Friday Five: Record Store Day 2014

Juli Thanki | April 18th, 2014

Tomorrow, vinyl merchants around the world are celebrating the seventh annual Record Store Day. It’s the biggest one to date, with more than 400 releases and reissues featuring everyone from Dave and Phil Alvin to Link Wray.

Here are a few RSD records that are on our wish list, along with  – what are you hoping to get tomorrow?

MOCKUP_FolkBox_WoodVeneerTipon.indd10. Various Artists – The Folk Box 50th Anniversary (Rhino)

This four-LP collection – out of print for 40 years – is a treasure trove of American folk and roots music, boasting an extensive track listing that includes Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, and not one, but two blind bluesmen (Lemon Jefferson and Willie Johnson).

everlysongsourdaddy9. The Everly Brothers – Songs Our Daddy Taught Us (Varese Sarabande)

This one’s a seminal country album, so you probably already have it in one format or another. Buy it for your 20-year-old nephew who thinks the history of country duos begins with Brooks and Dunn.


otisreddingpaininmyheart8. Otis Redding – Pain in My Heart (Rhino)

It’s been 50 years since the release of Redding’s debut LP. There’s no better way to celebrate than by slapping this on your turntable and cranking up the volume. Trust us, your neighbors will love it. If they don’t, you should probably move someplace where people have better taste.


waylonrsd7. Waylon Jennings/Sanford Clark – Audio Recorders Archive, Vol. 1 (Zia)

Only 500 copies were pressed, but hopefully you’ll be able to get your hands on this split 7″, featuring Jennings’ “My Baby Walks All Over Me” and Clark’s “It’s Nothing to Me.”  It’s the first time these songs have been available on vinyl since their original release in the ’60s.


wandawindycity6. Wanda Jackson – Windy City Redux (Black Country Rock/Thirty Tigers)

The Queen of Rockabilly is old enough to be your grandmother, but, as anyone who’s been to one of her live shows knows, she’s still got it. This 7”, produced by Shooter Jennings, includes “Funnel of Love” and “Shakin’ All Over,” both of which were recorded live in Chicago in 2012.

lydialovelessblind5. Lydia Loveless – Mile High/Blind (Bloodshot Records)

A couple months ago, Loveless told us that she wanted Kesha to cover her song “Head.” Here, Loveless deftly covers the pop singer’s “Blind.” The whole thing makes us wish these two would collaborate on an upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads.


sassymama4. Big Mama Thornton – Sassy Mama! (Vanguard)

Every year, Vanguard lets fans vote on the albums the label will reissue for Record Store Day. Sassy Mama is one of this year’s choices, along with albums from Doc Watson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Joan Baez.



hankgardenspot3. Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 (Omnivore)

Here’s an EP of previously unreleased music from a series of radio shows that Williams recorded 64 years ago. The full album is coming out next month, and it’s a dandy, but if you can’t wait that long, this’ll tide you over.


cashhotandblueguitar2. Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar (ORG Music)

Nearly 60 years after this LP (Sun Records’ first) was first released, it’s getting remastered and reissued on blue vinyl.



bobwillstiffany1. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Transcriptions (Real Gone)

Waylon was right: Bob Wills is still the king. This LP contains 10 previously unreleased recordings from Wills’ Tiffany Transcriptions, which were distributed to radio stations in the late ‘40s. A two-CD Tiffany Transcriptions collection will be released on April 29, because you can never have too much Western Swing.

  1. Ben Foster
    April 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I’m coveting Dolly Parton’s “Blue Smoke” 45.

  2. Jack
    April 19, 2014 at 12:44 am

    The Everly Brothers “Song Our Daddy Taught Us” and “Roots” LPs look good.

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