National Album Day 2019: Exclusive vinyl releases coming to hmv...
National Album Day returns on October 12th and this year's theme is "Don't Skip", dedicated to albums that deserve to play played in their entireity from start to finish.
To celebrate the occasion, we've put together a list of 26 classic albums that fit the bill and on October 11th we'll be offering no fewer than 26 exclusive limited editions on coloured vinyl, just in time for the big day!
All 26 of them will be in hmv stores on October 11th and are available to pre-order online - take a look below to see what we've got coming up...
(Click the titles to find each vinyl LP in our online store...)
Lady Gaga's debut album, first released in August 2008, propelled her to immediate stardom and is packed with hits including 'Poker Face', 'Paparazzi', 'LoveGame' and many more besides. Employing the combined production talents of RedOne, Martin Kierszenbaum, Rob Fusari, Brian Kierulf and Josh Schwartz, the album remains her biggest-selling to date, with multi-platinum sales in eight countries. Our exclusive version is pressed onto pale blue vinyl and limited to 2000 copies.
The debut album from Matty Healy & Co. marked The 1975 out as one of the UK's most exciting emerging acts and became the first of three consecutive albums to reach the summit of the UK Album Chart. Co-produced by Arctic Monkeys collaborator Mike Crossey and the band themselves, the album includes hits such as 'Chocolate', 'The City' and 'Sex' and joins our list of National Album Day exclusives in the form of a 2LP set pressed onto white vinyl and limited to 1975 copies (see what we did there?)
Elton John's seventh studio album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is regarded by many to be his finest and with classics like 'Bennie and the Jets', 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting' and the original version of 'Candle in the Wind' populating the album's tracklist, it's difficult to argue otherwise. Our exclusive version comes in the form a stunning 2LP picture disc mirroring the album's cover artwork and is limited to 1500 copies, so make sure you pre-order yours early if you don't want to miss out.
Queen's seventh album was certainly not their most well-received by critics, who almost universally panned Jazz at the time of its release, but the album has come to be a much more appreciated part of the band's catalogue as the years have gone by and is notable for a step into more exploratory territory, particularly with regard to Brian May's trademark guitar sound, which is much more elastic here. Despite its muted reception at the time, it still includes some Queen classics such as 'Fat Bottomed Girls', 'Bicycle Race' and 'Don't Stop Me Now. Our exclusive version is pressed onto hot pink vinyl and limited to 1500 copies.
Although The Rolling Stones has already release half a dozen albums by the time Aftermath arrived in 1966, the album is a significant one for the band in that it was their first to be comprised entirely of their own, original compositions, with all 14 of its songs penned by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Aftermath is also notable for being the first of their albums recorded entirely in the US, and their first in true stereo. Our exclusive edition of the album is pressed onto violet-coloured vinyl and limited to 100 copies.
U2 frontman Bono once said of the band's follow-up to debut LP Boy: “Can you imagine your second album – the difficult second album – is about God?” Well, that's what they delivered with their sophomore album October and while musically speaking it presents a gradual progression from the raw power of their debut, the lofty ambitions and grand lyrical concepts that would see them grow into one of the biggest bands in the world are already evident, especially on the title track and the album's rip-roaring opener 'Gloria'. Our exclusive version of U2's second album is pressed onto cream vinyl and limited to just 1000 copies.
The Velvet Underground's third album and their first without founding member John Cale, The Velvet Underground was first released in 1968 and while the band has never been renowned for commercial success, the album does contain what might be considered one of their biggest 'hits' in 'Pale Blue Eyes'. Produced by the band themselves, the album was a little less avant-garde than its predecessor White Light/White Heat, but still has its 'out there' moments, particularly on the sprawling 'The Murder Mystery'. Our exclusive for National Album Day is pressed onto white vinyl and limited to 1000 copies.
