Preparations for Record Store Day Black Friday, taking place this year on November 27, are in full swing. As shops begin to place their orders and fans everywhere write out want lists, we wanted to let you know about Legacy Recordings' offerings this year. Rock rarities, sought-after live sets, color vinyl reissues, prehistoric Hendrix, and brand-new David Gilmour - it's all on the lineup. So read up on the releases, get in touch with your local record shop, and add these to your collection on Black Friday!
Alice In Chains, SAP (12" EP, 8,500 copies)
The second studio EP by Alice in Chains arrives as a standalone vinyl EP for the first time. With acoustic guitar-driven songs and lead vocals by Jerry Cantrell, SAP presented a departure from the band's previous work. Contains five songs on Side A and an Alice In Chains logo etching on the flipside.
David Gilmour, Yes I Have Ghosts (7", 5,000 copies)
Earlier this year, David Gilmour premiered a new single on digital and streaming services, "Yes, I Have Ghosts." Inspired by Polly Samson's novel A Theatre of Dreamers (itself inspired by the artist community of 1960s Greece), this Leonard Cohen-tinged song is Gilmour's first new release in five years. Now it's being pressed on vinyl in a limited edition of 5,000 copies as a Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive with an unreleased alternate mix by Andy Jackson.
Jefferson Starship, Blows Against The Empire: 50th Anniversary (LP green marble, 3,000 copies)
Fifty years ago, Paul Kantner and Grace Slick teamed up at Wally Heider's in San Francisco to create a new side project, Jefferson Starship. With Jerry Garcia, David Crosby and Mickey Hart in tow, the team created what's become known as Kantner's finest artistic statement, the space-rock-opera Blows Against the Empire. For this edition, the album has been pressed onto 180-gram, green-marbled vinyl.
Curtis Knight and The Squires [featuring Jimi Hendrix], No Business: The PPX Sessions Volume 2 (Legacy/Dagger Records, LP brown, 3,000 copies)
Are You Experienced? Back in 1965, the answer was: "not yet!" But Jimi Hendrix was charting a path to his eventual success that included working as a sideman with Curtis Knight and The Squires. These dozen performances were primarily tracked in 1965 (there are a couple of 1967 recordings, too) and demonstrate Hendrix's budding talents as a guitarist and songwriter (check out "Working All Day," his first-known composition). While it's not technically a Hendrix album, the Experience Hendrix group has spearheaded the restoration and remastering undertaken by Eddie Kramer for this special RSD Black Friday release which comes pressed on brown vinyl. For lovers of digital and optical media, a CD and digital release with 19 tracks will arrive on October 23. Stay tuned for further coverage. (And check out the first volume of PPX Sessions, released on CD and LP back in 2015.)
Willie Nelson, Live at Austin City Limits 1976 (LP, 4,000 copies)
Country music icon Willie Nelson is an Austin City Limits staple, having featured on the show 18 times including on the series' pilot episode. In 1976, ACL was in its second season and Nelson had recently released his classic Red Headed Stranger. For his performance, he played the album all the way through. Never-before-released in an audio-only format, the show will be pressed on 4,000 slabs of vinyl, exclusive to RSD Black Friday.
Lou Reed, Live At Alice Tully Hall - January 27, 1973 - 2nd Show (2-LP burgundy, 5,000 copies)
This new double-album set features Lou Reed's onstage solo debut in New York City. The show features a balance between Velvet Underground material and solo work. It's been mixed from original multi-track tapes by Matt Ross-Spring, available for the first time as a 2-LP set on burgundy vinyl, with a new essay, photos, and memorabilia.