Seven Soulful Picks for Record Store Day 2021

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In a sign of good things to come for music lovers, Record Store Day has announced their RSD Drops for 2021! On June 12 and July 17, participating independent record stores around the world will stock up with exclusive rarities and new pressings of old favorites. This year's got a long list of cool titles, but these seven soul favorites will go straight to the top of your shopping list!

Available June 12

If you've not discovered Donny Hathaway Live - perhaps one of the greatest live albums ever - now is the time to do so, with a new pressing for its 50th anniversary. Another great live album coming to vinyl for the first time on the same day: Golden Gate Groove: The Sound of Philadelphia Live in San Francisco 1973, featuring a killer concert with The O'Jays, Billy Paul, The Three Degrees, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and more. War will release a special limited box set called The Vinyl 1971-1975, featuring color vinyl pressings of five classic albums including The World is a Ghetto and Why Can't We Be Friends? (all featuring recently departed bassist B.B. Dickerson). And for neo-soul lovers, Me'shell Ndegeocello's Peace Beyond Passion will come out on vinyl for the first time, featuring four bonus tracks that weren't on the original CD!

Available July 17

Making its vinyl debut on the second drop date: Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly 1972, a special, rare live set from Aretha Franklin pressed on orange and yellow vinyl. This was a limited edition title when it was released on CD some time ago, so don't miss out a second time. Another legendary lady (and recent Soul Music Hall of Fame inductee) Candi Staton will be celebrated on Trouble, Heartaches and Sadness (The Lost Fame Sessions Masters), featuring an album's worth of rarities from the years that yielded her first big hits on the R&B charts. And Dr. John, The Night Tripper's fourth album The Sun, Moon & Herbs will be revisited for its 50th anniversary with a bonus disc of unreleased alternate takes from the Southern soul-jazz album.

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