Record Store Day 2016 logo. Photo provided by: Record Store Day
Record Store Day 2016 logo. Photo provided by: Record Store Day

Davie Bowie, Florence + The Machine, Run the Jewels and Live Performances

Record Store Day 2016 will be held internationally across six continents this Saturday, April 16.  We take a look at the history and featured albums set for release.

Record Store Day has a list of 2016 albums, the following excerpts are compiled from their website.



This is the 25th anniversary of Sublime’s first cassette EP and Record Store Day celebrates by reissuing it on CASSETTE TAPE for the first time since 1991. Nine of ten tracks have been reissued on various albums, compilations & boxset, and the demo version of “Date Rape” has only appeared on the original 1991 cassette. 420 green cassettes will be randomly shipped into record stores. Limited to 3500 copies.


Phish, Hoist album artwork. Photo by Record Store DayThis re-release features Hoist on vinyl, and will have 5,000 copies available.

Jimi Hendrix

Painstakingly restored to its original 1969 format, Smash Hits includes timeless classics like “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe,” “Red House,” “Fire,” plus 8 more hit songs and features a recreation of the poster included in the original LP release with Jimi, Mitch, and Noel dressed as cowboys from the Warner Brothers’ film studios in early 1969. The original 5,000 copies made for Record Store Day will be numbered.

Death Cab for Cutie

This Record Store Day 7″ single features two unreleased live tracks, one of which is a cover of Guided By Voices’ “Tractor Rape Chain.” Limited to 3,000 copies.

“Independent record stores are much more than the name suggests. They are an international community and platform where music has an outlet and an opportunity to grow over the long term, in a way that sincerely connects with community and culture. They are also a magnificent mob of highly opinionated musical bandits which I am proud to call my pals! Bill, keep that indian ring shining for me. Matt, I’LL meet you in the morning for breakfast. John, we’ll always have paris. Rhino…..straight outta Claremont!”

– Ben Harper

Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine, Too Fast For Freedom album artwork.Florence + The Machine’s Record Store Day piece features both a studio version and demo of “Delilah” on the A- Side as well as a special recording of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” on the B-side. Pressed on 180 gram custom blue vinyl. Limited to 4,000 copies.

James Brown

No performer and venue are as intertwined in excellence as James Brown and Harlem’s fabled Apollo Theater. There are many releases of Brown and his J.B.’s recorded live at the Apollo. But, the performance captured here, originally slated for release in 1973, was not issued after the funk-filled night of its recording in 1972. The material languished until recently when two cuts were included on 2013’s “Best of Live At The Apollo” with a digital release as part of a Live At The Apollo overview. But vinyl? This performance has never seen the vinyl issue it so deserves. In the early 70s Brown and the J.B.’s had reached, let’s call it maximum funk.

The performances are impeccable and Brown’s sharing the spotlight with Lyn Collins (The Female Preacher), Bobby Byrd and of course the J.B.’s truly captures the scope of the Brown organization at the time. For the first time ever on LP, Get On Down is proud to present “Get Down At The Apollo With The J.B.’s” as a double LP set for Record Store Day 2015.

Record Store Day Live Performances

METALLICA at a record store (Rasputin Music in Berkeley), MUMFORD AND SONS at a record store (Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis), GRAHAM NASH at a record store (Bull Moose in Portland ME), BONNIE RAITT at a record store (Music Millennium in Portland OR), KURT VILE at a record store (Good Records in Dallas), KACEY MUSGRAVES at a record store (Lunchbox in Charlotte), DANIEL ASHat a record store (Radio-active Records in Ft. Lauderdale).

Data provided Record Store Day.


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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.