Want the Record Store Day release of the mono version of Pink Floyd’s “A Saucerful of Secrets”? Better get there early.
The same advice applies for Pearl Jam’s “Live At Easy Street,” Green Day's live Woodstock 1994 recording, Bingo Hand Job's “Live at the Borderline, 1991,” the colored vinyl pressings of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” soundtrack and Greta Van Fleet’s “From The Fires.”
So where is there? In alphabetical order -- Backtrack Records, 1549 N. Cotner Blvd.; Lefty’s Records, 2776 South St.; and Lincoln Vintage Vinyl, 908 N. 70th St.
And what is early? Doors open at all three stores at 7 a.m. Saturday.
And, barring an April blizzard, there will be a line of more than 50 people outside each of the shops when those doors open -- all there to get the records they want during the annual event that’s a vinyl scavenger hunt and celebration of independent, brick-and-mortar record stores rolled into one.
It’s also the biggest day of the year for the three Lincoln stores, and most of the 1,300 around the country, that participate in the day that features limited editions, first vinyl pressings, official releases of oft bootlegged records (like the Bingo Hand Job) or special reissues of albums, EPs and 45s.
This year, there are 519 titles on the Record Store Day list. None of the Lincoln stores ordered all 519. Nor will they all get everything they order. Lincoln Vintage Vinyl’s Chad Breasseale expects about an 85% fill of his extensive order.
But they’ll all have plenty.
“I think it’s probably the best list I’ve seen, titlewise,” Breasseale said.
In addition to those listed above, the store owners said other in-demand records Saturday are expected to be two each from the Grateful Dead, Weezer and Prince, and offbeat titles like the “Lost In Translation” soundtrack and a compilation of live songs from Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.
Those who gather outside the stores before the doors open generally have a disc or two or five they want to get. And, they’re, by and large, a friendly group.
“They know what they want and talk about it before,” said Backtrack’s Rob Stevens. “They help each other out -- if they find one they don’t want they’ll point it out to the people who want it.”
After the early rush, there’s steady traffic at the stores throughout the morning and into the afternoon, with each reporting 400, 500, even 600 people coming through over the course of a Record Store Day.
Some who turn up Saturday won’t be seen again until the next year -- or at least RSD Black Friday. But, Backtrack’s Stevens and Jason Johnson noted that they are often the customers who will spend $500 or $600 on records that day.
Others are regulars, some of whom will buy an $11 EP and be out the door.
Then there are some who come in intending to buy one or two records and walk out with a whole lot more.
“It’s pretty crazy,” said Lefty’s Les Greer. “I think some people get caught up in it and buy stuff they might not normally end up buying.”
If you’re planning to head out to the stores Saturday, best of luck in finding the record you want. Just leave that 13th Floor Elevators album alone. It needs to go home with me.