There is a slight backlash on the day after Thanksgiving that moves further up the calendar each year.
Businesses say it’s to space out offers so shoppers can spend more time with their families over the holiday season.
Critics say the only thing retailers care about is when it’s in their stores.
But if you have to go out and suddenly find yourself in the crowd this Friday, be sure to stop by your local record store.
The organizers behind Record Store Day dedicated several years ago to making Black Friday about the black circle that spins “forward, baby, straight ahead.” Black Friday Record Store Day has great merchandise for music fanatics of all shapes, sizes and genres. Here are some of the best to watch out for for that music lover in your life.
David Bowie, “The Next Day Extra”
‘The Next Day Extra’ mini-album completes the legacy of David Bowie’s famous ‘The Next Day Extra’, featuring various albums and remixes from 2013’s ‘The Next Day’.
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 album’s main sessions.
Two remixes were added: “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”, as well as a Japanese bonus- track “The Informer”.
The 12-inch vinyl is limited to 11,850 copies.
The Doors, “Parisian Blues”
A compilation of The Doors’ greatest live blues recordings both in the studio and on stage, Paris Blues also includes a trio of songs co-written with legendary blues guitarist Albert King.
The edition is limited to 10,000 copies, including the never-before-released title track and original artwork created for this release by Robbie Krieger.
Jimi Hendrix, “Burning Desire”
“Burning Desire” is part of Dagger Records’ authorized Jimi Hendrix bootlegs, which provide compelling examples of the guitarist’s remarkable creative pursuits in 1969 and the early 1970s.
These studio recordings can be heard as he develops exciting new material such as ‘Ezy Ryder’, ‘Cherokee Mist’, ‘Villanova Junction Blues’, ‘Izabella’ and the title track.
Burning Desire was originally released on CD by mail only, and its only LP was released on black vinyl as part of RSD’s pre-Black Friday celebration.
The double LP is now available for the first time since then, pressed on translucent orange and red vinyl and limited to 5,000 copies as part of the new RSD Encores series, which examines popular releases from the indie retail event’s history.
Big Bill Brunzi, “Live in Amsterdam, 1953”
Lee Conley Bradley, better known as Big Bill Brunzi, was arguably one of the most influential blues artists of the 20th century, playing country and urban blues before transitioning into the American folk music revival.
A prolific composer who published more than 300 songs, Europe discovered his talents in the 1950s.
This 1953 concert took place during a great wave of acclaim and was recorded at Amsterdam’s famous Concertgebouw.
Limited to just 2,000 copies, Brunzi casually chats with the audience and plays music that has inspired many.
Motley Crue, “Girls Girls Girls Tour EP”
Originally released in the UK and out of print for 35 years, this four-track EP remaster continues the celebration of Motley Crue’s iconic 1987 album Girls Girls Girls.
The original EP was supposed to be a UK/European build-up to support the LP, but the dates were canceled and the whole band sent to rehab. This four-song 10-inch is the first mini-album release of the tour in the States and is released on red vinyl, limited to 4,250 copies.
Harry Chapin, The Story of Life – Complete Hit Singles
This LP has the distinction of being the first Harry Chapin compilation released on vinyl for the independent record store community in the “modern” reissue era, and it contains all the hits in their rare single versions.
Story of a Life – The Complete Hit Singles, published in full cooperation with the Harry Chapin Estate, includes liner notes and photographs.
Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide, it is 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 appearance in Japan, showing just how global his appeal had become.
The first concerts took place at the Budokan, a legendary martial arts hall, and the concert on February 23 was recorded and filmed for broadcast, eventually being released as a laserdisc in Japan.
However, the video was never released anywhere else and the audio at all until now. “Live at Budokan” shows Willie and family at the monumental point of their power and comprises a 27-song, hit-filled set on two LPs limited to 9,100 copies.
Skip James, The Complete 1931 Session
Mississippi Delta bluesman Skip James was at his peak during the Great Depression, but was “rediscovered” and gained much more recognition in the 1960s when he was in poor health, nearing the end of his life.
After being out of print for several years, The Complete 1931 Sessions, taken from James’ Paramount recordings, is being released on clear orange vinyl in a limited edition of 1,500 copies and featuring new covers and liner notes by Larry Jaffe.
Townes Van Zandt, At My Window, 35th Anniversary Edition
Texas-born Townes Van Zandt rose to fame in the ’70s for his fusion of blues, country and folk, combined with a poetic—yet fiercely honest—way of storytelling.
After its release on Sugar Hill Records, “At My Window” was warmly received by fans and music critics.
The album, which was his only release of the 80s, was widely acclaimed.
Limited to 6,000 copies, the 35th anniversary LP was recently remastered and pressed on blue vinyl.
Various Artists, “Jazz Dispensary: Haunted High”
The in-demand Record Store Day Jazz Dispensary series returns with “Haunted High,” a surreal collection of tunes that explore the furthest depths of space and the human mind.
Selected primarily from the mid-70s catalogs of Flora Purim, Mongo Santamaría, McCoy Tyner and others, the collection is printed on splatter pink vinyl and housed in an attractive silver foil embossed cover.
It is limited to only 5,000 copies available worldwide.
Vinyl of the Week will return in December.
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