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40th Anniversary celebration of the album responsible for naming a genre! Originally released in 1982, Black Metal was the second full-length album from Venom and remains a major influence on Thrash Metal, Death Metal, and Black Metal. Includes the classic trio of Cronos, Mantas & Abaddon.

T-Bone Walker - Stormy Monday Blues [RSD Essential Indie Colorway White LP]
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Celebrating Sun Records 70th anniversary, these Johnny Adams tracks have been remixed from the original multitrack tapes for optimal sound quality. The new album tracklist has never been printed on vinyl, inspired by his 1986 South Side of Soul Street. The offering includes his hits Release Me and Reconsider Me as well as previously unreleased or digitally-unavailable tracks: Tender Side of Me - Alternate, Too Much Pride - Alternate, and a brand new version of Give Me A Chance.

Johnny Adams - South Side of Soul Street [RSD Essential Indie Colorway White LP]
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Blue is the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released on June 22, 1971, by Reprise Records. Written and produced entirely by Mitchell, it was recorded in 1971 at A&M Studios in Hollywood, California. Created just after her breakup with Graham Nash and during an intense relationship with James Taylor, Blue explores various facets of relationships from infatuation on "A Case of You" to insecurity on "This Flight Tonight".

Today, Blue is generally regarded by music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time; the cohesion of Mitchell's songwriting, compositions and voice are frequent areas of praise. In other words, this album is ESSENTIAL.

Joni Mitchell - Blue [RSD Essential Clear LP]
$32.99
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Lovage is defined as an herb that is said to be a benefit for relieving abdominal pains due to gastrointestinal gasalso touted to reduce flatulence when consumed as a tea. But when placed in the able hands of sonic mastermind Dan The Automator Nakamura, recording under the guise of musical lothario Nathaniel Merriweather, the result is a concept album of music to make love to your old lady by.

Nathaniel Merriweather Presents...Lovage - Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By (Instrumental Version) [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Opaque Red Rose 2LP]
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Egyptologyis the fourth studio album by World Party, released in 1997 and now remastered in 2021 for a 2022 release. Featuring the Top 40 British single Beautiful Dream and the award-winning Shes The One, released with a gatefold jacket and a bonus side recordedLive in NYC 1997. Available in limited edition, Egyptian Blue & Gold colored vinyl.

World Party - Egyptology [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Egyptian Blue & Gold LP]
$37.99
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Inspired by Otis Redding and James Brown, Mickey Murray created his own groovy brand of Southern soul. His first hit, the horn-heavy Shout Bamalama brought him out of shoe shining obscurity and into soul stardom. Shout Bamalama and Other Super Soul Songs was originally released in 1967 and has been newly remastered to celebrate Sun Records 70th Anniversary. Mickey covers the full range of soul: get down with Hit Record, slow down with Treat Him Right, and rock to East of Nowhere.

Mickey Murray - Shout Bamalama & Others [RSD Essential Indie Colorway White LP]
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Frank Ballard brings the party to Sun Records 70th Anniversary celebration with the newly remastered Rhythm Blues Party. Nicknamed The Golden Voice, he brings each track to life with his powerful vocals, backed by the Memphis-based Phillip Reynolds Band. Originally released in 1962 and last pressed on vinyl in 1981, Rhythm Blues Party features tracks written by Ballard, like the bluesy I Just Cant Help It, the sultry After Hours, and the upbeat You Gotta Learn to Rock & Roll.

Frank Ballard - Rhythm Blues Party [RSD Essential Indie Colorway White LP]
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The fourth studio album by rock legend Chris Isaak was originally released in 1993 and subsequently certified gold in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. Dedicated to the memory of sound consultant Louie Beeson, the album includes the titular track San Francisco Days in Isaaks modern blues style, Two Hearts, Cant Do a Thing and a cover of Neil Diamonds Solitary Man. The lush, guitar-heavy record features James Calvin Wilsey, Rowland Salley, Danny Gatton, Jeff Watson and Tom Brumley.

