Ozzy Osbourne has been named as the Record Store Day Ambassador 2011. “I now have the power to command you to attend Record Store Day, April 16th. Be there!”

Go to recordstoreday.com to hear a message from Ozzy himself.
“The Record Store Day Ambassador’s main purpose is to claim the mantle of greatness that conveys the majesty of the amazing array of releases made on the world’s only holiday devoted to music. We were thrilled when the inaugural position was held in 2009 by the Eagles of Death Metal front man Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes, and was then followed in 2010 by Queens Of The Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures’ Joshua Homme,” says Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz. “We really didn’t know who could top this trajectory of camp and circumstance and, needless to say, we were gobsmacked when Ozzy stepped up to the plate.”

Ozzy fans who come out to support Record Store Day will have the first chance to purchase a special 7″ vinyl single of Diary of a Madman’s “Flying High Again” (with a live version of “I Don’t Know” as the B side), along with full-length vinyl versions of the newly expanded 30th anniversary editions of his “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman” albums.

Other highlights include rare releases by Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Derek and the Dominos, Franz Ferdinand, Pearl Jam, Deftones and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Among the special releases: a 7” single from Derek and the Dominos that features the unreleased “Got to Get Better in a Little While” with “Layla” on the other side; Hendrix’s “Fire” on 7” of red vinyl or on a three-track CD single; AC/DC’s “Shoot to Thrill” and “War Machine” on a 7” vinyl single; and full-length vinyl LP versions of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’s self-titled debut and “You’re Gonna Get It.” Deftones will release “Covers”, and it will be limited to 5,000 copies. On the album, the band take on such diverse tracks as The Cars’ “Drive,” The Smiths’ “Please Please Let Me Get What I Want,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and Sade’s “No Ordinary Love.” Many of the songs on the album have been previously available as B-sides or iTunes bonus tracks, but they will be compiled for the first time on the vinyl LP.

Another interesting releases is a Franz Ferdinand EP that features covers of their songs by other artists, including LCD Soundsystem, Debbie Harry and Peaches. In other cases, bands have teamed up to “split” a single, which is the case with Green Day and Husker Du (“Don’t Know if You are Lonely”), Mastodon and ZZ Top (“Just Got Paid”) and Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Ramones (“Havana Affair”).

Other items include the previously announced Flaming Lips vinyl album box set and a replica of the original vinyl EP for The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar.”