We’re very pleased to announce a handful of very special releases for this year’s Record Store Day.

We’ll be reissuing some long-out-of-print Heavenly classics, some for the first time on vinyl, as well as brand new music from a current Heavenly artist and a reissue of an LP by a lifelong hero of ours, also for the first time on vinyl.

For those who don’t know, Record Store Day is an annual celebration of independent record shops, a chance for musicians, labels and music fans to show some love to their local vinyl dealers. Hundreds of special, limited releases are pressed for the occasion, many of which sell out on the day, with some fans queuing through the night for first dibs. This year’s event takes place on the rescheduled date of Saturday 20th June.

The first LPs we are excited to share with you are from Cherry Ghost, the alias of the Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter Simon Aldred.

After releasing all three of Cherry Ghost’s albums, as well as the singular LP from Simon’s other project Out Cold, we asked Cherry Ghost to perform as part of our 25th birthday celebrations back in 2015. Now, five years later, we can all relive that special evening, immortalised on wax.

Live At The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge sees Simon joined by Christian Madden and Grenville Harrop on keys and percussion for a stripped back, laid bare engagement with pure songsmith magic. Across two LPs, the trio cover much ground with classics like ‘4AM’, ‘People Help the People’, and ‘Mathematics’, as well as seldom heard B-sides and tracks from Simon’s other project Out Cold. Overall this collection makes a serious case for Aldred being massively underrated in the canon of classic songwriters. We can’t wait for Cherry Ghost’s return to the Trades this April.

On top of that, we’ll be releasing Cherry Ghost’s masterful second album, Beneath This Burning Shoreline, for the first time on vinyl. Inspired by bands like Wilco and Sparklehorse, film soundtracks, Albert Camus and solitary travels through Europe, Beneath This Burning Shoreline is a minor key meditation, and Aldred’s proudest work.

In 1994, Terry Hall (The Specials, Fun Boy Three, etc.) released his first solo album, Home. Now, 26 years later, we present its long overdue debut on vinyl.

Home is the culmination of a long process which saw Terry Hall separate his lack of love for the job of pop star from his adoration for pop itself. The LP was recorded with Ian Broudie, with a band made up of members of The Smiths, Aztec Camera, Echo & The Bunnymen and more, and with co-writing credits from Andy Partridge (XTC) and Nick Heyward. It’s opening track and lead single ‘Forever J’ sets the tone for the rest of the album:

“Alloyed to a disarmingly beautiful chorus, this ticker-tape flurry of unguarded intimacies might just be the most perfect pop song of an era that wasn’t exactly lacking in competition”

A real pop classic, in our opinion, that we’re glad to give a second physical life.

Speaking of great pop records, it’s been 15 years since we released The Magic Numbers debut album. Looking back on it, the band’s Romeo Stodart said:

We wanted to create music that was timeless.
We wanted to create a band that you could believe in. 
We wanted to break your heart whilst lifting your spirit.
 
We wanted to make a classic debut album.

And that they did.

Available again for the first time since its original release in 2005, in a beautiful 2LP package, don’t miss your chance to fill this hole in your collection.

🌻 Last but not least – a brand new 7″ from Hatchie 🌻

Following on from her internationally-acclaimed 2019 debut album Keepsake, Hatchie has announced the special 7” release, ‘Sometimes Always / Adored’, out exclusively as part of Record Store Day on Sat April 18. Hatchie is joined by US indie-pop gems The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart for a cover of ‘Sometimes Always’ by The Jesus and Mary Chain on Side A, whereby Side B sees the release of Hatchie’s standalone 2018 single ‘Adored’ – recorded for Adult Swim, and the only Hatchie song that hasn’t been released on vinyl until now. One-time pressing on transparent orange vinyl.

We hope we’ve given you even more reason to go down and support your local record shop on June 20th. View the full list of releases for the day over on the RSD website here.