Record Store Day Black Friday 2017 Releases

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The list of titles available on Record Store Day‘s annual Black Friday extravaganza has been announced with plenty of special releases for any music fan. Participating classic rock artists include Queen, Cat Stevens, Greg Lake, Janis Joplin, the Doors, Otis Redding, Anthrax, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, RSD regulars the Grateful Dead, and plenty more. We’ve highlighted some of the titles below.

Where would you rather be on the day after Thanksgiving? Out battling crowds at some big box chain retail store or at your favorite independent record retail shop among fellow music lovers?

All of the titles offered are either limited edition exclusives (sold only at participating indie record retailers) or RSD first (before being sold elsewhere), making snagging one for yourself or a certain someone even more special. This year’s event will take place on Friday, November 24.

Anthrax – “Carry on Wayward Son” / “Black Math”: 12″ picture disc from their For All Kings of covers from Kansas and the White Stripes. Quantity: 2000.

Chuck Berry – The London Chuck Berry Sessions: Vinyl originally released by Chess Records in 1972 with studio recordings on Side A and live performances from February 3, 1972 from Coventry, England including his famous “My Ding-a-Ling,” his only #1 single. Quantity: 2000.

Blue Oyster Cult – Rarities Vol. 1: 17 recordings from 1969-1976. Quantity: 750 on 2-LPs.

Cheap Trick – Cheap Trick Christmas: 12 songs including covers of the Kinks (“Father Christmas”) and Ramones (“Merry Christmas [I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight]”). Quantity: 2000.

The Doors – Absolutely Live: Originally released in 1970. Includes “When the Music’s Over,” “Who Do You Love” and “Soul Kitchen.” Quantity: 4800 on “midnight blue” vinyl.

Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead Records Collection: Includes Wake of the FloodFrom the Mars HotelBlues For Allah and Steal Your Face. Each is housed in a rigid slipcase with a book containing liner notes and iconic photos. Quantity: 5000 on 5-LPs.

Isaac Hayes – Spirit of Memphis: 2-LP set commemorates the performer who would have turned 75 this year with many songs from his career including several previously unreleased on vinyl. Quantity: 2500 on colored vinyl.

Janis Joplin – Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits: First reissue on vinyl in 27 years. More details here. Quantity: 3500 on “green-smoke” colored vinyl.

Greg Lake – “I Believe in Father Christmas”: 10″ vinyl release of the 1975 classic b/w a rare 2002 version. Quantity: 2000.

Leonard Nimoy – Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space: Originally released in 1967 during the height of the original Star Trek craze, this campy, cult classic includes “Music to Watch Space Girls By” and “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” Quantity: 1800 on vinyl.

Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels – Live 1973: Recorded in Hempstead, NY during a live WLIR-FM broadcast, featuring Emmylou Harris. Includes “Love Hurts” and “Drug Store Truck Driving Man.” Quantity: 2000 in a silver foil, numbered jacket.

Queen – “We Will Rock You” / “We Are the Champions”: Part of the band’s News of the World 40th anniversary celebration. Quantity: 7500 on 180g vinyl.

Raspberries – Pop Art Live: Vinyl edition of their 2004 reunion concert, including two bonus tracks not available on the CD released earlier this year. Includes “Go All the Way,” “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)” and Beatles covers “Baby in Black” and “Ticket to Ride.” Quantity: Not available; 3-LPs on red blue and yellow vinyl.

Otis Redding – Live in Europe (50th Anniversary Edition): The only live album released during the great soul singer’s lifetime was recorded at the Olympia Theatre in Paris on March 21, 1967. Redding is backed by Booker T. and the MG’s on this mono release. Quantity: 3250 on 140g red vinyl.

Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson – The Bottom Line Archive Series: The two legends are interviewed by famed New York radio personality Vin Scelsa and perform many of their well-known songs including “Sweet Jane” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” Quantity: 1000 (regional release).

Cat Stevens – The Laughing Apple: Picture disc of his new studio album featuring covers of his own earlier material. Quantity: 2500 on vinyl.

Turtles – Turtles ’66: The “lost” album featuring all the original 1966 mono mixes. Quantity: 1000 (regional release).

Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas: The 2006 release was their last studio album and features their unique takes on yule standards like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Deck the Halls.” Quantity: 2000 on green vinyl.

Muddy Waters – The Best of Muddy Waters: Exact reproduction of the original 1958 from the original Chess mono reels. Includes “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Rollin’ Stone” and “Hoochie Coochie.” Quantity: 1500 on colored vinyl.

Neil Young – Harvest Moon: The artist’s catalog continues to be reissued on vinyl with the 25th anniversary edition of this newly remastered album. (In this case, it’s making its North American vinyl debut. Quantity: 5000 on 2-LPs.

Record Store Day, an annual event in April, celebrates the unique cultures that surround thousands of independently owned, brick-and-mortar record stores in the U.S. and abroad. The organization has been throwing a second, slightly smaller version of the event for Black Friday, redirecting holiday shoppers’ focus back to local businesses. The complete list of Black Friday releases is here.

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