Record Store Day has revealed its list of releases for the 2021 season. The releases will follows the 2020 pattern of spreading out releases over multiple days in response to the pandemic which, in this case will be 6/12 and 7/17, instead of the usual one day its usual April occurrence event.
This year’s batch of releases includes the usual mix of reissues, rarities, and notable exclusives.
Highlights include 2 releases by John Prine, one a curated collection of songs from the Oh Boy Records catalog by independent record stores and the other a live recording from New York City’s Other End from December 1975.
So, get to your favorite indy record store early (I’ll be at Good Records in Dallas) and share those great finds with me on Instagram and Twitter.
See the full list of Record Store Say releases here.
June 12th releases
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA – I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free
Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Single Lock Records
The Blind Boys of Alabama are among the most premier artists of the gospel world. Bela Fleck is among the most premier artists of the bluegrass world. Together, they have earned 20 Grammy Awards and scores of other accolades. For RSD Drops 2021, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Bela Fleck have joined together for a special 7″ 45RPM vinyl release.
On the A-side, they cover “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”, the Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas classic made famous by Nina Simone. The song continues to be an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement. On the B-side, the Blind Boys bring “See By Faith” to a physical format for the first time. A bonus track to their acclaimed LP, Almost Home, “See By Faith” is a previously unreleased Bob Dylan-penned track.
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES / JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE – The Saint of Lost Causes
ormat: 7″ Vinyl
Label: New West Records
In the winter of 2021, Steve Earle & The Dukes released J.T., an eleven-song recording that consists of ten Justin Townes Earle songs and one Steve Earle original. The album was released to critical acclaim and Steve Earle’s proceeds from the record are continually being directed to a trust for his granddaughter, Etta (Justin’s daughter). In honor of Justin Townes Earle and the record his father recorded, New West is proud to present a split 7″ featuring two versions of an indelible Justin’ Townes Earle song. The double A-side single features “The Saint Of Lost Causes.” as performed by Justin from his 2019 album of the same name as well as Steve Earle & The Dukes’ version from the J.T. release. This split 7” single will be pressed on yellow vinyl and limited to 3,500 copies worldwide.
Side 1A “The Saint Of Lost Causes” – Steve Earle & The Dukes
Side 2A “The Saint Of Lost Causes” – Justin Townes Earle
SARAH JAROSZ – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For/my future
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Rounder Records
Sarah Jarosz puts her own unique stamp on songs by Billie Eilish and U2 on this 12″ single. Side B etching.
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For/my future
MARIA MCKEE – High Dive
Format: 2 x LP
Essential re-issue of High Dive, Maria McKee’s post-Geffen return from 2003, pressed on double vinyl. This is the first time this album has been released on vinyl and it is an essential collector’s item for fans of McKee.
The Open Spaces / Life Is Sweet / After Life / Be My Joy / High Dive / My Friend Foe / In Your Constellation / Love Doesn’t Love / We Pair Off / No Gala / Non Religious Building / Something Similar / From Our T.V.Teens To The Tomb / Worry Birds
JONI MITCHELL – Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1967): Highlights
Label: Rhino / Joni Mitchell Archives
Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1967): Highlights is an exclusive LP, featuring highlights from the first volume of the ongoing Joni Mitchell Archives series. The release – which has been supervised by Joni Mitchell – features rare home recordings, live performances, and radio broadcasts recorded between 1963 and 1967. Pressed on 180gram vinyl, exclusively for RSD Drops 2021. Strictly limited to 15000 copies worldwide.
July 17th releases
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – The Final Note
Format: 2 x LP
Label: Allman Brothers Band Recording Company
Live Recording of Duane Allman’s last performance, from 10-17-71 at Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mill, MD
Additional unreleased bonus track, “Stormy Monday”, from Austin, TX, 1971.
Pressed on limited edition Black & White swirl vinyl as part of RSD Drops.
