Record Store Day Spring 2023: Pick 6 Previews

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Spring is in the air and Record Store Day is once again upon music fans. As usual, there are loads of special RSD releases coming to an independent record store near you. We thought we’d share six that flew across our radar as something you may want to keep an eye out for. Of course, once you get to the record store, the sky’s the limit. Your only barriers are quantity and the thickness of your wallet.

The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
(Grey, Blue, Black & White Swirl Vinyl)

ABKCO Records is releasing a special edition of The Rolling Stones’ classic 1968 album, Beggars Banquet. The Record Store Day Edition is an 180-gram special pressing on grey, blue, black and white swirled vinyl LP, a direct reference to the lyric from “Salt of the Earth,” the album’s closing track: “When I search a faceless crowd, a swirling mass of grey and black and white.” During The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, filmed and recorded less than a week after the release of Beggars Banquet, Mick Jagger altered the lines slightly with: “And when I look into this faceless crowd / a swirling mass of grey, blue, black and white.”

Beggars Banquet (Record Store Day Edition) features the album’s original artwork, plus a reproduction of the window display poster created by the Stones’ UK label Decca. The poster features a Michael Joseph photo of all five members in a field in front of the Swarkestone Hall Pavilion in Derbyshire, England, and was mislabeled the title “Beggar’s Banquet.” Staying faithful to the original, this replica version keeps the apostrophe intact. A different image from the same photo session appeared on back of the band’s compilation, Hot Rocks 1964-1971, released three years later. For more insight into Beggars Banquet, check out our Classic Commentary.

Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
(40th Anniversary Picture Disc)

Brian Eno – Forever Voiceless
(Instrumental Version of Foreverandevernomore)

Pearl Jam – Give Way
(First Official Worldwide Release)