The Ten Best Vinyl Releases You Can Buy at Sweat This Record Store Day

Be prepared this weekend.
Be prepared this weekend.
Photo by Monica McGivern

The reemergence of the record was as unlikely a revival as the world has ever seen. And Record Store Day has played a big part in the resurrection. Held this year on April 16, RSD is the celebration vinyl deserves.

There's live music (Shabazz Palaces headlines this year's festivities at Sweat), giveaways, and, perhaps most exciting, independent record stores the world over — from Miami's Sweat Records to Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records and We Got the Beats — have the exclusive right to sell limited-edition albums not available on Amazon or any other virtual store. We pored over the list of records released this Record Store Day and found ten selections that are worth waking up early (like, really early) and fighting for.

10. Madonna: Like a Virgin and Other Hits
Originally released in 1984 as a Japanese EP, this will be pressed pretty in pink with its original Japanese lettering. Madonna's longtime producer, Jellybean Benitez, remixes Madge dance classics like "Lucky Star," "Borderline," and "Like a Virgin."

9. Chvrches, Every Open Eye Remix EP
The Scottish synth trio present a completely remixed version of last year's EP, Every Open Eye, with each track reworked by a different producer. Collaborators include Four Tet, Goldroom, Big Wild, KDA, Gryffin, and Whyt Noyz.

8. J Dilla, The Diary
The late rapper, whose life has been honored the past two years in Miami with a celebratory festival, will have this lost album released for the first time. The Diary was uncovered on a two-inch tape right after J Dilla passed away in 2006. The tracks Dilla had not yet mixed were finished by engineer Dave Cooley using original demo mixes as a guide.

7. Lush, Origami
Sweat Records' Lauren Reskin pointed to this box set as the Record Store Day release she was most looking forward to. The British shoegazers are having all five of their records released on vinyl for the first time in decades, pressed on clear, silver, red, pink, and yellow vinyl and housed in one beautiful box. But just in case you forgot that we're in the 21st Century, it also comes with a download album of previously unheard home demos from Lush.

6. Metallica, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!
As a benefit for Fondation de France's Give for France, the heavy-metal superstars are releasing a recording of their 2003 performance at Le Bataclan, the theater where 89 people were killed during the November 2015 terror attacks.



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