Legacy Recordings Announces Limited Edition Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day’s RSD Drops 2021 (June 12 & July 17)
Titles by Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Kenny Loggins, Prince, Rage Against The Machine, and Philadelphia International Records Coming Saturday, June 12
Vinyl Collectibles by Bob Dylan, The Clash, Miles Davis, Future, Jamiroquai, and Pearl Jam Dropping Saturday, July 17
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the label’s line-up of releases created especially for Record Store Day 2021, celebrated at participating stores worldwide with RSD Drops on Saturday, June 12 and Saturday, July 17.
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a regular celebration of the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores around the world. This year, RSD has named Fred Armisen as Record Store Day Ambassador 2021.
As with last year’s pandemic-related RSD Drops, stores will be handling sales and store procedures in the way they determine to be right for themselves and their community and that may mean something different from what people are used to. RSD recommends checking in with your local record stores –join their email lists, follow them on social media– so you’re as in the loop as possible. Find your nearest participating RSD shop HERE.
For RSD Drops 2021, Legacy caters to connoisseurs of classic sounds delivered on old school vinyl via twelve collectible releases arriving in two batches of six.
Legacy Recordings RSD 2021 titles dropping June 12 include: a 50th anniversary picture disc edition of Janis Joplin – Pearl; the newly-curated collection Jefferson Airplane – Acid, Incense and Balloons: RSD-Collected Gems From The Golden Era Of Flight; Kenny Loggins – At The Movies, his greatest soundtrack hits together for the first time on 12″ vinyl; first-time 12″ vinyl pressing of Prince – The Truth; first 2LP 12″ colored vinyl edition of Rage Against The Machine – The Battle of Mexico City; and Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia Live 1973, a historic concert available for the first time on 12″ vinyl in this 2LP set.
Highlights of Legacy’s second RSD 2021 drop on July 17 include: the Bob Dylan – “Jokerman”/”I And I” (Reggae Remix) 12″ EP; The Clash – If Music Could Talk, a 2LP 12″ vinyl set (previously promotional only) featuring interviews and 10 songs; Miles Davis – CHAMPIONS – Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions on 12″ yellow vinyl; the hip-hop milestone, Future – EVOL in a limited edition 12″ translucent red and black smoke colored vinyl edition; Jamiroquai – “Everybody’s Going To The Moon”, a limited edition 12″ single available for the first time on 180 gram vinyl; and a 30th anniversary edition of Pearl Jam – “Alive” for RSD Drops 2021 in 12″ single and cassette configurations.
Legacy Recordings – RSD Drops 2021 – June 12 Releases:
Janis Joplin – Pearl (12″ vinyl – picture disc; Limited to 4,750 copies)
In honor of the album’s 50th anniversary, Janis Joplin’s Pearl is being made available for the first time as a picture disc featuring the iconic cover portrait lensed by Barry Feinstein. Pearl showcases some of Janis’s best-loved signature performances including “Cry Baby” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” as well as her off-the-cuff a cappella “Mercedes Benz,” the last song she ever recorded. This special edition pressing is limited to 4,750 copies.
Jefferson Airplane – Acid, Incense and Balloons: RSD-Collected Gems From The Golden Era Of Flight (12″ vinyl; Limited to 3,500 copies)
Created by the Record Store Day team and curated by record stores, Acid, Incense and Balloons: RSD-Collected Gems From The Golden Era Of Flight mines studio, single and live gems from 1966 to 1971. From sweet folk-pop to crushing psychedelic anthems, the album evokes a glorious sonic portrait of the era. This special edition pressing is limited to 3,500 copies.
Kenny Loggins – At The Movies (12″ vinyl)
For the first time ever, Kenny Loggins – At The Moviesbrings together the artist’s greatest soundtrack hits on vinyl, including songs from “Footloose,” “Top Gun,” “Caddyshack” and more plus a newly recorded version of “Playing With The Boys.”
Prince – The Truth (12″ vinyl)
One of Prince’s underappreciated hidden gems, The Truth was originally released as part of the monumental 1998 box set Crystal Ball, which marked the first time Prince released an album totally independently. The Truth was the first Prince album to be labeled “acoustic,” though it does contain electronic instruments and elements, and it gave listeners an unprecedented chance to hear his songwriting and voice in a stripped-down presentation. This RSD release marks the first time The Truth is available on vinyl with gorgeous, foil-embossed artwork designed by Prince’s long-time art director Steve Parke.
Rage Against The Machine – The Battle of Mexico City (2 x 12″ red and green colored vinyl)
The Battle Of Mexico City documents Rage Against The Machine’s mythic performance at Mexico City’s ‘Palacio de los Deportes’ in 1999, the band’s first-ever concert in Mexico and a highlight of RATM’s Battle Of Los Angeles tour. This RSD release makes its 12″ vinyl debut with a red and green colored vinyl pressing featuring a white label tribute to the Mexican flag.
