Seven is Legacy Recordings’ lucky number for this Black Friday’s annual Record Store Day event. On November 23, the label will release seven titles on limited edition vinyl in a variety of genres reflecting the diversity of the Sony vaults.
The offerings are highlighted by an EP of mono mixes from Jimi Hendrix; the vinyl debut of the Legacy Edition of The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, coinciding with Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman’s current tour celebrating the album; and more vinyl premieres of rare material from Iggy and The Stooges and Rage Against the Machine. The Certified Classics imprint has tapped Outkast for a 12-inch single, and Joan Jett’s Blackheart Recordings celebrates its recent distribution deal with Legacy via the vinyl premiere of Bad Reputation: Music from the Motion Picture.
Without further ado, here’s the complete list of 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl releases from Legacy Recordings, with descriptions for each title provided by the label. You can look for all of these titles on Record Store Day Black Friday, on November 23 at finer independent record retailers everywhere. Looking for the full list of participating stores? You’ll find that and more here!
The Byrds, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo: Legacy Edition (4LP 12″ Vinyl – First Time On Vinyl)
By the time Sweetheart Of The Rodeo was released in 1968, The Byrds had already changed the sound of rock music twice; from jangling folk-rock to experimental acid-rock, they constantly sought to push the boundaries of what rock music could be. The 1967 departure of David Crosby left a creative void filled quickly by country music-loving Gram Parsons, whose addition inspired Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, already steeped in traditional country and bluegrass, to record an album comprised mostly of authentic country material in Nashville, with the aid of local session aces (including future Byrd Clarence White). For the first time on vinyl–and on the heels of a 50th anniversary tour of the album by original members McGuinn and Hillman–this Legacy Edition of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo showcases this country-rock masterpiece alongside 28 bonus tracks, including demos, outtakes, rehearsal versions and tracks by Parsons’ pre-Byrds outfit, The International Submarine Band.
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 “my personal diary–a release of all my inner feelings, aggression, tenderness, sympathy, everything” (as he said in an interview not long after the album’s release). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the final album Hendrix 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.”
Joan Jett, Bad Reputation: Music From The Original Motion Picture (LP – Transparent Yellow Vinyl – First Time On Vinyl)
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 her 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 no-bullshit style. This edition of the soundtrack to the new documentary Bad Reputation, pressed on transparent yellow vinyl, 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! [JM: This title is also now available on CD!]
OutKast, Rosa Parks (12″ Single)
OutKast hypnotized the world with their eccentric style, expanding lyrical range and versatile melodic delivery on 1998’s harmonica-laced hit “Rosa Parks.” Celebrate this contagious hip-hop classic, still sweet as Georgia peaches 20 years later, with this special 12″ single featuring the original version, a radio edit, and instrumental and a cappella versions.
Rage Against The Machine, Live & Rare (2LP – First Time On Vinyl)
Released only in Japan in 1997, this collection of live and demo tracks–available for the first time on vinyl–is a must for Rage Against The Machine fans! Includes fiery versions of “Take The Power Back” and “Bombtrack,” covers of N.W.A.’s “Fuck Tha Police” and Public Enemy’s “Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos” (with Chuck D on lead vocals) and tracks from the band’s original 1991 demo tape.
Iggy And The Stooges, Rare Power (LP – First Time On Vinyl)
The untamed energy of Iggy And The Stooges comes to vinyl for Record Store Day Black Friday on 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.
Muddy Waters, 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.