The 30 Essential Record Store Day Rock Releases

We go through the huge Record Store Day release list and pick out the best bits for rock fans

Essential Record Store Day Releases Lead

Record Store Day 2019 is looming and there are a lot of limited-edition releases coming our way. Seriously, there are over 500 new records being pressed – from beautiful gatefold sets to splattered 7-inches, our wallets are quivering at the sheer amount of money we’re going to splurge on April 13.

But we can’t buy everything (sadly). And if we’re going to spend hours queueing outside record stores, we need to come up with solid shopping list or it’ll be chaos and we’ll end up weeping in the corner.

We’ve combed through the ridiculous number of Record Store Day releases and come up with the 30 essential purchases for rock and metal fans. From Halestorm’s clear-green 7” to Weezer’s teal-coloured Teal album, it’s going to be a glorious day.

Bad Religion – My Sanity/Chaos Within

7” limited-edition printed vinyl.

Basement – Be Here Now

7” white/blue coloured vinyl.

Beartooth – B-Sides

7” vinyl with two previously unreleased tracks from the Disease sessions.

Chuck Mosley – Joe Haze Session #2

7” vinyl of two unreleased covers from sessions in August 2017 – Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinéad O’Connor) and Take This Bottle (Faith No More).

Def Leppard – The Story So Far

A 2LP set of Def Leppard’s greatest hits on vinyl for the first time ever.

Dio – The Last In Line Live

12” die-cut picture disc of Dio throwing the horns.

Ginger Wildheart – Maggie

12” shaped vinyl of two brand new cover versions – I Wanna Be Yours (John Cooper Clarke) and No Regrets (The Walker Brothers).

Green Day – Woodstock 1994

Limited-edition 12” 140g vinyl.

Halestorm – Buzz/Chemicals

7” aqueous clear green vinyl.

High On Fire – Bat Salad

12” LP Record Store Day exclusive with three unreleased tracks.

iDKHOW – 1981 EP

12” limited-edition transparent red vinyl.


12” white vinyl of both EPs for the very first time.

Iggy Pop – The Villagers/Pain & Suffering

7” dark green numbered vinyl.

Mastodon – Stairway To Nick John

10” black vinyl of Stairway To Heaven, in tribute to their late manager.

Monolord – Fairies Wear Boots

10” coloured vinyl of their Black Sabbath cover.

Motörhead – Overkill/Bomber

Double 7” gatefold die-cut picture discs.

Motörhead – Rockaway Beach

7” purple vinyl in a clear PVC wallet.

My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade Is Dead!

2LP 140g vinyl of MCR performing live in Mexico.

Pearl Jam – Live At Easy Street

12” vinyl in gatefold package of their 2005 performance.

The Prodigy – Fight Fire With Fire/Champions Of London

A double 7” gatefold of the first vinyl singles released from No Tourists.

Ramones – Live At The Palladium

2LP numbered vinyl of Ramones’ 1979 set on New Years Eve in New York.

Serj Tankian – Harikiri

12” coloured vinyl with four-page booklet, bonus print and exclusive tracks.

The Struts – Young & Dangerous

12” coloured vinyl that have been hand-numbered.

Sunn O))) – Life Metal

2LP transparent orange vinyl – the first time the album is available anywhere.

Thrice – Deeper Wells

12” limited-edition printed vinyl.

The Used – Live From Maida Vale

12” limited-edition vinyl of their 2018 session including covers of Linkin Park and Nirvana.

Venom – Manitou

Shaped picture disc to celebrate Venom’s 40th anniversary.

Weezer – Dusty Gems And Raw Nuggets: The B-Sides

Blue and white translucent vinyl of the Blue album’s bonus tracks and rarities.

Weezer – Weezer (Teal Album)

12” teal-coloured vinyl.

The Wonder Years – Live From Maida Vale

10” vinyl of their 2018 session featuring songs from latest album Sister Cities.

Record Store Day 2019 takes place on April 13 worldwide.

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