The first Record Store Day of 2021 is this Saturday (June 12).
In case you haven't been perusing the list of upcoming releases, we did it for you.
Here's 10 picks we think are pretty sweet. (We might even offer up another 10 in five weeks, just in time for the second Record Store Day of 2021, on July 17).
Sings and Plays Guitar (Link Wray). The first-ever reissue of one of guitar legend Link Wray's rarest LPs.
Preludes (Warren Zevon). Sky-blue vinyl release of the 2007 collection of previously unreleased tracks by master songwriter Zevon. Limited to 3000 units worldwide.
Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath). Sabbath’s first album with Ronnie James Dio, pressed on a limited-edition picture disc for the first time, with newly remastered audio. Strictly limited to 5000 copies worldwide.
The Magician's Birthday (Uriah Heep). Limited-edition galaxy-swirl vinyl picture disc with reimagined artwork by renowned fantasy artist Roger Dean.
Energy II (Tommy Bolin). First time ever on vinyl for the never-issued commercial album from Tommy Bolin's early days, remastered from the official Tommy Bolin Archives.
Live (Albert Collins with the Barrelhouse). First time on vinyl for complete 1986 live recording, pressed on 180g translucent red/solid white/black vinyl.
St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Motorhead). Limited-edition 10" picture disc marking the 40th anniversary of the Motorhead/Girlschool collaboration.
The Pleasure's All Yours: Pleased to Meet Me Outtakes & Alternates (The Replacements). Collection of material from the Replacements' sessions for their fifth studio album.
Wicked as it Seems Live (Keith Richards). Limited-edition red vinyl 7” single recorded in London in 1995 features a live version of “Wicked As It Seems” from Keef's Main Offender album and a live version of the Stones' “Gimme Shelter”.
Abbabubba (Black Francis). First vinyl release of a collection of remixes, reworkings, and B-sides from legendary Pixies frontman, pressed on black and white split vinyl.
And if none of the above selections turn your crank, then head out to your local record store come Saturday and see what you can find. Two Vancouver shops that come highly recommended are Neptoon Records in Mount Pleasant and Zulu Records in Kits.