Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Legacy Goes Big Again For Record Store Day With Elvis, Cash, Big Star, Strummer, OutKast & More

Legacy, in all of its various configurations, always comes through for fans for Record Store Day and 2016 is no exception.

On Tuesday, the label announced its special releases for the Saturday, April 16 celebration of independent record retailers.

Big Star - Complete Columbia: Live at Missouri University 4/25/93 - 2LP Gatefold 12" Vinyl
Big Star--the mythic, yet, short lived Memphis band comprised of Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel, and Jody Stephens--reside on the top tier of the power pop pantheon on the strength of the group's three studio albums (overlooked and under-appreciated at the time) recorded between 1972-1974. In 1993, some twenty years after the band's dissolution, drummer Stephens recruited Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow (of the Posies) and a wary Alex Chilton to reform Big Star at the request of two fanatical student DJs from University of Missouri. This 2LP gatefold set finally captures that full historic set for the first time on a commercial release, mastered at high resolution from the original master tapes while adding 5 previously unreleased performances to the original 1993 album. This incredible concert has been accurately re-titled Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93 for its incarnation as an RSD 2016 exclusive.

Elvis Presley - I'm Leavin': Elvis Folk - Country - 1LP 12" Black Vinyl
This compilation album brings together the very best recordings of Elvis Presley's work in the Folk and Country genres from 1966-1973. The collection includes masters from Elvis' sessions at RCA Victor's Studio B in Nashville in May 1971, a period from which material penned by several folk writers surfaced spontaneously amid Presley's gospel and holiday recordings. Ranging from Bob Dylan¹s Tomorrow Is A Long Time in 1966 to then-contemporary pop-folk such as Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues in 1973, this extraordinary anthology finds Elvis in an introspective mood, masterfully creating definitive versions of iconic compositions that resonated deeply and personally with him.

Johnny Cash - The Best of the Johnny Cash Show - 1LP 12" Black Vinyl
From the summer of 1969 through the final episode airing in March 1971, The Johnny Cash Show, a groundbreaking televised musical variety show hosted by Johnny Cash, ran 58 episodes in all, exposing a mainstream American viewing audience to an eclectic array of musical talent while solidifying the Man In Black's persona and reputation as an artist of indisputable authenticity, a humanitarian and a larger-than-life legend. The 16 performances contained on this new Best Of LP showcase a spectrum of incredible performers handpicked by Johnny to appear on his show, many of them for the first time on network television. So, "Come along and ride this train," the musical cavalcade Johnny Cash created every week on his TV show, appearing now for the first time on vinyl, living on for generations to come.

Matthew SweetGoodfriend (Another Take on "Girlfriend") – 1LP 12" Vinyl LP
For RSD 2016, Legacy Recordings is releasing, for the first time on vinyl, alternate versions of American rock musician Matthew Sweet's third studio album, Girlfriend, featuring home demos, session recordings and live performances.

Miles DavisGhetto Walkin' - 12" Vinyl Single
The music of Miles Davis enjoys a 21st century makeover on Ghetto Walkin', a new single by Miles Davis, Grammy-winning jazz/R&B/hip-hop musician Robert Glasper and neo-soul vocalist Bilal. Ghetto Walkin' is from Everything's Beautiful, a new album of Miles Davis material blended together by Glasper with an array of stellar guest artists. This RSD 2016 12" vinyl single release includes, as its B-side, The Ghetto Walk, an outtake from In a Silent Way that formed the basis of Ghetto Walkin'.

OutKast Elevators (Me & You) - 10" Alien Green Glow-in-the-Dark Vinyl Single
The Atlanta-based hip-hop duo OutKast reigns supreme in the Dirty South and continues to achieve widespread critical acclaim. 2016 celebrates the 20th Anniversary of their platinum selling album ATLiens with this special release of the first OutKast single, Elevators (Me & You), which spent 20 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. Now making its first-ever commercial appearance on vinyl as a glow-in-the-dark alien green 10", this Legacy RSD 2016 exclusive includes Crazy "C" & ONP 86 Remixes and Instrumental & Acapella Mixes.

Joe Strummer - Gangsterville - 12" Vinyl Single (IMPORT)
Not only was Joe Strummer the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of one of the all-time great British bands, The Clash, he also gifted us a musical legacy which reaches far beyond. His career included membership of the 101ers, Latino Rockabilly War, The Mescaleros and the Pogues. He embraced the opportunity to create as a musician through his song writing and solo work as well as producing scores for film and television.

