RSD Black Friday 2017

Black Friday

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Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams is an American singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and poet. He is best known for his solo career, during which he has released sixteen albums, and as a former member of alternative country band Whiskeytown. Adams has sold an impressive 4 millions albums in the US over his 20 year career. Prisoner, Ryan Adams' first original studio album since 2014, features his hit "Do You Still Love Me?" and is being released on cassette for RSD Black Friday.

1. Do You Still Love Me 2. Prisoner 3. Doomsday 4. Haunted House 5. Shiver And Shake 6. To Be Without You 7. Anything I Say To You Now 8. Breakdown 9. Outbound Train 10. Broken Anyway 11. Tightrope 12. We Disappear

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Tori Amos

Tori Amos

Native Invader Russia

New Vinyl: $16.98   $14.98 Buy

Enigmatic Tori Amos is an accomplished singer-songwriter, pianist and musician. Classically trained, she has been releasing music since the mid 80s. She released Native Invader in 2017, which was inspired by visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, home of her Native American ancestors. For RSD Black Friday, Verve Records is releasing the limited edition Russian EP, featuring 4 songs from Native Invader. This EP comes complete with labels printed in Russian and pressed on orange colored vinyl. Tori's confessional style of writing sees her continuing to push boundaries with her music. Come with her on her most recent journey.

Side A: 1.Russia 2.Upside Down 2  Side B: 1.Cloud Rider 2.Up the Creek

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Anthrax

These two outstanding tracks from Anthrax's For All Kings record are pulled and placed on a die-cut 12" picture disc. Celebrate Record Store Day's Black Friday with amped up, Anthraxed up covers of songs from Kansas and The White Stripes.

"Carry On Wayward Son"/"Black Math"

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At The Drive-In

This year marked the return of At The Drive, with their full length in*ter al*i*a and Black Friday gives them a chance to show their longstanding support for record stores with the release of brand new music on the Diamante 10", three new tracks on coke bottle green w/ bone splatter vinyl. BONUS: 100 copies will be pressed on black/doublemint vinyl and randomly inserted into distribution.

Side A:

1. Amid Ethics  

2. Despondent At High Noon    

Side B:

Point of Demarkation 

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Chet Atkins

Originally released on 78 in 1946 on Nashville's Bullet Records, this is the first ever vinyl reissue of Chet's very first release! Packaged in an envelope style picture sleeve with liner notes by Chet historian Pat Kirtley. Limited edition blue vinyl!

"Guitar Blues"/"Brown Eyes A Cryin' In The Rain 

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Dan Auerbach / Smith,Sonny / Finley,Robert

Songs from upcoming EES releases by Dan Auerbach ("Cellophane Angel"), Sonny Smith ("Pictures of You") and Robert Finley ("Medicine Woman").

A 1. Cellophane Angel (Dan Auerbach) B1. Pictures of You (Sonny Smith) B2. Medicine Woman (Robert Finley) 

Dan Auerbach / Smith,Sonny / Finley,Robert
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Albert Ayler & Don Cherry

Albert Ayler & Don Cherry

Vibrations

New Vinyl: $26.98   $24.28 Buy

Vibrations is the second album released by American free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler’s quartet featuring Don Cherry, Gary Peacock and Sonny Murray. The album was recorded in Copenhagen in September of 1964. Originally issued by the Freedom label, it also been released under an alternate title, Ghosts. Previously out of print for decades, the recordings were remastered for an audiophile-grade pressing on 180gram vinyl at Pallas in Germany. This blue and white swirl color vinyl edition is limited to just 1,500 copies worldwide, available exclusively for Black Friday Record Store Day 2017.

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The Baroques

The Baroques

The Baroques

New Vinyl: $31.98   $28.78 Buy

First-ever mono reissue of this extremely rare and mind melting 1967 lo-fi psych/garage classic! Originally released on the legendary Chess Records. Pressed on premium RTI vinyl. A must for the garage and psych aficionados. "If Leonard Cohen barged into an Electric Prunes recording after obliterating his mind in an all-night glue-sniffing binge it might have sounded something like this." - RisingStorm.net

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Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Complete Chris Bell [Boxed Set]

New Vinyl: $125.98   $113.38 Buy

After co-founding and subsequently leaving Big Star, Chris Bell only issued two tracks of new music during his short lifetime. For RSD Black Friday 2017, Omnivore Recordings, with the help of the Estate of Chris Bell, are releasing his complete recordings, titled The Complete Chris Bell! This magnificent six LP set of Chris Bell's recorded output contains everything he ever recorded, including Looking Forward: The Roots Of Big Star Featuring Chris Bell, Rock City's See Seven States, I Am The Cosmos (Expanded), and two LPs of Outtakes and Alternate versions. Rounding out the box set is an exclusive unissued London interview from 1975 conducted by Barry Ballard, and a 20 page color booklet with previously unseen photos. This release should serve as the definitive collection of the massively influential Chris Bell, and would make a wonderful gift for any Big Star fan!

