November 27 is always a special day for vinyl enthusiasts. Still filled up on last night's Thanksgiving meal, music fans line up at their local shop for a chance at limited-edition vinyl. While the celebrations may look a little different this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (RSD has announced they'll be less stringent about online sales) one thing remains the same: There are some excellent releases on offer, available exclusively from your local participating record shop! Here are some more releases from labels big and small that have us adding to the wish list, with descriptions based upon those provided to us by the record labels.
Monty Alexander, Love You Madly: Live At Bubba's (Resonance, 2-LP, 1,200 copies)
For this live album release, Resonance has dug into the personal vault of Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander. They've unearthed tapes of a show from the titular club in Fort Lauderdale, FL, recorded on August 6, 1982 and engineered by Mack Emerman of Criteria Recording Studios in Miami. A balance of classic standards, ballads, blues, and more, the album presents a survey of the musician's many talents. The double-LP set was mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at RTI. Housed with a booklet full of interviews, essays, and photographs.
Anthrax, Soldiers of Metal (Megaforce, LP black and orange, 1,000 copies)
For this special edition, Megaforce presses up Anthrax's lost 1983 EP on a special "black in orange" colorway. Originally pressed as a single with "Soldiers of Metal" on the A-side and "Howling Furies" on the B-side, this release was originally conceived of as an EP. Now the EP arrives as intended some three decades later.
Jon Batiste, We Are: Roots & Traditions (Verve, 12" EP purple, 2,500 copies)
How about some never-before-heard music from Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste? With his blend of jazz, soul, gospel, funk, and rap, Baptiste has gained notoriety as a musical artist, bandleader, and now-soundtrack composer. We Are: Roots & Traditions features four unreleased recordings: "Work It Out," "Need You," "We Are," and a Treme Mix version of "Tell The Truth," featuring Mardi Gras Indians. Limited to only 2,500 copies.
Beastie Boys, Some Old Bullshit (Capitol/UMe, LP white, 8,000 copies)
Originally compiled in 1994, Some Old Bullshit brings together some of the Beastie Boys' earliest work, culled from EPs and recordings from the early '80s. A far cry from the band's game-changing hip-hop sound, these tracks represent their beginnings as part of New York's hardcore scene. The compilation now arrives pressed on limited-edition white vinyl.
The Beat Farmers, Live at Spring Valley Inn 1983 (Blixa Sounds, 2-LP, 1,000 copies)
Blixa Sounds once again mines the vault to find this rip-roaring 21-song set of the San Diego roots-rock band, recorded live in 1983. The concert took place two years before the band's debut Tales of the New West was released on Rhino in 1985. So this double-album set presents something of a prologue to their career. Originally released on CD in 2003, the collection now arrives on limited-edition vinyl for the first time.
Best Coast, Crazy For You: 10th Anniversary Edition (Mexican Summer, LP "summer sky wave," 1,000 copies)
It might be hard to believe, but indie-pop favorites Best Coast released their debut Crazy For You a decade ago. To commemorate the anniversary, Mexican Summer has pressed up a new color vinyl edition of the album that made them Pitchfork favorites and indie crowd-pleasers. Whether you want to revisit their unique sunshine-rock sound or hear it for the first time, now's your chance to enjoy the album in a unique way.
Big K.R.I.T., TDT (BMG, LP black/white/purple, 1,500 copies)
In 2018, hip-hop star unleashed three surprise EPs: Thrice X, Double Down, and Trifecta. The following year, he revisited the songs and resequenced them into TDT, the 2019 mixtape that makes its physical media debut here. Pressed on a black, white, and purple swirl color variant, this will be one for hip-hop fans to line up for.
Bilal and Nikki Jean, Black Coffee in Bed (Yep Roc Records, 7", 800 copies)
Yep Roc Records' acclaimed Squeeze Swindles cover series continues with Bilal and Nikki Jean's cover of the 1982 song "Black Coffee in Bed." (Nikki Jean is the talented singer-songwriter who collaborated with Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Carole King, Bob Dylan, and others on her album Pennies in a Jar.) The soulful fan favorite is reinterpreted for this limited-edition vinyl release, which features an instrumental version on the B-side.
Doyle Bramhall II, Be Here Now (feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks) (Surfdog, 7", 750 copies)
Beatles fans take note! Guitar phenom Doyle Bramhall II teams up with husband-and-wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks for a cover of George Harrison's "Be Here Now," originally released on Harrison's Living in the Material World. The single will benefit the Turn Up For Recovery foundation. The B-side features an instrumental take of the song.
