Special Vinyl and CD Releases at Independent Shops on “Black Friday”
Music buyers can find special releases by Miles Davis, Norah Jones and Frank Zappa at independent music retailers on Nov. 23.
The releases are part of an effort to get music lovers to visit independent retailers on the biggest shopping day of the year. The campaign—dubbed “Record Store Day Black Friday”—is similar to the annual Record Store Day (RSD) shopping event that takes place at indie retailers each spring. This year’s post-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza has been nicknamed “Back To Black Friday,” a clever nod to RSD shops’ love of vinyl records.
Indie music retailers will be stocked with intriguing collector’s items, such as limited-edition vinyl, CDs, DVDs, box sets and a collection of trading cards. The items will be available in limited quantities at participating stores.
Sony Legacy is offering Death Might Be Your Santa Claus, a compilation that will be sold exclusively at indie shops. The collection, which is available in LP or CD format, includes holiday-themed tracks from the 1920s–’50s. This assortment of blues, jazz, gospel and sermons features artists such as Bessie Smith, Harmon Ray (Peetie Wheatstraw), Lil McIntock, Tampa Red and Sonny Boy Williamson, Bo Carter, Kansas City Kitty and Casey Bill Weldon. The CD edition includes two bonus tracks: “Santa” by Lightnin’ Hopkins and “Hell Will Be Your Santa Claus” by the Reverend J.M. Gates.
Sony Legacy also has three classic Miles Davis LPs that will be sold exclusively at RSD shops until Dec. 31, 2012. The titles are Miles Ahead (1957), Porgy & Bess (1958) and Sketches Of Spain (1960). Each 12-inch mono release features the original track listing and is pressed with 180-gram audiophile vinyl.
Blue Note is offering a special remix EP of four tracks from Norah Jones’ latest album, Little Broken Hearts. The EP, pressed on 10-inch vinyl, will include four songs remixed by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio. This title is available exclusively at RSD shops.
Elektra/Rhino has created a special 7-inch “split single” pressed with festive green and red vinyl for the holiday season as part of the popular Side By Side series. One side contains a 1970 recording of soul legend Donny Hathaway (1945–’79) singing “This Christmas,” while the flip side has a 2012 version of the same song performed by CeeLo Green, who has become a TV star thanks to his role as a judge on the singing competition “The Voice.”
Other goodies that “Black Friday” shoppers will be scooping up include three 7-inch vinyl records from Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band; a 7-inch record of Bob Dylan’s recent song “Duquesne Whistle,” backed with an alternate take of “Meet Me In The Morning”; and Bettye LaVette’s More Thankful, More Thoughtful CD with five previously unreleased tracks.
Also for sale will be a gold-embossed, numbered 7-inch record from Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention that has two tracks from the sessions that yielded 1967’s Absolutely Free. Indie shops will also have and a set of 37 trading cards titled Obscure Giants Of Acoustic Guitar, featuring the artwork of Shana Cleveland.
Because quantities are limited, not every store will receive every title. The Record Store Day website organizes titles into two categories: RSD exclusive releases and “RSD First” releases, which will be sold at indie shops before becoming available later in other outlets.
For more information, as well as a full list of titles and participating stores, visit the Record Store Day website.