMe are releasing a 40th anniversary of U2’s“11 O’Clock Tick Tock” on limited edition 12” transparent blue vinyl that includes the full-length version of the track, the original B-side “Touch”and previously unreleased live recordings of “Touch” and “Twilight” from The Marquee in London in September 1980.

Other UMe releases include Brian Eno’s Rams soundtrack, the Steve Wilson Stereo Mix of Roxy Music, and 7” singles from Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band and Cat Stevens.

Capitol’s Beck will be releasing a limited edition double-A side 7” vinyl single of St. Vincent’s remix of “Uneventful Days” and Khruangbin’s remix of “No Distraction.”

The Black Keys will release a limited-edition, 45-RPM version of Let’s Rock (Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch) on two 180-gram vinyl discs that comes in a holographic gatefold jacket. The set is limited to 7,500 pieces worldwide.

Among items that caught our eye are Post Malone’s four 3” singles, Keith Richards’ 45 of “Hate It When You Leave” b/w “Key to the Highway,” Sam Smith’s “I Feel Love” picture disc, The Kinks Kronikles on double LP, k.d. lang’s Drag on vinyl, a 10” of Gary Clark Jr. f/Andra Day’s “Pearl Cadillac,” Mac DeMarco’s Other Here Comes The Cowboy Demos, and the Studio One reggae compilation Studio First: From the Vaults, Vol. 2.

The full list of special releases is here.