Record Store Day, which will be on June 12th and July 17th will feature some interesting releases.

On June 12th, Mötley Crue will release a 40th-anniversary cassette box set containing tapes of the band’s first five albums. The set includes the band’s core catalog titles (Too Fast For LoveShout At The DevilTheatre Of PainGirls, Girls, Girls and Dr. Feelgoo”) with artwork. This product is an exclusive limited run for RSD. 

Also, on the 12th, AC/DC will release a 12-inch picture disc including the songs Through The Mists Of Time and Witch’s Spell, from the band’s global chart-topping album Power Up, housed in a PVC jacket with an OBI strip at the top.

Finally, Anthrax has will release a limited-edition, custom mini-turntable, as well as a vinyl disc bundle consisting of four three-inch singles (sold separately). For the vinyl discs, the band reached way back into its rich catalogue for four favorites: MadhouseI Am The LawGot The Time and Discharge. Taking inspiration from the 3″ turntable creation in Japan, drummer Charlie Benante, who oversees all of the band’s artwork, orchestrated creating the minis’ cover art in the style of the seven-inch record covers he collected from Iron Maiden and KISS. One thousand of the turntables and 1000 of the vinyl bundles will be exclusively available on RSD.

But wait, there’s more: one of the 1000 mini-turntables will include a Golden Ticket, the winner to be the recipient of a personal Zoom call from frontman Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello.

“I’m really happy about being part of this,” said Belladonna. “I love being able to reach out and connect with our fans, so being a ‘first prize’ in this contest and having the opportunity to have a real conversation with one of our fans is really terrific.” Added Bello, “I love the idea of the golden ticket, it’s a cool ‘Willy Wonka’ moment, and it’ll be fun to just shoot the s–t with one of our fans.”

Record Store Day, a global celebration of the culture of the record store, will be broken up into two “Drops” this year, similar to the way it was done in 2020. The two “Drop” dates will be June 12th, and the second July 17th; the Anthrax custom turntables 17 and vinyl bundles will be available in conjunction with the second RDS “Drop”, on July 17 and July 9 respectivel

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10 Responses

    1. I care! I’ll be at my favorite independent record shop hoping to get the Sabbath pic discs and the Motorhead/Girlschool pic disc.

  1. Who tf wants to hear or buy a cassette in 2021 ?? To my ear cassettes never sounded good – IMO analog recording pressed onto vinyl records is the best way to listen to any music ~

    1. Plus, they would always eventually warp, or get stuck in the heads and unravel. They were only good for convenience, because they were small and portable.

    2. Nostalgia! That’s all, well, that’s what it is for me. Everybody knows cassettes don’t last long at all, but depending on what you play em back on, they can sound really good, most of the time.

    3. Agree, Doug! I would buy the Crue cassette box set for nostalgia only, but I’d never open it. For nostalgia, I bought two AC/DC “Back In Black” cassette releases at a Record Store Day event a few years ago which I’ve never opened. I have a few sealed cassette releases of Metallica’s ‘No Life Til Leather” from an official release many years ago. All cool to own, but never to play.

      My favorite cassette I owned as a kid was Nugent’s “Double Live Gonzo!” I played the s**t out of that cassette cuz i loved the album and cuz i was trying to learn to play “Cat Scratch Fever” on guitar.

    4. The other great thing about cassette tapes when they first came out was being able to record whatever you wanted and make your own mixed tapes, that was awesome!

  2. Cassettes were the way to grab a song off FM radio that might not be otherwise available. You would usually then buy the record for the rest of the songs, artwork and details (aka: the whole enchilada). I’m still not convinced the Crue wont play live again (as long as Mick’s health will allow).

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