Today is Record Store Day. Finally.

And it’s only part one, too.

In the Before Times, Record Store Day was a mid-spring ritual cemented to the third Saturday in April. But thanks to the stupid coronavirus, there was no way RSD could be held in its usual slot. The solution was to not only move it to later in the year but to expand it to three (maybe four) separate days.

The first RSD of 2020 happens tomorrow (August 26) with thousands of retailers participating across the world. Canada alone has a couple of hundred stores, including all 80+ locations of Sunrise Records. All locations have promised to maintain strict COVID-19 protocols. You can access a list of stores across the nation here.

Canada has its own list of special releases for day one. Here are some highlights:

  • The Trews, No Time for Later (limited edition): 750 copies 2 x LP
  • Teenage Head, “Drive In”: 500 x 7-inch single
  • Billie Eilish, Live at Third Man (LP)
  • David Bowie, Rock Bottom: Live at the Bottom Line
  • Judas Priest, British Steel
  • Motorhead, Ace of Spades
  • New Order, Peel Session ’82: 7,500 x LP
  • The Cure, Seventeen Seconds: 7,500 x 12-inch picture discs
  • U2, 11 O’Clock Tick Tock: 7,000 x 12-inch vinyl

If you miss tomorrow, RSD 2020 Part 2 will come up September 26. Part 3 is set for October 24. And will there be the usual Black Friday edition? Unclear, but we’ll see.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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