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Record Store Day 2014 Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

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

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With hundreds of new releases and reissues hitting physical music shops on Record Store Day, the purchases you make this Saturday could easily provide enough listening material for a year. To help you focus your shopping (and spending), we broke the list down by genre and offered five picks for each one. By Nick Murray

Courtesy LaFace

Rap

Record Store Day ambassador Chuck D leads the way with two Public Enemy releases, and while It Takes a Nation of Millions is the classic, the RSD edition adds little more than a bigger price tag and a lenticular-printed cover (look it up). The better bet is the first vinyl release of the group's overlooked 2012 LP Evil Empire of Everything – buy it alongside the reissue of Outkast's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and the first printing of Ice T's recent greatest hits collection. For a leftfield pick, look for grime beatmaker and Danny Brown collaborator Darq E Freaker's "Ironside" 12-inch, a record whose disorienting production would likely make Chuck and the Bomb Squad proud.

Courtesy LCD Soundsystem

Live

Though live albums dot the entire list of releases, this year's Record Store Day contains enough noteworthy concert recordings that it's worth highlighting five additional potential purchases from across the spectrum. Deadheads will surely gravitate toward the 1979's Live at Hampton Coliseum, and fans looking for smaller, darker jams should go further with J Spaceman & Kid Millions' Live at Le Poisson Rouge. Devo's Live at Max's Kansas City: November 15, 1977, though, includes not just a full set but an introduction from fan David Bowie, and Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes' Live at the Greek rocks out over three discs. There's also LCD Soundsystem's The Long Goodbye, a recording of the group's final show that itself stretches across five.

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Classic Rock

The classic rock fan's dilemma: Your thirst for vinyl remains strong, but the supply of new releases relevant to your interests continues to diminish. This year's archival crop includes a collection of Creedence's 1969 singles and the Animals' self-titled EP, which had previously never been released on vinyl in the U.S. Similarly, the songs on the Allman Brothers' colon-heavy Selections From: Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992 had previously only been released on DVDBruce Springsteen fans, meanwhile, can look for a reissue of the Ronnie Spector & the E Street Band's "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" 7-inch and Springsteen's own American Beauty EP, which contains four previously unreleased songs.

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