This RSD 2016 exclusive 12" single includes a selection of solo tracks and has been curated by the Joe Strummer Estate. The sleeve features never-before-seen artwork created by Joe Strummer and Josh Cheuse, Joe's long-term creative collaborator. The single includes, for the first time on vinyl, Gangsterville, Punk Rock Blues, Sleepwalk and Cholo Vest.

Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life - 12" Vinyl Single (IMPORT)
This special 12" vinyl single release of the Manic Street Preachers' A Design For Life follows the success of the RSD 2015 Holy Bible picture disc, which reached #1 on the inaugural UK vinyl album chart. Originally released in May 1996, A Design For Life was the first single taken from Manics' ground-breaking fourth studio album, Everything Must Go, and kicked off a run of five consecutive top ten hits for the band, marking the beginning of MSP's global rise.

This limited edition single with copper, mirrored sleeve features artwork by Mark Farrow and includes the tracks A Design For Life, Dead Trees And Traffic Islands, A Design For Life (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix) and Mr. Carbohydrate.

Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites - 1LP 12" Vinyl (IMPORT)
For RSD 2016, Legacy Recordings is releasing a limited edition import 12" vinyl version of And The Glass Handed Kites, the acclaimed fourth studio album by the Danish progressive dream pop band Mew. Available for the first time on vinyl, this RSD exclusive comes in a gatefold package featuring a four page full color insert and an accompanying poster.

Various - Dogfish Head Brewery Presents: Music To Drink Beer To, Vol. 2 - 1LP 12" Vinyl
The ultimate 2016 Spring Break party album, this limited edition all-star compilation features classic tracks by Lou Reed (I Can't Stand It), Peter Bjorn and John (Amsterdam), Patti Smith Group (Dancing Barefoot), OutKast (Ms. Jackson), Johnny Cash (I Hardly Ever Sing Beer Drinking Songs), Lee Dorsey (Give It Up), Mongo Santamaria (We Got Latin Soul), Dennis Wilson (River Song), Shabba Ranks with Chevelle Franklin (Mr. Loverman), Johnny Paycheck (Fifteen Beers) and Bessie Smith (Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer).

Two new Legacy Recordings titles will be released first as RSD 2016 exclusives before becoming more widely available:

Cheap TrickAt Budokan: The Complete Concert - 2LP 12" Black Vinyl
In April 1978, Epic Records band Cheap Trick capitalized on the group's wild popularity in Japan by performing and recording two shows in front of 12,000 screaming fans at the fabled Nippon Budokan located in the center of Tokyo. In February 1979, the legendary 10 track Cheap Trick at Budokan album was released in the US. The record peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and, with more than 3 million copies sold, became Cheap Trick's bestselling album.

Now, for the first time on vinyl, Legacy Recordings presents At Budokan: The Complete Concert, a 2LP set, struck on 150 gram 12" vinyl, featuring all 19 of the Cheap Trick's song performances recorded during those historic shows, many of them available on vinyl for the very first time. The album showcases the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees at the peak of their powers laying down classic live performances of I Want You to Want Me, Surrender, Ain't That a Shame, Downed and more.

The Jimi Hendrix Experiences - Smash Hits – 1LP 12" Black Vinyl
Carefully restored from the original analog master tapes, featuring original poster and alternate cover art, the Legacy/RSD 2016 edition of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Smash Hits (created in conjunction with Experience Hendrix L.L.C.) includes timeless classics like Purple Haze, Hey Joe, Red House (a different take from the UK Are You Experienced version), Fire plus 8 more essential Hendrix tracks. First released in 1969, Smash Hits has proved to be immensely popular, serving as a critical introduction to the Hendrix canon for successive generations of fans.

This exclusive RSD 2016 edition of Smash Hits includes a recreation of the poster that came with the original U.S. LP release, depicting band members Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding dressed in western attire on horseback. The photograph, taken by Grammy-winning photographer Ed Thrasher (Grateful Dead, Neil Young, the Beach Boys) at Warner Bros. film studios in Burbank, CA in early 1969, was conceived as sleeve art for the album. Now, for the first time ever, Thrasher's photo finally graces the cover of Smash Hits, as originally intended.

The first 5,000 units of this 150 gram 12" vinyl edition of Smash Hits will be exclusively numbered for Record Store Day.