the smiths, new order & the bunnymen for record store day

Rhino UK has some lovely plans to celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday. Unfortunately, these are UK-only releases, so we in the US will need to hit ebay or ring up a mate in Merseyside.

First off, The Smiths classic The Queen Is Dead has been reworked into a 10″ vinyl format. Johnny Marr consulted expert vinyl cutter Frank Arkwright to create new masters, promising incredible clarity. This pressing is limited to 1,500.

I want one:

As for New Order, their classic 12″ “Ceremony” (FAC33) gets a truly unique repressing. The a-side are remastered versions of the original New Order tracks “Ceremony” and “In A Lonely Place.” The b-side are versions of those same tunes as recorded by Joy Division.

It’s an amazing slice of new wave history, limited to 1,000 copies. Have a listen to a Joy Division recording of “In A Lonely Place”:

And finally, Echo And The Bunnymen’s triumph “The Killing Moon” has had its original radio promo 7″ recreated.

On the b-side is a studio version of “Do It Clean,” rather than the live version of the 12″. Let’s go ahead and listen to the a-side anyway:

As for the US version of Record Store Day, here’s the whole list of what’s available on our side of the Atlantic. Not quite the same, but still not bad.

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