Wax Through The Cracks: My Obvious And Not So Obvious 2018 Record Store Day Picks

Record Store Day comes but once a year. If you’re going, I’m sure a lot of you know what you’ll be looking for. This is my guide on what I’ll be looking for. You know, the obvious, like Pink Floyd, and the not-so-obvious like The Open Mind. I’d love to hear what you’ll be looking for on April 21st.

1. The Open Mind – The Open Mind
Record Label: Sunbeam Records
Quantity: 500

The Open Mind has to be one of my most sought after pieces this Record Store Day. If you have an original copy of the LP then you should be quite happy. The description for the album labels it as one of the most legendary and collectible of all British psychedelic albums. From poppy psych to raging photo metal, The Open Mind is definitely worth a listen. Just get to your local store early because if you want this collectors edition there are only going to be 500 copies pressed. Don’t get to discouraged though, this listing is from the ‘RSD First’ Release section. It seems other formats will be coming our way at a later date.

2. The Who – The Kids Are Alright
Record Label: IGA
Quantity: 3000

First of all it’s The Who, so why would you not want this as part of you collection? Secondly, the description for the double LP just reels you right in. It says, “Legendary companion album to the band’s classic documentary film of the same name from 1979. Features the extraordinary 1967 Smothers Brothers TV show version of My Generation – including exploding drum-kit finale!” To boot the final piece of text says this is the definitive version of “A Quick One, While He’s Away.” This is the version of the song that was played at the Rolling Stones Rock N Roll Circus. It just sounds like the most rock-n-roll LP released this RSD.

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3. Pink Floyd – Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Mono)
Record Label: Legacy
Quantity: 6000

Another obvious one that had to be a must have. If you don’t have this album — which I do not — then I suggest introducing yourself to one of the greatest psychedelic musicians/song writers that ever lived. It also helps that Rolling Stone put this album on their 500 greatest albums of all time.

4. Marnie Stern – This Is It And I Am It And You Are It And So Is That And He Is It And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That
Record Label: Kill Rock Stars
Quantity: 400

This one is going to be hard to find so if you see it, do yourself a favor and grab it. Marnie is so under appreciated for her talent and shredding skills. This is a catchy, mathy record that anyone could appreciate. Plus you have Zach Hill of Death Grips producing so of course there’s extra flare there.

5. Courtney Barnett – “City Looks Pretty”/”Sunday Roast” Also The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Record Label: Mom + Pop
Quantity: 1750 for first release, 1800 for the second release

Courtney Barnett is getting big, and for good reason too — she’s one of the most talented songs writers out there today. She was even featured on Breeders tune “Howl at the Summit” — one of the best tracks of 2018. The first release is a sneak preview of her new album and the second release is where it all began. If you’re into catchy guitar and inquisitive songwriting then these have to be on your list.

6. The Stooges – The Stooges (Detroit Edition)
Record Label: Elektra
Quantity: 3250

The best part about this release, aside from it being The Stooges, is that Third Man Records has a hand in it. Compiled by Ben Blackwell of Third Man Records, this release at the time of its pressing was super rare. Also, this LP features tracks that are only exclusive to this release. I have to hear this stuff.

7. Arcade Fire – Arcade Fire EP
Record Label: Legacy
Quantity: 3000

I have such a love-hate relationship with the Arcade Fire. On one hand, I feel frontman Win Butler is the Bono of indie music. On the other hand, their first few albums are classics. Their first EP has a feeling and sound to it that has to be heard. It’s a pickup for sure.

8.Chuck Berry – Greatest Hits
Record Label: Sundazed Music
Quantity: 1350

It’s Chuck Berry… I mean come on everyone. Also, it’s pressed on gold vinyl. How could you not want this in your collection?

9. Nazz – The Fungo Bat Acetates
Record Label: RockBeat Records
Quantity: 1400

Never before released until Record Store Day that is. The description says, “Recording began in Nov 1968 and completed in Spring (March) 1969. Due to band members indifference & management decisions, it was never released as such and Todd Rundgren left the band to pursue a solo career.” If you don’t know the Nazz, these guys are a true treasure of psychedelic and garage rock.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, check these records out too.

King Black Acid – Sunlit
The Other Side of Sun (Part 2): Sun Records Curated By Record Store Day, Volume 5
Dogfish Head–Music To Drink Beer and Make Love To

The National – Boxer Live In Brussels
Spectrum – Highs, Lows, and Heavenly Blows

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