As part of what is now one of the most eagerly awaited days for true music fans, Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18), Collective Soul will release a limited edition 45 rpm/180g vinyl EP exclusively to independent record stores only entitled HALF & HALF. It features covers of “Opera Star” (Crazy Horse and Neil Young), “The One I Love” (R.E.M.), and two brand new songs.
The band will celebrate Record Store Day with a special in-store signing at Park Avenue CDs in Orlando.
For participating stores, fans can go to Recordstoreday.com.
“It’s an honor to be a part of Record Store Day with this exclusive new EP,” proclaims singer/guitarist E Roland. “Being a vinyl guy myself, that’s all I listen to when I am home, I don’t stream, and it has always been about vinyl for me. I think I have over 5,000 pieces of vinyl now.
“We decided to do covers on HALF & HALF’ which we have never really done as a band. The first one we chose is “Opera Star” by Crazy Horse and Neil Young, originally released on Re·ac·tor in 1981. I had been playing guitar for about two years, at that point, and I remember getting that record and going, ‘This is how I want to play guitar!’ My father was also operatically trained, so the line in there, ‘You were born to rock, you’ll never be an opera star…,’ was kind of where I got the vibe of…’I’ll just rock man!’
“We also did a cover of R.E.M.’s, ‘The One I Love.’ Being from Georgia, or really anywhere, R.E.M. is one of the most influential bands of all time. For everyone in the band, being able to play something from another Georgia band is very special.
“Support vinyl and support mom-and-pop record stores man, it is very important. It is the way music should be heard, vinyl.”
Here’s the track listing:
Let Her Out
The One I Love
Collective Soul’s highly anticipated tenth studio album, Blood, was released June 21, 2019.