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Tomorrow Is Record Store Day....The Grateful Music Hot List

In celebration of Record Store Day, Round Records will re-issue Garcia, Jerry Garcia’s solo debut, on Saturday, April 19. The white 180-gram vinyl, pressed by RTI, will come in individually numbered foil-stamped packaging (edition of 1,500) and include a free MP3 download card. The limited edition re-issue was mastered for vinyl release by Joe Gastwirt using audio from the original 30ips 1/4″ mix master reels.  Garcia was originally released in January 1972 and peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard 200 – the highest charting solo release of Garcia’s career. Garcia provides most of the album’s instrumentation himself, performing on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel, bass, piano, organ, samples and vocals. Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann appears on drums. The album’s songs – six of which became staples in the Grateful Dead repertoire – are credited to Garcia, Kreutzmann and lyricist Robert Hunter.  Garcia spoke lightly of the album at the time, telling Rolling Stone, “I’m just going on a trip. I have curiosity to see what I can do, and I’ve a desire to get into sixteen track and go on trips that are too weird for me to want to put anybody else I know through. And also I want to pay for this house.”  While Garcia characterized the album as “self-indulgent,” notes, “Time has rendered that assessment utterly false, as Garcia is nothing short of a full-bodied artistic expression from one of rock & roll’s most multi-faceted musicians.”
Grateful DeadLive at Hampton Colliseum 180g Vinyl 2LP (Record Store Day 2014)Tomorrow is the day to put that tax refund to work. Head on down to your local mom and pop shop to pick up a copy of Hampton '79. A limited edition of 7900, this live 2LP set features 90+ minutes of music from the band's first appearance at the legendary Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA on 5/4/79, mastered by Jeffrey Norman from the original analog soundboard tapes. The first-ever release of these tapes/this show in any format, you'll most definitely want to grab it while you can.
We're proud to add acclaimed visual artist Kyle Field to the list of gifted folks who work so hard to carry on the spirit of the Grateful Dead's iconic imagery - not to mention their musical legacy. Get to know the all around multi-talented fellow who designed the original artwork for Hampton '79 in an exclusive video and interview.

David Bowie will show his support for this year’s Record Store Day with two limited-edition releases. The UK strand of the event will be marked with a 7in picture disc of Rock‘n’Roll Suicide, while North America will get a 7in picture disc of the single 1984.
Both releases celebrate their 40th anniversaries this year, with the latter only ever a single in North America and Japan. Lifted from Diamond Dogs, the 1984 release is the live in-studio version taken from ABC’s Dick Cavett Show at the end of 1974 and will be the first time fans can purchase it on vinyl.
The Rock‘n’Roll Suicide release, which was originally made available on 12 April 1974, now comes backed with Farewell Speech (live Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture version), from the very last Ziggy concert at the Hammersmith Odeon on 3 July 1973. The track is prefaced by a clip of Bowie retiring his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.
Last year, Bowie released a collectible 7in version of The Stars (Are Out Tonight)/Where Are We Now? from his last album The Next Day, as well as reissues of the 1973 single Drive-In Saturday on a 7in picture disc. 

The Allman Brothers Band will release "Selections from Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992" on 180g vinyl for Record Store Day on April 19.
The album features 10 cuts from the band's recently-released 2CD live set of the same name. Issued as part of their ongoing archival series, "Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theater 1992" features music from the band's very first Beacon residency, which went on to become an annual tradition.
The Allman Brothers are currently in the middle of their final residency at the Beacon; the group will cease touring at the end of the year as they close out their 45th anniversary.
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