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Record Store Day Edition

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Record Store Day 2013 is finally here! All year long collectors wait for that special Saturday in April, the day when labels release a slew of limited edition vinyl pressings that are only available at participating independent record stores. Legacy Records, the reissue arm of the vast Sony group of labels, always has some of the best RSD releases and below is a heads-up on Legacy collectibles you can score this year. Record Store Day is April 20 and you should head into your favorite indie store that day to have the best chance at adding your desired titles to your collection. But you'll also be able to find many of these titles, most on audiophile quality vinyl and all individually numbered, after the big day while they last. To locate a participating store near you, visit www.recordstoreday.com

7" 45-RPM SINGLES

The Jimi Hendrix Experience "Hey Joe" b/w "Stone Free" Hendrix fans are very familiar with these two favorite cuts but here they're presented in the original mono mixes that were created for the band's first U.K. single. Packaged in a picture sleeve.

Willie Nelson "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" What could be a more appropriate tune to be released on 4/20? America's favorite pot-puffing troubadour is joined by Kris Kristofferson, Snoop Dogg and Jamey Johnson on this hillbilly ode to weed. B-side features a previously-unreleased version with Willie going it solo. In a picture sleeve and of course pressed on green vinyl.

10" 45-RPM E.P.

Sly and the Family Stone I Want to Take You Higher Here's some rare stuff from Sly even though the songs are familiar. Side 1 features a previously-unreleased medley of "Music Lover" and "I Want to Take You Higher" recorded live at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 as well as a promo-only first pressing version of "Higher" from 1967. The other side, dubbed TV Medley and also previously-unreleased, is one long funky jam on "Sing a Simple Song," "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Sex Machine" and "I Want to Take You Higher."

ALBUMS

Aerosmith Aerosmith, Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic Here's where it all began for the legendary bad boys of rock and roll. The band's first three albums are presented in newly remastered form that brings out every tease and every bit of sleaze. Among the seminal early songs appearing here are "Dream On," "Walkin' the Dog," "Same Old Song and Dance," "Train Kept a Rollin'," "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion."

Cypress Hill Black Sunday Has it really been two decades since we first heard "Insane in the Brain"? Yup, here's the 20th anniversary edition of Black Sunday, also containing smokin' favorites like "Legalize It," "Hits from the Bong" and "I Wanna Get High." Pressed on two discs and packaged in a gatefold jacket.

Miles Davis 'Round about Midnight, Milestones, Someday My Prince Will Come Davis fans will be thrilled that these three albums are back on vinyl, all presented in the original mono. 'Round about Midnight, featuring John Coltrane, is considered one of the greatest jazz albums ever while Milestones, also with Coltrane, finds Davis experimenting with modal jazz for the first time. Someday My Prince Will Come, the follow-up to Sketches of Spain, features a nine-minute take on the title track from the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, again with Coltrane.

Dust Dust/Hard Attack You may not have heard of this group but you likely know the three men who comprised the band: session bass player Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Rick Derringer, New York Dolls), Marc Bell, later known as Marky Ramone and Richie Wise who went on to produce, among others, the first two Kiss albums. This double-disc set contains the heavy rock band's only two albums packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

Mad Season Above Here's an expanded edition of the only album ever made by this Seattle super group with Layne Staley, Mike McCready and special guest vocalist Mark Lanegan. The double-disc set includes the original album appended with three recently-finished songs that were supposed to be on the never-released second album and featuring new vocal tracks by Lanegan. Also included is a remix of a cover of John Lennon's "I Don't Want to be a Soldier." Packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

Taj Mahal The Natch'l Blues, The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969 1973 The Natch'l Blues was Mahal's second album, featuring pianist Al Kooper and guitarist Jesse Ed Davis and introducing fans to what would become Mahal standards like "Corinna." Hidden Treasures is from the same era although it only saw release for the first time last year; here the 14 previously "lost" tracks become available on vinyl for the first time. Hidden Treasures is a two-disc set packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

No Alternative (Various Artists) The idea behind this 1993 compilation was to raise money to benefit the Red Hot Organization's AIDS education effort. An eclectic group of artists contribute including Pavement, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Breeders, Sonic Youth, Patti Smith, Jonathan Richman, Beastie Boys, Soundgarden and many others. 20 cuts in all presented here on two discs and packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

Shuggie Otis Introducing This funk/pop artist has long been overlooked but he's enjoying a bit of a renaissance of late and this compilation album drawing from his late '60s/early '70s catalog will help spread the word. Included is Shuggie's version of his own "Strawberry Letter 23," a tune that became a massive hit for the Brothers Johnson.

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