Vinyl record collectors are gearing up to converge on independent music shops to reap the rich rewards of Record Store Day on April 18.
The annual event, officially kicked off by Metallica at San Francisco's Rasputin Music in 2008, will once again drop a bounty of jaw-dropping collections of rare, limited-edition vinyls.
"The List" of offerings has just been revealed.
To name a few:
Jimi Hendrix's performances of "Purple Haze" and "Freedom" at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival.
The Kinks will release three seven-inch records to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
The Black Keys with Junior Kimbrough featuring recordings of "Meet Me in the City."
Brian Wilson will release No Pier Pressure songs including "The Right Time" and "Sail Away."
Foo Fighters are releasing Songs from the Laundry Room to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The record will include demos of "Big Me" and "Alone + Easy Target," a cover of Kim Wilde's "Kids in America" and the never-before-released "Empty Handed."
Paul McCartney is releasing a re-pressing of The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording, his long-out-of-print 1967 George Martin–produced score to the Hayley Mills film.
U2's Songs of Innocence Deluxe double-LP will feature a white, die-cut gatefold cover.
Springsteen is putting out limited-edition reissues of seven classic albums, including Born in the U.S.A., Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and Nebraska.
Grateful Dead's Nassau Coliseum shows in 1990 will come out on in a box set of five LPs.
Robert Plant is releasing a three-song live EP, More Roar.
A 1968 Sly and the Family Stone concert will be available on green and red vinyl.
The Stooges' 1970 Have Some Fun: Live at Ungano's will be released on black-and-white splattered vinyl.
Jerry Garcia's 1974 solo album Garcia (Compliments) will come out on translucent green vinyl.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been named the 2015 Ambassador, continuing in the long line of "kick-*ss shouters-out of the glories of the record store" according to the Record Store Day officials. "I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store," says Grohl. "1975's K-Tel's Blockbuster 20 Original Hits by the Original Stars featuring Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band and many more, bought at a small record shop in my suburban Virginia neighborhood, it was this record that changed my life and made me want to become a musician. The second that I heard Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" kick in, I was hooked. My life had been changed forever. This was the first day of the rest of my life."
I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial," Grohl continues. "Take an afternoon (and some hard earned lawn mowing money) and please support them. You never know, it might change your life forever, too."
For more info, go to http://www.recordstoreday.com.