Record Store Day is still about a month off from now, but fans of Bruce Springsteen should probably start planning how they’re going to get their mitts on an extra-rare release from their favorite artist this year.
Record Store Day organizers this week released their list of special releases for the April 22 holiday, and included this year will be a vinyl release of Springsteen’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon ’75 recording. Recorded Nov. 18, 1975 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, the show was Springsteen and the E Street Band’s first show outside the United States.
The recording has never been released on vinyl until now, and just 3,000 copies will be pressed, according to the Record Store Day site. The album will come packaged as four LPs.
Where exactly you can get it, however, remains somewhat of a mystery. As NJ.com notes, most record stores don’t know what special releases they’ll be carrying for Record Store Day until a week before it happens.
Philadelphia-based Springsteen fans, however, stand a pretty good shot at getting their hands on a copy. About 1,200 stores participate in Record Store Day, 17 of which are in Philadelphia alone. Pennsylvania overall has about 100 stores participating, while New Jersey has about 50. So, it’s likely that someone around here will get a couple sets in.
The release, however, it should be noted, is a “Record Store Day First Release,” meaning that additional copies will be released to other stores after Record Store Day. Real collectors, however, can’t wait.
More information about upcoming Record Store Day releases is available at event’s official site.