Record Store Day has revealed a small list of limited releases for their Back to Black Friday promotion on November 29th, the day after Thanksgiving.
Back to Black Friday is a smaller version of the annual Record Store Day that features hundreds of releases the third Saturday of each April. RSD’s Back to Black Friday promotion gives record stores exclusive releases as part of the attempt to redirect the focus of the biggest shopping day of the year to those who desire special physical formats from some of the biggest artists in almost every genre that can only be found at local independent record stores.
The Doors, The Clash and Bob Dylan lead RSD’s Back to Black Friday exclusive releases which will be available only at participating independent retailers across the U.S. and Canada.
The Doors – Curated by Record Store Day will be released on 180-gram vinyl and will include eight tracks. Side A will feature rare original mono versions of four classic studio tracks while Side B showcases four legendary live performances. The release is mastered by Bruce Botnick, the band’s original engineer, and is limited to 7,500 individually numbered copies. There are two variations of the artwork, each featuring a hand written track list by one of the surviving band members, John Densmore or Robby Krieger.
Dylan is offering a triple vinyl version of Side Tracks, a career-spanning set that features a wealth of previously released non-album singles and tracks. This collection will otherwise only be available only as part of the massive 47 CD Complete Album Collection Vol. One boxed set available on November 5th.
The Clash will reissue five of their classic albums — The Clash, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, London Calling (2 CDs), Sandinista! (3 CDs) and Combat Rock — all in replicated LP sleeves.
Rush revealed last week that they are releasing a special 10″ picture disc of “The Garden,” the closing track from 2012′s Clockwork Angels, for Black Friday. Side A will feature the studio version from the album, while Side B includes a live version of the song with the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble taken from the upcoming live CD/DVD/Blu-ray release Clockwork Angels Tour, due November 19th.
Other releases announced so far include Cheap Trick – The Classic Albums 1977-1979 as a five LP set, Grateful Dead – Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 4/18/70 on vinyl, Jethro Tull – Benefit on vinyl, Harry Nilsson – Rarities Collection on vinyl and a triple threat from Paul Simon — Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon and Still Crazy After All These Years — all on vinyl. A full list of limited edition releases is expected to be announced next week. We will post that list when available.
Keep in mind, not every store listed on the RSD website will participate in all promotions or carry all releases. It’s best to check with them directly when inquiring about certain titles.
Since its conception in 2007, Record Store Day has become a phenomenon among music enthusiasts throughout the world wanting to celebrate the physical aspect of music. While RSD only happens once a year (the third Saturday in April), organizers spend the other 364 days working to showcase the nearly 1000 independent record stores across North America, and thousands more internationally, by providing special limited releases to their customers, including Black Friday.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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