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Chuck Berry

The London Chuck Berry Sessions is an album of studio recordings and live recordings by Chuck Berry, released by Cess Records in October 1972. Side One consists of studio recordings, engineered by Geoff Calver. Side Two features three live performances recorded by the PYE Mobile Unit, engineered by Alan Perkins, on February 3, 1972 at the Lanchester Arts Festival in Coventry England. The recordings include the sound of festival management trying in vain to get the audience to leave so that the next performers can take the stage: the crowd begins chanting "We Want Chuck". "My Ding-a-ling" from the live side of the album was edited to approximately four minutes for release as a single. It was Berry's first and only single to reach #1 in the US and the UK.

Let's Boogie/Mean Old World (Little Walter)/I Will Not Let You Go/London Berry  Blues/I Love You/Reelin' and Rockin'/My Ding-a-Ling (Dave Bartholomew)/Johnny B. Goode

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Black Label Society

New unreleased song from forthcoming album in January 2018

Black Label Society
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The Black Lips

The Black Lips

This Sick Beat!

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A limited edition 10", produced by Sean Lennon, with two new songs and two new mixes from the band Pitchfork describes as "Like a group of road-tripping teenagers who've scored a Groupon for the five-star hotel and opt to take a dump in the bidet."

"Ask For The Wolfman", "58 Drops", "The Last Cul de Sac" (new mix), "It Won't Be Long" (new mix)

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Tommy Bolin

Guitar legend Tommy Bolin played his unique style of rock, jazz, raga, blues and heavy metal in such bands as Zephyr, James Gang and Deep Purple. His short lived band Energy, despite a few LPs worth of studio recordings on the shelf, never saw a legitimate release until now. Energy's early sessions brought on soome great music, like the hard rockin' "Red Skies," featuring Jeff Cook on vocals and a powerful Tommy Bolin guitar throughout. Fusion works like "Heartlight" and "Hoka Hey", along with the classic rocker "Got No Time For Trouble" have all been deep fan favorites for years and this Friday Music Black Friday special release rounds things out with the epic "Naked Edge", truly showing what the Energy album always shoud have been. Released for the first time on 180g Audiophile Translucent Red Vinyl and only in record stores starting Black Friday.

1. Red Skies 2. Heartlight 3. Hok-O-Hey 4. Got No Time For Trouble 5. Limits 6. Eyes of Blue 7. Dreamer  8. Miss Christmas 9. Naked Edge 10. Sky Sail

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Benjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker is a 27 year old American musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Virginia Beach, VA. He was exposed to all types of music in his youth, and Booker cites artists as varied as The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson and T. Rex as influences. His music has been described as "frenzied guitar-strumming and raw, soulful vocals that are hair-raising in intensity." Caroline and ATO Records are releasing Benjamin Booker - Live For No One (Live From Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI) for the first time ever on RSD Black Friday! This is a album of 5 unreleased live tracks from a stellar performance , including live versions of "Right On You," "Witness," "Believe," "Slow Drag Under," and "Overtime." Buy this great live album on Black Friday and prepare to be wowed by a wonderful up-and-coming musician!

1. Right On You 2. Witness 3. Believe 4. Overtime 5. Slow Drag

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra

2017 marks the milestone 25th anniversary of The Brian Setzer Orchestra (BSO), and what better way to celebrate than with a neon blue 7"! 25 Live! is an exclusive Black Friday Record Store Day release featuring two never-before-released live tracks by the BSO: "Let There Be Rock" and "Gene & Eddie", this is a must-have for any Setzer or BSO fan!!

A: Gene & Eddie (LIVE) / B: Let There Be Rock (LIVE)

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The Byrds

Gene Clark's upbeat rockers "You Movin'" and "Boston" fueled the dance floor mayhem there. These stunning songs are heard here in their earliest surviving versions! Limited edition colored vinyl w/gorgeous picture sleeve!

