While the annual Black Friday edition of Record Store Day is still over two months away, no time is wasting to release the official lineup of 150 exclusive titles for public consumption and whet the appetite.
The November 26 roster of mostly vinyl – with a few CDs and cassettes for equal measure – includes limited edition albums, EPs or singles from artists as diverse as Billie Eilish, Jason Isbell, Aerosmith, Trippie Redd, U2, Black Pumas, John Legend, Jimi Hendrix, Lana Del Rey, Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Mobb Deep, Leonard Cohen, the Jerry Garcia Band, Tank and the Bangas, Motorhead, Bill Evans and Blackberry Smoke.
The organizers of Record Store Day are warning this year that it is possible that a few of the titles announced today will drop, due to severe delays at vinyl manufacturing plants. A few releases planned for Black Friday are also included in this program so that the artists can announce them themselves.
RSD’s Black Friday edition is a little cousin of the traditional April event (which, since the pandemic began early last year, has been split into sequential “RSD Drops” events to reduce crowds. ), where 400 titles could jockey for customers’ attention in independent stores. But Black Friday lines are rarely shorter than those in spring, even with Macy’s competing before dawn the day after Thanksgiving.
The full lineup (for now) of titles can be found on RSD’s website here, along with a list of participating independent stores. But we’ve picked a few highlights from the list, with brief descriptions and quantities where applicable.
Jason Isbell and Unit 400, “Georgia Blue” (12,000 copies)
Isbell announced a digital release in October for this fundraising album earlier today, but the physical release will be an RSD vinyl exclusive the following month. On November 5, 2020, Isbell tweeted: “If Biden wins Georgia, I’m going to do a charity album of covers of my favorite Georgia songs – REM, Gladys Knight, Vic Chesnutt, Allmans, Cat Power, Precious Bryant, Now It’s Overhead , etc. … And damn it, this is gonna be fun. We have heard it, and it is. Main guest singers include Brandi Carlile, Julien Baker, Amanda Shires and Adia Victoria, spanning artists ranging from James Brown and Gladys Knight & the Pips to REM to Cat Power.
Billie Eilish, “No time to die“(15,000 copies)
His 7-inch single features two never-before-seen versions of his James Bond theme – one being a demo version and the other live from the Brit Awards. Although this is only a single, the inner sleeve includes photos, a lyrics sheet, and even sheet music.
Aerosmith, “1971: The Road Begins Here»(10,000 copies on vinyl, 2,000 on cassette)
They were just dreamers when the Boston band gathered in a rehearsal room in 1971 and the Joe Perry recording was turned on. This seven-track release features raw first versions of familiar songs Aerosmith recorded two years before their deal with Columbia, including “Dream On” and “Mama Kin” in their rawest form.
Charlie Parker, “Bird in LA” (2,500 copies on vinyl, 5,000 on CD)
A total of 29 unreleased recordings of great jazz’s stays in California in 1948-52, from club dates to a television appearance with Dizzy Gillespie at a sanctuary “Jazz at the Philharmonic show, are included in a new collection available in 4 LP or 2 CD box.
Lana Del Rey, “Chemtrails on the Country Club” (15,000 copies)
Nothing new here, but you get a different cover art – which will satisfy a lot of fans who weren’t quite happy with the original Women’s Day group photo – on translucent cobalt vinyl.
“Blue Velvet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Deluxe Edition)” (3,000 copies)
Sheet music composer Angelo Badalamanti and director David Lynch were both reportedly involved in this special edition, which features new liner notes, sound “straight from the unedited soundtracks”, the addition of Bobby’s title track Vinton to track list for the first time in soundtrack album history, marbled blue vinyl to match the imagery of the opening curtain and original poster art from Italian film.
Blackberry Smoke, “Stone” (2,500 copies)
Adopting a process seldom used to make an LP, the band entered the Welcome to 1979 studio on November 6, 2020 and recorded, mixed and mastered this album live on a master vinyl, each side representing a long, uninterrupted, a – superimposed take that went straight to the lathe.
Trippie Redd, “A love letter for you 1 / A love letter for you 2” (4000 copies)
This material from the rising hip-hop star had previously only been physically released before this LP exclusive, with rappers and their fans no longer having much use for CDs. Redd’s first two mixtapes have been combined into a triple-LP set.
