Photos by Nick Tomecek
Record Store Day might be my favorite holiday, though Halloween and Christmas put up a good fight.
I love the idea of competing against other record lovers for a selection of exclusive record releases with crazy-colored vinyl, intricate album art and music, definitely the music.
After scouring through the list of the 2017 Record Store Day exclusive releases, I chose five that sang to me, or will sing to me once I purchase them.
Swing by recordstoreday.com to view the list and make your picks, but beware: Artists are not in alphabetical order. You have been warned.
1. “This Must Be the Place” Side by Side - Talking Heads/Wildling
“This Must Be the Place” must be the greatest song ever made. It’s a paradise of doubt I can lose myself in at any time of the day.
Record Store Day 2017 will offer a 7-inch record featuring the original Talking Heads version of this song and a version from Los Angeles rock band Wildling. I can’t find the Wildling version anywhere online, and believe me I looked, but if I have to listen to the original 100 times to make up for it, so be it.
I’m not a music snob, so I don’t mind when a band puts a new spin on an old song. Art is theft.
FYI: I featured Talking Heads’ album “Speaking in Tongues” on Off the Record.
2. “Alternate Mirage” - Fleetwood Mac
If you haven’t already heard, I love Fleetwood Mac.
This album features alternate takes from the “Mirage” deluxe edition released in 2016. Although it’s been previously released on CD, I’ve never heard it.
I’m psyched to give this vinyl a listen and draw comparisons.
FYI: I featured Fleetwood Mac’s “Mirage” on Off the Record.
3. “Rarities” - Stevie Nicks
I’m très predictable, but of course I want to hear more of Stevie Nicks incredible vocals.
This 10-inch record features rare demos, live and early takes from “Bella Donna” and “Wild Heart” deluxe editions, according to recordstoreday.com.
Need I say more?
4. “Cassette Demos” - Paul McCartney
Consider this a curveball. This is not a vinyl record; it’s a cassette tape release.
Yes, I still own cassette tapes and a portable cassette tape player, which means I can take this rad release on-the-go.
I swear my heart flew out of my chest when my eyes made contact with this release. “Cassette Demos” is a limited-edition, three-song cassette with Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello’s “Flowers In the Dirt” demos.
Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello together are like my own personal Heaven.
5. “The Boy With the Thorn In His Side” - The Smiths
There is nothing I adore more than Morrissey’s romantic British voice asking repeatedly if “they” will ever believe him in “The Boy With the Thorn In His Side.”
This 7-inch single features unreleased versions of “The Boy With the Thorn In His Side” and “Rubber Ring.”
“Rubber Ring” is one of my favorite Smiths’ songs. It’s a double entendre almost too cool to understand.