Vinyl collectors around the world will be out in force Saturday for Record Store Day 2019.
The biannual event, which began in 2008 and now features celebrations in April and November on Black Friday, sees an influx of shoppers at record stores of all sizes thanks to the exclusive release of a smorgasbord of titles on vinyl. Many of those titles are reissues of classic albums and singles, but there’s always a heaping helping of new titles and collectibles as well.
Collectors that arrive early to a participating store can vie to get their hands on limited vinyl copies of an album of raw studio mixes for John Lennon’s “Imagine,” a picture disc of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” soundtrack, an entirely new album from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Weezer’s “The Teal Album,” among many, many more.
While there aren’t any record stores in Texoma participating in this year’s event, collectors have their choice of several within driving distance and all of them will be opening early. In Denton, Recycled Books at 200 N. Locust St. opens at 8 a.m. and Mad World Records at 115 W. Hickory opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, while ZT Records at 8980 Preston Road in Frisco will also open at 10 a.m. In Dallas, Good Records and Josey Records and Music will both open at 7 a.m. and feature live musical performances throughout the day. Good Records, which will also be giving out free beer to shoppers, is located at 9026 Garland Road and Josey Records is at 2821 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, No. 100.
Among the rarities this year are a number of 3-inch records, as well as an exclusive 3-inch turntable for collectors that don’t have one of those, and a cassette release of an exclusive tape given out by Prince at Versace’s 1995 Paris Fashion Week show. Collectors will also have their first chance to snag Pearl Jam’s “Live at Easy Street” release on vinyl in celebration of the band serving as this year’s official ambassador for Record Store Day 2019.
“I’ve worked in and around record stores for my entire adult life and feel like I’ve grown up with Pearl Jam because of it,” RSD co-founder/organizer Carrie Colliton said in a press release. “This Ambassadorship is a natural fit — a band that stays true to themselves and the people who love them, and a form of retail that does pretty much the same thing.”
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready said independent record stores have been hugely important to him since he was 12 years old.
“Before I even really knew what they were — there was a certain feeling of ‘this is a dream come true,’ and it’s a wonderland and there’s so much to learn in here … and it’s still that way,” McCready said in a press release. “Support every independent record store that you can. They’re really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it. And it kind of takes an effort, you have to look for something that you want; you have to talk to people.”
The full list of releases and participating stores can be found at recordstoreday.com.