Record Store Day Celebrates 10th Anniversary


By A.D. AMOROSI

When Record Store Day (RSD) started 10 years ago, it immediately became a great way for labels and artists to show their appreciation to their vinyl fans who loved the form, feel and pure sound of vintage LPs and 7-inch singles. Eventually, the masses embraced vinyl again; Forbes Magazine reports that sales shot up to nearly $1 billion by 2017.  On April 22, RSD 10 has its grand brand ambassador (St. Vincent), its honoree (Elton John) and finally, comedians to cherish (George Carlin, John Cleese).

There are certainly comic book-inspired RSD releases this year, like the child’s fable booklet that comes with Slick Rick’s The Great Adventures of…, or the read-along comic book and 7-inch single of Czarface’s “First Weapon Drawn.” George Carlin’s Jammin’ in New York, however, is straight-up stand-up comedy gold.

The late Carlin (whose work has been previously covered at Glamorosi Magazine) gets a first RSD vinyl release for the audio recording of his HBO special of the same name (from 1992), one that teases currently popular notions such as climate change (“The Planet is Fine”) along with more than a few bits terrorizing his favorite topic, the English language.

Speaking of English, the other comic RSD 2017 release is a Brit import, a picture disc of Monty Python’s John Cleese and Connie Booth’s Fawlty Towers TV series with two of its funniest bits crammed onto two-side vinyl: "Mrs Richards" backed with "Hotel Inspectors".

Photo courtesy of Record Store Day

Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2017