Craft Recordings and Record Store Day announce the new dates for their roundup of vinyl exclusives. Albums will be rolled out at independent record stores across three “RSD Drops” dates: August 29th, September 26th, and October 24th. Craft’s array of titles features several rarities, including the first-ever vinyl reissue of The Iron Pot Cooker—the 1975 LP from performance artist and activist Camille Yarbrough, plus the long out-of-print, self-titled 1970 album from blues-rockers Parish Hall. Also available is New York’s greatest salsa duo Willie Colón and Héctor Lavoe’s first-ever Gold record, 1969’s Cosa Nuestra, and a UK-only exclusive EP from British garage, grime and hip-hop pioneers, So Solid Crew. In addition to the previously announced RSD titles, Craft will also be issuing a 50th anniversary reissue of Booker T. & The M.G.’s funky tribute to The Beatles’ Abbey Road, McLemore Avenue.
Also available will be two special compilations: The first, Double Whammy! A 1960s Garage Rock Rave-Up, offers a power-packed lineup of hits and rarities from the era’s influential underground music scene, and features acts like the Music Machine, the Vagrants and Count Five. Also uncovering long-lost musical nuggets of the ’60s is The Land of Sensations and Delights: A White Whale Records Collection, which highlights the folk-rock and psychedelic-pop of White Whale Records, and features singles from artists like Smokestack Lightnin’, J.K. & Co. and The Clique.
Since 2008, Record Store Day has celebrated the culture of the independent record store—offering music lovers and crate diggers the chance to pick up exclusive or limited-edition releases, while supporting their local music retailer at the same time. Though 2020’s edition may differ in format, it’s crucial, more than ever, to support the independent music retailers that we love. With the spirit of the devoted crate digger in mind, the team at Craft Recordings has put together the following #RSD20releases:
DROPPING AUGUST 29th:
The Land of Sensations & Delights: The Psych Pop Sounds of White Whale Records, 1965–1970 (2-LP Vinyl)
Featuring 26 hits and rarities from the ’60s, The Land of Sensations & Delights: The Psych Pop Sounds of White Whale Records, 1965–1970, unearths the best gems from the Los Angeles label. Founded by Ted Feigin and Lee Lasseff in 1965, White Whale Records was instantly put on the map, thanks to its debut single, the Turtles’ “It Ain’t Me Babe,” which hit the Billboard Top 10 that summer. Throughout the next five years, the short-lived but enterprising label issued over 150 singles, as well as 24 albums. Though not every release had the same success as the Turtles’ output, Feigin and Lasseff signed a wide range of artists, from singer-songwriters to psychedelic pop acts. The Land of Sensations & Delights celebrates the “myriad of obscurities and curiosities” that came from the White Whale catalog, as the GRAMMY®-nominated compilation producer, Andrew Sandoval, explains in his in-depth liner notes.
Housed in a gatefold jacket, the two-LP collection includes such artists as the jazzy, Latin-tinged Triste Janero, the Laughing Gravy (a solo project by Dean Torrence, of Jan & Dean fame), Sunset Strip regulars Smokestack Lightnin’ and Professor Morrison’s Lollipop, whose garage-rock single “You Got the Love” gained traction as a regional hit. Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide.
The Land of Sensations & Delights is currently available digitally and on CD.
Track list – The Land of Sensations & Delights: The Psych Pop Sounds of White Whale Records, 1965–1970:
1. Professor Morrison’s Lollipop: You Got The Love
2. The Answer: I’ll Be In
3. Smokestack Lightnin’: Got A Good Love
4. The Odyssey: Little Girl, Little Boy
5. XL’s: We Must Find A Way
6. The Everpresent Fullness: Darlin’ You Can Count On Me
1. Kris Jensen: I Can’t Get Nowhere With You
2. Lyme & Cybelle: Song #7
3. The Laughing Gravy: Vegetables
4. The Motives: The Chair
5. The Bears: Goin’ It Alone
6. Kenny O’Dell: Sunshine Dreamin’
7. J.K. & Co.: Land Of Sensations & Delights
1. The Clique: Superman
2. Bazooka: Look At You Now
3. Dalton & Montgomery: All At Once
4. Bobby Lile: Time To Be A Woman
5. The Brothers: Love Story
6. The Committee: If It Weren’t For You
7. Mournin’ Do: Summer Dream
1. Horses: Cheyenne
2. Rainy Daze: My Door Is Always Open
3. The Reivers: Constantly
4. The Buster Brown: The Proud One
5. The Rockets: Won’t You Say You’ll Stay
6. Triste Janero: In The Garden
DROPPING OCTOBER 24TH:
Booker T. & The M.G.’s: McLemore Avenue (180-gram Vinyl)
As the longtime house band for Stax, Booker T. & The M.G.’s not only helped to shape the label’s iconic sound but also backed sessions by some of the biggest acts of the ’60s—from Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, to Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett. The group also released many acclaimed titles of their own, and their 10th studio album, 1970’s McLemore Avenue, was no exception. Inspired by The Beatles’ Abbey Road, released just a year before, Booker T. Jones set out to record a tribute to the album—naming his version after the Memphis avenue where Stax stood. In an interview with the A.V. Club, Jones recalled that when he first heard Abbey Road, “I thought it was incredibly courageous of The Beatles… They were the top band in the world but they still reinvented themselves.”