Dave Brubeck, Christmas Lullabies (Verve, 12" picture disc, 2,500 copies)
In 2010, legendary pianist Dave Brubeck recorded what would be his final session. A number of those songs will be released on Lullabies, an upcoming Verve compilation. But the label will also present a companion piece Christmas Lullabies, which features intimate interpretations of "Away in the Manger" and an original piece called "Sleep Holy Infant." The B-side features a holiday-themed etching. Sure to become part of your holiday party soundtrack!
The George Coleman Quintet, In Baltimore (Resonance/Reel to Real Recordings, LP, 1,000 copies)
In Baltimore presents a previously unreleased live show by tenor saxophonist George Coleman, as recorded at The Famous Ballroom in Baltimore, MD on May 23, 1971. The show was recorded by Vernon Welsh for the Left Bank Jazz Society and was recently excavated and restored. On this gig, George Coleman was joined by trumpeter Danny Moore (heard on albums by Quincy Jones, Count Basie and others), pianist Albert Dailey (Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz), bassist Larry Ridley (Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Jackie McLean), and drummer Harold White (Gary Bartz, Rahsaan Roland Kirk). This new limited-edition LP pressing was mastered and cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent and is packaged with a detailed booklet of essays and photography.
The Comet Is Coming, Imminent (Verve, 12", 2,500 copies)
This limited-edition 12" single features the London-based jazz band's recent "Imminent" on the A-side. Described as a "pulsating, frenetic number featuring lyrics and vocals by Joshua Idehen," it's sure to excite fans who are after more material following the band's successful 2019 albums Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery and The Afterlife. Meanwhile, Side B features a DJ Noss remix of "Super Zodiac" from the band's Impulse! Records debut.
Chris Cornell, Patience (IGA, 7" white, 6,000 copies)
IGA/Universal will press up a special 7" single featuring two covers performed by the late Chris Cornell: a newly unearthed, chart-topping 2016 recording of Guns N' Roses' "Patience," and his jaw-dropping cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U" as recorded live for SiriusXM, previously issued on the Chris Cornell box set last year.
Crack The Sky, Tribes (Carry On Music, 2-LP clear, 850 copies)
Prog-rockers Crack The Sky released their debut in 1976 and were praised by rock journalists. In 2021, they'll release a new record, Tribes on CD and digital configurations. But you can hear it first on Record Store Day Black Friday as Carry On Music releases a special clear vinyl edition of the album, complete with a fourth side of Crack The Sky favorites from over the decades.
Karen Dalton, It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best (Capitol/Caroline)
'60s and '70s folk chanteuse Karen Dalton (1937-1993) may not have been around as long as her contemporaries - and she certainly didn't find the same level of success - but her undeniable talent, inimitable voice, and transfixing guitar work have found a new audience in recent decades. Thankfully, that means her work can be reappraised and enjoyed once more. Take for example this new reissue Dalton's 1969 album It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best. Featuring originals, songs by her contemporaries, and blues classics, it's a worthy survey of what made Karen Dalton such a unique musician.
John Densmore, The Seekers: Meetings With Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists) (Hachette Publishing, book, 500 copies)
The Doors' drummer follows up his memoir Riders on the Storm with a new book that delves into the creative process. Exclusively for Record Store Day Black Friday, Densmore and Hachette Publishing will release signed bookplate copies in a limited edition of 500.
Dio, Dream Evil, Live '87 (Niji/BMG, 12" picture disc, 2,500 copies)
Continuing the Dio picture disc series, Dream Evil, Live '87 features a pair of live recordings - "Dream Evil" and "Naked In the Rain" - and boasts era-appropriate, clown-inspired artwork.
Dr. Demento, Diest Century Dementia: The Oldest Novelty Records of All Time (Liberation Hall, 2-LP, 1,200 copies)
Ever since the emergence of recording technology, there have been novelty songs. Fifty years ago, Warner Bros. Records A&R man (and Loss Leaders liner notes scribe) Barry Hansen christened himself Dr. Demento and set about tracking down music's funniest, wackiest, and strangest offerings. This compilation features some of the earliest known examples of novelty music, dating back to 1902! It was sequenced by the good Doctor himself, so you know you're in for an uproarious listen as Liberation Hall brings the set to vinyl for the first time ever!