Chris Isaak - San Francisco Days [RSD Essential Red LP]
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Lou Reed's second solo albumTransformeris an album that everyone should own and without a doubt - Essential. Considered an influential landmark of the glam rock genre and anchored by Reed's most successful single, "Walk on the Wild Side" along with Perfect Day & Satellite of Love. Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, the album was released in November 1972 by RCA Records.

Lou Reed - Transformer [RSD Essential 50th Anniversary White LP]
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There's Nothing Wrong with Love is the second full-length album released by legendary indie rock band Built to Spill. It was originally released September 13, 1994, on the Up Records label. The line-up for the album was Doug Martsch, bassist Brett Nelson, and drummer Andy Capps, with Phil Ek producing. Theres Nothing Wrong with Love was wonderfully received by critics upon its release. It went on to earn Best Albums of 90s notices from the likes of Pitchfork, PASTE & SPIN.

Built To Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Silver Marble LP]
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Odessey and Oracle is a landmark recording that follows Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band as among the most influential British rock records from the 1960s. Mostly recorded at Abbey Road, (using some of the Beatles instruments leftover from the Peppers sessions), the album features Time of the Season which went to #1 in both the U.S. and Canada. The album has been cited as a favorite by Dave Grohl, Paul Weller and Tom Petty, who wrote the foreword to The Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images, a hardcover coffee table book on the album released in 2017. Odessey and Oracle is an essential record by any measurement and directly responsible for The Zombies induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle [RSD Essential Psychedelic Swirl LP]
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Indie Exclusive * Newly remastered vinyl by Richard Dodd. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of King Of Hearts original release. Featuring the Grammy-winning duet Crying with k.d. lang. Producers on the record include T-Bone Burnett, Jeff Lynne, Robbie Robertson, and Don Was

Roy Orbison - King Of Hearts: 30th Anniversary [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Transparent Red LP]
$27.99
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RSD Essential 035 * 10th Anniversary * RSD Essentials Limited Edition Alternate Cover + Coke Bottle Clear Colored Vinyl

Death Grips - No Love Deep Web [RSD Essential Coke Bottle Clear LP]
$35.99
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40th Anniversary celebration of the album responsible for naming a genre! Originally released in 1982, Black Metal was the second full-length album from Venom and remains a major influence on Thrash Metal, Death Metal, and Black Metal. Includes the classic trio of Cronos, Mantas & Abaddon.

Venom - Black Metal [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Silver & Black Splatter 2LP]
$39.99
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First time on colored vinyl. Remastered for the first time since its original release in 2000, Mirror Conspiracy is the second studio album from ambient duo Thievery Corporation, the brainchild of Eric Hilton and Rob Garza. The lasting influence of this effervescent album on modern lo-fi music cannot be understated. The record includes the popular hits Lebanese Blonde which features vocals by Pam Bricker, and Le Monde with vocals by French singer Lou Lou Gehlickhani.

Thievery Corporation - Mirror Conspiracy [RSD Essential Indie Colorway White 2LP]
$34.99
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First time on colored vinyl.The debut album from Thievery Corporation was released in 1997 as a first-of-its-kind electronica record. The phrase trip-hop was coined in 1994 during the influx of alt-rock techno music and perfectly describes the acid-jazz tracks that make up the album. With a blend of lounge, electronic, and folk influences, this is a listening experience that caters to everyone. The remastered album features the signature track Shaolin Satellite and bonus tracks Sun, Moon, and Stars and Sleeper Car.

Thievery Corporation - Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Orange 2LP]
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Forty years after the Summer of Love (and 30 years after the Summer of Hate), MGMT is celebrating the grand re-opening of the third eye of the world with Oracular Spectacular, an enigmatic and prophetic collection of hallucinatory sounds and hook-riddled Pop tones for the new millennium.

