Record Store Day joins the list of social events postponed as the world works together against the coronavirus

Record Store Day, the annual worldwide event celebrating vinyl has been postponed. The initiative involving thousands of people and small businesses was originally set to take place on the 18th of April.  But it will now take place on Saturday the 20th of June instead. Doctor Who was again to play a part in the celebrations. This year’s special release is a special vinyl released of missing classic, The Massacre of Saint Bartholomew’s Eve.

Each year sees thousands flock to their nearest music store for the event. It’s all to show their love of vinyl by picking up limited edition special releases from every genre and era. As you all know, he global Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to impact the world in ways great and small. Therefore the decision was made to reschedule for a time when, hopefully, the worst of the pandemic will be over.

 

We want to hold our party when everyone can gather around safely to celebrate life, art, music and the culture of the indie record store.

Speaking about the decision, the organizers said, “In our discussions over the last few weeks, as information came and changed daily, and then hourly, we’ve taken all of them into consideration as we go over various options: Stay the course. Move the date. Change the structure of the event.  No one knows what things will look like in any given place in the next five weeks. And decisions for that time period need to be made now, using current facts. 

“There is no perfect solution. There is no easy answer. We’ve decided that the best of all possible moves is to change the date of Record Store Day this year to Saturday, June 20.

“We think this gives stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day, while taking into consideration the recommendations of doctors, scientists, the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the need to be good citizens of both local and worldwide communities.  

“We’re working with all of our partners and our stores to make this change as smooth as possible for everyone who participates in Record Store Day. Customers, record stores, artists, labels and more.  Record Store Day is everywhere and we want to hold our party when everyone can gather around safely to celebrate life, art, music and the culture of the indie record store.

(And hey! Anything with the April 18, 2020 on it just became that much more special!)”

The cover, inner sleeves and records in The Massacre vinyl record release (c) Demon Music Group Bartholmew's Eve Hugenot First Doctor Missing Episodes
The cover, inner sleeves and records in The Massacre vinyl record release (c) Demon Music Group

Record Store Day 2020 features the release of a new classic Doctor Who Vinyl record

Doctor Who has been a part of Record Store Day for a number of years, and 2020 is no different. This time, a vinyl edition of classic William Hartnell serial The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve is to be released. Although not confirmed, it’s understood release of The Massacre will also be postponed to the 20th of June.

A missing story from 1966, The Massacre stars William Hartnell as the Doctor and Peter Purves as his companion Steven. In this four part serial from 1966 the TARDIS materialises in Paris in 1572. They quickly find themselves embroiled in a time of great danger and religious strife. The Catholic Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici, is hatching a plot to kill all French Protestants. But both groups suspect strange Englishman Steven Taylor of being an agent for the other side. Meanwhile Steven becomes convinced that the hated Abbot of Amboise, a key figure in the plot also recently arrived in Paris, is really the Doctor in disguise. But is he making a fatal mistake?

The Record Store Day release features high quality vinyl and beautiful packaging

The soundtrack is presented across two heavyweight 180g pieces of vinyl, in a striking ‘Parisian Blaze’ splatter.  The vivid sounds of 16th Century Paris in turmoil, and the encroaching terror of the massacre, are all accompanied by the eerie sonics of composer’s Ron Grainer & Delia Derbyshire’s theme tune.

Written by John Lucarotti, this dramatic story now survives only as a sound recording. Linking narration is provided by Peter Purves (Steven). Elsewhere, the cast includes Eric Thompson (father of Emma Thompson) as Gaston. While André Morell (Quatermass and the Pit) plays Tavannes, Leonard Sachs is de Coligny and Annette Robinson appears as Anne.

The coloured vinyl LPs are presented in a gatefold sleeve with illustrated inner bags and full episode billings, cast and credits.

Record Store Day 2020 includes a re-release of the original Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy LP for four decades. (c) Demon Music Group
Record Store Day 2020 includes a re-release of the original Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy LP for four decades. (c) Demon Music Group

Don’t Panic! The Hitchhiker’s Guide will be out for Record Store Day too!

Record Store Day also sees two unique recordings of Doctor Who writer Douglas Adams’s sci-fi comedy reissued for the first time in 40 years.

One morning Earthman Arthur Dent learns that first his house and then his planet are about to be bulldozed. But that’s just the beginning of an interplanetary adventure for him and his friend, Ford Prefect. After fleeing Earth they hitch a lift with Zaphod Beeblebrox, who hurtles from one improbability to another – literally. With Trillian and Marvin the Paranoid Android in tow, the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is soon revealed. But the answer, 42, just leads to a new quest – what was the question again…?

Following the success of the BBC radio series, Douglas Adams adapted his scripts for these two full-cast albums.  With incidental radiophonic music provided by Paddy Kingsland, they were first released by Original Records in 1980. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe star Peter Jones as The Book, Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect and Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Now, to celebrate 42 years since the very first radio series, these extraordinary recordings are returning to vinyl for Record Store Day 2020. They’re presented on three heavyweight 180g coloured discs, in a very hoopy, double-sided gatefold sleeve, featuring facsimile reproduction of the original artwork.

Produced by Geoffrey Perkins and Tim Souster, the cast also includes Cindy Oswin, Stephen Moore, Richard Vernon, Valentine Dyall, David Tate, Jim Broadbent, Bill Wallis, Roy Hudd, Frank Middlemass, Stephen Greif and others.

 

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