"You Movin'"/"Boston"

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The Charlatans

A - Plastic Machinery (Sleaford Mods Remix) AA - Plastic Machinery (Juan Maclean Remix)


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Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick has had a storied career, beginning with their first LP in 1977, their breakthrough "Live at Budokan" in 1979, their first #1 hit with 1988's "The Flame," and a 2016 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, why not release a Christmas album, and pack it chock full of great classics, including covering The Kinks and The Ramones! 12 great Christmas tracks make up "Christmas Christmas," Cheap Trick's Christmas album, and a wonderful release for RSD Black Friday!

1. Merry Christmas Darlings (3:44) 2. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (3:35) 3. I Wish It Was Christmas Today (3:14) 4. Merry Xmas Everybody (3:17) 5. Please Come Home For Christmas (3:29) 6. Remember Christmas (3:01) 7. Run Rudolph Run (3:59) 8. Father Christmas (3:55) 9. Silent Night (3:57) 10. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) (2:07) 11. Our Father Of Life (3:20) 12. Christmas Christmas (2:16)

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Eric Church

Eric Church is giving a special gift to fans this Record Store Day. He is releasing a special live 7" with the FIRST song from his 2017 tour, "Mistress Named Music," and the very LAST song from the same tour, "Holdin' My Own!" What a great idea, and one that is surely to keep his fans wanting more!

SIDE A-  “Mistress Named Music” (Live From Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE/January 13,2017 Side B- “Holdin’ My Own”  (Live from Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN/May 27, 2017

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Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr.

Come Together

New Vinyl: $14.98   $13.98 Buy

B-Side of this 12" single is previously unreleased

"Come Together"/"Come Together Extended Mix" 

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Petula Clark

Petula Clark

Four From The Top Five

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This 10" release features four great songs that all charted top 5 in the US charts!  In an incredible career spanning over seven decades, Petula Clark has become a true International Superstar. She cut her first record in 1949 and has subsequently become one of the best selling British female artists in recording history, selling over 68 million records worldwide.

A "Downtown" "I Know A Place" AA "My Love" "Don't Sleep In The Subway"

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Clutch

Pitchfork & Lost Needles is the third in a series of three Clutch picture disc releases in 2017. This is an essential piece of the Clutch canon, combining the early EP's "Pitchfork" and "Passive Restraints" with additional demo tracks from Transnational Speedway League and Robot Hive/Exodus.

Side A: 1) Wicker  2) Arcadia  3) Juggernaut  4) Far Country  5) Nero's Fiddle   Side B:  1) Passive Restraints (Demo Version)  2) Bacchanal ( Demo Version)  3) Milk Of Human Kindness (Demo Version)  4) What Would A Wookie Do?  5) Bottoms Up, Socrates 

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Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids is an American indie rock band from Long Beach, California who got together in 2014. They have released Los Feliz Blvd, a 10" EP featuring intimate, acoustic recordings of tracks from the band's new album, LA Divine. With elegant, sparse instrumentation, the singles "Love Is Mystical," "Can We Hang On?" and "So Tied Up" are stripped down to their emotional core. British singer/songwriter Bishop Briggs is featured on two tracks - the sizzling "So Tied Up" and a soulful version of Rihanna's "Love On The Brain." 

1. So Tied Up feat. Bishop Briggs 2. Love On The Brain feat. Bishop Briggs 3. Can We Hang On? 4. Love Is Mystical

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Papa John Creech

Papa John Creech

Papa John Creech

New Vinyl: $24.98   $22.48 Buy

Papa John Creach (1917-1994) was an American blues violinist, who also played classical, jazz, be-bop, R&B, and acid rock. Early in his career, he performed with such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Nat King Cole. Creach released his first solo album in 1971, titled simply Papa John Creach. Members of Jefferson Airplane made appearances on the album along with members of the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana, and Tower of Power. It was indeed a special album and also a special time in musical history. Culture Factory is proud to re-issue Papa John Creach's debut album on beautiful translucent blue vinyl with orginal label, a printed inner sleeve, cardboard jacket and LP spine folder.

