Tomorrow marks Record Store Day, when independent record dealers get some special exclusive
releases, and some much needed attention.
While originally a UK and US event, Record Store Day has in recent years become more of an event in France, where Disquaire Day sees a batch of releases and events including bands and DJs performing in shops.
France gets many of the same international releases as the UK and elsewhere, including a limited release of a vinyl Air single Playground Love / Highschool Lover, tracks from their score for the film The Virgin Suicides from 2000.
There are plenty of French acts getting special releases in France, among them is a seven inch vinyl by Aline of La vie électrique / Plus noir encore.
Breakthough act of recent years Christine and the Queens release a four track Ep featuring Science Fiction / Intranquilité / Paradis Perdus and Amazoniaque in an edition of 550 copies.
Etienne de Crecy has four releases, from his Super Discount 3 collection and Feu! Chatterton a limited 7 inch, with only 300 copies of bic medium / vierge.
The very wonderful H- Burns has an album of cover versions, with 350 copies of The Lo-Fi Series album.
There's also a five-track live ep by Jean Louis Murat.
The seemingly tireless Johnny Hallyday has a seven inch picture disc of the track Seul available, featuring an instrumental and an acapella version as well as the regular track.
There are a couple of archive releases by French electronic progressive legends Heldon , with Live in Paris 1975 and Live in Paris 1976 available on vinyl for the first time.
Elsewhere n the world of magnificent 70s French prog, there's a Magma 7 inch featuring the track Floh Essi, in a limited edition of 250 copies.
There are, of course, many of the big international names also with special releases and re-issues available tomorrow. Big names like Bowie, Springsteen and Robert plant feature among dozens of other featured artists.
These treasures are available briefly, so better be quick.
You'll find them, if you're lucky, in record shops across France on April 18. If you pick up a spare copy of the Heldon or the H-Burns albums, be sure let me know ;-)