Today's Black Friday shopping will likely look a little different thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But one thing will remain the same: Record Store Day's yearly event. It's been a packed year with RSD Drops in the months of August, September, and October. Now, they're going out with a bang. Labels big and small will release limited-edition vinyl with the collector in mind. Whether you're after new music from legends, reissues of sought-after recordings, or unreleased rarities from the vault, you'll be covered. These releases are available only from independent, brick-and-mortar record shops (though, thankfully, RSD will be once again allowing online sales on the day of the event due to the current public health situation). To help you with your wish list, we've rounded up some of our most anticipated releases with descriptions adapted from those provided by the labels. Hopefully you'll be able add these to your collection on Black Friday!
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.
The Bangles, Doll Revolution (Real Gone Music, 2-LP, streaked pink vinyl, 1,500 copies)
Originally released in 2003, Doll Revolution remains a favorite in The Bangles' catalogue, featuring all the qualities fans have come to expect - songwriting, vocals, and instrumental skill. For its debut on vinyl, Real Gone Music has pressed Doll Revolution (featuring the rocking Elvis Costello-penned title track) on streaked pink vinyl in a limited edition of 1,500, each hand-numbered. The album will be packaged in a newly designed gatefold sleeve with an insert. This edition is fully approved by the band. Tear off your own head...it's a Doll Revolution!
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 presents a rip-roaring 21-song set from 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.
Blue Oyster Cult, Live '83 (Real Gone Music, 2-LP, blue with black swirl vinyl, 1,500 copies)
Real Gone digs into the vault - with complete approval from the band - to present the first-ever physical release of Blue Oyster Cult's complete July 24, 1983 performance at Perkins Palace in Pasadena. The show was originally recorded for radio broadcast and has been considered one of the best-sounding BOC bootlegs to trade hands. For its first-ever authorized official release, the show has been pressed across two blue-with-black-swirl LPs and housed in a gatefold sleeve. The package also contains rare photography and new liner notes by Scott Schinder. Limited to just 1,500 copies.
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 have been released on Lullabies (available on CD and vinyl). But the label will also present a companion piece for RSD. Christmas Lullabies features intimate interpretations of "Away in the Manger" and an original piece called "Sleep Holy Infant." The B-side features a holiday-themed etching. These tracks promise to be a fitting farewell from the piano master.
Johnny Cash, "Folsom Prison Blues," "Get Rhythm," "Guess Things Happen That Way" and "I Walk The Line" (ORG Music, 3" single, 1,000 copies each)
The most recent in the series of RSD-branded 3" singles (pressed up to play on a special mini-turntable) features none other than the Man In Black. ORG Music is reissuing three key tracks from Cash's Sun Records years on the unique format.
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.
Karen Dalton, It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best (Capitol/Caroline, LP, 3,000 copies)
'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.
Dr. Demento, First 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 - we're talking 1895-1923! 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. (A CD is also available today.)
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. A CD arrives next Friday.
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 Fleetwood, Billy Gibbons, and Kirk Hammett. Side two features Fleetwood Mac's original studio recording alongside a live version performed in 1970.
Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers (2-LP, "natural" with black swirl vinyl, 3000 copies)
Power pop favorites Fountains of Wayne made it big with Welcome Interstate Managers, which featured the inescapable hit "Stacy's Mom" alongside plenty of other undeniably sharply crafted rock (check out, for instance, "Bright Future in Sales," "Hey Julie," or any of the album's stellar 17 songs). An instant classic, Welcome Interstate Managers now arrives on vinyl for the first time with a bonus track, the non-album B-side "Elevator Up!" It's pressed on a "natural" colorway with black swirl" colorway. This means the base is actually uncolored vinyl, with just a few swirls of black added to match the monochromatic album art. The discs are housed in printed inner sleeves within a gatefold jacket. Limited to just 3,000 copies, this is one to wake up early for - and a bittersweet reminder of the tremendous talent lost with the passing of Adam Schlesinger earlier this year to COVID-19.
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!
David Gilmour, Yes I Have Ghosts (Legacy, 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.