The Janitor Drives A Cadillac | St. Louis Blues | Papa John's Down Home Blues | Plunk A Little Funk | Over The Rainbow | String Jet Rock | Danny Boy | Human Spring | Soul Fever | Everytime I Hear Her Name

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Daedelus

Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus - otherwise known as Alfred Darlington - is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Daedelus is repackaging his seminal debut Invention in a 2LP package with the complimentary EP The Quiet Party (including appearances from Madlib, Yesterday's New Quintet and Busdriver) in a color vinyl masterpiece. Containing the track "Experience", known in part as a sample in Madvillain's accordion, Invention is a genre-spanning opus that marks the start of what has become an illustrious career.

1. Playing Parties 2. Pursed Lips Reply 3. Astroboy 4. Adventress 5. Elegy (At Last) 6. Muggle Born 7. Aplomb 8. Experience 9. Loded 10. Quiet Now 11. Minor Detour 12. Perchance A Bit 13. Soulful Of Child 14. Thus The Whirligig 15. Quiet Now (with Busdriver) 16. Pursed Lips Reply (with Sach) 17. Playing Parties (YNQ – The Stars Remix) 18. Madlib Bonus Beats 19. Muggle Born (High Priest ESP Remix) 20. Girls (feat. Abstract Rude and Busdriver) 21. Girls (Instrumental) 22. A Touch Of Spring

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Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels

Six time Grammy winner and super producer Danger Mouse teams up with hip hop sensations Run the Jewels and rapper/songwriter Big Boi for "Chase Me", an exciting RSD Black Friday 12" from the 2017 hit movie Baby Driver. All four musicians appear in car chase scenes in the video, along with stars from the movie. Spin this 12" with the explicit version and the clean version on the A side and the instrumental and acapella versions on the B side! Only 2000 made in the US, so if you want this record, you're gonna have to "chase me!"

Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels
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Death From Above 1979

Clear vinyl 7" single with an unreleased B-side

"Freeze Me"/"Keep it Real Dumb" 

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Dimebag Darrell

Dimebag Darrell

The Hitz

New Vinyl: $14.98   $13.98 Buy

EP featuring five tracks previously unreleased on vinyl from the late Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. Snippets of all tracks are included in the soundtrack of the film Dimevision, but are available here as complete songs. Lyric sheet included.

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The Doors

Originally released in 1970, Absolutely Live was the first live album released by The Doors and featured concerts recorded in 1969 and 1970. This 2LP midnight blue vinyl edition was remastered by Bruce Botnick.

The Doors
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Steve Earle

Steve Earle

El Corazon

New Vinyl: $20.98   $18.88 Buy

This 1997 Steve Earle album is released on vinyl for the frst time, and comes with a lithograph exclusive to this Record Store Day Black Friday edition.

Christmas In Washington, Taneytown, If You Fall, I Still Carry You Around (with the Del McCoury Band),  Telephone Road (with the Fairfield Four), Somewhere Out There, You Know The Rest,, N.Y.C. (with The Supersuckers), Poison Lovers (with Siobhan Kennedy), The Other Side Of Town, Here I Am, Ft. Worth Blues 

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Danny Elfman and the Knights of the Oingo Boingo

The cult classic film The Forbidden Zone was the first to be scored by legendary composer Danny Elfman. It was also the first major recording for the 80s new wave sensations Oingo Boingo, (Then known as The Knights of the Oingo Boingo). The soundtrack for The Forbidden Zone was originally released in 1980, and perfectly captures the band's transition from a Cabaret-style group of performers to the influential new wave band they would become. The original soundtrack is long out of print, but is being re-released for RSD Black Friday on translucent lime green vinyl! Put on your best 80s dance party outfit and enter the Forbidden Zone!

Side One: 1. Forbidden Zone 2:52 2. Hercules" Family Theme 1:50 3. Some of These Days 2:55 4. Journey Through The Intestines 0:55 5. Squeezit's Vision Of His "Sister" 0:35 6. Queen's Revenge 2:32 7. Factory 1:00 8. Love Theme - Squeezit And The Chickens 0:44 9. Flash And Gramps 0:58 10. Squeezit The Moocher (Minnie The Moocher) 4:51 Side Two: 1. Alphabet Song 2:01 2. Cell 63 1:21 3. Witch's Egg 2:23 4. Yiddishe Charleston 1:33 5. Bim Bam Boom 1:54 6. Chamber Music 2:01 7. Pleure 0:39 8. Battle Of The Queens 3:07 9. Love Theme - King And Queen 1:14 10. Finale 3:25

