NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: People check the condition of vinyl records on the opening day of the annual WFMU's Record Fair, which benefits that noncommercial radio station based in Jersey City on November 22, 2013 in New York City. Despite what many people thought just years ago, vinyl records have not lost fans with robust sales and many music enthusiasts preferring records to compact disks. On Monday Rough Trade NYC Ñ a branch of the influential London shop which opened since 1976 Ñ will open and become the largest record store in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

You need to dust off that turntable unless of course you’re like me and you’ve never stopped using it.  Either way, Record Store Day has announced its list of exclusive releases for 2023. The event only happens in independent record stores on April 22.

Record Store Day is an annual event that was first held in 2008 to celebrate independent record stores and the unique culture surrounding them. The event takes place each year and typically features a variety of exclusive releases, in-store performances, and other special events.

The purpose of the special day is to draw attention to the importance of independent record stores as cultural hubs and to encourage people to visit and support them. In recent years, the event has grown in popularity and now includes thousands of participating stores in countries around the world.

Releases typically include limited-edition vinyl records and other merchandise from a wide range of artists. Some of these releases are previously unreleased recordings, while others are special editions of classic albums or compilations of rare tracks.

Some recommended Central Jersey record stores include Spina Records in New Brunswick, Revilla in Milltown, and Princeton Record Exchange.

Here are a few of the limited edition vinyl albums that will be hitting these local record stores…

  • Taylor Swift - Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions

    The album is on double-grey vinyl, and features live performances of all the songs from Taylor’s 2020 album folklore. It was recorded at Long Pond Studio and includes “Cardigan,” “Betty,” “Exile,” August” and “The Lakes.”

    Check it out here.

  • Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna Live 1981

    “Bella Donna Live 1981” is being released on vinyl for the first time. It’s a double album that was recorded live on December 13, 1981, on Stevie’s White Winged Dove tour. Tracks include “Dreams,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Rihannon” and “Edge of Seventeen.”

    Check it out here.

  • Billy Joel - Live at the Great American Music Hall

    “Live at the Great American Music Hall” is also a double album pressed on opaque gray vinyl. Recorded in 1975 during Billy’s Streetlife Serenade tour, it features early versions of future Turnstiles songs like “New York State of Mind” and “James,” plus some covers.

    Check it out here.

  • Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

    From 1973, “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player,” featuring “Daniel” and “Crocodile Rock,” will be available on two LPs, pressed on “propeller splatter” vinyl.

    Check it out here.

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