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David Bowie - Record Store Day 2018

It’s that time of year again to empty your wallets, as the 2018 edition of Record Store Day draws near, taking place on Saturday, April 21 at independent music retailers nationwide (with Run the Jewels as official ambassadors). While the full list of exclusive releases hasn’t been released, some things music shoppers will see this year are titles from David Bowie and Led Zeppelin.

The first of these new Bowie RSD releases is a 3xLP live box set Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78), taped during a pair of 1978 shows at London’s Earl’s Court on his Isolar II tour. The other two Bowie exclusives include a special 12″ single of “Let’s Dance” (which has a live version on the B-side), and Bowie Now, a rare promotional LP which is receiving its first official release on white vinyl. Further information can be found on David Bowie’s official website.

Led Zeppelin will be releasing a special 7″ single containing never-before-heard alternate mixes of two of the band’s most classic tracks: the A-side contains the “Sunset Sound Mix” of “Rock And Roll,” and on the B-side is the “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends.” Notably, both of these alternate mixes were produced by Jimmy Page himself. Additional information on these upcoming releases can be found in a pair of Instagram posts below.

Speaking of Bowie, the highly-anticipated ‘David Bowie is’ exhibit is coming to the Brooklyn Museum Friday (3/2). There are exclusive Bowie records available there aswell. Tickets are available now.

Led Zeppelin will be honored as part of the 2018 edition of Michael Dorf’s annual “The Music of” tribute show at Carnegie Hall on March 7, with appearances from J Mascis, The Zombies, and more (tickets). Tickets for the warmup show at City Winery have sold out.

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