Record Store Day 2013 Specials: Willie Nelson — “Crazy: The Demo Sessions” in vinyl

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One of my favorite holidays, right after Ben and Jerry’s Cone Days (April 8th), Record Store Day is almost here!  On April 20th, music lovers and lovers of vinyl will celebrate recordings of music pressed onto a flattened vinyl disk.

Record Store Day started out as a celebration of the culture surrounding more than 700 independently owned record stores in the US in 2007, with the UK emulating the event the following year.   Organizers define a Record Store Day participating store as “a standalone brick-and-mortar retailer whose main primary business focuses on a physical store location … we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores – not online retailers or corporate behemoths”.

Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day, which is observed on the third Saturday of April each year, with a number of special events also taking place.  The full list of exclusive releases being made available for Record Store Day on 20 April has been revealed. New or previously unreleased or rare records will be made available from artists including Willie Nelson,  David Bowie, Kate Bush, Paul Weller and the White Stripes.

Every store doesn’t have every record, so if there is something you want, call your favorite independent record store and ask if they can get it.  I am going to try to get this special release:




Crazy: The Demo Sessions
DETAILSFormat: 12″ Vinyl Label: Sugar Hill Release type: RSD Exclusive Release More Info:

When Willie first got to Nashville he cut some demos for Ray Price and Hal Smith’s publishing company, Pamper Music. Though these cuts were used to pitch songs to artists (including ‘Crazy’ for Patsy Cline) and producers, many weren’t released. These 1960-1966 tracks are raw, real and really good, clearly the work of an artist/songwriter headed for stardom.


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