1. Jaco Pastorius, “Modern American Music Period!” (The Criteria Tapes). A first issue of Pastorius woodshedding several of the tunes that would emerge on his game-changing 1976 solo LP.
2. Bruce Springsteen, “American Beauty.” An EP of never-before-released Springsteen tunes.
3. Ozric Tentacles, “Sploosh!” Progressive psychedelia at its finest.
4. Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea/I Hate Myself and Want To Die.” Originally planned as a single, but pulled following Kurt Cobain’s suicide, this pairing gets an RSD exclusive release on 7-inch vinyl 20 years after the fact.
5. Jimmy Page & the Black Crowes, “Live at the Greek.” This historic recording has been out of print for a while but now gets the exclusive three-record set treatment on red, clear or blue vinyl.
6. Donny Hathaway, “Live at the Bitter End 1971.” Limited edition vinyl of a never-before-released 1971 show from a soul music giant.
7. Grateful Dead, “Live at Hampton Coliseum.” Double-vinyl release of a great 1979 show. Side Three is made up of a sterling “Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World” jam.
8. Charles Lloyd, “Live at Slugs.” Orange vinyl release of sax master Lloyd fronting his 1965 quartet, featuring guitarist Gabor Szabo, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Pete LaRoca.
9. The Velvet Underground, “Loaded.” Could there be a better way of remembering Lou Reed than buying this pink, black or white splatter vinyl reissue of his final album with the Velvet Underground? Doubtful.
10. Frank Zappa, “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow/Down In De Dew.” Alternate mixes of classic Zappa on 7-inch vinyl.
– Jeff Miers