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Stars come out for Record Store Day

Record Store Day is becoming an increasingly important date in the music calendar. The opportunity to celebrate the contribution of the small-town independent record retailer has now become an excuse for bands to release limited-edition vinyl treats for their fans.

Over 300 artists are taking part, offering special vinyl releases of new material, obscure rarities, special remixes or archive tracks. Among the highlights of this year’s Record Store Day on April 21 are releases from Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, The Clash and The Sex Pistols. Even Bob Dylan is getting in on the act with a vinyl single of sarcastic 1960s ditty Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?

Arctic Monkeys offer their new single R U Mine? on purple vinyl, while Kasabian’s 7” single release features their bizarre cover versions of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games and Gwen Stefani’s Sweet Escape.

Arcade Fire have combined remixes of their track Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) onto a vinyl single, while Noel Gallagher rounds up 4 recent B-sides onto a vinyl EP called Songs From The Great White North.

The long-defunct punk veterans appeal to spiky-haired nostalgists with a couple of vinyl singles to add to collections. The Clash offer a digitally-remastered London Calling, 32 years after its initial release, which may have a certain revived topicality in Olympic year. The Sex Pistols release a special edition of Anarchy In The UK, although God Save The Queen might have been a smarter choice for another royal jubilee year.

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