But since you are still sitting there—let us help you out a bit. There are literally hundreds of special edition releases that are going to be available today at record stores all around the world, many of which were released just for this day, and some that you will only find in record stores today. While there are so many of these available that you really can’t go wrong, there are still a few treasures worth mentioning—some gems to look for when you venture out. Here are seven suggestions.
The White Stripes, Elephant –10-year anniversary edition
This has been probably the most-advertised special release for Record Store Day this year (aptly so, since Jack White is this year’s ambassador), but it’s still a collector’s item worth picking up if you’re a White Stripes fan. Look for this release as a double LP with one record in black/red vinyl, and one in white.
Jim Hendrix, Hey Joe b/w Stone Free (1966 mono recording)
Presented on 7” vinyl, these mono recordings of Hendrix faves haven’t been available to the public since they were first released in the mid-1960s. A great collector’s item for Hendrix fans.
Brian Eno x Nicolas Jaar x Grizzly Bear
One of many mash-ups just for Record Store Day, this limited edition 12” vinyl record is an exclusive RSD release. Two songs by Eno and Grizzly, “Sleeping Ute” and “LUX 2”, both remixed by Nicolas Jaar.
Cream, Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005
Out of print for the past five years, this live show recording is being re-released just for RSD as a box set of three cream-colored LPs. Only 1500 of these bad boys were printed, so go early to pick one up.
Dave Matthews Band, Live Trax Vol. 1
Look hard for this one. The first installment of the famed Live Trax series, and the first time any of the series have been released on vinyl, this is a limited edition numbered box set of 4 blue vinyl LPs. Only 500 printed.
The Black Keys/The Stooges, Side By Side: No Fun
Another RSD exclusive, this is one of many “side-by-sides” you’ll find today: two versions of the same song by two notable artists. Look for this one on 7” vinyl.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The First Five: A Picture Disc Collection
Another true collector’s item, this limited edition, numbered box set contains picture discs of the first five ELP records. Don’t miss picking this one up if you can find it.
Not only will you get access to some awesome music and many exclusive releases today, but many independent stores will feature special events today, such as contests, giveaways and live performances. You can download music from the Internet any old time; today, go out and support your local independent record retailer for Record Store Day 2013!