This year marks the 10th anniversary of Black Friday Record Store Day. We have participated in this event at Triple Play Records since its beginning.
It is a day designed to get folks out and into independent record stores throughout the world. As with Record Store Day, there are special music releases exclusive to these independent stores. No store gets everything, because many of the releases are very limited.
Here are details about many of the titles we have received. (This information comes from our one-stop, Alliance Entertainment, the actual records and recordstoreday.com.)
■ Jerry Garcia Band, "Garcia Live Volume One: March 1, 1980, Capitol Theatre" — This monster is a five-LP box set and a Record Store Day exclusive. Individually numbered and limited to 5,000 copies.
■ Phish, "The Story of the Ghost" — This is a reissue of Phish's seventh album from 1998 and mastered by Chris Bellman. This one is a double LP set on colored splatter vinyl. It's a limited, Record Store Day foil-numbered edition.
■ The Doors, "Live At the Isle Of Wight Festival 1970" — This is a 180-gram, two-LP set, available for the first time on vinyl. It's a numbered limited edition of 11,000 with the classics "Light My Fire" and "The End" each taking up one side of a record.
■ John Lee Hooker, "Black Night Is Falling" — Recorded live at the Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club in 1977, this Black Friday collector's edition features a bonus LP of unreleased material. It is housed in a gatefold cover with new original cover art.
■ Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, "All My Yesterdays" — This is the debut 1966 recordings at the Village Vanguard. It is a three-LP set marking the first vinyl release of the opening night's recordings. Jones and his incredible trumpet are backed by a great orchestra on this a deluxe limited edition — there are 3,000 180-gram hand-numbered sets.
■ Gov't Mule, "Bring On the Music: Live at the Capitol Theatre: Vol. 3" — On a 180-gram purple and yellow triple-striped vinyl LP featuring "Hammer & Nails," "Whisper In Your Soul," "Trane" and "Dreams and Songs."
■ New Riders of the Purple Sage, "Thanksgiving In New York City" — This two-LP set was recorded live at the Academy Of Music in November of 1972. This is the original band and features many of its best songs including "Louisiana Lady," "Henry," "I Don't Know You," "Lochinvar," "Last Lonely Eagle" and "Contract." This release is limited on multi-colored vinyl.
■ "Motown Rare and Unreleased" — These are gems from Motown's legendary vault, hidden hits featuring Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Four Tops, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and others. It's on a special colored vinyl LP.
■ Lizzo, "Coconut Oil" — This is a Record Store Day exclusive. It's a six-song LP with the hit single "Good as Hell" on a limited edition color vinyl with a coconut-scented insert.
■ Elvis Presley, "American Sound 1969 Highlights" — Twenty tracks on two LPs of songs taken from the legendary Memphis recordings at the American Sound Studio that produced the hits "Suspicious Minds," "In the Ghetto" and "Kentucky Rain."
■ Marshall Tucker Band, "New Years In New Orleans: Roll Up '78 and Light Up '79" — This recording offers Marshall Tucker's original lineup featuring the Caldwell brothers and recorded at the Warehouse in the Big Easy. It's available for the first time commercially on a double LP as well as a two-CD set.
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