Vince Guaraldi Trio, Christmas Time Is Here (Craft, 7" Single, green vinyl, 2500 copies)
One of the most enduring recordings in jazz and holiday music, Vince Guaraldi's score for A Charlie Brown Christmas, remains a staple to be enjoyed during the holidays and beyond. The classic "Christmas Time Is Here" will be released on a special green vinyl single for Record Store Day Black Friday with the timeless track on side A and an alternate vocal take on the flipside. It's all part of Craft's celebration of the 70th anniversary of Peanuts. Limited to 5,000 copies.
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.
Jewel, Live at the Inner Change (Craft, 2-LP + flier, 2,500 copies)
As a tie-in to the 25th anniversary of her multi-platinum Pieces of You, some of Jewel's early coffeehouse recordings at San Diego's Inner Change will be pressed as a 2-LP set complete with a replica flier, designed by the artist herself. This material will also be featured on the upcoming 4-CD deluxe edition of Pieces of You.
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.
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, following a CD release last month.
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 - and for those not into vinyl, it hits store shelves on CD next Friday.
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.
Willie Nelson, Live at Austin City Limits 1976 (Legacy, 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 up in a run of 4,000 copies.
John Prine, The Asylum Albums (Rhino, 3-LP box set, 2,000 copies)
A follow-up to the The Atlantic Albums box set that was released on RSD Drop 1 this year, this slipcased collection includes new vinyl pressings of Bruised Orange (1978), Pink Cadillac (1979), and Storm Windows (1980) replicating the original artwork for each.
Lou Reed, Live At Alice Tully Hall - January 27, 1973 - 2nd Show (Legacy, 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.
Lou Reed, Magic and Loss (Rhino, 2-LP, 7000 copies)
And that's not all from Lou. Reed's 16th solo album Magic and Loss, originally released in 1992 on the Sire label, also returns to vinyl today. As the title indicates, Reed's songs reflected his ruminations on those two themes, and was partially inspired by the death of his longtime friend, songwriter Doc Pomus, and a woman named Rita (believed to be Rotten Rita from Andy Warhol's Factory). Jimmy Scott guest stars. The album returns as a limited edition of 7,000 copies on 2-LP 180-gram black vinyl containing 3 sides audio and one side with an etching.
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. The CD version is out next Friday.
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 new series of archival releases. The Nancy Sinatra Archive Collection kicks off with this limited edition 7" single 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.
George Thorogood and The Destroyers, Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert (Craft, 4-LP , red marbled vinyl + poster, 1,200 copies)
Previously released in a truncated form on a CD in 2010, George Thorogood and the Destroyers' legendary Boston 1982 show now arrives in its complete form (with 12 previously unreleased tracks) and on vinyl for the first time. This limited pressing is presented on red marbled vinyl alongside a poster and liner notes. It's all part of Craft's celebration of Rounder Records' 50th anniversary. "1982 was an absolute high-water mark for us," Thorogood said in a statement. "Everything was going our way and it shows in this recording...This is George Thorogood and The Destroyers at our best!"
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, Jazz Dispensary: Orange Sunset (Craft, 1-LP, yellow starburst vinyl, 3500 copies)
Craft invites listeners to take a trip with the latest in their Jazz Dispensary series, featuring Merl Saunders, Johnny Hammond, Funk, Inc. and The Blackbyrds, with production by David Axelrod, The Mizell Brothers, and Dale Warren. Every track on the set has been remastered from original analog tapes. The music comes pressed on very groovy yellow starburst-hued vinyl, housed in a newly designed jacket courtesy of Dana Falconberry.
WAR, Greatest Hits (Rhino, LP, gold vinyl, 5500 copies)
WAR's irresistible blend of Latin rhythms, funk, blues, jazz, and soul have found a home once again at Rhino. To celebrate, the label is set to release a special gold vinyl pressing of the 1976 Greatest Hits album, sourced from the original master recordings and limited to only 5,500 copies. This marks the first vinyl reissue of the compilation in decades.
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 Washington 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 stand-alone, limited-edition color vinyl for the first time - orange vinyl, naturally.