Bill Evans, Live At Ronnie Scott's (Resonance, 2-LP, 4,000 copies)
Resonance Records has once again excavated the vaults to find unheard recordings by late, great pianist Bill Evans. Their third collection of 1968 recordings, Live at Ronnie Scott's sees Evans team up with the short-lived lineup of bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Jack DeJohnette for a 20-track set culled from their month-long residency at the London club. The tapes were sourced from Jack DeJohnette's personal collection and newly restored for release. The vinyl has been mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at RTI and features a cover based on a never-before-published lithograph by David Stone Martin. This is sure to be a sought-after release and it's limited to only 4,000 copies.
Mick Fleetwood and Friends / Fleetwood Mac, The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown) (BMG, 12" green, 3,000 copies)
Back in February, Mick Fleetwood assembled a stunning lineup of guitar heroes to pay tribute to Peter Green, the founder of Fleetwood Mac and a formative influence on British blues-rock. Ahead of its release as a deluxe box set, BMG will issue this preview of the concert featuring the favorite "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)" as interpreted by Mick Fleetwood, Billy Gibbons, and Kirk Hammett. Side two features Fleetwood Mac's original studio recording alongside a live version performed in 1970.
The Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive, Volume Two: August 5th, 1990: Greek Theatre (ATO/Round Records, 4-LP, 4,000 copies)
This limited-edition 4-LP box set presents The Jerry Garcia Band's complete August 5th, 1990 concert. The show featured a typical mix of solo songs and several covers and even includes Bela Fleck guesting on banjo. This RSD Black Friday exclusive release is limited to just 4,000 copies so Deadheads, be sure to get to the shop early!
The Herbie Hancock Trio, The Herbie Hancock Trio (Get On Down, LP, 2,000 copies)
By 1977, Herbie Hancock had spent most of the decade charting new territory in jazz fusion. His Warner-era explorations with Mwandishi and his successes with the Headhunters band saw him moving further into the realm of electronics and funk. But then there's this rarity. The Herbie Hancock Trio is a stripped-back album, originally a Japan exclusive, that saw him team up with Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums from his days with Miles Davis' classic quintet. The trio laid down a clutch of Hancock originals and even a Davis composition on this lost album. Up 'til now, the vinyl edition of The Herbie Hancock Trio was only available in Japan. But Get On Down will press up 2,000 copies of the album which will perfectly replicate the Japan version, complete with an OBI strip and full-color insert.
George Harrison, My Sweet Lord / Isn't It A Pity (Capitol/UMe, 7" milky clear vinyl, 7,500 copies)
Fifty years ago this November, George Harrison released his first solo single, the worldwide hit "My Sweet Lord" back with another All Things Must Pass highlight, "Isn't It A Pity." To commemorate the original release, the single will be reissued on limited-edition milky clear color vinyl.
Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Bettye LaVette, Original Grooves (Verve, 12", 2,500 copies)
Verve Label Group premieres the first volume in a new vinyl series called Original Grooves. The record was cut using a "parallel grooves" court where grooves are cut side-by-side instead of one after another, meaning you'll get "a different aural experience depending on where the needle is dropped." This 12" single features two gems by jazz legends - Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" on Side A and Nina Simone's "I Hold No Grudge" on Side B. Bettye LaVette's interpretations of these songs are "hidden" on the parallel grooves on corresponding sides.
Norah Jones, Playdate (Capitol/Blue Note, 12" EP, 2,000 copies)
For this special EP, Norah Jones' recent bonus tracks and B-sides recorded during the sessions for her latest Pick Me Up Off the Floor are brought together for the first time in one place.
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In) (Daptone Records, LP, 4,000 copies)
Powerhouse vocalist Sharon Jones and her backup group, the formidable Dap-Kings released plenty of cover songs as non-album singles and bonus tracks that prove they were not only skilled at revitalizing soul music with their original material, but could also make classics their own. This new compilation collects rare covers alongside some never-before-heard interpretations. Also available digitally.
Linkin Park, Meteora (Warner Records, 2-LP aqua blue, 3,000 copies)
The follow-up to their debut Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park's sophomore effort Meteora cemented the band as one of the best in 2000s rock. Now the album is pressed on aqua blue vinyl for RSD Black Friday, limited to just 3,000 copies.
