Every April, there’s a holiday quite possibly better than Christmas and Thanksgiving combined: Record Store Day, of course. The original Record Store Day has done so well, it helped create its younger brother, Black Friday Record Store Day. Typically, the Black Friday version of RSD has a smaller list of releases, but this year’s limited edition vinyl is one of the best to date. So, instead of going to your local record store blind, we’ve put together a list of 10 records you should have on your Black Friday RSD list.
Eazy-E – Merry Muthaphuckkin’ Xmas
This limited edition red 7″ is available for the first time ever, and will be one of the hottest items to sell this Black Friday. With the success of the N.W.A. biography Straight Outta Compton, a younger audience has become more aware of the legendary Eazy-E, so expect this 7″ to be on many vinyl enthusiasts’ lists.
MGMT – Time to Pretend
Another record being released on vinyl for the first time, this one just happens to glow in the dark, as well. Time to Pretend was MGMT’s second EP and helped spark their career with hit tracks like “Time to Pretend” and “Kids.”
The Clash – The Clash
The iconic punk band’s debut album is getting a special release this Black Friday RSD. The self-titled album is getting a limited pressing of 5,000 split “White Riot/Protex Blue” records. If you’re a Clash fan, you’ll want to add this unique limited edition pressing to your collection.
Johnny Cash – Man in Black Live in Denmark 1971
This double LP was recorded as part of an international tour for Cash’s music variety show in 1971. The special performance includes duets with June Carter and solo performances from Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers. Of all the LPs on this year’s RSD list, this one stands out as one that will be gone if you’re not quick enough.
High Fidelity Original Soundtrack
This is sort of a no brainer; it’s a soundtrack to a great movie about a record store owner. For its 15th anniversary, the double LP featuring artists like Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Stevie Wonder, and, of course, Jack Black, will be released on limited orange vinyl.
Jay Electronica – Exhibit A + C Picture Disc
For the first time ever, Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit A” and “Exhibit C” will appear on vinyl for this year’s Black Friday RSD. Any time Jay Electronica is mentioned, people will listen, and this is no exception. The two classic tracks feature production from Just Blaze and also feature the instrumentals for each track.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Live at the Middle East
Look, we’ve all dabbled in ska at one point in our lives. Even if you haven’t gotten into ska music at some point in your life, you’ve heard of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This is honestly one hell of a live album, featuring songs spanning five nights at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Middle East Club. The 2LP will be pressed on 100 split red/green vinyls and randomly distributed to stores with the solid black vinyl seeing a wider release.
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Live at the El Mocambo
Another record seeing a first-time vinyl pressing for this year’s holiday. This live double LP will see a pressing on grey and white vinyl and feature the entire concert from the July 20, 1983 show at Toronto’s El Mocambo Club. This show features all the SRV hits “Testify,” “Pride and Joy,” and “Texas Flood.”
Garden State Original Soundtrack
Ask any twenty-something what their favorite movie soundtrack is, and a majority of them will tell you Garden State. The 2LP soundtrack will see a limited pressing of 3,000 orange/yellow ribbon vinyl.
Run-D.M.C. – The Singles Collection
This 7″ box set will be a top priority item for many collectors at this year’s Black Friday RSD. The Singles Collection features five 7″ records featuring Run-D.M.C. hits like “Here We Go,” “Walk This Way,” “My Adidas,” and “It’s Like That,” to name a few. This special release features tracks taken from the original 45s and 12″ singles from the ’80s and comes housed in a thick slipcase with the classic Run-D.M.C. logo.
(via Record Store Day)