MGMT is: Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, two psychic pilgrims whose paths first intersected in the green pastures of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, circa 2002. The pair was drawn to the music of other duos and found themselves incorporating the implications of the hallucinatory power-twee of the Incredible String Band, the roaring subway minimalist Electronica of Suicide, the silky Pop-Soul of Hall & Oates, the pulsing narcotic trance of Spacemen 3, the avant-garde Industrial romanticism of Royal Trux and much more into the constantly evolving sounds of MGMT.

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular [RSD Essential Hot Pink LP]
$29.99
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Introducing BLUEWERKS: The first-ever collaboration series between the two iconic record labels Blue Note & Astralwerks. Bringing together a collection of lo-fi tracks pairing the best of downtempo electronica together with jazz-infused sounds while bringing influences from all corners of the world.

Bluewerks Vol. 1 & 2 - Up Down Left Right / In Full Bloom [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Green LP]
$25.98
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- First Time on Colored Vinyl

- Death Grips landmark double 2015 album, available again on opaquered vinyl as an RSD Essential pressing!

Death Grips - The Powers That B [RSD Essential Opaque Red 2LP]
$42.99
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With such iconic tracks as Christmas Time is Here and the instantly recognizable Linus and Lucy, the Vince Guaraldi Trios soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas remains the secondbest-selling jazz title in history, and was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA in late 2016.

Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas [RSD Essential Snowstorm LP]
$27.99
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First time on colored vinyl. Dj Vu is the first album by the rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the second by the trio configuration of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Released in March of 1970 by Atlantic Records, it topped the pop album chart for one week and generated three Top 40 singles: "Teach Your Children," "Our House," and "Woodstock." Without a doubt - Essential.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Dj Vu [RSD Essential Gold LP]
$85.99
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BDP's first album--and the only one to include the late DJ Scott La Rock--sounded harder than hell when it came out in 1987. Though the simple beat-box patterns on a few tracks sound dated, most of La Rock's tracks are bluntly effective, especially the AC/DC riff he appropriates on "Dope Beat." And KRS-One still performs most of hisCriminal Mindedrhymes, because his audience knows them word for word: the ultraviolent dancehall of "9mm Goes Bang," the battle cry of "South Bronx" (and its counterpart, the anti-Juice Crew screed of "The Bridge Is Over," with its little Billy Joel homage), the catalog of La Rock's condom collection on "Super-Hoe." KRS bloomed later; here, he just rocked.

Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded [RSD Essential Metallic Silver LP]
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A recently-found copy master of the original 1977 Track Records tape, without mud! This classic punk album, recorded in London by the NYC band featuring two New York Dolls, was always controversial - and not just for the acronym. On release in 1977 on Track Records, it was widely condemned in the press for having a "muddy mix" - later discovered to be a mastering fault. When Track went bust the following year, manager Leee Black Childers burgled the office and liberated the tapes - he found everything except the master tape.

Subsequent releases were remixes or compiled from outtake mixes - the latter "lost '77 mixes" in 1994 being the version commonly known since. Meanwhile, fans found the 1977 cassette version didn't have the infamous "mud", neither did certain European vinyl matrixes.

In 2020 a chance meeting led to Danny Secunda's archives. Danny was an old-school music biz pioneer who understood punk. He became a Track Records director and the Heartbreakers L.A.M.F. co-producer. In amongst his tape box archive were two with no artist name, marked "Copy Master 12.7.77". They turned out to be a crystal-clear "L.A.M.F.", just as the band and producers intended it.

Sadly, none of the Heartbreakers lived to hear of the discovery. In 2020 the Heartbreakers co-lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Walter passed away, the last of the Heartbreakers "L.A.M.F." line-up. First released as a much-in-demand RSD release in 2021, it now returns for its 45th Anniversary as a 'Record Store Day Essentials' release. A limited-edition in neon pink and white vinyl. With inner bag and notes by Simon Wright, and a new RSDE obi-strip.

The Heartbreakers - L.A.M.F. - The Found '77 Masters [RSD Essential Neon Pink & White LP]
$34.99
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Portamento is the second studio album by Brooklyn band The Drums. The album took on the success of the first album and created another masterpiece with such instant classic songs as "Money", "Days", and "I Don't Know How To Love". Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, Portamento has proved that it is just as vital today as it was when it first was released.

