Universal Music Ireland have today announced a list of exclusive Irish releases for Record Store Day Drop One on August 29th. U2, Christy Moore, Inhaler and The Academic will all contribute exclusive vinyl releases to the first of three Record Store Day events to take place this year.
U2 ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock‘
Recorded with Martin Hannett in Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios in 1980, ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ was U2’s first single release on Island Records. This 40th anniversary edition includes the full-length version of ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ and the original 7” b-side ‘Touch’, plus two previously unreleased live recordings from the band’s show at the Marquee in London in September 1980 – ‘Touch’ and ‘Twilight’. The 12” EP will be pressed on 180gsm transparent blue vinyl and include a photo gallery on the inner gatefold.
Christy Moore ‘Prosperous’
As part of an ambitious re-issue programme following their acquisition of the Tara Music catalogue last year, Universal Music Ireland release Christy Moore’s seminal album ‘Prosperous’ on limited edition 180gsm 12” blue vinyl.
Originally released in 1972, the classic Christy Moore folk record included Liam O’ Flynn, Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny, who later went on to become the revered Planxty. ‘Prosperous’ was named after the town & house in County Kildare, where it was recorded. The house also features on the front cover, with Christy and co. on the door step. Nearly 40 years since ‘Prosperous’ was last printed, the new edition has been remastered from the original master tapes with a limited run of 1000 hand numbered copies available on August 29th.
Inhaler ‘We Have To Move On / Ice Cream Sunday’, ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’, ‘My Honest Face’
Tipped at #5 in the BBC Sound Of 2020 Sound Poll, Dublin band Inhaler release their first 4 singles on vinyl for the first time. Current single ‘We Have To Move On’ is released as a double A side 7” with previous single ‘Ice Cream Sundae’. Debut single ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ is released on 7” black and white vinyl and ‘My Honest Face’ is released on a special 10” black and white vinyl.
The Academic ‘Loose Friends’
The 4-piece indie band from Mullingar released their long-awaited debut EP in 2015. August 29th sees that original release pressed onto 12″ vinyl for the first time. The limited run of just 500 copies includes singles ‘Different’ and ‘Northern Boy’.
About Record Store Day
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day.
Since 2008, Record Store Day has grown into the world’s largest single-day music event, shining a light on the culture of the indie record store across the globe. In 2020, that world is different, so Record Store Day will be too. RSD is now scheduled to be celebrated with special, properly distanced release dates on August 29th, September 26th and October 24th.
For more information about Record Store Day, please visit www.recordstoreday.com