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The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent of the World with the exception of Antarctica.
As of April 13th 2019 (the 11th year), there are over 250 independent record stores here in the UK and more then 1,300 in the U.S.A.plus thousands of similar stores internationally.
In the USA, Record Store Day 2019 has brought music collectors 401 brand new slabs of vinyl, cassettes and even a few CDs.
While in the UK, 545 limited edition products ranging from live LPs, boxsets, albums never-before-released-on-vinyl, movie soundtracks, remix EPs, and unreleased rarities will be available across 7", 10", 12", picture disc, coloured vinyl and flexidisc formats. Iconic stars and Record Store Day regulars like ELVIS, Prince, Madonna, David Bowie and Madonna feature once again in this year's listings line-up.
Even though some titles will be available for months, and some were released in such limited quantities that even joining the line at dawn is no guarantor of success.
The showbiz publication 'Variety' have named their essential Top 25 best Record Store day releases and it should come as no surprise that this years Elvis release from his official label, Sony/Legacy, entitled “ELVIS: Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969” is one of them.
As 'Variety' correctly points out, If the hundreds of RSD 2019 released boggled the mind, here are 25 highlights, boiled down to highlight the very best...
Elvis Presley, “Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969” (2xLP, Officially Limited to just 3000 copies) Elvis’ so-called comeback special is rightly revered.
What came immediately after, a little less so. But there’s a forthcoming CD box set devoted to the very first run of shows he did in Las Vegas, when he was still riding high off that network special, that represented his first real live gigs in 11 [8 to be factual] years, that aims to make the case that Elvis in Vegas was initially a beautiful thing, however sour things went before his demise.
In advance of that box, they’ve issued one complete live show as a two-LP set just for RSD, and the prototype for the TCB Band is as smoking as the still-in-fighting-trim Presley.
Originating Source - Variety Magazine
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