Tomorrow (21 April) is Record Store Day, which will see independent record shops selling a host of exclusive and limited edition releases created especially for the day. The full list of what's on sale can be seen at Recordstoreday.co.uk, but we've asked the organisers, Q staff and other experts to tell us what they really want to get their hands on this year...
Andrew Harrison, Q Editor
Luke Haines - 9 1/2 Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970'2 And Early 1980's (LP)
"It's a brilliantly original record that takes an obscure slice of British life and finds the triumph and pathos therein. You'll never think of Kendo Nagasaki, Rollerball Rocco and Gorgeous George Gillette the same way again."
Spencer Hickman, Manager Rough Trade East/ Record Store Day UK founder
ABBA, Animal Collective, BBC Radiophonic Workshop
"The ABBA glitter vinyl [Voulez-Vous (Extended Dance Remix)/ If It Wasn't For The Night] is going to bring people into shops who haven't been into a record shop in 15 years. Then there's new unreleased Animal Collective stuff [Transverse Temporal Gyrus, 4 track EP] and some Radiophonic Workshop [Dr Who Sound Effects/ Out Of This World] albums which are pretty special."
Jon Hillcock, New Noise Podcast
Sire Reissues (seven-inch)/ Smugglers Way (flexidisc fanzine)
"There's a tonne of plastic I'd love to lay my hands on this year, not least the stack of classic Sire reissues from the Dead Boys, Patti Smith, The Ramones and Richard Hell And The Voidoids. As far as newer bands go it'll be pretty hard to beat the 24-page zine Smugglers Way that Ribbon and Domino are putting out which contains five flexidiscs of unreleased material by the likes of Real Estate, Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs, John Maus and Villagers. Yum."
Listen to the Record Store Day special edition of the New Noise Podcast now
Joe Bishop, Staff Writer
The Supremes - Baby Love (heart-shaped seven-inch)
"A true, unquestionable classic from the group that were arguably Motown's greatest asset. And to have it on a vibrant red heart shaped vinyl is the fresh cherry on rich classy cake."
President Music Monitor Network/ Record Store Day US founder
Regina Spektor/ The Flaming Lips
"I'd like to get to get the Regina Spektor seven-inch [The Prayer Of Francois Villon/Old Jacket] where she's singing in Russian for the first time and it will only exist on this record and The Flaming Lips [A Spoonful Weighs A Ton with Mastodon], you've got to have that!"
Simon McEwen, Q Associate Editor (production)
Django Django - Storm (seven-inch)
"I'd like Django Django's Storm seven-inch, which is great on its own, but even better with the top-hole Adrian Sherwood remix of Skies Over Cairo on the flip."
Matt Yates, Q Associate Copy Editor
New Order/Joy Division - Ceremony/In A Lonely Place (12-inch)
"For the original FAC 33 version of Ceremony alone - heavier drums, beefier bass - it's a must-have for any NO/JD fan."
Danielle Perry, Q Radio DJ
Bat For Lashes - Strangelove (one sided etched seven-inch vinyl)
"There are tonnes of releases that I'd want to buy on Record Store Day this year: Captain Beefheart, Duke Garwood...but I think the one I would actually run down the street for is the one sided etched seven-inch from Bat For Lashes, Strangelove. Twice nominated for a Mercury Music Prize, I think Natasha Khan's approach to songwriting and orchestration is something quite spectacular."
If you're in Birmingham on Saturday join Danielle as she stages two Record Store Day events, midday (BST) at Swordfish Records and 3pm at Polar Bear Records. See Missperrypresents.com for full details.
Ian Whent, Q Picture Researcher
Inspiral Carpets - You're So Good For Me (signed seven-inch)
"To ensure my baggy collection is up to date."
Matt Mason, Q Senior Editor
Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information (seven-inch purple vinyl)
"I'm sure it's a very good track but more importantly that cover will look fucking cool once left lying around my newly-decorated lounge. The chicks are going to dig me that little bit more for owning it (by "the chicks", I mean my wife). I'd also like to re-acquire the hypnotic noise-pop of Medicine's Short Forth Self Living. I owned it 20 years ago, lost it, completely forgot about it and then remembered it when reviewing the latest Sleigh Bells album."
Paul Quirk, Chairman, Entertainment Retailers Association/ coordinator Record Store Day UK
The Beatles/ David Bowie/ T-Rex/ Noel Gallagher
"I'm looking at a Beatles release [1's Singles Collection], Bowie [Starman seven-inch] and Kate Bush [Lake Tahoe, 10 inch Picture Disc] and a T-Rex boxset [Electric Sevens]. Noel Gallagher has done a 12 inch [Songs From The Great White North] but there aren't many of those going out. You'd have to get up in four in the morning if you want one of those."
Al Horner, Q Staff Writer
Mastodon/Feist - A Commotion/Black Tongue (seven-inch)
"I'm most looking forward to on the Feist/Mastodon split. If it sounds anywhere near as awesome as its torn up artwork, it's going to blow my face off."
Paul Stokes, Q Associate Editor (Digital)
Gorillaz - DoYaThing (10-inch picture disc)
"Not only would it be nice to get hold of Damon, James Murphy and Andre 3000's recent Converse collaboration in a physical form, but also it might be the last thing Gorillaz ever do, according to Mr Albarn..."
Check out all of Q's Record Store Day 2012 cover now, including our behind the scenes look at the event, it's origins and what's on this year, artists including Paul Weller, Eugene McGuinness, Patti Smith and more tell us about their favourite record shops, plus our Record Store Day Tracks Of The Day and more. Record Store Day 2012 on Qthemusic.com.
11:31 AM | 20/04/2012
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