Scary, Sporty, Baby, Posh and Ginger loudly announced their arrival on their 1996 debut album Spice, which not only introduced the phrase 'Girl Power' into the global lexicon but also propelled the Spice Girls to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, spawning hits such as the disco-tinged 'Who Do You Think You Are' and the ubiquitous 'Wannabe' in the process. Spice joins our lust of National Album Day exclusives in the form of this special edition pressed onto white vinyl and limited to only 750 copies.
1978 was quite a year for musicals and their soundtracks, which took first and second place in that year's biggest-selling album race, and quite the year for John Travolta too, who starred in them both. It was the disco classic Saturday Night Fever which won out in the end, but Grease followed closely behind and has been every bit as enduring thanks to well-loved set of sing-along hits. A special edition of the soundtracks LP joins our list of exclusives this year and is pressed onto pink vinyl, with 750 copies available.
The Las Vegas band's 2004 single 'Mr. Brightside' is a singular phenomenon that has had many column inches written about its bafflingly long stint in the UK Singles Chart, having spent an astonishing 219 weeks refusing to budge from the Top 100. So of course it's included on their Best Of compilation Direct Hits, but there are plenty more killer(s) tracks on here too, from 'All These Things That I've Done' to 'Runaways'. Our exclusive version for National Album day is a 2LP edition pressed onto white vinyl and limited to 750 copies.
As well as being one of his finest movies to date, Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction also cemented his reputation for putting together brilliant soundtracks. With an eclectic selection of tunes by the likes of Dusty Springfield, Kool & The Gang, Chuck Berry and, of course, surf guitar legend Dick Dale, the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction remains one of his best. For National Album Day we'll be offering an exclusive 2LP version of the album pressed onto translucent yellow vinyl and limited to 750 copies.
Amy Winehouse's life and career were cut all too short, releasing just two albums before her tragic death in 2011, but Winehouse had recorded more material than she released and in December that year a posthumous album of previously unreleased songs was released under the name Lioness: Hidden Treasures. A mixture of jazz covers, collaborations with the likes of Nas and Tony Bennett, and alternative versions of tracks like 'Valerie' and 'Tears Dry On Their Own', the album joins our list of vinyl exclusives with a special edition pressed onto translucent blue vinyl and limited to just 500 copies.
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier catapulted himself into the public eye with his breakthrough single 'Take Me To Church' and followed it up with a debut album that has since been certified platinum six times over and landed Top 10 spots in the charts of a dozen countries. Its follow-up Wasteland, Baby!, arrived earlier this year, but National Album Day offers a chance to get your hands on an exclusive version of his excellent debut LP. Our limited edition version of his eponymous debut drops into stores with the rest of our exclusives on October 11th and is limited to just 500 copies pressed onto orange vinyl.
John Mayall's ever-evolving band Bluesbreakers featured a rolling cast made up of some of the world's most gifted musicians and its line-up has featured, at various points, names such as Cream pair Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, Mothers of Invention drummer Aynsley Dunbar and former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Jones. The band's first album, featuring Clapton on guitar, remains their most highly-regarded and a special edition of Blues Breakers joins will be available exclusively at hmv, pressed onto translucent green vinyl and limited to 500 copies.
Mumford & Sons' debut album was an instant phenomenon when it was released just over a decade ago, spearheading a folk revival and shifting millions of units the world over. Sigh No More celebrates its 10th birthday in October and to mark the occasion an anniversary edition is heading to hmv stores for National Album Day, with an extremely limited run of 500 copies pressed onto pink vinyl arriving on October 11th.
When Tears For Fears' debut album The Hurting arrived in 1983, reviews were a bit of a mixed bag and while the album topped the charts in the UK, American audiences were largely indifferent. That all changed with its follow-up Songs From the Big Chair, which shot straight to the top of the Billboard charts, won universal acclaim from critics and included some bona fide pop classics in tracks such as 'Shout' and 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World'. Our exclusive edition of the album heading to stores for National Album Day is pressed onto orange vinyl and limited to just 500 copies.
Of all Thin Lizzy's albums, it's arguably their 1976 LP Jailbreak that represents the band's high watermark, including two of their biggest hits in the title track and 'The Boys Are Back In Town'. The album joins our list of National Album Day exclusives and is pressed onto silver vinyl, with 500 copies available.
