Second only to National Pancake Day, Record Store Day is my personal favorite day of the year. RSD falls on April 21 this year, so go out and support your local independent record store. You can pick up some new or used vinyl while enjoying the unique scents of cellophane and patchouli at that funky little hole-in-the-wall shop in the cool neighborhood near your house.
In the spirit of this lovely day, Colin Hay has announced a limited edition vinyl version of his 2011 release, Gathering Mercury. Over the course of a solo career that has spanned the decades since he made his musical mark on popular music as the front man of the multi-platinum selling Men at Work, Hay has never delivered a finer, more keenly honed solo set. [Read our review of the album HERE.]
In response to fan demand, Hay is releasing this limited edition on 180 gram vinyl in time for Record Store Day 2012. Gathering Mercury reveals Hay’s emotional depth and musical diversity and earned Hay appearances on TV appearances on Craig Ferguson, Ellen and CNN as well as an ARIA award nomination in Australia. The songs are deeply affecting but never maudlin. Despite the serious subject matter, they’re full of Hay’s usual optimism with arrangements featuring his quizzical, instantly recognizable tenor vocals supported by acoustic instruments and melodic electric guitar accents.
Read Colin Hay’s touching tribute to friend of 40 years and bandmate, the late Greg Ham.
Listen to all of Gathering Mercury on SoundCloud.