Saturday 26 September is drop day two of this year’s Covid-fragmented Record Store Day.
The annual collectors’ feeding frenzy of hundreds of different limited edition vinyl releases was due to take place in April, but had to be postponed, as the coronavirus pandemic was at its height.
Instead, the organisers invited independent record shops across the UK to take part in a phased event, with three ‘drop days’ in August, September and October.
The second is tomorrow, when stores will again be opening their doors to music lovers keen to snap up some limited edition vinyl releases. In a departure from the usual rules, shops can sell any leftovers online from 6pm on the day (it’s usually a week afterwards).
Many of the big hitters have already been released as part of drop day one (see our list of recommended releases here). But there’s still plenty for the discerning collector to try to bag. Here’s some indie, punk and alternative items you might want to try to add to your collection.
Various Artists – Dance Craze (Two Tone Records). This is a new half-speed master of the ska classic, released as part of the label’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Featuring exclusive live recordings by The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Bad Manners and The Bodysnatchers, it’s the first vinyl repress since its original release in 1981.
Dinosaur Jr – Swedish Fist – Live in Stockholm (Cherry Red). Recorded at Stockholm’s legendary Vattenfestival, this live album captures J Mascis and his Massachusetts noise-rockers on ear-bleeding form, months before they disbanded and went on an eight-year hiatus.
Eddie & The Hot Rods – Get Your Rocks Off (Jungle/Skydog). Here’s the missing link between high-energy pub rock and punk – in a limited red and green vinyl 2xLP set. Live in France in May 1976, for the first time on vinyl and with bonus unreleased tracks featuring harmonica player Lew Lewis.
Meat Puppets – The Meat Puppets 10in EP (Megaforce). Meat Puppets from Phoenix, Arizona, started out as punks but blended elements of country and psychedelic rock into their sound, becoming a big influence on the likes of Nirvana, Soundgarden and Dinosaur Jr. This is a pink/green swirl EP featuring four songs recorded specifically for RSD in 2019.
Ramones – It’s Alive II (Rhino Warner). It would’;t be RSD without the Ramones, would it? This is a special break-out from the It’s Alive 40th anniversary release, and includes a show recorded at Stoke in the UK two days before the original classic album. It’s on double heavyweight, numbered vinyl.
The Replacements – The Complete Inconcerated Live (Rhino Warner). This is an LP breakout of Discs 3 and 4 of Dead Man’s Pop boxset, featuring a complete live show recorded at University of Wisconsin in 1989. On 180g black vinyl, it features classics like Alex Chilton and Bastards Of Young.
Snapped Ankles – 21 Metres To Hebden Bridge (The Leaf Label). These are blistering live recordings from the London-based post-punks’ triumphant sold-out tour of the UK, recorded at the legendary Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. On leaf green transparent vinyl, with download code.
The Alarm – Celtic Folklore Live ’88 (21st Century Recordings). A limited edition release which expands upon the Electric Folklore release from 1988. Featuring 10 previously unreleased tracks, it’s housed in a sleeve which, when placed side by side with the original, forms a double album. Five tracks are from Hammersmith Odeon, London, and five from The Cabaret, San Jose, California.
Johnny Thunders & Wayne Kramer – Gang War (Jungle/Skydog). The first time on vinyl for the legendary collaboration between the guitarists of the New York Dolls and MC5. The 2LP set comes on dark red and dark yellow vinyl, with five bonus Live At Max’s tracks only previously available on bootleg.
Various Artists – This Are Two Tone (Two Tone Records). We started with ska so that’s how we’ll end. This was the label’s first compilation, featuring singles by The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, The Bodysnatchers, Rhoda Dakar and The Swinging Cats. This half-speed master is part of the label’s 40th anniversary celebrations and is the first vinyl repress since its original release in 1983.
You can find a whole list of September RSD items on the Record Store Day website here.