Record Store Day 2016: Update and Staff Picks

Most of the stock has now arrived and is priced up ready to hit the racks on Saturday 16th April. We've got pretty much everything we ordered and plenty of it, you can download a full list here:

We'll be open from 8:00AM and as well as Record Store Releases we've expanded our popular 3 for £10 Second Hand vinyl selection and boosted our used vinyl racks with the recent purchase of a couple of large collections of classic albums and hundreds of 7" singles. We'll have special offers on back catalogue releases from Record Store Day bands and artists and many Record Store Day releases from last year will be half price. If that's not reason enough to drop by Vinyl Guru, we've got free parking right outside the shop, there'll be free tea or coffee for anyone in the queue and free music mags to read while you wait.

We asked the Vinyl Guru crew to take a few moments out from the madness that is getting ready for Record Store Day to pick out their personal highlights from the 500+ titles due for release on the day. Here's their recommendations:







Chris' picks:

Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life

Following the success of 2015’s Record Store Day Holy Bible picture disc, which reached #1 on the inaugural UK vinyl album chart, comes this very special 12” release

A Design For Life was the first single taken from Manics’ ground-breaking fourth studio album, Everything Must Go. Released in May 1996, ADFL kicked off a run of five consecutive top ten hits for the band and marked the beginning of their global rise.

This limited edition single with copper, mirrored sleeve features artwork by Mark Farrow.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - El Mexicano

(The Reflex La Revolucion Remixes)

On 16 April, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will release an exclusive, limited edition 12” picture disc for Record Store Day.  The record will feature previously unreleased remixes of The Mexican by The Reflex.

The Reflex is a London-based French native Nicolas Laugier, who takes his cue from the first wave of disco remixers by using only the original sounds from the master tapes (or stems) to breathe new life into soul, pop and disco classics. Fans of The Reflex include Nile Rodgers, Kid Creole, Disclosure, Jazzy Jeff, and Greg Wilson.

Noel is a supporter of Record Store Day and says "Record shops are as important as the records themselves".

The Mexican is taken from the number one album Chasing Yesterday, which was one of the highest selling albums in its first week on sale in 2015.

Primal Scream - Mantra For A State Of Mind

As lovers of record shops and all things vinyl, Primal Scream are set to release a special one off single featuring a cover of ‘Mantra For A State Of Mind’ and a new instrumental track ‘Gravitational Waves (Drifters Wave)’ available only at record stores April 16th.

With the imminent release of their 11th studio album ‘Chaosmosis’ March 18th, the band wanted to do something special for record Store Day and as Bobby says himself "I’m a vinyl junkie and I can’t get enough”.

The A side is a cover version of ‘Mantra For A State Of Mind’ by SXpress which features the original backing vocals by SXpress singer Naomi Osbourne and with Jason Pierce on guitar. The B side, ‘Gravitational Space (Drifters Wave’ is a new instrumental track featuring Bobby on guitar.


Val's picks:

David Bowie - TVC15

“Oh my TVC 15, oh oh”

Originally released in April 1976, TVC 15 was the second single taken from the Station To Station album, with the smash hit Golden Years being the first, released in November 1975.

This RSD 2016 release will be a double A side with the 2010 single edit of Wild Is The Wind making its vinyl debut here.


David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

“You're face to face, With The Man Who Sold The World”

This picture disc features the original German LP fold out round cover with artwork designed by Witt of Hamburg. The sleeve originally unfolded to reveal two foot wide circular images of those featured here on the picture disc.

The original version of this release is the rarest of the Mercury versions of the album, which include the 'Dress Sleeve' and the 'Cartoon/Cowboy Cover'.

Florence + The Machine - Delilah / Only Love Can Break Your Heart

‘Delilah’ is the third single from Florence and the Machine’s critically acclaimed 2015 album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’.

On this special limited blue vinyl 12” Florence serves up both album and demo versions of ‘Delilah’ and puts her own spin on Neil Young’s classic ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’, most famously covered in the early-‘90s by Saint Etienne.


Dan's picks:

Bring Me The Horizon - Drown / Throne

Both tracks 'live' from Maida Vale. Previously unreleased live versions of fans favourites.

Both "Drone" and "Throne" are featured on the band's fifth studio album "That's the Spirit".

MUSE - Reapers

The second promotional single from the band's seventh studio album Drones, will be given a 7" picture disc single release, as part of Record Store Day 2016.

Live & studio recordings and also includes a fold your own paper drone!

Iron Maiden - Empire Of The Clouds

Acknowledging both their roots (their 1979 debut ‘The Soundhouse Tapes’ was Iron Maiden’s first official release on vinyl) and reputation for bringing history to life,  IRON MAIDEN will release their longest ever song, with a duration of over eighteen minutes: ‘Empire Of The Clouds’  as a limited edition 12” picture disc single for Record Store Day on April 16th.

Taken from their latest studio album The Book Of Souls, the single is housed in a uniquely artworked sleeve, featuring a replica of the actual newspaper story reporting on the fate of the R101 airship, which is the focus of the song. Penned by Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, it will be made available through Parlophone Records with the B-side featuring an in depth audio interview with Dickinson about the inspiration for the track.


Rob's picks:

Field Music - Field Music

Field Music's debut 2005 LP has long been out of print, having had only one pressing of 500 on its original release. At the time, the band listed an array of apposite and conflicting influences (The Left Banke, My Bloody Valentine, Stravinsky, Thelonious Monk, Stax & Atlantic R&B, Big Star, Jimmy Smith, Serge Gainsbourg, The Neptunes and Duke Ellington) but listening back now, you can hear that Field Music’s own distinct sound arrived fully formed.

'Field Music' comes on heavyweight blue vinyl with download code.

Public Service Broadcasting - The Other Side

Record Store Day, Public Service Broadcasting are releasing live favourite ‘The Other Side’ on picture disc vinyl - limited to 2000 copies.

The B-side of the record is a reworking by electronic wizard, Datassette, who stretches out the sound into a six-minute journey, complete with euphoric crescendo.

Foals - Rain / Daffodils

Foals will celebrate this year’s Record Store Day by issuing a limited edition 7” single to mark the festivities on April 16th. The double A-side release features the previously unreleased track ‘Rain’ which was recorded during session for their current album ‘What Went Down’, along with their interpretation of Mark Ronson’s ‘Daffodils’.

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