Rhino Records is planning 11 titles for this year's Record Store Day Black Friday--and two of them are fairly unexpected catalogue treats from two very different artists.
First up, the label has announced an upcoming expanded edition on CD and LP of Richard Hell & The Voidoids' Blank Generation. Hell, a founding member of Television and one of the key figures of early punk rock in New York and beyond (his personal style of spiked hair and safety pins is said to have influenced Malcolm McLaren's Sex shop and the look of the Sex Pistols), formed The Voidoids with guitarists Ivan Julian and Robert Quine (later of Lou Reed's band in the early '80s) plus drummer Marc Bell (who a year later would change his name to Marky Ramone and drum for the Ramones). Blank Generation remains a touchstone of punk's original wave; Robert Christgau cheekily decreed it was perfect "for those very special occasions when I feel like turning into a nervous wreck." This expanded 2CD or 2LP edition, available November 24 as an "RSD First" release at 2500 units on each format, restores the album's original cover and running order on the first disc (remastered by the album's original engineer, Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound) and includes a 12-track bonus disc with alternate takes, live tracks recorded at legendary New York City punk club CBGB and more.
Y Kant Tori Read? This was an unusual question some intrepid synthpop fans were asking themselves at the top of 1988, when Atlantic Records issued a new album with a striking redheaded woman on the sleeve. Though no one knew it at the time--her surname isn't even in the liner notes--that woman was Tori Amos, a few years removed from the dark, confessional songwriting she is known for today. Y Kant Tori Read was actually a band instead of a solo project--future Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and keyboardist Kim Bullard (who's performed with Elton John, "Weird Al" Yankovic and others) were contributors, while Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen were among the album's background vocalists--and while Amos was quick to disown it after the release of her breakthrough Little Earthquakes (1992), its cult following only grew, with CD and LP copies commanding insane prices on the secondary market. Amos finally reappraised it this year, recently making it available digitally, and now it's getting its first physical reissue on Black Friday (also an "RSD First" title), with 4000 LPs and 3500 CDs made available to indie retailers.
If that didn't get you excited, another nine "RSD First" titles are also on the list from Rhino. Check them all out below, as well as the track lists to the Richard Hell and Y Kant Tori Read!
Dimebag Darrell, The Hitz - this 12" EP features five previously unreleased tracks from the late Pantera guitarist, all heard for the first time since appearing as excerpts in the tribute documentary Dimevision in 2006. (4000 units)
The Doors, Absolutely Live - the original live double album from 1970 has been newly remastered by the band's engineer Bruce Botnick and pressed on midnight blue vinyl. (4800 units)
Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Respect b/w Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) - two of Aretha's most beloved tracks (the immortal A-side turned 50 this year) as heard on the forthcoming album A Brand New Me, which augments the Queen of Soul's most beloved Atlantic masters with new performances from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios. (3700 units)
The Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead Records Collection - this limited box set features vinyl recreations of the Dead's first self-released studio albums: Wake Of The Flood (1973), From The Mars Hotel (1974), Blues For Allah (1975) and the double live Steal Your Face (1976). A book of liner notes and rare photos accompanies the albums. (5000 units)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Blank Generation: 40th Anniversary Edition
CD/LP 1: Original remastered album (released as Sire SR 6037, 1977)
- Love Comes In Spurts
- Liars Beware
- New Pleasure
- Betrayal Takes Two
- Down At The Rock and Roll Club
- Who Says?
- Blank Generation
- Walking On The Water
- The Plan
- Another World
CD/LP 2: Bonus album
- Love Comes In Spurts (Electric Lady Studios Alternate Version)
- Blank Generation (Electric Lady Studios Alternate Version)
- You Gotta Lose (Electric Lady Studios Outtake Version)
- Who Says? - Plaza Sound Studios Alternate Version)
- Love Comes In Spurts (Live @ CBGB - 11/19/1976)
- Blank Generation (Live @ CBGB - 11/19/1976)
- Liars Beware (Live @ CBGB - 4/14/1977)
- New Pleasure (Live @ CBGB - 4/14/1977)
- Walking On The Water (Live @ CBGB - 4/14/1977)
- Another World (Ork Records Version - from Ork single 81976, 1976)
- Oh (from Wayne Kramer Presents Beyond Cyberpunk - MusicBlitz 30005, 2001)
- 1977 Sire Records Radio Commercial
The Notorious B.I.G., Hypnotize - Biggie's posthumous chart-topping single celebrates its 20th anniversary with this 12" orange/black vinyl pressing. (6000 units)
Otis Redding, Live In Europe: 50th Anniversary Edition - Redding's legendary 1967 live album, recorded in Paris with Booker T. & The MG's and released shortly before his death at the end of the year, is being repressed on 140 gram vinyl and in mono! (3250 units)
Son Volt, Straightaways - long unavailable on vinyl, Jay Farrar's post-Uncle Tupelo alt-country unit's sophomore album reappears on the format for its 20th anniversary. (2500 units)
Twisted Sister, A Twisted Christmas - Wanna rock for the holidays? The '80s glam-metal icons put out this album of loud Yuletide favorites in 2006, and now it's on green vinyl. (2000 units)
Y Kant Tori Read, Y Kant Tori Read (originally released as Atlantic 81845, 1988)
- The Big Picture
- Cool On Your Island
- Fire On The Side
- Floating City
- Heart Attack At 23
- On The Boundary
- You Go To My Head
- Etienne Trilogy: The Heartlands/Etienne/Skyeboat Song
Neil Young, Harvest Moon - Young's acoustic-driven 1992 album will be available on double vinyl for the first time in North America. (5000 units)
I had a feeling the Tori Amos album would eventually be rereleased on CD.