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Record Store Day celebrates the culture of the independently owned record store. It brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world. On this day, hundreds of limited-edition titles are sold exclusively at stores like us here at Princeton Record Exchange. The Merchandise We know you know by now about the remarkable resurgence of vinyl in the last few years. While many records are available online or in “big box” stores, the main attraction of Record Store Day is a huge slate of titles that cannot be found anywhere but at participating independent brick-and-mortar stores. At last count, there are over 400 exclusive and early release titles being issued this year. As part of the collectible appeal, most of these records have very limited production runs, typically from 100 to 5,000 pieces. They may be previously unreleased recordings or alternate takes, and are often on colored vinyl, are numbered, have special packaging or are otherwise different from the standard issues. Some of this year’s highlights include: David Bowie “Pin Ups”, a picture disc version, featuring the iconic cover done with super-model Twiggy, of his classic covers album from 1973. Pink Floyd “A Saucerful of Secrets”, a new mono remaster using the original 1968 mono mix. Weezer “The Teal Album”, the eagerly awaited release on vinyl of cover songs. Pearl Jam (RSD 2019 Ambassadors!) “Live at Easy Street”, recorded at Seattle’s Easy Street Records in 2005. John Lennon “Imagine (raw studio mixes)” a 180-gram release of his classic album featuring the songs as they were first recorded . Prince “The Versace Experience”, a CASSETTE recreating the ones given out in 1995 to the attendees of Versace’s show in Paris during Fashion Week. Features remixes, and unreleased songs Three! Woodstock-related releases celebrating the 50th anniversary: 1) “Woodstock Mono PA Version” A 3-LP set in glorious mono! Taken from the soundboard recordings and the rare promo mono version and featuring unedited, full-length songs. 2) Janis Joplin “Woodstock, Sunday, August 17, 1969”, a 2-LP set on vinyl for the first time. 3) Sly & The Family Stone “Woodstock, Sunday, August 17, 1969”, also a 2-LP set on vinyl for the first time. There are also great titles by Robert Plant, CSN&Y, Soccer Mommy, Billy Joel, Dylan, Courtney Barnett, Death Grips, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, Greta Van Fleet, Jeff Buckley, My Chemical Romance, U2, Queen, and many more!