The Drums - Portamento [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Ultra Clear LP]
$24.99
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The Madlib Medicine Show series is a combination of Madlib's new hip-hop productions, remixes, beat tapes, and jazz, as well as mixtapes of funk, soul, Brazilian, psych, jazz and other undefined forms of music from the Beat Konducta's 4-ton* stack of vinyl

Beat Konducta In Africa contains over forty instrumental hip-hop tracks produced and mixed by Madlib. This epic beat tape springs from obscure vinyl gems culled from the afro-beat, funk, psych, garage-rock, prog-rock and soul movements of countries as diverse as Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Botswana and the Ivory Coast.

Madlib - Medicine Show No.3 - Beat Konducta In Africa [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Deep Purple 2LP]
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Thisfirst live album by the band was recorded during seven performances in 1977. The first four shows were held at the Rainbow Theatre in London on August 14, 1977. The final three shows were recorded the following week at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on August 810. The band was backed by the Tower of Power horn section.

Little Feat - Waiting For Columbus [RSD Essential Tomato Red 2LP]
$42.99
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- First time on colored vinyl, Robinson's1974 debut studio album for Alligator Records. AllMusic calls this,"one of the most subtly satisfying electric blues albums of the '70s."

- The Mellow Giant of the blues, one of the genre's finest composers, most melodic singers, and sensitive and subtle guitarists.

- "Absolutely haunting power"--LIVING BLUES

Fenton Robinson - Somebody Loan Me A Dime [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Green LP]
$21.98
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When Heart Shaped World was released in the summer of 1989, it peaked at number 149 on the Billboard 200. In October 1990,Lee Chesnut, music director of WAPW in Atlanta, played the song "Wicked Game" repeatedly over two weeks after hearing a version on the soundtrack from the 1990 David Lynch film Wild at Heart. "Wicked Game" was released as a single, and the album reached the U.S. Top 10 peaking at number 7 on Billboard by April 1991, garnering sales of more than 500,000 copies.

Chris Isaak - Heart Shaped World [RSD Essential White LP]
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- First Time Ever on Vinyl with exclusive bonus tracks

-Van Hunt self-titled debut album from 2004 featuring his breakthrough single Dust which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

Van Hunt - Van Hunt [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Maroon 2LP]
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The debut studio album by US country artist Waylon Jennings. 12 eclectic sides featuring country, rock, folk and blues styles. Original pressings were sold exclusively at JD's nightclub in Phoenix, Arizona, where Waylon Jennings regularly performed with his backing band The Waylors during the early 60's. This title sees its first official vinyl reissue in over five decades. Pressed on limited edition 180g dark grey vinyl with original artwork.

Waylon Jennings - JD's [RSD Essential 180g Dark Gray LP]
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The unforgettable debut studio album by R&B/Soul singer Minnie Riperton. Contains the explosive hit single "Les Fleurs" beautifully orchestrated by the prestigious Charles Stepney. Reissued in original gatefold format for the first time in over five decades. Pressed on limited edition 180g lilac coloured vinyl.

Minnie Riperton - Come To My Garden [RSD Essential Lilac LP]
$24.99
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Lovage is defined as an herb that is said to be a benefit for relieving abdominal pains due to gastrointestinal gasalso touted to reduce flatulence when consumed as a tea. But when placed in the able hands of sonic mastermind Dan The Automator Nakamura, recording under the guise of musical lothario Nathaniel Merriweather, the result is a concept album of music to make love to your old lady by. With the help of collaborators such as Mike Patton (vocals), Jennifer Charles (vocals) and Kid Koala (turntables), Merriweather serves as your personal guide to the sensual side of life, painting a satirical, darkly funny portrait of love and sex with left-field hip-hop and instrumentals as only he can do.

