Goldmine asked the editors from sister publications BrooklynVegan, Revolver, Metal Edge and The Hard Times to pick their favorite Record Store Day 2022 release (a special pick that they are personally longing to buy). The following are their choices.
Blur, Bustin’ + Dronin’, Warner Records (2x LP)
Britpop icons Blur just celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1997 self-titled fifth album that netted them their U.S. hit with “Song 2” (aka the “woo hoo!” song). Continuing the festivities, Blur are reissuing Bustin’ + Dronin’, a 1998 compilation of remixes of Blur tracks by Moby, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, dub producer Adrian Sherwood, Tortoise’s John McEntire, and more. Previously available only on CD and only in Japan, this marks the first vinyl release of the compilation. The double LP set comes with one disc on transparent blue vinyl, and the other disc on transparent green vinyl, as well as an adapted version of the original’s Japanese OBI strip that slides over the spine of the sleeve.
— Bill Pearis, Senior Editor, BrooklynVegan, www.brooklynvegan.com
Karen Dalton, Shuckin’ Sugar, Delmore Recording Society (LP)
Legendary folk singer Karen Dalton has been in the air lately. A documentary on her came out last fall, an expanded 50th anniversary edition of her classic In My Own Time came out earlier this year, and now a collection of never-before-heard recordings are coming out as Shuckin’ Sugar, a limited-to-2000 RSD exclusive (with a wider CD/digital release to follow on May 6 via Delmore Recording Society). The album is made up of live recordings of two complete shows that Karen and her then-husband Richard Tucker played in 1963 and 1964, over five years before she released her debut album, one recorded at The Attic and one at a benefit concert for The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). The shows included solo sets from both Karen and Richard, as well as duets, and this album includes six of Karen’s songs that had never been released in any form previously. It also comes with an insert featuring newly discovered photos and a 6,000 word essay by veteran music journalist/author Kris Needs.
— Andrew Sacher, Senior Editor, BrooklynVegan, www.brooklynvegan.com
Def Leppard, High ‘n’ Dry, Mercury (Picture Disc LP)
Pyromania and Hysteria may be the records that made Def Leppard platinum-plated megastars, but for many longtime Lep’ heads, High ‘n’ Dry will always represent the band at the peak of their hard-rock powers. Tempering their NWOBHM raw attack with concise and tidy AC/DC-style rhythm work, airtight song structures and lots and lots (and lots) of melodies, H’n’D stands as a near-perfect early-‘80s rock specimen, from the opening one-two punch of “Let It Go” and “Another Hit and Run” and the boozy fist-in-the-air anthem “High ‘n’ Dry (Saturday Night),” to the ultra-hooky “You Got Me Runnin’ ” and the (almost) breakthrough power ballad “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak.” Credit the album’s success in part to the on-boarding of super-producer Mutt Lange, who would go on to help the Leps take over the mainstream music world, but High ‘n’ Dry ultimately triumphs due to the band’s unique ability to locate the very, very sweet spot between pop and metal without ever stepping too far in either direction. The final track may be titled “No No No,” but we say yes, yes, yes.
— Richard Bienstock, Editor-In-Chief, Metal Edge, www.metaledgemag.com
Anyone who’s followed Revolver at all probably knows by now that I’m a big fan of The Dillinger Escape Plan. Known for their head-spinning, chaotic mathcore and physically dangerous live shows, the Jersey mad men broke up in 2017 after playing three farewell shows in NYC — I was at all three! — and dropping this career-encompassing swan song. It’s metal at its most simultaneously forward-thinking and destructive. RIP TDEP.
— Brandon Geist, Chief Content Officer, Revolver, www.revolvermag.com
The Album Leaf, Past and Future Tense, Nettwerk (2x LP)
The Pharmaceutical industry is poisoning America. With each pill comes a side effect, and soon you are taking a pill that fixes the problem your previous pill caused in an endless spiral that makes the rich richer and you even sicker. I bring this up because insomnia, a very common sleep disorder in which a person has trouble falling or staying asleep, is often treated with medications. But the easiest and safest cure for insomnia is simply playing The Album Leaf softly on your record player in a dark room. While I was writing this blurb I decided to listen to The Album Leaf and I passed out 15 seconds into the song. I hit my head on my desk so hard that I needed to get 15 stitches. After returning from the hospital I tried to finish my write-up, I put The Album Leaf back on and passed out again, this time I fractured my orbital bone and the doctor thinks I might lose vision in my right eye. Anyone who suffers from insomnia can benefit from The Album Leaf, buy yourself Past and Future Tense, because it has the song “Micro Melodies” and if that doesn’t knock you out then nothing will.
— Bill Conway, Editor-in-Chief, The Hard Times, thehardtimes.net
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