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Tav Falco

Tav Falco

A Tav Falco Christmas

New Vinyl: $21.98   $19.78 Buy

Arkansas-reared, avant-roots/RnR raconteur Tav Falco is set to make the holidays merry with his first collection of Christmas standards, A Tav Falco Christmas. A fixture on the international music scene since 1981, Falco has been described by The New York Times as “A singer, guitarist and researcher of musical arcana who hasn’t let his increasingly technical expertise and idiomatic mastery compromise the clarity of his vision.” At the start of a scorching hot July in Memphis this year, Falco and his distinguished group of American/Euro vagabonds ensconced themselves at Sam Phillips Recording Service studios in Memphis. The lineup includes bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, the Stooges), guitarist Mario Monterosso, and drummer Toby Dammit (currently the touring keyboardist in Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds). The album comes on a holiday red color LP, exclusively for Black Friday. 

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Fleet Foxes

Live recording from Electric Lady studios

A:  1.  Cassius, 2. --Naiads, Cassadies.  B:  1.  Mearcstapa 2.  On Another Ocean (January / June)

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The Fleshtones

The Fleshtones

Budget Buster

New LP: $22.98   $20.68 Buy

Whether you know them as the "The Kings of Garage Rock" or "America's Garage Rock Band", there's no debate that the Fleshtones are one of the hardest working (and rocking) bands of all time. They've stayed particularly busy in the past decade, releasing loads of new music that rivals the efforts of their forty-year career. To honor the Fleshtones, we're proud to present Budget Buster, a compilation of all their b-sides and rarities they've put out over the last ten years, many of which are out-of-print and difficult to find, plus two tracks that have never seen the light of day! Not to mention, Budget Buster arrives on explosive red and yellow splatter vinyl!

1. Dancing All Around the World 2. I Surrender! 3. Touch and Go 4. Dominique Laboubée  5. Ama Como Un Hombre 6. End of My Neighborhood 7. B-Side 8. The Band Drinks for Free 9. Everywhere Is Nowhere (feat. Mary Huff) 10. Cardboard Casanova 11. Let’s Live 12. Ama Mas

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Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Aretha Franklin's hit single RESPECT. This 50th anniversary version features Franklin's instantly recognizable voice woven together with new orchestral arrangements from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, with brand new backing vocals led by Grammy®-winning singer Patti Austin.
B'side features 'Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)'.

"Respect"/"Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" 

Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Ramin Djawadi

Side A:ICE White Walker/Night King image from HBO 1) Wall of Ice 2) White Walkers 3) Hardhome Part 2 4) The Army of The Dead 5) Winter is Here Side B: FIRE Dragon image from HBO 1) Dracarys 2) Blood of the Dragon 3) Dragonstone 4)Spoils of War, Part 1 5) Gorgeous Beasts

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Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales

Legendary Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia and keyboardist collaborator Howard Wales recorded the Jazz/Rock Fusion album Side Trips, Volume One live at The Matrix in San Francisco in 1970! It was first released on CD in 1998, and is being issued by Caroline on Black Friday for the first time on vinyl in a 2LP gatefold package. Side Trips, Volume One contains four amazingly accessible jazz-rock improvisational performances, and will be something the whole family can enjoy.

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Gone Is Gone

Gone Is Gone

Phantom Limb 7

New Vinyl: $6.98 Buy

Gone is Gone may be a new name in the rock world but its members are anything but familiar. This rock "supergroup" includes members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At The Drive In. This blood red 7" hits only months after the band's explosive full length, Echolocation, follows seamlessly in its footsteps. Side A - "Phantom Limb" / Side B: "Starlight" (Acoustic) (recorded live) on blood red 7" vinyl

Side A - "Phantom Limb" / Side B: "Starlight" (Acoustic, recorded live)

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Gorillaz

Gorillaz

Humanz (Pict)

New Vinyl: $39.98   $35.98 Buy

The latest album from Gorillaz, for the first time on picture disc format

Intro: I Switched My Robot Off  0:23 Ascension  2:35 Strobelite  4:32 Saturnz Barz  3:01 Momentz  3:16 Interlude: The Non-Conformist Oath  0:21 Submission  3:21 Charger  3:33 Interlude: Elevator Going Up  0:04 Andromeda  3:17 Busted And Blue  4:37 Interlude: Talk Radio  0:19 Carnival  2:15 Let Me Out  2:55 Interlude: Penthouse  0:11 Sex Murder Party  4:19 She's My Collar  3:29 Interlude: The Elephant  0:11 Hallelujah Money  4:23 We Got The Power  2:17

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Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Records Collection

New Vinyl: $119.98   $107.98 Buy

5LP Box Set containing: Wake Of The Flood, From The Mars Hotel, Blues For Allah, Steal Your Face (2 LPs). Each album will be faithfully replicated, housed in a rigid slipcase, with a book containing liner notes and iconic photos of the band.

