Record Store Day once again brings us exclusive releases for the Black Friday. Paul McCartney, Gorillaz, Ryan Adams and U2 are among those.
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There are quite a few festive titles on the Official List, including two from Paul McCartney, always very supportive of Record Store Day and indie record stores, spreading some cheer with two 7″ releases, one on red vinyl and one on green vinyl, both featuring a new version of his classic Wonderful Christmastime on which he’s joined by The Roots. The green vinyl B-side is The Decemberists’ rendition of Jesus Christ and the red vinyl is backed by a live Norah Jones performance of Peace.
Speaking of legendary musicians, Muddy Waters has influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones to the White Stripes. Record Store Day has an exact reproduction of Muddy’s original 1958 album, The Best of Muddy Waters, from the original Chess Records mono reels on the Black Friday Exclusives list.
The “virtual” band Gorillaz, actually English musician Damon Albarn and lots and lots of friends, is back after a seven-year hiatus with Humanz, featuring collaborations with artists such as Popcaan, De La Soul, Grace Jones and many others. RSD Black Friday sees Humanz come to record stores in double picture disc format.
Other animated musical bounty comes in the form of Vitamin String Quartet and their tribute to the music of the films of Studio Ghibli, Vitamin String Quartet: The World of Studio Ghibli highlights the emotional beauty in films like Kiki’s Delivery Service, When Mamie Was There and more.
Ever since Snoop Dogg bust out of Long Beach, CA on Dr. Dre’s masterpiece The Chronic, he has been a force to be reckoned with musically, lyrically, socially…heck, he even coaches Pee-Wee football. Snoop has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, and he’s back with Neva Left, available on vinyl for the first time for RSD Black Friday.
After The Grateful Dead left Warner Brothers in 1973 and before they signed with Arista in 1977, they released three excellent studio albums and one double album on their own Grateful Dead Label. These LPs, Wake of the Flood, Blues For Allah, From the Mars Hotel and the double live Steal Your Face, have been long sought after by collectors and are brought together for Black Friday in a 5xLP box: The Grateful Dead Records Collection. Jerry Garcia’s fans can also look forward to Side Trips, Vol One, the album recorded live by Jerry and keyboard collaborator Howard Wales. This collection of four jazz/fusion performances comes to vinyl for the first time on Black Friday.
Rock ‘n’ roll never fades away at record stores, and there will be plenty of it this Black Friday. The first North American vinyl release of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, a deluxe 2xLP 40th anniversary edition of Richard Hell & the Voidoids’ Blank Generation, Clutch’s Pitchfork & Lost Needles picture disc, Gone is Gone’s Phantom Limb 7”, Chris Cornell’s take on the songs of Cliff Poncier, and a live recording of the night Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers), Clem Burke (Blondie), Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) and Wayne Kramer (The MC5) took on Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers’ L.A.M.F. album are just the tip of the great pile of rock releases hitting the racks at record stores this November 24.