Little Richard, Southern Child (Omnivore Recordings, LP yellow, 1,800 copies)
It's 1972. Between the fifties nostalgia of the era, Richard's reinvigorated musical interests, and his good deal with Reprise, Little Richard was enjoying a comeback. That year, he laid down enough material for two albums. For reasons unknown, this one ended up lost in the vault for decades, even though it was mixed, mastered, given a catalog number and cover art. Omnivore is set to reissue the album as it was intended for Record Store Day Black Friday with the planned cover art and - as a bonus - new liner notes by Bill Dahl. Also a bonus, it's pressed on yellow vinyl! You'll enjoy this one from the early, early mornin' 'til the early, early night!
Aimee Mann, Bachelor No. 2 (Or, The Last Remains of the Dodo) -- 20th Anniversary Edition (SuperEgo Records, 2-LP color, 4,000 copies)
SuperEgo Records will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Aimee Mann's acclaimed album with a new 2-LP deluxe edition featuring the album remastered, five bonus tracks, and new liner notes by the artist. It's all pressed on an exclusive colorway.
Motörhead, Ace of Spades (Sanctuary/BMG, 12" EP, 2,500 copies)
Exclusive to Record Store Day Black Friday, Motorhead's 1980 U.K. Christmas single release gets a deluxe reissue with a Holiday Ornament and never-before-released 2020 instrumental remix of the title track.
My Chemical Romance, Life on the Murder Scene (Warner/Reprise, LP clear and red splatter, 7,500 copies)
First released as a CD/DVD combo, these live tracks, demos, and B-sides now make their debut appearance on vinyl. time on vinyl! Pressed on clear vinyl with red splatter, this release is sure to please your inner "emo kid."
Fred Neil, 38 MacDougal (Delmore Recordings, LP, 1,000 copies)
Recorded during a break from the contentious sessions for what would become Fred Neil's debut Bleecker & MacDougall, Delmore Recordings' new compilation premieres rare performances laid down in an apartment with accompanist Peter Childs. The pair play songs that would later find a place on the debut alongside folk songs and spirituals that he often performed live. Housed in a Stoughton-printed tip-on sleeve and accompanied by an extensive booklet, this album is the ultimate treasure for Fred Neil fans.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Silent Night Deadly Night (1984 Publishing, LP "chimney hellfire," 1500 copies)
The controversial 1984 slasher flick (complete with a killer Santa!) made waves when it was first aired and was promptly pulled. Since then, the film has gained a significant cult following. Now fans can enjoy the Morgan Ames soundtrack plus two unissued songs in all its glory. Featuring liner notes by Ames, remastered audio pressed on chimney hellfire color vinyl, new cover artwork, and two 35mm film strips from the original film print, this is the ultimate Silent Night, Deadly Night collectors item.
Public Enemy, Power To The People and The Beats: Public Enemy's Greatest Hits (Def Jam, 2-LP blood red and black smoke vinyl, 7,000 copies)
Public Enemy revolutionized music, bringing their streetwise music to the forefront of culture. This 2-LP set collects their most beloved material, available on standalone vinyl for the first time and on blood red and black smoke color vinyl.
The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed: Collectors Edition (ABKCO, LP color, 900 copies)
The Rolling Stones' groundbreaking 1969 album will be celebrated with a limited-edition color vinyl pressing. Each copy is handcrafted with different layers of color that makes each pressing totally unique. Don't believe it? The album also includes a hand-numbered Certificate of Authenticity to vouch for your unique copy.
Sonny Rollins, Rollins in Holland (Resonance, 3-LP, 3,500 copies)
Resonance will release a triple-vinyl set of an unissued concert recording by the Saxophone Colossus, Sonny Rollins, featuring performances from his May 1967 tour of the Netherlands. The music has been pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI using sources mastered by Bernie Grundman. An extensive booklet is also included, featuring never-before-seen photos, essays, and interviews. Culled from an under-represented period in Rollins' storied career, this set is sure to please any jazz collector and fan.
Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, "Some Velvet Morning" / "Tired Of Waiting For You" (Light in the Attic, 7" color, 2000 copies)
2020 marks Nancy Sinatra's 80th birthday and Light in the Attic will be celebrating with a series of archival releases. The Nancy Sinatra Archive Collection kicks off with this limited edition 7" featuring the classic "Some Velvet Morning" backed with a cover of The Kinks' "Tired of Waiting For You," the latter making its vinyl debut here. Both have been newly remastered from the original tapes. The 7" single will be pressed on very groovy splattered color vinyl and housed in a picture sleeve with unpublished photos. LITA asks fans to stay tuned for more Nancy Sinatra news in the year to come!
