Record Store Day: Pine Belt musicians help turn the tables

By MIK DAVIS,

That celebratory time of year is upon us once again. Time to study the lists, get to T-Bones early to get the lay of the land and then at the stroke of 8 a.m., dive in to almost 500 exclusive releases for the vaunted day that comes every April. 

This year marks the 10th year of T-Bones participating with 1,800 other stores nationwide in this event. In addition to the wealth of vinyl prizes, DJ Todd Tomorrow and other guests will be spinning the best wax all morning. Come afternoon you will be treated to sets from five fantastic local artists whose music covers all genres. T-Bones is proud to have Thomas Jackson, The Squid and The Whale, The Floridamen, Royal Horses and Brotha Josh & The Quickness playing for you. 

Finally, as if all that simply was not enough, T-Bones will also have all new (non-RSD product) and used vinyl as well as books on sale. So make plans to come and commemorate this day as we join together to honor that which brings us together – Record Store Day!

and now..the RSD prizes...

HUNTING HIGH AND LOW
The Early Alternate Mixes
[LP](Rhino/WB)

Norway was worlds away from pop music until this trio broke through. "Take On Me" remains a radio and streaming staple to this day and with this collection of alternate takes you can hear just how it started.

 

LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Disney Songs The Satchmo Way
[LP](WDR)

In 1968, Louis Armstrong was in Los Angeles to film a brief piece of "Hello, Dolly." While in town, he also fulfilled a longtime promise to record an album of Disney favorites. His renditions of "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" and "When You Wish Upon A Star" have grown into modern classics.

 

ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO
The Spiritual
[LP](ORG)

ALFRED PANOU and the ART Ensemble of Chicago
Je Suis Un Sauvage (7”)
(Souffle Continue)

Looking for that first Free Jazz entry for your vinyl collection? Lester Bowie's Chicago collective took Avant-Garde to new heights in the early Seventies. "The Spiritual" features the band without a drummer discovering a new strata for harmony, while the 1967 single with Alfred Panou is a hidden gem of funk-meets-free jazz.

 

BADFINGER
So Fine: The Warner Bros. Rarities
[LP](Real Gone)

After a successful stint at Apple Records, Badfinger left for the cozy confines of Warner Bros. in 1973. These are many of the tracks they recorded right out of the gate, only to discover that could not release the album as they wished because Apple was putting their last album out at the same time. 

Soon after their second WB album, "Wish You Were Here" (produced by George Martin), was released in 1974, they discovered their manager was not being forthright with Warner Publishing. So the music they were recording would soon be blocked from release. Finally, the vaults have opened and we have these gems and remixes to enjoy.

 

B-52’s
Mesopotamia
[LP](Rhino/WB)

After two dancefloor burners, The B-52's settled down to sedate groove with producer David Byrne. "Mesopotamia" trades kitsch for kicks as the serpentine "Loveland" shows maturity and the synth-funk of the title cut presage upcoming albums.

 

Dr. Dre
Nuthin’ But a “G”Thang
[12”](EOne)

The single that ushered in "The Chronic" and a new age for California Hip-Hop. Dre and Snoop Dogg took their Leon Haywood sample to No. 2 in 1993. Since then, its consistent sampling, referencing and covering led to it being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

The Dream Syndicate
The Days of Wine and Roses
[2LP](Fire America)

After punk switched coasts, Los Angeles bands outside of the slamdancing circle began experimenting with psychedelia. In 1982, the Dream Syndicate channeled their love for The Velvet Underground, Neil Young, and television into this album. With barely any radio play and no MTV, raves from critics worldwide made this essential and carved a path for the remainder of the Paisley Underground and AmerIndie Rock bands.

 

Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks: The Original New York
Test Pressing
[LP](Legacy)

In December 1974, Bob Dylan had finally completed his album. The label was notified. The sleeves were even pressed and ready for the record to be inserted. Dylan went home to Minneapolis for the holidays and gathered the family to listen to his test pressing. When complete, his brother David said it was "too stark." So Dylan was forced to reevaluate and quickly re-recorded five of the 10 cuts with a band in Minneapolis. Now for RSD 19, you can enjoy what was passed around the Dylan family and cognoscenti in 1974 and decide for yourself.

 

EMERSON, LAKE and PALMER
Live at Pocono International Raceway, July 9, 1972
[LP](BMG)

ELP returned grandeur to the Rock show in the early Seventies. Blending classical pieces and their own labyrinthine compositions made ELP a draw for all audiences. At one of the many "Racetrack" festivals in the Seventies, they played in front of a rumored 200,000 people (However, because of rain delays, this sizzling show did not start until 4 a.m.). Appearing on an ELP CD anthology in 2017, this is its first pressing to vinyl.

Bill Evans
Evans in England
[LP](Resonance)

So much attention is focused on classic period Evans with Scott LaFaro, it is easy to miss his late Sixties peak with Eddie Gomez. This newly-discovered performance in England is your opportunity to hear Evans and his most stable lineup. Gomez and drummer Marty Morell would stay with Evans until 1975.

 

The GOUNDHOGS
Thank Christ for the Bomb
[LP](Fire)

In the early Seventies, the British Blues boom was running out of gas. The Groundhogs, once the backing band for both John Mayall and John Lee Hooker, decided to leap into the world of rock music. However, their stern musicianship kept their Proggy parts less indulgent. In addition, their riffing swerved away from boogie and was less leaden than the heavy bands of their day. The result was an album that lives on as a lost classic.

 

HERBIE HANCOCK
Dedication
[LP](Get On Down)

After the massive success of "Headhunters," Herbie Hancock was free to experiment as he pleased. So in 1974, he simply rented a performance hall in Tokyo and set about recording the ultimate solo album. Side One is Hancock on piano expanding the boundaries of his standards. While side two featuring Hancock using the looping, sample-and-hold and some prerecorded bass to create with his ARP synthesizer.

 

Emmylou Harris
The Studio Albums 1980-83
[LP Box](Warner Bros.)

Few country artists have been allowed to stay so true to oneself while still finding commercial success. Emmylou Harris' seminal Seventies output was followed by a great period of discovery. "Roses In the Snow" is Bluegrass, "Evangeline" interprets Rock songs, "Cimarron" revises songwriter-driven Country and "White Shoes" fulfills her version of Gram Parsons' Cosmic American Music.

 

HAWKWIND
The 1999 Party: Live Chicago 21, March 1974
[LP](Rhino/Parlophone)

Following their surprise UK No. 3 "Silver Machine," Hawkwind made a push for US success. While the 1974 tour was drama-filled (synthesist Del Dettmar bought land in Canada and emigrated,) this was the band at their peak pounding out their breakthrough album "Space Ritual" and unveiling the first pieces of their next album, "Hall of the Mountain Grill."

 

HUMAN SWITCHBOARD
[LP](Fat Possum) 

When Cleveland Rocked, the physical capital of Seventies Rock also inspired noisy, outsider bands like Pere Ubu, Electric Eels and Rocket From The Tombs. Human Switchboard burst out of the scene in 1977 with their homemade EP. Their edgy Velvet-esque rock predates the upcoming wave of Post Punk. 

 

JETHRO TULL
North Sea Oil (10”)
(Parlophone)

In their heyday, the mighty Jethro Tull made it a habit to release their first single and include some tracks from their next album on a pre-release EP. "Stormwatch" would end their Folk-Rock/Prog period. These six tracks are remixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) and mark the final participation for most of the classic lineup. 

 

 

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