Every year, Record Store Day rolls around, and every year, collectors are hit with a massive drop of limited-edition albums, unique formats, and classic reissues. Sometimes we get an awesome release we never asked for (over 700 Discogs users have this 2016 7-inch picture disc of Old Dirty Bastard’s ID from Return to the 36 Chambers). Sometimes we get classic reissues. The following is a list of the highest-rated Record Store Day releases of all time.
Discogs is the world’s largest online music database built by an active community of contributors. The RSD releases are ranked by a weighted rating, which will be different than the average rating you see on the individual release pages on Discogs. Why? Well, it doesn’t seem fair to rank a record with one 5/5 rating above a record with nine 5/5 ratings and one 4/5 rating. The weighted rating takes into consideration the average rating and the number of ratings submitted by Discogs users. That being said, we also included the average rating below for comparison.
Every record that ranked among the top 10 highest-rated RSD releases is a reissue, and three of the entries are box sets. While fascinating, it’s not exactly surprising. If an album is so well-loved and so coveted, it makes sense that labels would pull out all of the stops to craft a top-tier remastered version. Add on the layer of exclusivity that Record Store Day naturally adds to any release, and you have an extremely desirable piece of wax. The quality of each of these records definitely leads to a steeper resale value in the Discogs Marketplace, but most are nowhere near the numbers we’ve seen on the list of the most expensive RSD releases. In fact, the No. 1 highest-rated RSD release only has a median sale value of about $42.50 on Discogs (although that median sale price did increase by $7 over the past year).
There is only one repeat title and it’s Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (No. 8 and No. 1). Both mono records are from the same year and the same label on 180-gram vinyl. The difference lies in the country. The European release of Davis’ beloved album received a much higher rating — both weighted and average — than the U.S. release. Does this mean that people who scored the European release were more generous with their ratings or that the vinyl is truly better? Again, only a true audiophile with access to both versions can fill the rest of us in, but if you have a theory, we want to hear it.
If you’re looking for more information about Record Store Day 2021, we have a wide variety of coverage and all of the information you need on RSD 2021 releases.
10 Highest-Rated RSD Releases
Weighted rating: 4.899
Average rating: 4.92 out of 52
Label and country: Columbia and Legacy in the U.S.
9. Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media – Funky Stuff (2015)
Weighted rating: 4.9
Average rating: 4.87 out of 82
Label and country: Columbia in Japan
8. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (2013)
Weighted rating: 4.906
Average rating: 4.87 out of 186
Label and country: Columbiaand Music on Vinyl in the U.S.
7. Phish – Junta (2012)
Weighted rating: 4.908
Average rating: 4.88 out of 76
Label and country: Jemp Records in U.S.
6. Remarc – R.I.P. / Ice Cream & Syrup (2017)
Weighted rating: 4.91
Average rating: 4.9 out of 67
Label and country: Suburban Base Records in the UK
Weighted rating: 4.918
Average rating: 4.91 out of 66
Label and country: Delicious Vinyl in the U.S.
4. Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses (2018)
Weighted rating: 4.92
Average rating: 4.89 out of 184
Label and country: Run Out Groove and Roadrunner Records in the U.S.
3. GarciaLive Volume One: March 1st, 1980 (2019)
Weighted rating: 4.931
Average rating: 4.93 out of 67
Label and country: Round Records in the U.S.
2. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (2011)
Weighted rating: 4.932
Average rating: 4.9 out of 114
Label and country: Reprise Records in the U.S.
Check out Record Store Day for more information about the drops on June 12 and July 17 this year. Discogs is not affiliated with the RSD organization but we agree with their mission of bringing more people into record stores.