Nathaniel Merriweather Presents...Lovage - Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By [RSD Essential 2CD] [Repress]
$14.99
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The Madlib Medicine Show series is a combination of Madlib's new hip-hop productions, remixes, beat tapes, and jazz, as well as mixtapes of funk, soul, Brazilian, psych, jazz and other undefined forms of music from the Beat Konducta's 4-tonstack of vinyl.

Back in the 90s, beat tapes, as a Hip Hop producers demo-reel is now quaintly referred to, were literally that: cassette tapes of beats that a producer made either for himself, his friends, or for potential collaborators. As you can imagine, Madlib made a bunch of em in the days between his early productions for the Alkaholiks (circa 92) and the release of his Quasimoto album (2000) after which he took a couple of years off of the beats to focus on making jazz music with his fictional five piece, Yesterdays New Quintet.

This collection of beats showcases the way that Madlibs early Hip Hop demos were filtered out to his friends and associates and provides an opportunity for a unique view into Madlibs working process: these beats, often freestyled on whatever machine he had at the ready, were picked up by rappers over a period of many years. Trainspotters will find it interesting that beats later destined for the likes of Wildchild and Percee P were made some years before those albums saw release.

This album is punctuated with a series of early solo-raps by Madlib and his Quasimoto alter ego and features the cadre known collectively as CDP those rappers who worked side by side with Madlib during the days of his Oxnard-based Crate Diggas Palace studios.

Madlib - Medicine Show No.5 - History Of The Loop Digga: 1990-2000 [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Sky Blue 2LP]
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A classic story of one man fighting for the freedom of the world with a great science-fiction twist. This movie is full of amazing dialogue and also contains the greatest fistfight in the history of cinema. Like most of Carpenters films They Live has an urban-western feel to it which is emphasized by the infectious score.
Celebrated designer and artist Alan Hynes has crafted a spectacular collectible package for the soundtrack befitting the films theme of subliminal communication utilizing the iconic sunglasses to reveal hidden messages as you pull the disc sleeve from the slipcase.
Carpenter and Howarths main theme conjures up images of a lone cowboy entering town with the main melody augmented with the sounds of harmonica and saxophone. Theres a carefree attitude that reflects Rowdy Roddy Pipers character but the score takes on a more sinister tone when he realizes he doesnt know anything about whats really going on. Carpenters signature synth tones create an uncomfortable atmosphere but the main bassline is always fighting against them never giving up. Electric guitar is used fleetingly but brilliantly and the whole score embodies the kind of rebelling against authority Carpenter is famous for. They Live will rock your world without the need for a Brazilian plastic surgeon to put you back together again.
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - They Live OST [RSD Essential Black & White Galaxy LP]
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Toto

IV [RSD Essential Bloodshot Red LP]

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It was do or die for Toto on the group's fourth album, and they rose to the challenge. Largely dispensing with the anonymous studio rock that had characterized their first three releases, the band worked harder on its melodies, made sure its simple lyrics treated romantic subjects, augmented Bobby Kimball's vocals by having other group members sing, brought in ringers like Timothy B. Schmit, and slowed down the tempo to what came to be known as "power ballad" pace. Most of all, they wrote some hit songs: "Rosanna," the old story of a lovelorn lyric matched to a bouncy beat, was the gold, Top Ten comeback single accompanying the album release; "Make Believe" made the Top 30; and then, surprisingly, "Africa" hit number one ten months after the album's release.

Toto - IV [RSD Essential Bloodshot Red LP]
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Death Grips are angry. It's unclear why. But on their major-label debut, the Sacramento noise group's monomaniacal desire to rain down fiery destruction on the powers-that-be is crystal-clear, even if nothing else is on The Money Store, even if nothing else-- where the hell this album came from; who plays which instrument; what the lead singer is yelling about; and what on earth this band of insurgents is doing signing an Epic Records contract with L.A. Reid-- makes much sense at all. - Pitchfork 8.7

Death Grips - The Money Store [RSD Essential Half Black Half White LP]
$28.99
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