Since its inception, in 2007, Record Store Day has repeatedly proved that vast numbers of music fans still favour physical formats over digital streaming. Indeed, 15 years on, RSD has become an important global calendar event – though, like most things society previously took for granted, it was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its exclusive releases dropped on three separate dates in 2021. This year, though, it’s back with a vengeance on 23 April. While there are stacks of tantalising titles to explore, we’ve riffled through the racks to select the 20 best Record Store Day 2022 releases you need to buy.
Record Store Day 2022: The 20 Best Releases You Need To Buy
20: Golden Smog: ‘On Golden Smog’ (black vinyl, 2,500 copies)
An occasional yet widely acclaimed alt-rock supergroup from Minneapolis, Golden Smog featured members of The Jayhawks, Soul Asylum, Run Westy Run and The Replacements – all of whom appeared pseudonymously due to contractual obligations. Making its vinyl debut for Record Store Day 2022, with an exclusive etching on the flipside, their 1992 debut, the On Golden Smog EP, was a frequently inspired collection of rowdy covers, including the ad hoc outfit’s tanked-up takes on The Rolling Stones’ Back Street Girl, Thin Lizzy’s Cowboy Song and Bad Company’s Shooting Star.
Must hear: Shooting Star