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2014 Record Store Day Offering Hundreds of Cool Exclusive Vinyl Releases

RecordStoreDay.comSpring is in the air, but if you breathe deeply enough you may also pick up the scent of fresh vinyl. This Saturday, April 19, marks the seventh annual installment of Record Store Day, which is celebrated at select music retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and several other countries. In conjunction with the unofficial holiday, a vast number of artists are issuing limited-edition vinyl singles, EPs and LPs that are sold exclusively at participating independent record shops.

This year’s Record Store Day is proving to be one of the most expansive yet, with more than 400 special releases headed for U.S. stores alone. Obviously, there are way too many discs to list, but among some of the noteworthy acts represented are Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Animals, David Bowie, Eric Carmen, Sam Cooke, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, The Everly Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Otis Redding, Ronnie Spector with The E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen, The Yardbirds and The Zombies.

Here’s some specific information about a few of the releases sure to interest audiophiles:

- David Bowie’s “1984″ picture disc — a seven-inch single featuring a photo of Bowie with famed beat author William S. Burroughs, and including the original version of the song and a live rendition from a December 1974 TV appearance.

- Creedence Clearwater Revival’s The 1969 Singles — a 10-inch white-vinyl disc featuring four singles, a-sides and b-sides, that the band released in 1969.

- The Doors’ Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine — a reissue of the band’s out-of-print 1972 two-LP compilation on translucent, amber-swirled colored vinyl.

- The Grateful Dead’s Live at Hampton Coliseum — a two-LP set featuring previously unreleased performances from a concert the band played at the Virginia venue on May 4, 1979.

- The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Live at Monterey — a high-quality 180-gram vinyl edition of the album documenting Hendrix and his group’s landmark 1967 set at the Monterey Pop festival.

- Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band’s “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”/”Baby Please Don’t Go” single — a seven-inch disc featuring two songs the Ronettes singer recorded with Springsteen’s backing group in 1977.

- Bruce Springsteen’s American Beauty EP — a 12-inch disc featuring four previously unreleased songs from the sessions that yielded the Boss’ latest album, 2014′s High Hopes.

- The Zombies’ I Love You — an LP that originally was released in 1966 in Europe and Japan, but hasn’t been issued in the U.S. until now.

Check out the full list of special releases at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Prince Re-Signs with Warner Bros; Readies 30th Anniversary Edition of “Purple Rain” & New Album

Press Here PublicityPrince will now have full ownership and control over his master recordings after signing a new contract with his former label Warner Bros. Records.

The legendary singer has announced that fans will soon hear previously unreleased music as well as a digitally remastered, deluxe 30th anniversary edition of his 1984 soundtrack to Purple Rain.

“A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” says Prince in a statement.

“Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent. We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces,” adds Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Cameron Strang.

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Neil Young’s New Album, “A Letter Home,” Available Now Online

Third Man RecordsHappy Record Store Day, Neil Young fans! A day before the big audiophile promotion, and without any fanfare or official announcement, the folk-rock legend has made his new album, A Letter Home, available for buy via the official online store of ex-White Stripe frontman Jack White‘s Third Man Records label. A vinyl LP version of the record can be ordered for $20, not including shipping fees.

A Letter Home was co-produced by Young and White, and features 10 cover tunes by various singer-songwriters who have inspired and influenced Neil. Among the songs are Bob Dylan‘s “North Country Girl,” Bruce Springsteen‘s “My Hometown,” Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again” and Gordon Lightfoot‘s “If You Could Only Read My Mind.” Several of the tunes included on the album have been featured in Young’s recent concert sets.

As previously reported, Neil recorded A Letter Home on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth that’s located at White’s Third Man Records store in Nashville. The device allows the user to record a song directly onto a vinyl disc. A statement from Young describes the album as “an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology [that] captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.”

Here is a complete track listing of A Letter Home, along with the artist who originally recorded each song:

“Changes” (Phil Ochs)
“Girl from the North Country” (Bob Dylan)
“Needle of Death” (Bert Jansch)
“Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot)
“Reason to Believe” (Tim Hardin)
“On the Road Again” (Willie Nelson)
“If You Could Only Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot)
“Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter)
“My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen)
“I Wonder If I Care as Much” (Everly Brothers)

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John Oates, The Zombies, Paul Rodgers Among Musicians Taking Part in Record Store Day Events

Juan Pitino; David LeveneThe seventh annual edition of Record Store Day is taking place Saturday and, in addition to the many cool limited-edition vinyl releases that will be available at independent music retailers, a bevy of artists will help celebrate the unofficial holiday by visiting select stores across North America.

Among the well-known musicians set to make special appearances are Hall & Oates singer John Oates, The Zombies, Paul Rodgers and R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills.

Oates, a newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, will be at Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music store in Nashville, where he’ll be among of bevy of artists who’ll perform for shoppers. The singer’s set is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. ET.

The Zombies will give an in-store performance of their own at Plan 9 Music in Charlottesville, Virginia, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Rodgers will visit Sunrise Records in Toronto, Canada, where he’ll sign vinyl and CD copies of his latest album, The Royal Sessions. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.

As for Mills, the former R.E.M. bass player will visit the Bull Moose music store in Scarborough, Maine, where he’ll sign up to two items for fans, including R.E.M.’s special four-LP Record Store Day release, Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions. The promotion will start at 2 p.m. ET.

A full list of in-store events can be viewed at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Linda Ronstadt Scores Highest-Charting Album in More Than Two Decades

Rhino RecordsIt’s amazing what being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can do for a performer’s back catalog. Linda Ronstadt, who entered the Hall less than two weeks ago, has just scored her highest-charting album in more than two decades.

Billboard reports that Linda’s new compilation disc, Duets, has debuted at #32 on the album chart. She hasn’t been that high since 1990, when her album with Aaron Neville, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, reached #7. That album featured three hit singles, including “All My Life” and “Don’t Know Much.”

The new album, Duets, collects Linda’s duets not only with Neville, but with Don Henley, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, James Ingram, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and others. There’s also one previously unreleased track, called “Pretty Bird.”

Ronstadt, who recently announced that she can no longer sing due to Parkinson’s disease, has scored 10 top 10 hits in her career, and 10 top 10 albums. She couldn’t attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10, but was honored by performances from Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Carrie Underwood.

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