It’s that time of year again: Record Store Day is right around the corner.
While the backlash surrounding Record Store Day (is it an unnecessary burden on record shops, pressing plants and collectors’ wallets?) shows no signs of abating, it remains a special day for vinyl fans around the world.
Record Store Day always presents a variety of special editions, box sets and assorted curiosities, and this year is no different. But as record labels have gone whole hog on RSD releases, it’s become increasingly difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff — for every David Bowie picture disc, there’s a 311 or Korn reissue.
As we have in the past, we’ve sorted through the lists and collected 20 of the most essential releases dropping on Record Store Day. Keep these in mind if you decide to brave the crowds on April 19. And as always: support your local record store on the other 364 days of the year.
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