There are two things you can do on Black Friday when looking for gifts for the people in your life. One, senselessly battle the borderline bonkers crowds at the big box stores with the supposed “best deals” of the day, or make it super easy on yourself and sit behind the computer screen with a cup of coffee and leisurely browse online for items your loved ones will enjoy.
Seems like a no brainer.
Now, for the dedicated music fan in your life — or maybe for yourself — it’s worth venturing out into the land of the living, as the people behind the annual Record Store Day occasion each April have made the day after Thanksgiving a mini-version of their main event. Dubbed “Back to Black Friday,” it’s one more example of organizers working year-round to shine a light on the independent businesses in local communities that keep the spirit of physical music alive.
Not surprisingly, there are labels, artists, managers and distribution companies who feel the same way, and collectively they’ve put together a list of titles for the season that are available at participating record stores. They come out on Black Friday, but may be available at record stores throughout the rest of the year, depending on just how rare the vinyl might be, so it’s best to get out there early.
This season, here are 10 of the titles Rock Music Menu is recommending for readers to keep an eye out for at the record stores – a full list of participating ones which can be found at recordstoreday.com
‘BAD REPUTATION: MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE’
Joan Jett put in her hard work long before she rose to fame and scored her first chart-topping hit, “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.” She was ripping it up as the backbone of pioneering all-female band The Runaways, starting a record label out of the trunk of a car after 23 rejections and influencing her contemporaries and generations of up-and-comers alike with her DIY style. This edition of the soundtrack to the new documentary ‘Bad Reputation’ features tracks from Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Runaways, Bikini Kill and a previously unreleased track with Jett, Miley Cyrus and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! Not only is this the first time this LP is available on vinyl, 3000 copies are on transparent yellow vinyl.
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
‘BURNING OF THE MIDNIGHT LAMP (MONO EP)’ [7” SINGLE]
‘Electric Ladyland’ is arguably Jimi Hendrix’s most authentic and personal work, a realization of music as what he once said was, “my personal diary – a release of all my inner feelings, aggression, tenderness, sympathy, everything.” To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the final album the legendary guitarist issued during his lifetime, this EP offers the rare mono single mix of “Burning of the Midnight Lamp,” plus mono versions of ‘Electric Ladyland’ tracks “Crosstown Traffic” and “Gypsy Eyes.” Limited to 3000 copies.
IGGY AND THE STOOGES
The untamed energy of Iggy and the Stooges comes to vinyl for ‘Rare Power,’ a collection of rare tracks from the sessions that produced their landmark 1973 album ‘Raw Power.’ Seven of these nine outtakes and alternate mixes are available on vinyl for the first time, and composer Josh Mobley’s remix of “Gimme Danger” — heard in the bestselling video game Watch Dogs – is commercially available for the first time ever, with the LP itself the first time on vinyl and limited to 3000 copies.
‘HINTS ALLEGATIONS AND THINGS LEFT UNSAID’
In 1993, Collective Soul combined grunge, soul, and Southern-style hard rock on their debut full-length, ‘Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid,’ which spawned the No. 1 rock radio smash “Shine” and the follow-up hit “Breathe.” To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this double-platinum landmark, it will enjoy its first-ever vinyl pressing-available on 180-gram opaque red vinyl, limited to 3000 copies.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
‘LIVE & RARE’
Released only in Japan in 1997, this two-LP collection of live and demo tracks – available for the first time on vinyl – is a must for Rage Against the Machine fans. It includes fiery versions of “Take the Power Back” and “Bombtrack,” covers of N.W.A.’s “[Expletive] Tha Police” and Public Enemy’s “Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos,” featuring Chuck D on lead vocals. There’s also tracks from the band’s original 1991 demo tape. Limited to 5000 copies.
JIM MORRISON & THE DOORS
‘AN AMERICAN PRAYER’
The final studio album by the Doors, originally released November 1978, is getting a 40th Anniversary edition almost to the day. Seven years after Jim Morrison died, and five years after the remaining members of the band broke up, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore reunited and recorded backing tracks over Morrison’s poetry that was originally recorded in 1969 and 1970. This numbered, 180gram red vinyl edition features a 12-page booklet and lithograph and is limited to 7000 units worldwide.
‘PERMANENT RECORD: THE VERY BEST OF VIOLENT FEMMES’
Violent Femmes were one of the most inventive and original bands to emerge during the ’80s college-rock boom. Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisc., the stripped-down trio uniquely combined punk and folk, sarcasm and spirituality, on songs that acutely captured romantic angst. The group released eight studio albums, achieved an excess of 10 million sales worldwide and released a string of iconic singles-many of which are featured here. Pressed for the first time on coke-bottle-clear vinyl, the 2005 retrospective contains favorites “Blister in The Sun,” “Gone Daddy Gone,” “Add It Up,” “American Music,” and “Kiss Off,” as well as a dozen other classics. Limited to 2500 copies.
‘MORE MUDDY “MISSISSIPPI” WATERS LIVE’ (2LP – First Time On Vinyl)
Recorded during a club tour near the end of his impressive career, 1979’s ‘Muddy “Mississippi” Waters Live’ is a towering testament to the former sharecropper who electrified the blues during the ‘40s and ‘50s. For the first time on vinyl, these additional recordings from that same tour, produced by Johnny Winter, showcase Muddy’s mastery of Chicago blues through stellar versions of “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Kansas City,” “Got My Mojo Working,” “Corrina, Corrina” and more. The two-LP set is limited to 2000 copies.
TYPE O NEGATIVE
‘BLOODY KISSES 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION’
Considered a stand out in the gothic metal genre, ‘Bloody Kisses’ is Type O Negative’s third studio album, originally released in 1993 and the last recording to feature the band’s original line-up. The album features one of their best-known songs in “Black No. 1,” and was the first album released on Roadrunner Records to achieve gold and platinum certification. This anniversary edition is the first standalone vinyl release of ‘Bloody Kisses’ in the US and Includes an extra LP of bonus tracks making their debut on vinyl. Pressed on 180-gram green and black mixed colored vinyl, the three-LP set is limited to 5000 copies.
‘WHAT WE DO IS SECRET’
Originally released in 1981, ‘What We Do Is Secret’ is a collection of material recorded by American punk band The Germs between 1977 and 1980. The driving EP, under 20 minutes in length, encompasses the sound of the Southern California punk scene in the late 70’s. While most of the tracks come from various studio sessions, several live tracks from the group’s last show at the Starwood nightclub are featured on the record, including a full track of dialogue that gives a listener true insight into attending a Germs show. The tracks were remastered for vinyl and sound better than ever. This pressing comes on blue colored vinyl and is limited to 2250 copies.
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