Statesboro Blues/Trouble No More/Don’t Keep Me Wondering/Done Somebody Wrong/One Way Out/In Memory of Elizabeth Reed/Hot ‘lanta/Whipping Post/Stormy Monday
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG = Déjà vu Alternates
Déjà Vu Alternates from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is a recreation of their immensely popular second album, Déjà Vu, featuring alternate versions of songs which appeared on the original album. The iconic album which featured “Teach Your Children,” “Woodstock,” “Our House” and “Helpless” will showcase these alternate versions on vinyl for the first time. It will also feature a cover that mirrors the original album with an alternate photo from the cover shoot. Pressed on 180g black vinyl, exclusively for RSD Drops 2021. Strictly Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide.
DR. JOHN, THE NIGHT TRIPPER – The Sun, Moon & Herbs Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition
Format: 3 x LP
Label: Run Out Groove
Deluxe and limited 50th anniversary edition of Dr. John’s fourth studio album for Atco Records. Three LP expanded release with deluxe packaging and new liner notes featuring over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material on two discs, recorded during the 1971 album sessions and making a physical debut for RSD Drops. Only one track from the bonus material was previously available on the limited Run Out Groove vinyl release: Dr. John: Professor Bizarre’s Funknology.
1.Black John The Conqueror 2. Where Ya At Mule 3. Craney Crow 4. Familiar Reality-Opening 5. Pots On Fiyo (Filé Gumbo) / Who I Got To Fall On (If The Pot Get Heavy) 6. Zu Zu Mamou 7. Familiar Reality-Reprise 8. Home Boy, Show Me The Way Back Home (take 1)* 9. Free From the Beast (take 1)* 10. Headin’ A Little Closer To My Home (take 2)* 11. Jungle (take 2)* 12. Trip City (edits of takes 4&7)* 13. Strictly Off The Wall, Look What You’ve Done 14. Unknown Jam* 15. Fish Dance* 16. Catfish Soiree Medley* 17. Burning* 18. Numerology* 19. Where Ya At Mule (alternate take)*
BOB DYLAN – Jokerman / I And I Remixes
Format: 12″ Vinyl
This 12” features two reggae remixes each of “Jokerman” and “I And I”, by Doctor Dread. The original versions of both tracks appeared on Dylan’s Infidels album, with Sly & Robbie as the rhythm section. The two “I And I” remixes were previously released on Is It Rolling Bob: A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan (2003) ,while the “Jokerman” remixes are newly commissioned and previously unreleased. Doctor Dread has worked with Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Gregory Isaacs, Luciano, Mad Cobra, Freddy McGregor, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, The Wailers and many others.
Side A: 1. “Jokerman [Reggae Remix]” 2. “Jokerman [Instrumental Dub]”
Side B: 1. “I and I [Reggae Remix]” 2. “I and I [Reggae Dub]”
JOHN FOGERTY – Blue Ridge Rangers EP
Format: 12″ Vinyl
This special release combines two key singles from John Fogerty’s 1973 debut solo album The Blue Ridge Rangers on a limited edition Blue vinyl 12” single. The two singles included are the classics “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” backed with “Hearts Of Stone” Also included are the original B-sides “Workin’ On A Building” and “Somewhere Listening (For My Name)”
Featuring replications of the original artwork from both singles, one on each side.
BOBBIE GENTRY – The Windows of the World
Label: Capitol Nashville
Bobbie’s journey from country singer-songwriter to blue eyed soul diva stopped off at a hitherto unknown destination along the way. Before she arrived at Muscle Shoals to work her magic with the late great Rick Hall, Bobbie cut a laid back album of classic and contemporary jazz tunes that was abandoned before it had chance to see the light of day. This was a shame, as Bobbie proves herself as adept in this genre as in any other. This self-produced collection first saw the light of day on the Bobbie Gentry boxset, but this lost album deserves to have its own separate release and what better format than vinyl? The set exudes a sophisticated and intimate late-night vibe mostly featuring Bobbie alone with her guitar accompanied by a bass player; occasionally there is a whisper of strings from Jimmie Haskell who famously composed the cello and violin arrangement on Ode to Billie Joe. Gentry fans will find much to love in Bobbie’s short lived but brilliant turn as a jazz singer. The original 8 tracks to be supplemented by the ‘I Didn’t Know’ and ‘Hushabye Mountain’ demos recorded around the same time, this LP also features the previously unreleased Hushabye Mountain [alternate version].
