Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Limited Edition Releases From Grateful Dead, R.E.M., The Band, The Notorious B.I.G., Van Dyke Parks, The Cure, And The Glove

Dazed And Confused Soundtrack, Three New Offerings In The “Side By Side” Series, As Well As UK Imports From Donny Hathaway And Factory Records Round Out 2013 Lineup

Available Exclusively At Participating Independent Record Stores On April 20

We've lined up our most extensive selection ever for Record Store Day 2013, including multiple limited edition vinyl 12-inch, 10-inch, and 7-inch releases as well as a pair of titles on CD. All releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 20. For a list of participating stores, please visit


R.E.M.’s LIVE IN GREENSBORO EP will be released on CD in anticipation of the release of GREEN: 25TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION in May. The five-track EP features live performances from the band’s Greensboro, North Carolina show from November 10, 1989. While the bulk of this show is featured in the Green reissue, all five of these tracks were not included due to time constraints and can only be found here, including “So. Central Rain,” “Feeling Gravitys Pull,” and “I Remember California.” Limited to 2,500 copies, the disc comes with an original (non-reproduction) patch from the Green Tour. These patches were recently uncovered in the band’s vault.

Grateful Dead’s RARE CUTS & ODDITIES 1966 features a variety of early live and studio tracks recorded in the spring of 1966 and produced by Owsley Stanley. The collection includes the first known recordings of future Dead staples including "Not Fade Away," "Big Railroad Blues," and "Good Lovin'." The set was originally released on a limited basis in 2005 but has long been out of print. Record Store Day will bring a 2-LP 180-gram vinyl version, limited to 6,600 copies and featuring new cover art. RARE CUTS & ODDITIES 1966 will also be available on CD.

On Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band (Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robertson) took the stage for the very last time at the Winterland Theatre in San Francisco for THE LAST WALTZ, which has gone on to become on of the most heralded performances of all time. Joining The Band on stage throughout the evening was an unprecedented group of pioneers in music including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young, among others. THE LAST WALTZ album will be released as a 3-LP set on 180-gram vinyl. Featuring 30 tracks, THE LAST WALTZ vinyl will be available as an individually numbered limited edition of 5,000 copies.

Rhino will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Dazed and Confused by releasing the soundtrack on vinyl for the very first time. DAZED AND CONFUSED: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK features 14 classic rock tracks featured in the film from such legendary artists as Black Sabbath, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynrd, Alice Cooper and ZZ Top, among others. Limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies, the soundtrack will be released as a 2-LP set on green vinyl.

The Notorious B.I.G. took the music world by storm with his 1994 debut album READY TO DIE, which has gone on to become one of the most beloved and enduring hip-hop albums of all time. Featuring the classic tracks “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” and “One More Chance,” READY TO DIE will be released as a 2-LP set on white vinyl for Record Store Day. The individually numbered limited edition of 3,000 copies features a rarely seen alternate cover of the album.

We're also releasing three offerings in Warner Bros. Records’ “Side By Side” series, which features limited edition 7-inch vinyl with the original version of an iconic song on one side and a signature cover of the same song on the other. The first release is a milky clear colored 7-inch with The Doors’ “Soul Kitchen” paired with X’s version, which was produced by Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek (3,000 copies). The second is the Misfits’ “Skulls” paired with The Lemonheads’ version, presented on a 7-inch skull picture disc (4,000 copies). The final “Side By Side” is a mystery release. Packaged in a “top secret” sleeve, the artists will be unknown to the purchaser until they open the vinyl. Expect to be more than pleasantly surprised when picking up one of these (5,000 copies).

The Cure’s acclaimed seventh studio album, the Platinum-certified KISS ME KISS ME KISS ME, refined the band’s eclectic ambitions and spawned their first U.S. Top 40 hit, “Just Like Heaven,” as well as the U.K. hits “Why Can’t I Be You?,” “Hot Hot Hot!!!” and “Catch.” Limited to 3,500 individually numbered copies, KISS ME, KISS ME, KISS will be available as a 2-LP set on red vinyl.

Robert Smith of The Cure and longtime friend Steve Severin of Siouxsie & The Banshees formed The Glove in 1983, taking their name from a character in the film “Yellow Submarine.” The pair made only one album, BLUE SUNSHINE, a fantastical excursion into experimental pop. Jeanette Landray sang most of the album’s lead vocals, with the exception of two Smith leads. Limited to 3,500 individually numbered copies, BLUE SUNSHINE will be released as a single LP on blue vinyl.

Music legend Van Dyke Parks’ debut album, SONG CYCLE, will celebrate its 45th Anniversary this year and will be released on 180-gram vinyl for Record Store Day, on mono for the first time since its original release. The 1968 album, now a cult classic, showcases Parks’ eclectic styles, ranging from blues to psychedelic to pop to baroque. SONG CYCLE will be available as an individually numbered limited edition of 2,500 copies.

Donny Hathaway was one of the brightest new voices in soul music at the dawn of the '70s. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1969, Hathaway would go on to release four solo albums with the label as well as the legendary duet album Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway. Though his recording career was brief, Hathaway has continued to be one of the most influential soul artists of the last 40 years. This exclusive 7-inch single features Hathaway at his soulful best with two previously unreleased tracks, an incredibly powerful cover of Addrissi & Addrissi’s classic hit “Never My Love” b/w his self-penned “Memories of Our Love.” This release was developed for Record Store Day in the UK and limited to 2,500 copies worldwide, only 1,000 of which will be available in US.

Following Rhino’s critically acclaimed 2008 boxed set Factory Records: Communications 1978-92 and the subsequent 10-inch vinyl sampler produced for Record Store Day 2010 in the UK comes another equally sought after release. COMMUNICATIONS 1978-1992 (SAMPLER #2) features four tracks from artists synonymous with Factory records – Joy Division, New Order, The Durutti Column & Happy Mondays. This 10-inch vinyl release was developed for Record Store Day in the UK and limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, only 1,000 of which will be available in US.