For those of us who still savor the experience of shopping in a physical environment, Record Store Day has become a yearly tradition. It’s sometimes frustrating and sometimes exciting, but few could argue with an event that spotlights the hard-working independent music retailers out there who believe that brick-and-mortar retail can still thrive in the iTunes era. (Amen to that!) A more recent offshoot of Record Store Day has been the mini-event held each Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving. While crowds line up each year at Best Buy or Wal-Mart in the wee hours, a rare breed has been doing the same at the record shop in the hopes of obtaining a number of exclusive releases, most of which are on vinyl. This year’s Black Friday crop boasts reissues from some of the biggest names in rock: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, The Doors and so many more.
With Black Friday just around the corner, Record Store Day has revealed the full list of exclusive titles. Among the highlights are a number of 7-inch single releases. From The Beatles, a box set will offer four picture sleeve singles in a sturdy flip-top box. Pink Floyd’s singles box is dedicated to The Wall, and consists of three 7-inch singles in picture sleeves. Both box sets feature a Record Store Day-branded adapter and a poster. Pink Floyd fans might also be interested in a release from Mick Rock. Syd Barrett is remembered with The Photography of Mick Rock. The box includes photographs of the legendary Floyd member plus a 7-inch single of “Octopus” b/w “Golden Hair” on yellow vinyl. A limited, numbered 7-inch set from Bob Dylan offers four singles and includes a sticker of the artist. Janis Joplin also gets the 7-inch box treatment; her Move Over! offers four previously unreleased picture sleeve singles, including six never-before-released tracks and two rarities. The box itself includes a photo print of Janis and a temporary tattoo replica of her tattoo. Joplin is also the recipient of a 180-gram vinyl box set containing four original albums. The Doors’ L.A. Woman set includes four singles, the fourth of which consists of studio chatter.
Sundazed is offering a number of 7-inches from its deep catalogue. The Yardbirds’ “Ha Ha Said the Clown” b/w “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor” is a 1967 U.S. single that never received U.K. release, and “Ten Little Indians” is another U.S. mono single from the same year showcasing Jimmy Page’s experimental studio work. Two more singles come from The Byrds. “The Times They Are A-Changin’” b/w “She Don’t Care About Time” was originally earmarked for single release but that never happened; now, the Dylan covers arrive in their originally intended format. These are joined by “Eight Miles High” b/w “Why” in their mono RCA Studios versions. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Alley Oop” b/w “Night Owl Blues,” another “single that never was,” rounds out the label’s releases.
After the jump, you'll find more Record Store Day titles revealed including those from Nirvana, John Lennon and Pete Townshend, plus the complete track listings to each and every one of these releases we’ve discussed above!
On the 10-inch vinyl side, Nirvana offers all of the 10-inch singles from the recently-reissued Nevermind in a limited, numbered slipcase. Pete Townshend’s The Quadrophenia Demos Volume 1 is first of two numbered sets of EPs featuring six demos from the Director's Cut re-release of Quadrophenia, produced, authorized and overseen by Townshend. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Kiss My Amps Live is a 12-inch vinyl-only release collecting seven tracks from the band’s recent, acclaimed Mojo tour. A limited 40th anniversary vinyl box for John Lennon’s seminal Imagine album will contain a bonus white vinyl album with six tracks, as well as a poster.
UPDATE 11/8: A special 7-inch vinyl single of The Rolling Stones' “No Spare Parts” b/w “Before They Make Me Run” will follow the November 21 release of the deluxe reissues of 1978’s Some Girls. “No Spare Parts” is one of the songs premiering on the expanded Some Girls while “Before They Make Me Run,” of course, is a cut off the original album. The acoustic “No Spare Parts” was originally recorded in Paris circa 1978, and showcases vocalist Mick Jagger on electric piano, Keith Richards on acoustic piano, Ronnie Wood on pedal steel guitar, Charlie Watts on drums and Bill Wyman on bass. For those who aren’t equipped with turntables, the single will be available digitally beginning November 14.
Here's a handy printable checklist! We encourage you to contact your local independent retailer to find out just what titles you might encounter there on Black Friday!
Syd Barrett, Syd Barrett: The Photography of Mick Rock (EMI/Capitol, 2011; limited to 5,000 U.S.)
- Octopus/Golden Hair
The Beatles, The Singles Box Set (Apple/Capitol, 2011; limited to 10,000 U.S./5,700 International)
- Ticket to Ride/Yes It Is
- Hey Jude/Revolution
- Something/Come Together
- Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby
The Byrds, Eight Miles High/Why (Sundazed, 2011; limited to 1,200 U.S., 1,000 U.S.)
- 7-inch single
The Byrds, The Times They Are A-Changin’/She Don’t Care About Time (Sundazed, 2011; limited to 1,200 U.S., 1,000 International)
- 7-inch single
Miles Davis, The Miles Davis Quartet (Prestige, 2011; limited to 1,800 U.S., 1,200 international)
- Original album (1953)
The Doors, L.A. Woman Singles Box Set (Elektra/Rhino, 2011; limited to 3,000 U.S.; 2,850 International)
- Love Her Madly
- The Changeling
- Riders on the Storm
- Studio Banter
Dream Theater, Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory (Brookvale, 2011; limited to 3,000 U.S.
- Original album (1999)
Bob Dylan, Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? (Columbia/Legacy, 2011; limited to 5,000 U.S.)
- Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?/Highway 61
- Positively 4th Street/From a Buick Six
- Like a Rolling Stone/Gates of Eden
- Subterranean Homesick Blues/She Belongs to Me
Grateful Dead, Live Europe ’72, Volume 2 (Rhino, 2011; limited to 3,000 U.S.; 2,850 International)
- Vinyl debut of CD release, with one additional track TBA
Janis Joplin, The Classic LP Collection (Columbia/Legacy, 2011; limited to 2,000 U.S.; 1,200 International)
- Pearl (1971)
- I Got Dem Kozmic Blues Again, Mama (1969)
- Big Brother and the Holding Company – Big Brother and the Holding Company (1967)
- Cheap Thrills – Big Brother and the Holding Company (1968)
Janis Joplin, Move Over! (Columbia/Legacy, 2011; limited to 2,000 U.S.; 1,200 International)
- Magic of Love/Call on Me – Big Brother and the Holding Company
- Piece of My Heart/Summertime – Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band
- Raise Your Hand/Bo Diddley – Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band
- Move Over/My Baby – Janis Joplin and the Full Tilt Boogie Band
Kings of Leon, The Early Vinyl (Legacy, 2011; limited to 3,250 U.S., 1,200 International)
- Youth and Young Manhood (2003)
- Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004)
- Because of the Times (2007)
- Bonus LP: Unreleased studio and live tracks
John Lennon, Imagine: 40th Anniversary Edition (Apple/Capitol, 2011; limited to 5,000 U.S./1,700 international)
- Original Album (1971)
- Bonus 6-track white vinyl (Contents TBA)
The Lovin’ Spoonful, Alley Oop/Night Owl Blues (Sundazed, 2011; 1,200 U.S., 1,000 International)
- 7-inch single
Nirvana, Nevermind: The Singles (Universal, 2011; limited to 5,000 U.S.)
- Smells Like Teen Spirit/Drain You/Even in his Youth/Aneurysm
- Come As You Are/Endless, Nameless/School (Live)/Drain You (Live)
- Lithium/Been a Son (Live)/Curmudgeon/D-7 (John Peel Session)
- In Bloom (Live)/Silver (Live)/Polly (Live)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Kiss My Amps Live (Warner Bros., 2011; limited to 5,000 U.S.)
- Takin’ My Time — July 22, 2010 — The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich.
- I Should Have Known It — June 16, 2010 — Rexall Place, Edmonton, Canada
- Sweet William — June 14, 2008 — Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass.
- Jefferson Jericho Blues — Aug 1, 2010 — Wachovia Arena, Philadelphia, Pa.
- First Flash of Freedom — Aug 1, 2010 — Wachovia Arena, Philadelphia, Pa.
- Running Man’s Bible — Sep 18, 2010 — Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, N.C.
- Good Enough — July 31, 2010 — Wachovia Arena, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pink Floyd, The Wall: Singles Box (EMI/Capitol, 2011; limited to 7,500 U.S./4,000 International)
- Another Brick in the Wall/One of My Turns
- Comfortably Numb/Hey You
- Run Like Hell/Don’t Leave Me Now
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Warner Bros., 2011; limited to 5,170 U.S.)
- Original album (1991)
The Rolling Stones, No Spare Parts/Before They Make Me Run (Universal Republic, 2011)
- 7-inch single
Soundgarden, Live on I-5 Before the Doors Soundcheck EP (Universal, 2011; limited to 4,000 U.S.)
- No Attention (12/5/96)
- Never the Machine Forever (12/5/96)
- Waiting for the Sun (12/5/96)
- Room a Thousand Years Wide (12/7/96)
- Somewhere (12/4/96)
Pete Townshend, The Quadrophenia Demos Volume 1 (Universal, 2011; limited to 4,000 U.S.)
- The Real Me
- Cut My Hair
- Dirty Jobs
- Is It In My Head
Yardbirds, Ha Ha Said the Clown/Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor (Sundazed, 2011; limited to 1,600 U.S., 1,200 International)
- 7-inch single
Yardbirds, Ten Little Indians/Drinking Muddy Water (Sundazed, 2011; limited to 1,600 U.S., 1,200 International)
- 7-inch single
Michael Tofinetti says
The Yardbirds' single B-side is actually called "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor", although "Dreamer" sounds like it would make a cool song.
Is Blood Sugar Sex Magik remastered in this release?
Hi again today Mike
How does one find out where to get the nice "giveaways for the RSD's each year, if you don't live in one of the big cities???
I despise waiting for these to appear on eBay or vinyl websites, to "sellers" who got tens of greedy FREE acquisitions, then charging too much for again what was free?! Had to pay $50 for the JL RSD 2010 Bag Singles set.
If a purchase is required for any of these RSD items, then maybe some of the store owners should honor us who also buy, thru the mail, and hold some back for this purpose!!!
Baron--the JL RSD 2010 Bag Singles set wasn't a free item.
Hi Joe, et al
Does anyone know of a way to buy the RSD 2011 vinyl if you live in a location that has no sponsor stores. I talked with the only listed RSD store in Albuquerque (cool state, but backwards on vinyl) that is plain pissed about the whole ordeal, and not participating. Too corporate, and the press kit stuff cost; not to defend or deny their argument. I understand the purpose of getting folks out to the stores, but you need to have one first. I just am sick of having to buy off eBay at exaggerated prices. Maybe at my ripe old age, I have found a calling - open a active, cater to all, vinyl record store again in this town. Any backers?