Record Store Day 2017:
THERE is a sense of irony when it comes to…
doing a feature about Record Store Day through electronic means. I felt compelled to put a series of songs together that have been released as part of the tenth Record Store Day – rare unveilings and some great re-releases. To me, I was born in a time when vinyl was very much still part of the music scene (1983). They were not just confined to D.J.s and collectors: proper record shops were still in business and there was a much bigger market than there is now. Vinyl is coming back in and, whether as an art piece or a way of connecting with some real music, it is worth celebrating those stores that want to keep things pure and traditional. Go to the Record Store Day homepage and understand what they/it is all about…in their own words…
“Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar.
Although there’s only one Record Store Day a year, we also work throughout the year to celebrate our independent record stores by spotlighting exclusive releases, events and special news”.
I will be doing other pieces this weekend that looks at other areas of music but felt inspired to recognise a truly worthwhile day. It is not only the tenth Record Store Day but one that sees releases from Elton John, The Beatles and Kate Tempest. Tempest, in fact, is the third, and final ‘champion’ of Record Store Day. She is releasing a two-L.P. special. It is one black and one white vinyl: one has just the beats (from her album, Let Them Eat Chaos) called Let Them Beat Chaos; the other has words-only and is called Let Them Speak Chaos. There is a link here and you still have the chance to go snap it up. Tempest’s passion and knowledge of record shops not only makes her an ideal candidate to help represent Record Store Day – she is bringing these places to the younger generations and making it more relatable; ensuring they connect and do not forget where music came from.
IN THIS PHOTO: Kate Tempest, for her Record Store release, has recorded straight to vinyl – all collated and completed in a single take.
I have collated a selection of those releases onto a playlist to enjoy. Past that, I implore everyone to head to their local record shop and connect with vinyl lovers: take that physical thing in hand and make any excuse to allow some budget flexibility – always enough money…
FOR a few great records!