Grateful Dead and David Bowie Were Record Store Day's Best Sellers -

Grateful Dead and David Bowie Were Record Store Day’s Best Sellers

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on April 28, 2017

in News,Noise Pro

Record Store Day 2017 is in the books and the results show that, while still very popular, there was little to no growth this year.

Now on its tenth year, the total Album sales for the day were down 3.6% according to a report from Buzz Angle Music that was released on Thursday (April 27). Vinyl Album sales still grew slightly, by 2.3% but vinyl Singles fell 5.8%.

Still, Record Store Day is a huge boon for independent stores. When compared to the previous Saturday, album sales were up over 1,100% and vinyl album sales were up a whopping 2,300%.

Of course, most of those additional sales comes from the hundreds of limited edition special titles that are released by record company’s every year specifically for the day. This year, it was a Grateful Dead archive album that took the sale crown followed by David Bowie’s Cracked Actor and Jason Isbell and the 400 Units’ Live From Welcome to 1979.

The Beatles took the Singles title for the year with Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane followed by John Williams’ theme from Star Wars: A New Hope and U2’s Red Hill Mining Town.

The top twenty Albums for Record Store Day 2017:

Grateful Dead PNE GardenP.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7/29/66 – Grateful Dead
Cracked Actor – David Bowie
Live From Welcome to 1979 – Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Badfish – Sublime
Lime and Limpid – The Claypool Lennon Delirium
Dacade – Neil Young
Bowpromo – David Bowie
Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness – Coheed & Cambria
Live at Carnegie Hall – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Death Song – Black Angels
Stinson Beach Sessions – The Head and the Heart
Electric Lady Sessions – Drive-By Truckers
Live at The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, August 16, 1969 – Santana
Live at Red Rocks 8.15.9 – Dave Matthews Band
Blade Runner – Vangelis
11/17/70 – Elton John
Nilsson Schmilsson – Harry Nilsson
Really Rock ‘Em Right: Sun Records Curated By Record Store Day Volume 4 – Various Artists
Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75 – Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
Live at Austin City Limits – Townes Van Zandt

The top ten singles:
Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane – Beatles
Star Wars: A New Hope – John Williams
Red Hill Mining Town – U2
State of Love and Trust / Breath – Pearl Jam
Interstellar Overdrive – Pink Floyd
Little Red Corvette / 1999 – Prince
Boy With the Thorn in His Side – The Smiths
What the Hell Have I / Get Born Again – Alice in Chains
Cygnus X-1 – Rush
Def Leppard EP – Def Leppard



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