Why have one day when you can have three? That’s right, it’s still the most wonderful time(s) of the year: Record Store Day.

The annual celebration of all things 7″, 12″ and beyond – we’re talking about vinyl here, get your heads out of the gutter – is a celebration of independent record stores, and the increasingly rare experience of holding a music product in hand, complete with tons of reissues, rarities and exclusive first-time vinyl pressings.

As a diehard lover of the physical experience of owning music – the touch and feel of the packaging, the liner notes, the artwork – as well as the hunt for an elusive collectible or unexpected rarity hidden deep in the crates, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the holiday.

Of course, like everything else, this year’s festivities are a little bit different amid the pandemic: originally planned for April 18, organizers ultimately postponed the event and decided to spread it out across three dates: August 29, September 26 and October 24. (Record Store Black Friday is also still happening on November 27.)

After making some recommended selections for the August 29 drop and the September 26 drop, I’ve sifted through the remaining crates of releases planned for the third and final date of 2020, and picked out my Top 5 picks that my readers would likely be most eager to track down. (You can also check out the full list of releases here.)

Happy hunting.

 

Lil Kim 9
LIL’ KIM
9
Format: LP
Label: eOne
Quantity: 1200
Lil’ Kim’s first new album in fifteen years features Rick Ross, Musiq Soulchild, Rich The Kid, City Girls, and O.T. Genesis and now it’s been pressed on sky blue vinyl.
SIDE A
1. Pray For Me (feat. Rick Ross & Musiq Soulchild), 2. Bag, 3. Catch My Wave (feat. Rich The Kid), 4. Go Awff, 5. Too Bad
SIDE B
1. You Are Not Alone, 2. Found You (feat. City Girls & O.T. Genasis), 3. Auto Blanco, 4. Jet Fuel, 5. Spicy (feat. Fabolous)

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How many licks does it take ’til you get to the center of the Queen Bee’s 2019 studio album? Now you can find out with a very special pressing of the record in sky blue. Kimme, kimme more…
 

Kali Uchis To Feel Alive EP
KALI UCHIS
To Feel Alive EP
Format: Vinyl
Label: Interscope
Quantity: 500
TO FEEL ALIVE is the second EP by Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis, via Interscope Records. Her first release overall since Isolation (2018), Uchis was unable to issue her second studio album, instead recording these songs at home while self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. honey baby (SPOILED!) 2. angel 3. I want war (BUT I NEED PEACE) 4. TO FEEL ALIVE

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The “Solita” singer dropped a tight set of songs around the beginning of lockdown, supplying some dreamy melodies and sweet, sweet crooning for a pleasant aural escape. Kick back, relax and enjoy the ride.

 

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Soundtrack Vinyl
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Soundtrack
Format: LP
Label: Maverick
Quantity: 3000
First time on vinyl!
Contains the hit “Beautiful Stranger” by Madonna
Pressed on transparent tan vinyl.
SIDE ONE 1. Madonna “Beautiful Stranger” 2. The Who “My Generation (Live From The BBC) 3. R.E.M. “Draggin’ The Line” 4. Lenny Kravitz “American Woman” 5. Melanie B (AKA Scary Spice) “Word Up” 6. Dr. Evil “Just The Two Of Us (Dr. Evil Mix)
SIDE TWO 1. Green Day “Espionage” 2. Big Blue Missile with Scott Weiland “Time of the Season” 3. The Flamin’ Lips “Buggin’” 4. The Lucy Nation “Alright” 5. Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” 6. Quincy Jones and his Orchestra “Soul Bossa Nova (Dim’s Space-A-Nova)

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I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads. But until that day comes, there’s this: the soundtrack we have to thank for Madonna‘s genuinely incredible “Beautiful Stranger” – and yes, a Mel B solo moment, too. Groovy, baby.

 

Austin Powers Goldmember
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Music From The Motion Picture: Austin Powers in Goldmember
Format: LP
Label: Maverick
Quantity: 3000
First time on vinyl! 
Pressed on Gold vinyl, natch.
SIDE ONE 1. Beyonce Knowles “Work It Out” 2. The Rolling Stones “Miss You (Dr. Dre Remix 2002)” 3. Britney Spears Feat. Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. “Boys (Co-Ed Remix)” 4. Angie Stone “Groove Me” 5. Earth, Wind & Fire “Shining Star” 6. Foxy Cleopatra Feat. Devin and Solange “Hey Goldmember”
SIDE TWO 1. Smash Mouth “Ain’t No Mystery” 2. Soul Hooligan Feat. Diana King “Evil Woman” 3. Paul Oakenfold “1975” 4. Dr. Evil “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem –Dr Evil Remix) 5. Ming Tea Feat. Austin Powers “Daddy Wasn’t There” 6. Susanna Hoffs “Alfie (What’s It All About, Austin?)”

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The holy grail of Austin Powers soundtracks, featuring our favorite fem(me fatale) bot Britney‘s head-explodingly good “Boys (Co-Ed Remix),” as well as a rising star and leading lady named Beyoncé‘s solo debut, “Work It Out” – and some Solange too on “Hey Goldmember.” Yeah, baby!

 

Virgin Suicides Soundtrack Vinyl
VARIOUS ARTISTS
The Virgin Suicides (Music From The Motion Picture)
Format: LP
Label: Ryko/Rhino
Quantity: 7500
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut movie, The Virgin Suicides (Music from the Motion Picture) will be released on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 2000, exclusively for RSD 2020. The soundtrack features music from Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, Boston, Heart, Al Green, 10CC, Styx and two tracks from Air, including one track composed for the film. Limited to 7500 copies worldwide.

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Kirsten Dunst is considered a Queen of Pop, right? The Virgin Suicides is a beautifully bleak cinematic cult classic, and the accompanying soundtrack is an equally dreamy listen.

Check out the August Record Store Day picks, as well as the September Record Store Day picks.

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