Record Store Day 2016: MOJO’s 15 Must-Have Picks!

Our team pick out the special editions they’re hoping to get their hands on at the annual record shop celebration this Saturday (April 16).

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IF RECORD SHOPS and rare editions float your boat then you’ve had this Saturday (April 16) in your diary for a while as it’s Record Store Day.

2016 marks the eighth annual celebration of these noble retail institutions, and as per previous years a host of special editions will be on sale from first thing Saturday morning.

MOJO’s editors have picked out the 15 RSD 2016 releases they hope will be joining their collections this weekend – maybe they’ll make your eyes light up too. The entirety of this year’s special releases can be viewed at www.recordstoreday.co.uk now.

1. Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch (LP)

1. Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch (LP)

Brutalist but beautiful, horrid yet heartfelt, Spektor's swirl of relationship angst, wannabe Gatsbys and – in the form of Us – a genuinely moving love song, gets a welcome vinyl repressing. Paul Stokes

2. The Fall – Bingo-Master's Break-Out! (7-inch)

2. The Fall – Bingo-Master's Break-Out! (7-inch)

Reborn on blue vinyl, The Fall’s 1978 debut 45 brings madness, social club gaming and death. How young does MES sound? Still thrillingly basic. Ian Harrison

3. The Adverts – Crossing The Red Sea  (LP)

3. The Adverts – Crossing The Red Sea (LP)

The Adverts weren’t just a great punk band; in TV Smith they were blessed with a hugely underrated songwriter. This debut album is full of remarkable tunes: One Chord Wonders, Bored Teenagers, New Church, No Time To Be 21, Safety In Numbers, Great British Mistake. Listen to Crossing The Red Sea… now – on RSD red vinyl no less! – and you’ll find that these songs remain timeless, regardless of genre. A Cast Of Thousands – the band’s fractious follow-up album – is also remarkable. I’d get them both. Phil Alexander

4. Bill Evans – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest (2xLP)

4. Bill Evans – Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest (2xLP)

I'm always happy to hear more from the late great jazz pianist Bill Evans and the chance to grab a double vinyl copy of this newly unearthed studio session from the same short-lived trio – Evans, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette – who recorded 1968's strange and intense live At The Montreux Jazz Festival set cannot be passed up. Andrew Male

5. Anchoress – Popular / What Goes Around (7-inch)

5. Anchoress – Popular / What Goes Around (7-inch)

A highlight of the Welsh singer-songwriter’s debut album Confessions Of A Romance Novelist, Catherine Anne Davies’ song taps directly and defiantly into the emotional scrutiny that teenagers – particularly girls – subject themselves and each another to (“my mother says it’s because they’re jealous”). Comes with a string quartet version of What Goes Around on the flip. With her prog flourishes and red velvet voice was ever an artist better served by a plush collectible vinyl 7-inch? Next year, crimson vinyl please. Jenny Bulley

6. Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Rocket 88  (7-inch)

6. Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats – Rocket 88 (7-inch)

Appealingly retro-styled 7-inch re-stamp of what some call the first genuine rock’n’roll record. Vocalist Brenston was the saxophonist in Ike Turner’s Kings Of Rhythm (this is they, basically) but it’s Willie Kizart’s fuzzed-out guitar, recorded through a damaged speaker cabinet, that is this 1951 classic’s claim to generic innovation. One for the home jukebox, if you’re lucky enough to have one. Danny Eccleston

7. Leon Bridges – Louisiana Sun (10-inch)

7. Leon Bridges – Louisiana Sun (10-inch)

Leon Bridges cut his debut album, Coming Home, on an indoor golf course converted into a recording studio. The unlikely location proves its worth again, as his RSD release contains five bonus tracks from those sessions. Paul Stokes

8. Various Artists – C86 (2xLP)

8. Various Artists – C86 (2xLP)

Double vinyl reissue for the Neil Taylor-compiled NME compilation album (originally a mail-order cassette, later on vinyl via Rough Trade) that defined the mid-’80s UK indie pop spectrum from fey jangling (Shop Assistants, Miaow) to avant-lumpy ug-rock (Big Flame, Bogshed), reigniting fond memories of a time when vees-flicking subcultures thrived and the NME could do something actually good. Danny Eccleston

9. Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life (12-inch)

9. Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life (12-inch)

In an architectural-chic, metallic-copper sleeve, this four-track 12-inch version of the Manic’s 1996 hit single coincides with the 20th anniversary of its parent album, Everything Must Go. Both populist anthem, ideological benchmark and the first UK Number 2 single to feature an autodidactic rallying cry (“libraries gave us power!”) it looks set to do as well as last year’s The Holy Bible picture disc, which was the first release to top the then-new UK vinyl chart. Jenny Bulley

10. Interpol – El Pintor: Remixes (LP)

10. Interpol – El Pintor: Remixes (LP)

The New Yorkers' indie skyscrapers lend themselves surprisingly well to tinkering from the likes of Factory Floor and Beyond The Wizards Sleeve. Worth it for the dub squelch Panda Bear adds to All The Rage Back Home alone. Paul Stokes

11. Hüsker Dü – In A Free Land (7-inch)

11. Hüsker Dü – In A Free Land (7-inch)

After the Numero Group’s RSD 2013 reissue of the debut Hüsker Dü single Statues, here is the record that marked the emergence of the band’s signature sound. In A Free Land rejected hardcore’s diktats on velocity and rhetoric – B-side M.I.C. amply demonstrates both – in favour of a levitating harmonic assault on the senses. Bob Mould and Grant Hart’s call-and-response vocals signify the arrival of one of the ’80s great songwriting teams, while the lyric’s ambiguous perspective on liberty (“Everybody’s an authority / In a free land”) feels unexpectedly prescient of the internet age. Featuring Hart’s original sleeve art, this meaty 150-gm repress of Hüsker Dü’s most collectible vinyl release is a must. Keith Cameron

12. The Mickey Finn – Garden Of My Mind / Time To Start Loving You (7-inch)

12. The Mickey Finn – Garden Of My Mind / Time To Start Loving You (7-inch)

Garden Of My Mind was Track 1 of MOJO 270’s Paint It Black covermount CD and now you can get it as a 7-inch 45 via the Munster label. The East End band’s 1967 single with US producer Richard Gottehrer packs a genuine beat-psych punch; B-side Time To Start Loving You is also right in tune with the year’s high-energy sounds. Geoff Brown

13. Elton John – The Thom Bell Sessions ’77  (12-inch) / Bluesology – Come Back Baby (7-inch)

13. Elton John – The Thom Bell Sessions ’77 (12-inch) / Bluesology – Come Back Baby (7-inch)

On Bluesology 7-inch single Come Back Baby, from 1965, you’ll hear Reg Dwight’s early soul-leaning band stretching young wings; 12 years later Elton John was flying with the real guys on 12-incher The Thom Bell Sessions ’77 (pictured). The residue of an aborted LP project and not much regarded by Elton fans on eventual release in ’79, Are You Ready For Love nonetheless has a belting Philly rhythm, MFSB horns and strings, and is well worth re-evaluation. Geoff Brown

14. Allen Toussaint – Whipped Cream & Other Delights (7-inch) / Live in Philadelphia 1975 (LP)

14. Allen Toussaint – Whipped Cream & Other Delights (7-inch) / Live in Philadelphia 1975 (LP)

Two treats from the great New Orleans pianist/ songwriter/ producer/ arranger who died last year. Whipped Cream & Other Delights (pictured) is a Charly 7-inch EP featuring the title track, which Toussaint wrote while serving in the US Army and heard here in its first incarnation by The Stokes. Herb Alpert later had a big hit with the tune. The EP also has Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey and Benny Spellman hits. Also out: Live In Philadelphia 1975, self-explanatory 12-inch from Rhino of 10 previously unissued recordings. Together, a good broad hint of the man’s talent. Geoff Brown

15. Thelonious Monk – London Collection Vol. 3 (LP)

15. Thelonious Monk – London Collection Vol. 3 (LP)

The London Collection was a 3CD set of the great pianist’s final recordings as a leader from sessions with Art Blakey on drums and bassist Al McKibbon, recorded in London during a 1971 Giants Of Jazz tour. Here CD3 (six pieces of solo Monk; five with the trio; all outstanding) is remastered from the original analog tapes as Volume 3 and available on 180 gram vinyl. Geoff Brown

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