The Tompkins Square label, based in San Francisco, has chosen a fun way to celebrate Record Store Day this year.
Where many record companies highlight the long term contribution of record stores by re-releasing albums on vinyl, Tompkins Square is going one step further and dropping a pair of 10 inch, 78 RPM records. Each of these discs will be limited to pressings of 500 units.
One of the big ten inchers comes from Ralph Stanley, and features a previously unreleased cut of Single Girl as the A side, with Little Birdie on the flip. Both were recorded in the mid 2000s.
Josh Rosenthal, Tompkins Square owner, says that these two are the beginning of what he hopes will be an ongoing series.
“A lot of new turntables play 78’s, and many 78 collectors listen to their records on modern equipment. Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe have all recently released 78’s. So I thought it would be fun to start a line of them.”
Look for the Ralph Stanley 78 on April 21, at your favorite record store.