Various Artists – Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia Live 1973 (2 x 12″ vinyl – previously unreleased)
Available on vinyl for the first time, Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia Live 1973 captures–and celebrates–the first and only occasion when the stars of Philadelphia International Records (P.I.R.)–including The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The Three Degrees, and Billy Paul–performed in concert with the label’s house band, MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother), showcasing what would become the Sound of Philadelphia, affectionately known as “T.S.O.P.” The concert took place in San Francisco during the annual CBS Records convention at the Fairmont Hotel in September 1973.
Legacy Recordings – RSD Drops 2021 – July 17 Releases:
Bob Dylan – Jokerman / I And I – The Reggae Remix EP (12″ vinyl)
This 12″ Dylan collectible features two reggae remixes apiece of “Jokerman” and “I And I” by Doctor Dread. The original versions of each track appeared on Dylan’s 1983 Infidels album featuring Sly Dunbar (drums) & Robbie Shakespeare (bass) as the rhythm section. The two “I And I” remixes were previously released on 2003’s Is It Rolling Bob: A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan‘ (2003) while the ‘Jokerman’ remixes are newly commissioned and previously unreleased. Doctor Dread has worked with Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Gregory Isaacs, Luciano, Mad Cobra, Freddy McGregor, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, The Wailers and many others.
The Clash – If Music Could Talk (2 x12″ vinyl, 180gm)
Recorded in 1980, If Music Could Talk is an interview album featuring The Clash–Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon–in brief conversation with their trusted management rep/fixer/consigliere Kosmo Vinyl. Originally released as a promotional-only LP for US-radio, in advance of the release of Sandinista!, If Music Could Talk is being commercially released for the first time as a limited edition double vinyl (180gm) package with new artwork for Record Store Day. The cover art is an homage to Nicaraguan rebel leader Augusto César Sandino – the original Sandinista – by artist Kosmo Vinyl, who also supplies the liner notes on the back alongside a rare Pennie Smith band photo. If Music Could Talk captures the band discussing and introducing tracks (for a potential radio audience) with the 10 tracks themselves included, using the latest band approved remasters.
Miles Davis – CHAMPIONS – Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (12″ yellow colored vinyl)
Miles Davis had a deep love and respect for boxing, seeing deep parallels between “the sweet science” and his own relationship with music. One of Miles’ favorites of his own recordings was the 1971 soundtrack to the Bill Cayton documentary about Jack Johnson and he was inspired by the political and racial subtext of the legendary boxer’s saga. Culled from the celebrated expanded project The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions released in 2003, and name-checking a number of pugilistic legends (“Ali,” “Sugar Ray,” “Duran,” “Johnny Bratton”), these funk-infused recordings rock as hard as anything Miles ever put to tape. Featuring a sterling line-up of musicians (Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham) and Jim Marshall’s legendary cover photo of Miles in the ring, CHAMPIONS finds this music issued for general release on vinyl for the first time ever.
Future – EVOL (12″ limited edition translucent red and black smoke colored vinyl)
With the release of EVOL, his fourth studio album, in 2016, rap superstar Future continued to forge his own trailblazing path in hip-hop. Driven in part by the smash single, “Low Life” featuring The Weeknd, EVOL reinforced Future’s reputation as one of the most formidable voices in rap, an undeniable influence on hip-hop’s evolution and a masterpiece in the Future canon. To commemorate the fifth anniversary of EVOL, RSD and Legacy are issuing a special limited edition pressed in 12″ red and black smoke colored vinyl.
Jamiroquai – Everybody’s Going To The Moon (12″ vinyl single, 180gm)
Originally released in 2000 for the “Titan A.E.” movie soundtrack, Jamiroquai’s signature song, “Everybody’s Going To The Moon” is now available on vinyl for the first time. This limited edition 12″ single–with “Deeper Underground” (Chillington Mix) on the B side–celebrates Jamiroquai co-writer Toby Smith; who sadly passed away from cancer in 2017. Each 180gm vinyl pressing will be individually numbered with silver foil and include liner notes from Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay on the rear along with a die-cut of the famous Jamiroquai Buffalo Man logo revealing a silver mirrored inner sleeve.
Pearl Jam – Alive (12″ single with etching)
Pearl Jam – Alive (cassette single)
With 2021 marking the 30th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s iconic debut album, Ten, Legacy Recordings and RSD are releasing special 12″ and cassette single editions of “Alive,” the track that kicked PJ into high gear.
The 12″ features the original promo single version of “Alive” plus three rare b-sides: “Wash,” “Dirty Frank” and PJ’s cover of the Beatles’ “I’ve Got A Feeling,” currently unavailable anywhere else. All four tracks are included on side A while side B contains an etching of the band’s ‘Stick Man’ logo.
The “Alive” cassette single is a replica of the promo cassette originally circulated at the time of Ten‘s release. It includes the promo single version of “Alive” plus “Wash” and “I’ve Got A Feeling,” repeated on both sides.