to plan your attack, but here are a few offerings that catch the attention:
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this year brings reissues of David Bowie and Prince, with the former seeing a triple-LP live set and vinyl box set of early promotional recordings while Bowie was seeking a record deal in 1971, and the latter having a 7-inch picture disc reissue of “Little Red Corvette” b/w “1999.” In addition, an early gospel-funk outing from the late Sharon Jones sees a reissue in the form of the 7-inch “Heaven Bound” single, recorded with The E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders.
Old-school punk fans will likely be excited by a reissue of the Germs’ single “Lexicon Devil,” reproduced in the original four-sleeve color variations and matching colored vinyl, along with the Ramones’ ’76-’79 Singles Box and The Runaways’ previously unreleased first recordings. For fans of hip-hop, any collection would be enriched by the additions of a gold vinyl reissue of Notorious B.I.G.’s out-of-print, posthumous Born Again or early hip-hop star Slick Rick’s The Great Adventures of..., now imaginatively repackaged as a children’s book.
Elsewhere, you can find an Animal Collective live set from the Amazon rainforest, a picture disc single of Toto’s “Africa,” shaped as the titular continent, the Space Jam soundtrack — who doesn’t want that? — and, perhaps best of all, a limited edition 7-inch of Corey Feldman’s single “Go 4 It.” If you can’t snag the single but are still feeling the Feldmania, take heart: The former Goonies star will be bringing his angelic tour to Sunshine Studios on Saturday, June 24.
It’s mid-April, and for millions of music fans and collector types, this signals the annual coming of Record Store Day. The celebration of independent record shops always brings a series of vinyl rarities and oddities that threaten to instantly eat up any tax refunds, and its 10-year anniversary installment on April 22 is no exception. If you plan on hitting the stores early, you can check the full list at