There’s been a bit of a backlash over the day after Thanksgiving moving further up the calendar each year.
Businesses say it’s to spread out the deals so shoppers can spend more time with their families over the holiday season.
Critics say the only spending merchants care about is when it’s in their shops.
But if you must go out and suddenly find yourself among the masses this Friday, make sure to stop in your local record store.
The organizers behind Record Store Day have devoted several years to making Black Friday about the black circle that spins “right round, baby, right round.” This Record Store Day Black Friday, there’s some excellent items for music fanatics of all shapes, sizes and genres. Here are some of the best to keep an eye out for that music lover in your life.
David Bowie, “The Next Day Extra”
Containing various album outtakes and remixes from David Bowie’s 2013 effort “The Next Day” is “The Next Day Extra,” an EP which adds to the icon’s legacy.
Back in the summer of 2013, the unreleased songs “Atomica,” “The Informer,” “Like a Rocket Man,” and “Born in a UFO” were finally completed after remaining unfinished during the main album sessions.
Two remixes, “Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)” — a 10-minute opus by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy — and the Venetian Mix of “I’d Rather Be High” were added, plus the Japanese bonus track “The Informer.”
The 12-inch vinyl is limited to 11,850 copies.
The Doors, “Paris Blues”
A compilation of The Doors’ greatest live blues recordings both in the studio and on the stage, “Paris Blues” also sees a trio of song collaborations with the legendary blues guitarist Albert King.
Featuring the never-before-released title track and original artwork created for this release by Robby Krieger, the set is limited to 10,000 copies.
Jimi Hendrix, “Burning Desire”
As part of Dagger Records’ authorized Jimi Hendrix “bootleg” releases, “Burning Desire” presents compelling examples of the guitarist’s remarkable creative explorations through 1969 and early 1970.
On these studio recordings, he can be heard developing exciting new material such as “Ezy Ryder,” “Cherokee Mist,” “Villanova Junction Blues,” “Izabella,” and the title track.
“Burning Desire” was originally released on CD via mail order only, seeing its only LP release on black vinyl as part of a previous RSD Black Friday celebration.
The double LP is now available for the first time since, pressed on translucent orange and red vinyl and limited to 5,000 copies as part of the new RSD Encores series revisiting popular releases from the indie retail event’s history.
Big Bill Broonzy, “Live in Amsterdam, 1953”
Lee Conley Bradley, better known as Big Bill Broonzy, was arguably one of the most influential blues artists of the 20th century, playing country and urban blues, then crossing into the American folk music revival.
A prolific composer who published over 300 songs, it was in the 1950s when Europe discovered his talents.
This 1953 concert comes during the great wave of acclaim there and was recorded at the famous Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Limited to just 2,000 copies, it features Broonzy in a relaxed setting, talking to the audience and playing the music that inspired so many.
Motley Crue, “Girls Girls Girls Tour EP”
This recreation of a four-track EP, originally issued in the UK and out of print for 35 years, continues the celebration of Motley Crue’s landmark 1987 album “Girls Girls Girls.”
The original EP was meant to be a primer for the UK/European trek to support the LP, but the dates were canceled and the entire band was jettisoned to rehab. This four song 10-inch is the first release of the tour EP in the States and is on red vinyl, limited to 4,250 copies.
Harry Chapin, “Story of a Life – The Complete Hit Singles”
This LP has the distinction of being the first Harry Chapin collection to come out on vinyl for the independent record store community in the “modern” reissue era, and it’s got all the hits in their rare single versions.
Issued with the full cooperation of the Harry Chapin Estate, “Story of a Life – The Complete Hit Singles” includes liner notes and photos.
Limited to 2000 copies worldwide, it’s pressed on “Yellow Taxi” vinyl.
Willie Nelson, “Live At Budokan”
In February 1984, Willie Nelson performed in Tokyo to kick off a five-city tour that marked his first time playing in Japan, showing how global his appeal had become.
The first concerts were at the Budokan, the legendary martial arts hall, and the Feb. 23 gig was recorded and filmed for broadcast, eventually seeing release as a laserdisc in Japan.
However, the video was never released anywhere else and the audio at all until now. “Live at Budokan” finds Willie and Family at a monumental point of their powers and includes a 27-song, hit-filled set across two LPs limited to 9,100 copies.
Skip James, “The Complete 1931 Sessions”
Mississippi Delta blues artist Skip James was at his peak during the Great Depression but was “rediscovered” and became much more widely recognized during the 1960’s when he was in poor health nearing the end of his life.
After years of being out of print, “The Complete 1931 Sessions,” taken from James’ Paramount recordings, is on transparent orange vinyl limited to 1,500 copies and sees newartwork and liner notes by author Larry Jaffee.
Townes Van Zandt, “At My Window, 35th Anniversary Edition”
The Texas-born Townes Van Zandt rose to fame in the ’70s, thanks to his blend of blues, country, and folk, paired with a poetic — yet starkly honest — brand of storytelling.
Upon its release via Sugar Hill Records, “At My Window” was warmly welcomed by fans and music critics alike.
The album, which marked his only release of the ’80s, was widely acclaimed.
Limited to 6,000 copies, the 35th anniversary edition of the LP has been newly remastered and pressed on sky blue vinyl.
Various Artists, “Jazz Dispensary: Haunted High”
The sought-after Record Store Day series Jazz Dispensary returns with “Haunted High,” a surreal collection of tunes that explore the furthest depths of outer space, and the human mind.
Culled primarily from the mid-’70s catalogs of Flora Purim, Mongo Santamaría, McCoy Tyner and more, the collection is pressed on pink splatter vinyl and housed in an eye-catching jacket with embossed silver foil detail.
It’s limited to just 5,000 copies available worldwide.
Vinyl of the Week will return in December.
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