Craft Recordings Announces Record Store Day Dozen Exclusives

Craft's Record Store Day Dozen includes the first ever vinyl release of John Martyn's 1998 blues covers album The Church With One Bell as well as a deluxe edition of the indispensable 1966 3 LP set Chicago/The Blues/Today! originally on Vanguard.

The acclaimed Jazz Dispensary series returns with The Dank D-Funk Blend, Vol. 2—delivering a broad spectrum of grooves from the likes of Ray Barretto, Esther Marrow and Cal Tjader.

Other special releases include a 40th-anniversary reissue of Celia Cruz and Willie Colón’s Celia Y Willie; a 30th-anniversary edition of Jonathan Richman’s Having a Party With Jonathan Richman;

a 15th-anniversary pressing of Evanescence’s The Open Door; and Oddities & Extras featuring rarities from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Zombies.

New compilation Dedicated to You: Lowrider Love offers an evocative blend of smooth R&B, doo-wop, and Latin beats. Additionally, Craft is releasing Lamb of God’s breakthrough 2003 LP As the Palaces Burn; a newly remastered, 180-gram all-analog mono pressing of Kenny Dorham’s mid-century classic Quiet Kenny; as well as O.A.R.’s 2005 fan-favorite Stories of a Stranger, which makes its vinyl debut. DO NOT MISS THAT AAAQuiet Kenny!!!!

Bernd's picture

There was an LP issue by Independiente in 1998, so the new Craft is not the first one.

MhtLion's picture

Worthless News or the shitty Craft website. I do not know which is the case, but I know that I just checked their website - and I cannot find any of them. Just a waste of mine.

garyalex's picture

@MhtLion: The Craft Recordings website says these titles will be available 6/12 & 7/17.

DaK's picture

Is the Kenny Dorham title really limited to 500 copies? Is it a RSD only title?

bkinthebk's picture

Where did you see that only 500 would be pressed? On the Craft website (follow link above), it states that 3,900 will be pressed.

DaK's picture

Thanks for clearing that up! 500 was from the Rough Trade website…

Dual's picture

Those unable or unwilling to take your chances with the RSD process can find mint and very clean* all-analog copies of the 2009 Pure Pleasure Chicago Blues Today box at Discogs.

Appears to be a somewhat more luxe edition, with a linen-wrapped box and a 24-page book. Dead quiet. Mastered by Ray Staff at AIR.

*I just bought a like-new unopened copy, and I believe there are more like this.

Dual's picture

Hoping those who are able to buy the Craft release are getting much better results than I am with this one. I found it very difficult to listen to– I'd guess it came from CDs. Would love to hear back from people who own the newer set.