After undergoing something of a reinvention with their 1991 album Achtung Baby, U2's new-found passion for musical experimentation continued across their next two albums, 1993's Zooropa and 1997's Pop. In retrospect, the latter represents a point at which the band clearly felt they had pushed that ethos to its limits, returning to something more akin to their earlier work on 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind, and there's an almost audible turning point illustrated in the juxtaposition of tracks like the techno-infused 'Discothèque' and the anthemic 'Staring at the Sun', making this one of the more intriguing albums in the band's discography. Our exclusive edition of Pop heads to hmv stores on October 11th, pressed onto orange vinyl and limited to only 500 copies.
Southern rock outfit Creedence Clearwater Revival were barely around for five years before they imploded under the wight of increasingly polarised opinions about their musical direction, but as dysfunctional as they may have been, nobody could accuse them of being unproductive. The band released seven albums between 1968 and 1972, with 1969 being their most prolific: Willy and the Poor Boys was the third album they released that year, and with hits like 'Down on the Corner' and 'Cotton Fields', it was also one of their best. An exclusive version of the LP is due in hmv stores in time for National Album Day, pressed onto mint green vinyl and limited to just 500 copies.
Fall Out Boy's debut album Take This To Your Grave wasn't a huge seller by comparison to some of their later records, but it was enough to earn the band a loyal following and bring them to the attention of Island Records, for whom they began recording their major label debut a little over a year later. Released in 2005, From Under The Cork Tree was a breakthrough moment for the band and remains their biggest seller, largely thanks to hits such as 'Sugar, We're Goin Down' and 'Dance, Dance'. Our exclusive version of the LP is pressed onto translucent blue vinyl and limited to 500 copies.
With a new documentary covering the life of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence set to arrive in October, what better time to revisit some of his and's finest moments? A special edition of their Greatest Hits collection The Very Best Of INXS, which includes the likes of 'Suicide Blonde' and 'New Sensation', is headed into stores in time for National Album Day and our exclusive is pressed onto red vinyl, with just 500 copies available.
Marvin Gaye faced a tricky challenge in following up his thirteenth studio album Let's Get It On, and while I Want You received mixed reviews at the time of its release in 1976, over the years it has grown in stature and is considered by many as one of his most influential albums, thanks in no small part to Leon Ware's smooth production. Our exclusive version of the album is pressed onto white vinyl and limited to 500 copies.
From the very beginning of their career, Public Enemy were recognised as a pioneering and important voice on the hip-hop scene, but while their debut album Yo! Bum Rush The Show won them acclaim amongst their peers, it was their second album that launched them into the mainstream spotlight and is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop albums ever made. Combining Chuck D's politically and socially conscious lyrics and the groundbreaking production of Hank Shocklee and the Bomb Squad, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back arrives in stores on October 11th, pressed onto translucent yellow vinyl and limited to 500 copies.
Before he became an icon to a whole new generation via Chappelle's Show, Rick James was a genuine 70s funk superstar, even helping the likes of Prince reach new audiences with support slots on his extensive tours. The most well-known of all his hits is undoubtedly the funktastic and filthy 'Super Freak' and the album from which it was taken, 1981's Street Songs, is one of our exclusives for National Album Day, pressed onto red vinyl and limited to only 500 copies.
California ska-punks Sublime burned briefly but brightly in the mid-1990s before imploding just at the point they had reached their peak, on their third and final, self-titled album. Yielding several hits for the band on its release, including 'Wrong Way' and 'What I Got', the album joins our line-up of exclusives for National Album Day and comes pressed onto pink vinyl, with a very limited run of just 500 copies available.
The jazz singer's breakout album incorporates a blend of jazz, soul and funk songs, catapulting him into the mainstream limelight and seeing him collaborate with the likes of dance duo Disclosure. His first album recorded for the legendary jazz imprint Blue Note, Liquid Spirit joins our list of exclusives with a special edition LP pressed onto transparent vinyl and limited to 500 copies.