It's that time of the year again... The Record Store Day list is here! We have seven incredible releases dropping across the two RSD drop dates, June 12th and July 17th. From remastered reissues to compilations, and brand new records from some of our favorite artists, there's something for everyone. Read about each release below, and prepare yourself for another great set of Record Store Day drops.
Drop #1 (June 12th):
Having a Party: Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day, Volume 8
This limited edition compilation LP was curated from the legendary Sun Record Company catalog, and marks the eighth installment of our 'Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day' series. The track list for this compilation was carefully selected by the hardworking people in record stores to make the perfect dance party soundtrack. This Record Store Day 2021 exclusive release is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide. Find a store near you carrying this title here.
The Toulon-Pedro Connect
I Mean Alarmed
"I MEAN ALARMED: the Toulon-Pedro Connect” is a project conceived by US punk icon Mike Watt and Régis Laugier of the French experimental trio Hifiklub. The collaboration pairs 24 musicians from the cities of Toulon, France and San Pedro, California, including members of bands such as At Dawn We Are Kings, Bara Bandai, Brother James, Lèvres de Beurre, LuneApache, Sarah Maison, Potochkine, CM Sludge, Les Somnambulites, The Spitters, Twin Apple, and Mike Watt’s trios (The Missingmen, The Secondmen, Il Sogno del Marinaio). The limited edition color vinyl pressing comes housed in a gatefold jacket, complete with an extensive 40 page booklet about the unique project. Find a store near you carrying this title here.
Drop #2 (July 17th):
World Broadcast Recordings 1955, Volume 1
Peggy Lee was in top form in 1955, in every aspect of her career. As a vocalist, she was at her peak. Pete Kelly’s Blues (her best acting role) and Lady And The Tramp (she co-wrote six songs and provided the voices for four characters) were both set to be released. That same year, she recorded 49 selections as radio transcriptions for the World Program Service. These recordings were not released to the public, but used by radio stations with unexpected time to fill. Lee’s cool but inwardly heated voice is joined by frequent collaborators, pianist Gene DiNovi, guitarist Bill Pitman, Bob Whitlock or Don Prell on bass, drummer Larry Bunker, Ramon “Ray” Rivera on congas, harpist Stella Castellucci, and trumpeter Pete Candoli. This series compiles the best selections from those 1955 recordings, beginning with 14 tunes on this first volume. The recordings were mastered for vinyl at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Furnace Record Pressing on color vinyl, exclusively for RSD. Find a store near you carrying this title here.
Jonny O’Donnell, ARR. Van Dyke Parks
Cats b/w Funny Face
This project - two songs, "Cats" and "Funny Face" (A-side/B-side) bring together the sophisticated song craft of singer-songwriterJohnny O'Donnell, the iconoclast arrangements of Van Dyke Parks, and the genial production touch of Lewis Pesacov into a refreshing and rewarding musical package that deserves the focus that only a 45 provides. The arrangements and production are cinematic and full of drama which befits a production born of the belly of Hollywood. Romance, intrigue, and a touch of the unreal is where the tripartite of musical craftsmen have brewed this potion of melodies. The two unreleased songs will be available for the first time as a 7" single, exclusively for Record Store Day 2021. Find a store near you carrying this title here.
Parade Meeting EP
Parade Meeting is a new instrumental EP from actor, comedian, writer, producer, musician, and this year's RSD Ambassador, Fred Armisen. The music was recorded and produced by Ty Segall at his Los Angeles studio. The vinyl comes with three songs on one side, and a custom artwork etching on the flip side. Find a store near you carrying this title here.
Italian Stallion Soundtrack
Del Casher may not be a household name, but you’ve undoubtedly heard his music. He was a member of the famous Wrecking Crew, played on Lawrence Welk, recorded Frank Zappa’s first demo, backed Elvis Presley, and built guitars with Les Paul. His many inventions include the Wah-Wah pedal and the Ecco-Fonic, influencing the development of electric guitar playing. In 1976, Casher was commissioned to write and record a soundtrack for Italian Stallion, a re-branding of the 1970 film "The Party at Kitty and Stud’s”, which saw Sylvester Stallone's first on-screen appearance. While even Stallone called the film “horrendous”, the soundtrack for Italian Stallion stands on its own as a musical masterpiece. Over 40 years later, with the help of ORG Music, Del Casher dug up his original master tapes and assembled a record’s worth of material for the soundtrack’s first ever release. Italian Stallion will make its long overdue debut with a vinyl pressing, exclusively for RSD 2021. Find a store near you carrying this title here.