RECORD STORE DAY is keepin’ it safe and low-key once again in 2021, dividing their signature indie-store-celebrating event into two RSD DROPS on SATURDAY, JUNE 12th and SATURDAY, JULY 17th!

HORIZON RECORDS was all the way on board with the decision to split RECORD STORE DAY into three smaller “Drops” in 2020.  Instead of releasing all titles on one day, instead of having a massive crowd of customers in the store at once for an extended period of time, RSD concentrated on three days of more intimate but no less awesome events, with a different list of sweet, collectible and limited-edition vinyl releases for each individual day.

This year, there’s a little more light at the end of the tunnel, but RSD is wisely choosing to rock on cautiously in 2021, splitting Record Store Day up into TWO DROPS on SATURDAY, JUNE 12th and SATURDAY, JULY 17th.

We love it, we’re all about it, and we’ll be opening up at 8am on June 12th with a delectable selection of RSD titles for your perusal. We’ll also be doing it safely, with social distancing protocols, hand sanitizing stations, and yes, masks are required.

We’re still gonna party and celebrate the brick-and-mortar indie-record store in all its glory, and we can’t wait to see y’all going through the stacks, and not just the RSD stuff but the thousands of new and pre-loved goodies we’ve already got in the house.

We’ll see y’all on July 17th if not before; and in the meantime, here are some Drop #2 titles we’re pumped about; see the full list HERE.


JOHN PRINE, Stay Independent: The Oh Boy Years Curated By Indie Record Stores (LP)

A collection of songs from the Oh Boy Records catalog curated by independent record stores. Side 1: 1) In Spite of Ourselves 2) All The Best 3) Summer’s End 4) Some Humans Ain’t Human Side 2: 1) Sins of Memphisto 2) Lonesome Friends of Science 3) It’s A Big Old Goofy World 4) When I Get To Heaven


CZARFACE, Czar Noir (LP w/ read along comic book)
Czarface delivers a fresh action adventure in the form of an all new Czarface comic, Czar Noir, packaged with an exclusive vinyl soundtrack. In the spirit of the highly sought-after Power Records series from the ‘70s, you can read along with the comic and hear the story come to life on vinyl. This all new action-packed full color Czarface escapade comes with musical accompaniment by DJ 7L and the Czar-Keys. There’s death, destruction, mayhem and high drama – Czar Noir. The set will be available exclusively as part of RSD Drops 2021.


ANN PEEBLES, This Is Ann Peebles (violet vinyl LP)
Ann Peebles’ first album, and the first pressing since its original 1969 release. Remastered on violet vinyl for RSD Drops.  Give Me Some Credit/Crazy About You Baby/Make Me Yours/ My Man – He’s A Lovin’ Man/Solid Foundation/Chain Of Fools/It’s Your Thing/Walk Away/Rescue Me/Won’t You Try Me/Steal Away/Respect


CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG, Deja Vu Alternates (180g LP)
Déjà Vu Alternates from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is a recreation of their immensely popular second album, Déjà Vu, featuring alternate versions of songs which appeared on the original album. The iconic album which featured “Teach Your Children,” “Woodstock,” “Our House” and “Helpless” will showcase these alternate versions on vinyl for the first time. It will also feature a cover that mirrors the original album with an alternate photo from the cover shoot. Pressed on 180g black vinyl, exclusively for RSD Drops 2021. Strictly Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide.


DINNER PARTY, Dinner Party: Dessert (LP)
Dinner Party is the supergroup of Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, and Kamasi Washington, a collection of some of hip-hop’s finest current producers and contributors. With fourteen Grammy nominations between the group, Dinner Party utilizes the strengths of each musician seamlessly, blending their styles to create something soulful for these trying times. Following the highly acclaimed release of the self-titled album, Dinner Party releases the followup, Dinner Party: Dessert. The album builds on the mostly instrumental tracks released in the previous version, with heavyweight vocal features from Snoop Dogg, Cordae, Buddy, Reuben vincent, Herbie Hancock, Rapsody, Bilal, & Tarriona Tank Ball.


DR. JOHN, THE NIGHT TRIPPER, The Sun, Moon & Herbs (Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition) (3xLP)
Deluxe and limited 50th anniversary edition of Dr. John’s fourth studio album for Atco Records. Three LP expanded release with deluxe packaging and new liner notes featuring over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material on two discs, recorded during the 1971 album sessions and making a physical debut for RSD Drops. 1.Black John The Conqueror 2. Where Ya At Mule 3. Craney Crow 4. Familiar Reality-Opening 5. Pots On Fiyo (Filé Gumbo) / Who I Got To Fall On (If The Pot Get Heavy) 6. Zu Zu Mamou 7. Familiar Reality-Reprise 8. Home Boy, Show Me The Way Back Home (take 1)* 9. Free From the Beast (take 1)* 10. Headin’ A Little Closer To My Home (take 2)* 11. Jungle (take 2)* 12. Trip City (edits of takes 4&7)* 13. Strictly Off The Wall, Look What You’ve Done 14. Unknown Jam* 15. Fish Dance* 16. Catfish Soiree Medley* 17. Burning* 18. Numerology* 19. Where Ya At Mule (alternate take)*