Fleetwood Mac, “Alternative Live” (6,000 copies)
Warner Records has a good tradition of pulling songs from bonus CDs into Fleetwood Mac’s album-by-album memorial boxes to provide “alternative” versions of their albums, usually consisting of demos or alternative takes. In the case of the band’s live album, the label tapped into the box set of their 1980s live album to compose another 14-song track, with the sequence, if not the actual content, exclusive to vinyl – including four songs. from the Tour group “Rumors”, seven from the “Tusk” tour and three others from the “Mirage” era.
Oscar Peterson, “A Time For Love – The Oscar Peterson Quartet-Live In Helsinki, 1987” (1,800 copies)
A numbered limited edition on 180g translucent blue vinyl marks the first release of the Last Night of a 1986 European Tour; apart from RSD it will also be released, less exclusively, on CD and digital formats, but the limited quantity on LP will go quickly.
Leonard Cohen, “Songs of Love & Hate (50th Anniversary)” (5,000 copies)
Cohen’s 1971 album didn’t get the attention that many rock records celebrating their 50th this year, but a 180g white vinyl number with an embossed sleeve and a new eight lyric booklet. pages should help bring that landmark in the bard’s career to the birthday party as well.
The Jim Carroll group, “Catholic Boy (Deluxe)” (1,500 copies)
The poet’s brilliant 1980 debut as the leader of a rock’n’roll band is commemorated in a two-disc set that includes a bonus LP of the band’s original demos from 1978, along with a pair of unreleased songs. Artwork for the gatefold wrap was designed by original bassist Stephen Linsley, and fresh cover notes and photographs are included.
Bobby Rush, “Chicken Heads 50th Anniversary” (1,500 copies)
The bluesman asked Gov’t Mule, Buddy Guy and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram to cut covers of his 50-year-old signature song, and added his own re-recording for good measure. The EP will be released digitally later, but that’s the only way to celebrate the anniversary right now.
Various artists, “Americana Railroad” (3,500 copies)
A two-LP set features what are described as “new interpretations of the rich canon of songs on the rails and how music and the railroad shaped America and its musical history”, from such esteemed artists as John Fogerty, Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Carla Olson, Dom Flemons, James Intveld and Dustbowl Revival.
John Carpenter, “Ghosts of Mars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (2,200 copies)
Carpenter’s cultists will be particularly interested in this horror-sci-fi director / songwriter soundtrack. Technically it’s already released on vinyl, but we really mean technically; as the caption says, 500 copies were squeezed in 2018 to be sold through a website, but “most of the product arrived badly scuffed and / or warped, and only 200 pieces were sold before the album was released. definitely put on hold due to the high level of defective albums. Varese intends to have better quality control on this 20th anniversary edition, which will be on colored vinyl.
Sam Cooke, “The First Mile of the Way” (3,000 copies)
A three-disc set – three 10-inch discs, that is – celebrates Specialty Records’ 75th anniversary by bringing together pop tracks he recorded for the label as well as live recordings of a show of 1955 Shrine in LA The trifold jacket includes a replica flyers “and other ephemera” included as inserts. While the tracks here have been released in various forms before, they have never been put together in a true Cooke compilation, and some are making their vinyl debuts.
Also on the program: tracks from Maxwell, Thundercat, Thelonious Monk, RZA, Broken Social Scene, Screamin ‘Jay Hawkins, Ray Charles, Art Pepper, Puscifer, Carole King, the Gun Club, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, the Shangri-Las, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Spoon, Little Feat, Chet Baker, Sun Ra, LA Guns, Buck Owens, Ozzy Osbourne, the Jackson 5, Todd Rundgren, Tammi Terrell, kd lang, All the Witches , Big Mama Thornton, Lera Lynn, Teddy Swims, Grant-Lee Phillips, Twiztid, Evanescence, Dire Straits, King’s X, Chuck Prophet, Dio, the Bee Gees, the combination of Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson and many more.
Soundtracks for “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”, “The Iron Giant”, “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Cherry” are also making their way into the mix, along with a rare album from the cast of “The Munsters. “.