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Wynonie Harris (Featuring Sun Ra)

Originally released on 78 in 1946 on Nashville's Bullet Records, this is the first ever vinyl reissue of Sun Ra's very first release! Packaged in a space-age envelope style picture sleeve with cover art by Cal Schenkel (Zappa, Beefheart). Limited edition red vinyl!

"Dig This Boogie"/"Lightnin' Struck The Poor House" 

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Isaac Hayes

World famous soul singer Issac Hayes influenced thousands of musician over his multi-decade career, working for Stax Records and writing such classics as "Soul Man" and "Shaft." To honor this legend who passed away in 2008, RSD Black Friday is releasing a 2LP set on colored vinyl, The Spirit of Memphis, featuring many songs from Hayes' career, and several songs previously unreleased on vinyl. This collection highlights Isaac's role as musician, songwriter, and producer and includes songs from not only his catalog, but from The Soul Children, David Porter, The Emotions and more. This release commemorates the great Isaac Hayes, who would have celebrated his 75th birthday this year, along with the 60th Anniversary of Stax Records, where Issac got his start in the early 1960s.

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Richard Hell & The Voidoids

Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation is an iconic album that has influenced countless rock bands with its image, its attitude, and its blistering performances. Released in 1977 on Sire Records, the album was received ecstatically by critics such as Lester Bangs and the New York Times’ Robert Palmer (who called it one of the ten best albums of the decade), but as was the case with most original “punk” albums, it wouldn’t get mainstream recognition for decades. Now its place in music history is secure as one of punk’s most significant records. Recently, Rolling Stone magazine lauded Blank Generation as one of the “40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time,” giving the innovative and literate band its well deserved credit on the cusp of its 40th anniversary.

This seminal album is being recognized on its 40th anniversary this year with limited edition double-CD and double-LP deluxe editions to be released on Record Store Day’s Black Friday. Produced for release by Richard Hell, the album has been expertly remastered—by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound, who mastered the original LP—as well as restored to its original 1977 track listing and sleeve imagery. BLANK GENERATION: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes a second disc, with previously unreleased, alternate studio versions, out-of-print singles, and rare bootleg live tracks from the band’s first appearance in 1976 at CBGB. The booklet also contains many previously unpublished photos of the band by Roberta Bayley (the renowned CBGB photographer who shot the LP’s original cover), a revealing essay by Hell along with compelling images from his notebooks and private papers, and an extensive new interview with Ivan Julian by Hell.

After establishing his reputation as founder of legendary bands the Heartbreakers and Television, Hell went onto to lead the Voidoids which included Robert Quine (who later played in Lou Reed’s Blue Mask band, as well as for Tom Waits, John Zorn, and many others), Ivan Julian (who would record for Matthew Sweet and numerous other artists) and Marc Bell (“Marky Ramone”). Along with the Ramones, Television, Blondie and Talking Heads, Hell and his band helped to define the early New York “first wave” punk scene. The song “Blank Generation” became a slogan and an anthem and later was emulated by the Sex Pistols for their track, “Pretty Vacant.”

Such songs as “Love Comes In Spurts” and “Blank Generation” were originally recorded at Electric Lady Studios, but were re-recorded prior to release at Plaza Sound during Sire Records’ transition to Warner Bros. Records in 1977. At Plaza Hell reworked the album, leaving behind alternate versions and outtakes from Electric Lady that now appear on the second discs of these deluxe editions. The music sounds as fresh and abrasive today as when it was first released.

Hell retired from music in 1984, refocusing on writing as his vocation. He’s the author of two novels and several books of nonfiction including his acclaimed autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp.

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Richard Hell & The Voidoids

Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation is an iconic album that has influenced countless rock bands with its image, its attitude, and its blistering performances. Released in 1977 on Sire Records, the album was received ecstatically by critics such as Lester Bangs and the New York Times’ Robert Palmer (who called it one of the ten best albums of the decade), but as was the case with most original “punk” albums, it wouldn’t get mainstream recognition for decades. Now its place in music history is secure as one of punk’s most significant records. Recently, Rolling Stone magazine lauded Blank Generation as one of the “40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time,” giving the innovative and literate band its well deserved credit on the cusp of its 40th anniversary.

