This weekend, along with the rest of the UK’s most dedicated audiophiles, Little Red Rooster will be out in force for Record Store Day on Saturday 13th April. Over 200 independent record stores in the UK alone will celebrate their unique culture with limited-edition vinyl releases and a host of parties and live events.
Record Store Day was first conceived in the US back in 2007 as a way to celebrate independent record shops. Every year the people who make up the world of the record store, including the staff, the customers and the artists, come together to recognise the unique role that these independently owned stores play in their communities, bringing people together and representing far more than just places to buy music. Special and limited-edition vinyl and CD releases are made exclusively for the day, and the festivities include everything from live performances to cook-outs, body painting and meet-and-greets with artists.
Last year, over 90,000 albums and singles were bought, which clearly demonstrates the popularity of the event. This year, the list of limited-edition releases is as phenomenal as ever, including Prince’s ‘The Versace Experience’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks’ and Bowie’s ‘Revolutionary Songs/Just A Gigolo’.
With such a plethora of fantastic releases, we thought we would ask a few of our Roosters about their top choices of special-edition vinyl this year.
Aset Forever Remixes EP from Dusky loved by Account Executive, Thomas Reed
“I will be two-stepping my way to the front of the queue to pick up the unashamedly rave-ready Aset Forever Remixes EP from Dusky. Featuring on the disc, Brame & Hamo and KETTAMA provide thumping hard house remakes of the dark and brooding ‘Amongst The Gods’ and ‘Staunch.” Originally released in September.”
Duran Duran’s ‘As the Lights Go Down’ loved by Junior Account Executive, Honor Payne
“Rio. Girls On Film. Hungry Like The Wolf. I could go on. Duran Duran’s ‘As the Lights Go Down’ live performance exudes such a raw energy that you’ll be transported right back to the shoulder-pad-wearing, fingerless-glove-rocking atmosphere of 1984. Rest assured you’ll be screaming along with the original crowd by Track 2.”
Monty Python’s Life of Brian loved by Senior Account Manager, Simon Osborne-Walker
“I was feeling a bit ‘meh’ about the RSD list this year, if I’m honest. All that early-morning queuing isn’t worth it unless there’s something you really, really need to have I your collection. And that thing is not one of the multiple Transformers soundtracks on offer. Lucky, then, that I gave the list a second read-through and spotted the picture disc for Monty Python’s Life of Brian. I’m a sucker for a picture disc, but one covered in Terry Gilliam’s madcap artwork from one of the greatest movies ever made? Better set my alarm. I might even grab Halt and Catch Fire Vol. 2 while I’m there.”
Message In A Bottle by The Police loved by Account Executive, Devon Cairns
“The Police – Message in a Bottle. When I was 13 The Police were (and still are) the soundtrack to my life. I tell you now, if I was ever in the same room as Sting I would do some ungodly things that would be worthy of arrest. Aside from that, their music is like no other – think a fascinating infusion of punk rock with a reggae-injection. And their bass lines are second to none!”
Fatboy Slim’s Right Here Right Now loved by Account Executive, Tabby Grove (featuring an extra, questionable choice from Miley Cyrus)
“My choice this year is Fatboy Slim – Right Here Right Now, for two reasons. The first being because it’s an absolute banger in the gym and the ultimate motivation (if you don’t believe me, try it). The second reason is that I was a dedicated fan of Fatboy Slim as a toddler. Whilst everyone else at nursery was into Wheels On The Bus, my older sister had corrupted my music taste. My second choice is Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Miley Cyrus & Mark Ronson. Mainly because, at the time of writing, we have her dad playing in the office, but also because if Miley could turn it around from the 2013 twerking era, I can do anything.”
Adore by Jessie Ware loved by Senior Account Executive, Lewis Hopkins
“I may have mentioned this once or twice before, but I am obsessed with Jessie Ware – her music, her mum and her ‘Table Manners’ podcast. So, how could I not choose the special-edition vinyl of ‘Adore’? This upbeat bop will have me groovy around the kitchen for weeks to come.”
Zaba by Glass Animals loved by Junior Account Executive, Sophie Anderson
“Glass Animals’ unique and incomparable sound resonates with anyone who has the pleasure to listen to their tracks. Lo-fi drums, whispy vocals and ambient beats all make this record a must-have soundtrack to a chilled afternoon. My top track – Goeey.”