Record Store Day 2014 Ultimate Buyer's Guide

A genre-by-genre tip sheet to the best releases arriving Saturday

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This year, Record Store Day's R&B offerings are mostly archival: Donny Hathaway's Live at the Bitter End 1971 will be getting its first vinyl release and Sam Cooke's Ain't That the Good News will be reissued for the 50th anniversary of its original pressing. Elsewhere, a remaster of Big Mama Thornton's 1975 live LP Sassy Mama! will be "presented in an 'exact replica' LP package" — an elegant way for Vanguard Records to admit that they couldn't improve upon the portraits from the original cover. The best new and unheard material comes from Charles Bradley and Gil-Scott Heron: The former will issue a 12-inch featuring two tracks cut from last year's Victim of Love; the latter will have solo piano recordings of a few old songs issued by XL under the title Nothing New.

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