Tuesday, November 20, 2018

When Black Friday Comes

Maybe it’s due to the holiday season competition, but Black Friday Record Store Day has yet to match the fanatical devotion the April version continues to generate. Still, there are enough vinyl treasures in a variety of genres to make a wintry trip to your favorite record store this Friday morning worthwhile.

The artists involved include Brian Auger And The Trinity; The B-52’s; Taylor Swift; Hank Williams; Blue Oyster Cult; John Coltrane; The Breeders; Roy Buchanan; The Byrds; Garbage with John Doe and Exene Cervenka; Robert Johnson; Outkast; Sheryl Crow; U2; Tangerine Dream; Eric Clapton; Jim Morrison & The Doors; Devo; Alice Cooper; Ella FitzGerald; Bobby Gentry; Talking Heads; Flamin Groovies; Dexter Gordon; Iggy & The Stooges; Soul Asylum; Herbie Hancock; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Lone Justice; Bob Marley And The Wailers; The Mamas & The Papas; Matthew Sweet; Rage Against The Machine; Ramones; Keith Richards; Rosie Thomas; Todd Rundgren; The Smithereens; and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Number one on my wish list is the 3 X 4 double LP from The Bangles, The Three O’Clock; The Dream Syndicate, and Rain Parade on which they cover each other’s Paisley Underground songs. Here are a few of the other records I’m hoping to snag this time around: The Epic Archive Volume 2 (1980–1983) by Cheap Trick; “Take Me I’m Yours” seven-inch single by Difford & Tilbrook with ?uestlove and Robert Glasper; and “I Don’t Know”/“Come On To Me” seven-inch single by Paul McCartney.

Even though the colder weather and already established tradition of shopping department stores may cut down on your competition for RSD limited editions, it’s still advisable to get out there early. Afterwards, you can celebrate your successful hunt over a hot beverage (in my case, a chai tea latte) at a nearby Starbucks, Argo, or Dunkin Donuts.

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