God Bless The Child
Since I Fell For You
Here’s That Rainy Day
I Didn’t Know [demo]
Hushabye Mountain [Demo]
Save Your Love For Me
This Girl’s in Love With You
The Windows of the World
Hushabye Mountain (previously unreleased)
THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – Undercover
Label: Americana Vibes
The Infamous Stringdusters are releasing a compilation of cover songs never-before released on vinyl for RSD Drops 2021. These songs have been played live in many instances, and were at once point released individually, so this will be a treat to band fans and vinyl collectors alike. The Infamous Stringdusters won three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Ceremony in October 2007: Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Fork in the Road (in a tie with J.D. Crowe & the New South’s album Lefty’s Old Guitar), and Song of the Year for the album’s title cut. The band was also nominated for 2011 Entertainer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. In 2011, “Magic No. 9” (from Things That Fly) was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance. In 2018, they won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.
1. Just Like Heaven
4. What’s Going On
5. Get Lucky
6. Big River
8. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
10. American Girl
JOHNNY PAYCHECK – Uncovered: The First Recordings
Label: Lightning Rod Records
Early in Johnny Paycheck’s pre-fame career, he toured as a sideman and bassist for George Jones in the early 1960s. At that time, he entered a recording studio in an attempt to secure a record deal as a solo artist. The recordings have been long forgotten and unheard until now. The Adams Brothers, who gained notoriety on Mike Judge’s Tales From The Tour Bus episode on Paycheck, produced the songs and worked as Paycheck’s band. These recordings showcase Paycheck’s considerable talent long before the music world took notice. Paycheck performs songs by some of country music’s most iconic songwriters such as Cowboy Jack Clement, Mel Tillis, and Bill Anderson. Step back in time and listen to uncovered country music history.
Family Bible / I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name / A Girl I Used To Know / Me and My Heart and My Shoes / Long Black Limousine / Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold) / Miller’s Cave / Heartbreak Eve
JOHN PRINE – Stay Independent: The Oh Boy Years Curated By Indie Record Stores
Label: Oh Boy Records
A collection of songs from the Oh Boy Records catalog curated by independent record stores.
Side 1: 1) In Spite of Ourselves 2) All The Best 3) Summer’s End 4) Some Humans Ain’t Human
Side 2: 1) Sins of Memphisto 2) Lonesome Friends of Science 3) It’s A Big Old Goofy World 4) When I Get To Heaven
JOHN PRINE – Live At The Other End, December 1975
Format: 4 x LP
In December 1975, Grammy award-winning songwriter John Prine played three nights at The Other End (previously and now known as The Bitter End) in Greenwich Village, NYC. The acoustic performances featured some of his best-known songs such as “Angel From Montgomery” and “Hello In There”, from his first four studio albums: John Prine (1971), Diamonds In The Rough (1972), Sweet Revenge (1973) and Common Sense (1975). These rare and previously unreleased solo performances—comprising two full sets—will now be made available, pressed on 180g black vinyl, exclusively RSD Drops 2021. Strictly limited to 12000 copies worldwide.
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES – Half The City Live
Label: St Paul & The Broken Bones
I remember the heat that day burning through my JCPenney’s suit that I bought just the day before for our show at Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham. 100 degree temperature outside in the dead of summer in Alabama is not uncommon. I was pouring sweat alongside people who had just met that day for the first time to play a show under the name St. Paul & The Broken Bones. I hated my name being in the band’s name but who cared at that point, it was just a fling. Now, over 8 years later, we built a career out of it.