Featuring the classic lineup of Booker T. Jones on keyboards, Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, and Al Jackson Jr. on drums, the instrumental McLemore Avenue offers a supremely funky take on Abbey Road’s songs in the form of three medleys and one standalone version of “Something.” AllMusic praised that “Not only is McLemore Avenue a stellar interpretation of Abbey Road, it’s one of the finest Booker T. & the M.G.’s albums to boot.”
This special 50th-anniversary edition of the LP has been cut from the original analog masters by Jeff Powell at Memphis’ Take Out Vinyl and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing. The album comes housed in an old-school-style tip-on jacket, featuring the classic, tongue-in-cheek cover image of the band crossing McLemore Avenue.
Track List – McLemore Avenue:
1: Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End / Here Comes The Sun / Come Together
1: Because / You Give Me Your Money
2: Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window / I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Various Artists: Double Whammy! A 1960s Garage Rock Rave-Up (Translucent Blue Vinyl)
This garage rock extravaganza unearths rarities and spotlights classic tracks from the vaults of Stax, Original Sound, Vanguard and Fantasy Records. A follow-up to the 2019 Record Store Day title Poppies: Assorted Finery From the First Psychedelic Age, Double Whammy! surveys another influential underground scene of the 1960s: garage rock—or, as compilation producer Alec Palao describes it, “The American grass roots response to the British Invasion.” Thanks to the popularity of rock acts like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, bands without formal training or a slick, studio-tweaked sound suddenly had an opportunity for recognition and radio play. It was the beginning of an exciting new cultural era—one that celebrated the raw energy of youth culture, and where possibilities seemed limitless.
Focusing on the period between 1965 and 1968, the set features such legendary acts as the Music Machine, the Vagrants and Count Five, as well as lesser-known groups like Sacramento’s Group “B,” New York City’s Circus Maximus and Memphis’ the Poor Little Rich Kids. The 16-track LP also includes three previously unreleased tracks. Pressed on limited-edition translucent blue vinyl in a foil-wrapped jacket, the package includes liner notes from GRAMMY®-nominated writer and producer Alec Palao, who offers an in-depth look into each song on the compilation. Limited to 2,800 copies worldwide.
Double Whammy! A 1960s Garage Rock Rave-Up is also be available across all digital platforms on October 30th, while a previously unreleased extended version of the Music Machine’s “The People in Me” will be available to stream or download as a special sneak peek on August 28th.
Track list – Double Whammy! A 1960s Garage Rock Rave-Up:
1. Count Five: Psychotic Reaction (Unedited Version)
2. Lonnie Duvall: Attention*
3. The Torquays: Harmonica Man (From London Town)
4. The Pullice: Can’t Get Enough*
5. The Squires: Anytime Anywhere
6. Circus Maximus: Short-Haired Fathers
7. The Bittersweets: In The Night
8. Joey Paige: ‘Cause I’m In Love With You
1. Jack Bedient & The Chessman: Double Whammy
2. The Orfuns: The Animal In Me
3. The Music Machine: The People In Me (Full-Length Version)*
4. The Poor Little Rich Kids: Stop – Quit It
5. The Vagrants: I Can’t Make A Friend
6. Group “B”: She’s Gone
7. The Tears: Rat Race
8. The Fantastic Zoo: This Calls For A Celebration
* previously unreleased