Record Store Day 2022 – Blur, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie & More
Record Store Day is back with hundreds of exclusive releases revealed for the 2022 event, to be held on 23 April. Over 260 independent record shops from all over the UK taking part in celebrations along with thousands of shops around the world. The full list of RSD 2022 releases can be found here.
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Hundreds of releases will be available in more than 260 stores across the UK on 23rd April.
— Record Store Day UK (@RSDUK) February 16, 2022
This year’s selection features limited-edition releases from music’s most celebrated artists. Some highlights include vinyl releases from Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Blur and The Replacements, along with box sets from the Grateful Dead and The Doors.
A statement on the RSD website reads: “In 2022, there is one Record Store Day, April 23. We feel strongly that stores have learned and adapted in the past few years and are ready to bring back elements of a ‘traditional’ Record Store Day, bands and beer and fun and people and whatever parts of the party they like, in ways that make them, and their customers, comfortable. We also feel strongly that it’s important to focus on those stores themselves, and celebrate what they do year-round, in their communities.
As we’ve all learned in the past few years, it can be hard to make any plans in permanent ink, so it’s always a good idea to have a sort of contingency plan. A safety net for anything a few months still down the road. In the last few years, our plans for RSD Drops helped record stores around the world get through the pandemic, by marking a change in the way Record Store Day was focused. In ‘normal’ times, the list of releases is a part of the celebration as a whole, but for RSD Drops, the focus became the releases themselves, and getting them into stores, and then into customer homes as safely as possible, bringing much-needed revenue and stock in a very unpredictable time. Importantly, those dates weren’t called Record Store Day, because they weren’t. They were release dates –important release dates, but not the party that Record Store Day is. That was an important distinction.
But we’re well aware of where we are in terms of manufacturing, shipping, etc. etc. We help the stores deal with it every release day, and we know that our Saturday in April is no exception to issues. We worked proactively with artists, labels and distribution to push back by several months the planning for Record Store Day 2022, some of these titles have been worked on for more than a year.”