Ahead of Record Store Day 2017, self-confessed vinyl addict and HRH Mag Editor In Chief Simon Rushworth guides you through the essential picks from this year’s rocktastic selection.
1. Def Leppard – The Def Leppard EP (UMC/Mercury)
Originally recorded in 1978 and released the following year, this was the EP that announced Leppard as fully paid up members of the NWOBHM movement. The RSD release sees Ride Into The Sun, Getcha Rocks Off and The Overture featured on a 12-inch 45rpm disc for the first time.
2. Venom – Black Metal (Back In Black)
This remastered 12-inch picture disc is a must-have RSD release for anyone and everyone who has ever dipped their toes into black metal. The album that spawned an entire genre still sounds incredibly intense and remarkably relevant 35 years after its controversial release.
3. Blackberry Smoke – Pearls (Earache)
Side A of this seven incher features never-heard-before track Pearls while Side B features a rare cover of Led Zeppelin’s The Rover from the legendary Physical Graffiti album. Bowled over by Blackberry Smoke during this spring’s UK headline tour? This is the band at their brilliant best.
4. Marillion – F.E.A.R. (earMUSIC)
Marillion’s best album in years was Nostradamus-like in its prediction of political turmoil on a global scale and main man Steve Hogarth has never sounded better. Rarely off the HRH Mag stereo and no doubt set to feature heavily in this year’s debut Royal Albert Hall set. This double gold vinyl edition adds style to substance.
5. Moody Marsden Band – The Night The Guitars Came To Play (Talking Elephant)
Classic rock royalty combine for this RSD exclusive – the double gatefold package represents the first time this material has been made available on vinyl. Dodge the cool kids and get your hands on what will become one of the most collectible records of 2017 as the Whitesnake pair let rip on this 2000 release.
6. Biters – Stone Cold Love (Earache)
Recalling the early spirit and danger of the 70s scene, Biters have faithfully built upon their punk heritage and their love of pomp rock to deliver music that ignites and excites in equal measure. Possessing a heart full of rock and roll, the band play foot stomping, fist pumping, spit-on-the-floor anthems. This RSD 2017 exclusive seven inch contains two tracks from the highly anticipated new album due to be released next month.
7. Thunder – 29 Minutes Later (earMUSIC)
Recorded live at the Gibson Showroom, this RSD exclusive showcases one of Britain’s best live bands doing what they do best in front of an intimate audience. Fresh from a sold-out UK headline tour and with another top five album under their belts there’s never been a better time to celebrate these national treasures on vinyl.
8. Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)
Peaceville are releasing this special picture disc edition of Arctic Thunder for Record Store Day, which includes a variation on the original cover design and alternate band photography on the sleeve. Strictly limited to 2,000 copies worldwide. Norway’s heavy metal heroes at their destructive best.
9. The Cadillac Three – Live At Abbey Road (Big Machine)
Bury Me In My Boots was one of 2016’s albums of the year: here The Cadillac Three strip things down and deliver a spine-tingling Abbey Road session featuring five of the record’s top tunes. Released as a RSD exclusive, this 10 inch vinyl already seems set to be one of the most sought after titles of 2017.
10. Airbourne – It’s All For Rock N Roll (Spinefarm)
Released as an opaque bronze heavyweight 12 inch single, the Aussie quartet’s heartfelt tribute to Lemmy hits the mark – and then some. If ever a band was born to be celebrated on vinyl then Airbourne are that band. A glorious throwback to an era when rough and ready rock and roll was really all that mattered.