Record Store Day arrives Saturday with its annual celebration of independent music merchants and exclusive album releases on vinyl. These festivities also mark a tumultuous time for Sacramento record stores, given that The Beat at 17th and J streets and midtown's Phono Select recently lost their leases. The Beat is still looking for a new home, while Phono Select will open a new store at 4370 24th St., likely in May.
But the celebrations will go on, with special promotions and albums exclusive to Record Store Day at Dimple Records locations, The Beat, MediumRare Records and Collectibles and other shops. Visit www.recordstoreday.com for the full lineup and information.
The exclusive releases for Record Store Day will whet the appetites of music geeks everywhere. Look for collectible albums and singles from such acts as Pink Floyd, David Bowie, R.E.M., Jackie Greene, The Black Keys and many more.
That's to say, it's time to fire up the turntable. In the spirit of "High Fidelity," here are The Bee's Top 5 albums released in honor of Record Store Day 2013:
1. "Live: Volume 1 Selections From Adrenaline," Deftones
This live album release was planned before Deftones bassist Chi Cheng died April 13 from injuries he suffered in 2008 car crash. It now doubles as a fitting memorial to Cheng, whose propulsive bass lines were at the heart of the Deftones' humongous hard-rock sound.
This four-song EP captures the Sacramento-based band in 1996, when the Deftones were introducing their ferocious blend of heavy metal, ethereal rock and touches of hip-hop to the masses. All tracks, including such signature tracks as "Engine No. 9" and "Nosebleed," come from the band's major label debut, "Adrenaline." This is the first volume in seven planned releases of live Deftones on vinyl. R.I.P., Chi, and long live the Deftones.
2. "Hey Joe/Stone Free," Jimi Hendrix
Jim Hendrix's vault of recordings has been mined deeply in the decades since he died in 1970, and this exclusive Record Store Day release goes back to the start. Here's a re-release of "Hey Joe" and "Stone Free" in mono, just the way it was originally presented in 1966. These were the tracks that introduced Hendrix and his guitar heroics to the United Kingdom, where Hendrix honed his act before breaking huge in the United States and the world at large. A must for collectors of classic rock and air guitarists everywhere.
3. "Amusement," Hüsker Dü
Nirvana, Green Day and Foo Fighters might've sounded much different had it not been for Hüsker Dü. The defunct Minneapolis-based band was a favorite with punk and alternative-rock scenes in the 1980s with its blend of guitar thrash, confessional lyrics and conceptual albums.
This 7-inch vinyl honors Hüsker Dü's earliest years, with a reissue of their 1981 EP, which includes "Amusement," "Statues," "Writer's Cramp" and "Let's Go Die." Four thousand copies are being pressed and will sit nicely next to that double- vinyl copy of "Zen Arcade" on your record shelf.
4. "Ready to Die," The Notorious B.I.G.
Vinyl played a key part in the development of hip-hop. After all, DJs wouldn't have anything to make that zhigga zhigga sound from scratching without records under their fingers. This debut album from The Notorious B.I.G. is a must for any hip-hop DJ's record crates, but it has long been out of print on vinyl. This Record Store Day re-release brings the rap classic back to life with a double-album pressing on white vinyl with a gatefold jacket.
5. "Sheep Go to Heaven/ Jesus Wrote a Blank Check," Cake
Here's a little taste of an upcoming box set of Cake vinyl that's set to be released Nov. 29. These previously unreleased live versions of "Sheep Go to Heaven" and "Jesus Wrote a Blank Check" come from "Live From the Crystal Palace," which was recorded in 2005 at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. Put together, this 7-inch single and the box set mark the first official live release from the Sacramento-based band.
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