Elliott Smith, Elliott Smith: Alternate Versions (Kill Rock Stars, 12", 2,000 copies)
A companion piece to the recent Elliot Smith 25th anniversary box set, this 12" single features newly unearthed alternate versions of some of the songs from the album sessions. The record runs at 45rpm and is packaged in a newly designed sleeve with unseen photos from the era.
Snoop Doggy Dogg, Doggystyle (Death Row Records, 2-LP picture disc, 2,400 copies)
Snoop Doggy Dogg's era-defining debut masterpiece arrives on a "precision-crafted" 180-gram double-picture-disc set featuring the album's iconic cover art.
U2, Boy - 40th Anniversary Edition (IGA/UMe, LP white + poster + insert, 10,000 copies)
Originally released in October 1980, U2's Boy now celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited-edition white vinyl pressing of the album. The package also includes a double-sided poster and a lyrics insert exclusively for RSD Black Friday.
Various Artists, The End Is At Hand: Jesus People Music (Vol. 1) (ORG Music/Aquarium Drunkard, LP, 1200 copies)
This new compilation - a collaboration between ORG Music and the online magazine Aquarium Drunkard - features obscure outsider folk-psych from what's been called the Jesus People Movement. These recordings from the '60s and '70s are hard to find, in fact many of the tracks were privately pressed in micro-batches. The compilation producers have not only collected some of the best music from the movement, but have also ensured that it's remastered and restored. Packaged with extensive notes that contextualize the Jesus People Movement.
Grover Washington, Jr., Grover Live (Lightyear, 2-LP, 2,500 copies)
Twenty years since his tragic passing, Grover Washington, Jr. remains an influential figure in the development of jazz, with a blend of funk, R&B and plenty of smoothness that often brought jazz to the mainstream. Now a live recording from June 1997 - performed at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, New York - will demonstrate what made Grover Washington, Jr. such an electrifying composer and performer.
Hank Williams, 1952 Radio Audition (BMG, 7", 2,000 copies)
The Hank Williams historical team is at it again, excavating another rarity from the vault. This time, it's a clutch of rare 1952 recordings that see Williams auditioning for a radio show. Released on vinyl for the first time ever.
Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, Orange Crate Instrumentals (Omnivore Recordings, LP orange, 1,800 copies)
Earlier this year, Omnivore Recordings released a special two-disc anniversary edition of Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks' 1995 collaboration, Orange Crate Art. Now, the instrumentals found on that second disc will be pressed up on limited-edition color vinyl for the first time -- orange vinyl, naturally.
David B says
It's a shame when record companies deliberately exclude certain sections of the record buying public from being able to buy the music they want. I'd love to have the Nancy and Lee unreleased track (poss cd single revival time??) but, like many others, I don't have (or indeed want) a record deck ..
Guy Smiley says
No George Harrison 50th Anniversary Box of All Things Must Pass, but a VINYL SINGLE with a gimmicky color (Or is that absence of color) instead? HECK YEAH!!
That’ll keep us ALL happy while the Harrison estate continues to keep the vault locked tight, amirite?
Yeah, me neither. All things must PASS, indeed.
Still waiting on Early Takes Vol. 2.
Brian from Canada says
All Things Must Pass may have been delayed due to Covid — note that the recent book from the Lennon estate identifies a 4 CD/2 DVD Ultimate box set for Plastic Ono Band despite it not being announced with a release date yet.
Dhani Harrison did say they have been listening to a lot of tapes from that period… as well as the 1974 tour. It sounds like it's coming… we're just in a holding pattern at the moment.
The much-maligned tour would be a great release. Hear a bit of the performances and they were good, particularly with billy preston around.
Guy Smiley says
Agreed. What little I’ve heard was pretty good. I suspect the performances are much better than history has led us to believe.
George’s voice was shot, OK. Maybe he needed to rest up. But I would love to hear (and see?) whatever’s out there.
Guy Smiley says
OK, I’ll turn the snark off for a bit.
Hope you’re right about the ATMP box. Hope you’re right about a 1974 tour release too.
I want to like Olivia and Dhani, but the only words I can think of when it comes to George’s legacy are “miserly” and “stingy.” I mean, again, Early Takes Vol. 2 anyone?
Wasn’t aware of Lennon/POB being announced. That’s good news too.
Since the Get Back movie was postponed, it sure seems like there’s no Let It Be box happening this holiday season either. Maybe next year will be Beatles Bonanza of Bountiful Boxes!