This seminal album is being recognized on its 40th anniversary this year with limited edition double-CD and double-LP deluxe editions to be released on Record Store Day’s Black Friday. Produced for release by Richard Hell, the album has been expertly remastered—by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound, who mastered the original LP—as well as restored to its original 1977 track listing and sleeve imagery. BLANK GENERATION: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION includes a second disc, with previously unreleased, alternate studio versions, out-of-print singles, and rare bootleg live tracks from the band’s first appearance in 1976 at CBGB. The booklet also contains many previously unpublished photos of the band by Roberta Bayley (the renowned CBGB photographer who shot the LP’s original cover), a revealing essay by Hell along with compelling images from his notebooks and private papers, and an extensive new interview with Ivan Julian by Hell.

After establishing his reputation as founder of legendary bands the Heartbreakers and Television, Hell went onto to lead the Voidoids which included Robert Quine (who later played in Lou Reed’s Blue Mask band, as well as for Tom Waits, John Zorn, and many others), Ivan Julian (who would record for Matthew Sweet and numerous other artists) and Marc Bell (“Marky Ramone”). Along with the Ramones, Television, Blondie and Talking Heads, Hell and his band helped to define the early New York “first wave” punk scene. The song “Blank Generation” became a slogan and an anthem and later was emulated by the Sex Pistols for their track, “Pretty Vacant.”

Such songs as “Love Comes In Spurts” and “Blank Generation” were originally recorded at Electric Lady Studios, but were re-recorded prior to release at Plaza Sound during Sire Records’ transition to Warner Bros. Records in 1977. At Plaza Hell reworked the album, leaving behind alternate versions and outtakes from Electric Lady that now appear on the second discs of these deluxe editions. The music sounds as fresh and abrasive today as when it was first released.

Hell retired from music in 1984, refocusing on writing as his vocation. He’s the author of two novels and several books of nonfiction including his acclaimed autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp.

Richard Hell & The Voidoids
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Panduranga Henderson

Panduranga Henderson

Ocean of Love

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In the early 1980s, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda formed an ashram in Agora Hills, California. There a beautiful, multi-ethnic and multi generational religious community grew up around her. The highpoint of living in this very special and loving environment took shape on Sundays when Alice would lead the community in a musical ceremony, mixing both gospel and Indian chant, to create a music she wholly invented - it was something extraordinarily powerful. The Ashram is still there today. There are still some who live there and there is still a weekly Sunday service that is open for everyone.
The folks who populated the Ashram world of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda were a very special group of people. Many of the adult members were musicians before having moved there, and many of the younger followers have become musicians and film makers as they grew older. One these amazing artists is John Panduranga Henderson.
Panduranga played organ, piano and sang with Ray Charles in the 1970's where he was a star performer in Ray's band. When he joined the Ashram, he became in essence a star performer there as well, though of course there were no 'stars'. Alice sitting at the organ would say, "Panduranga" and John would come to the front and let loose one of his amazing gospel-esque solos praising Rama or Vishnu or Jesus, Muhammad, Moses and more. He made one record under his own name - a record so obscure it's not listed on Discogs, nor found on the interweb? what?!
Today, for you dear listener, we would like to present Panduranga Henderson's "Ocean of Love." Om Shanti.

A1 Hari Nameste (Greetings) (10:04) A2 Hari Haraya (12:20)B1 Rama Rama, Sri Bhagwan (11:39) B2 Om Namah Shivaya (6:14)

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Bill Hicks

Recorded at The Dominion Theatre in London in November 1992 at the height of his genius, Bill Hicks: Revelations: Live in London contains never-before-heard, unreleased audio from the last special he ever taped. Bill Hicks opens our eyes and minds to the hypocrisy and ludicrousness of the world around us. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the performance.

SIDE A: "You're In The Right Place" "Stop Making Jokes About Me" "We Live In A Dangerous World" "He Had a Gun" "JFK (Was A Long Time Ago) SIDE B: "It Seemed So Plausible" "Go Back To Bed America" "Put 'Em In The Movies" "What Could Be Worse" "Advertising or Marketing" "Basic Instinct" SIDE C: "Goat Boy" "You Guys Are Weird" "Humans Are So Neat" "God Made A Mistake" SIDE D: "You Gotta Play Miniature Golf" "Satan's Scaly Pecker" "It's Just a Ride" 

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