BILL EVANS, Behind The Dikes – The 1969 Netherlands Recordings (3xLP)
Behind the Dikes: The 1969 Netherlands Recordings is the first official release of pianist Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell captured live in Hilversum and Amsterdam in 1969. The Hilversum recordings feature Evans’ only version of Duke Ellington’s “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” known to exist, plus two rare tracks of the trio backed by the world’s leading pop and jazz orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra. Remastered from the original tape reels housed at the Nederlands Jazz Archief, and in cooperation with the Bill Evans Estate, this limited-edition 3-LP, 180-gram set includes an extensive booklet with never-before-published photos; essay by Dutch jazz scholar Bert Vuijsje, plus co-producers Zev Feldman and Frank Jochemsen; and new interviews with Dutch pianist Jan Huydts, Eddie Gomez, Marty Morell and more. LP mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman and pressed at Standard Vinyl in Canada.


THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, The Final Note (black-and-white swirl vinyl 2xLP)
Live Recording of Duane Allman’s last performance, from 10-17-71 at Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mill, MD
Additional unreleased bonus track, “Stormy Monday”, from Austin, TX, 1971. Pressed on limited edition Black & White swirl vinyl as part of RSD Drops. Tracks: Statesboro Blues/Trouble No More/Don’t Keep Me Wondering/Done Somebody Wrong/One Way Out/In Memory of Elizabeth Reed/Hot ‘lanta/Whipping Post/Stormy Monday.


RAHSAAN ROLAND KIRK,
Live at Ronnie Scott’s, London 1963 (12″ vinyl LP)
Previously unreleased recording from the legendary multi- instrumentalist Kirk, cut direct from tape and issued as a 200g premium pressing with Gearbox’s famous production values. Kirk’s influence and following reaches far beyond Jazz. Hendrix idolized him and it’s easy to see why. His appetite for ripping up the rulebook has brought kudos and admirers from all sides, giving him a status and respect that ensures an unearthed, never before released recording such as this added importance.

 


ARETHA FRANKLIN, Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly 1972 (2xLP)

Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly, 1972 is a shining example of the Queen of Soul at her best. The nearly hour-long performance – recorded live at the National Association Of Television & Radio Announcers Convention in Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1972 – features the first live performances of many of Aretha’s landmark hits. The live recording took place shortly after the release of her Grammy™ Award winning studio album Young Gifted and Black and features the album’s two Top 10 (USA) singles, penned by Aretha, “Rock Steady” and “Day Dreaming”. Plus, stunning covers woven into medleys of “I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You) / I Say a Little Prayer”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water / We’ve Only Just Begun” and a glorious rendition of Aretha’s anthem “Respect”. This stunning performance will be made available on vinyl for the first time especially for RSD Drops 2021, pressed on orange & yellow double vinyl. Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide.


RORY GALLAGHER, Cleveland Calling, Part 2. (2xLP)
For RSD Drops 2021, Cleveland Calling PT. 2 is an unreleased radio session recovered from the depths of the Rory Gallagher archives. This recording features Rory and his band playing seven songs live in an empty Cleveland Agora venue for WNCR Radio. This release follows the RSD Drops 2020 release Cleveland Calling (#2 on the Billboard Blues chart) which was an acoustic session also recorded by WNCR during the same 1972 US tour.


JERRY GARCIA BAND, Jerry Garcia Band (30th Anniversary) (5xLP)
Selling over 360,000 CDs since its release, the beloved self-titled album, Jerry Garcia Band, was the band’s first live release recorded in the spring and summer of 1990 at The Warfield in San Francisco. The iconic lineup features John Kahn, Melvin Seals, David Kemper, Gloria Jones, and Jacklyn LaBranch. In celebration of the album’s 30th anniversary, this RSD First 5xLP set is pressed on 180g vinyl in a textured paper wrapped, foil-stamped box and available in a limited edition of 7,500. Features new essays from Steven Hyden and Bill Walton.


JUST ICE, Back To The Old School: 35th Anniversary Edition (LP)
Back To The Old School may have seemed like a crazy title for a hip-hop album released in 1986. In retrospect, Just-Ice clearly saw the movement into a new school of hip-hop as artists like Run DMC and LL Cool J were moving towards mainstream commercial success. The release serves as a punctuation mark at the end of the old school of hip-hop with production by none other than Kurtis Mantronik of acclaimed electronic hip-hop group Mantronix. Long out of print on vinyl, Get On Down marks the 35th anniversary of this landmark with a deluxe splatter color vinyl edition of the LP available only for RSD Drops 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

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