Record Store Day 2015: The Ultimate Guide

From a Metallica demo to Elvis' first acetate, these are the best releases of this year's event

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This year's biggest country releases are mostly reissues. Dolly Parton's The Grass Is Blue, for instance, will see its first vinyl release. And where Johnny Cash's 1983 Koncert v Prague will now be issued on "Soviet red," Willie Nelson's Teatro will be all gold. Nearly 50 years after it was recorded, Chet Atkins' nearly-lost My Brother Sings will be made available to those who can't afford the original's four-figure price tag, and a few of Charlie Feathers' late-Fifties rockabilly 45s and 78s will be compiled on one 10-inch.

For new stuff, check Lee Ann Womack's acoustic Trouble in Mind EP and Blackberry Smoke's Wood, Wire and Roses. A split 7-inch combines versions of "Brass Buttons" recorded by Gram Parsons and the Lemonheads, and a split 10-inch combines Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" with Steve Earle's new version of the same. Meanwhile, Lydia Loveless and Cory Branan both attempt Prince covers on a split single of their own.

Good news for Wille fans: Not all of the 81-year-old's Record Store Day appearances are archival. Those seeking an unreleased live recording should seek out Asleep at the Wheel's Still the King bonus tracks.

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