Record Store Day has become increasingly more popular over the past several years. Record Store Day is normally celebrated every April and is aimed to increase consumer traffic toward independent record stores. The romanticism of going to a local record store has slowly dwindled away over the years, mainly due to the popularity of retail giants such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy who sell popular music at little to no profit to get consumers in the store to buy other things. It’s great marketing, but those giants have continued to destroy the independently owned record store and other businesses such as the independent jewelry store.
Many recording artists have contributed in the fight against corporate America making the record store a thing of the past. Exclusive releases on Record Store Day from major artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Gaslight Anthem, Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, and The Doors that are only sold in independent record stores have helped grow the popularity of and raise awareness for record store day.
Along with Record Store Day every April, the program has also expanded to Black Friday which is overwhelmingly the heaviest shopping day of the year in the United States. Recording artists give independent record stores a mountain of exclusive material that can’t be found at Wal-Mart to go along with normal releases that are already in circulation. Buying from an independent store may cost a dollar more, but that dollar helps keep small businesses alive, which is a benchmark to the American dream.
Independent record stores that are included in this program and that offer these special musical releases include Fat Cats in Boone, NC (where I spent all my money in college), Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, NC, and Earshot in Winston-Salem, NC. A full list of NC and nationwide can be found here.
Included in the exclusive Record Store Day black Friday releases for 2011 are:
The Beastie Boys: “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.” This special edition of their 2011 packaged exclusively for independent record stores contains a 60 book, a 5.1 digital audio mix of the album, and a blu-ray disc of the best music video of 2011, “Fight For Your Right Revisited.”
The Beatles: “The Singles.” This exclusive is a box set of four 7” singles on vinyl packaged in a hard, flip-top box that includes “Ticket to Ride/Yes It Is,” “Hey Jude/Revolution,” “Something/Come Together,” & “Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby.”
The Black Keys: “Lonely Boy.” This is a 12” vinyl single with new songs from the Black Keys entitled “Lonely Boy” & “Run Right Back.”
Bob Dylan: “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” Another exclusive box set of 7” vinyl singles that includes “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window/Highway 61,” “Positively Fourth St/From a Buick Six,” “Like a Rolling Stone/Gates of Eden,” & “Subterranean Homesick Blues/She Belongs to Me.”
Crowded House: “Intriguer Live: Start To Finish.” This exclusive live CD from Crowded House follows the live performances of their Intriguer tour from Auckland, NZ to Denver, CO.
The Doors: “LA Woman Singles Box Set.” If vinyl is what you’re looking for, an independent store is where to find it. Another box set of 7” vinyl that includes the singles “The Changling,” “Riders on the Storm,” “Love Her Madly,” & a fourth single of banter in the studio.
The Grateful Dead: “Live Europe ’72 Vol. 2.” This is a 4 LP vinyl set, which is the same as the original CD release. However, one additional track is on this 4 LP vinyl set.
Janis Joplin: “The Classic LP Collection.” Sourced from the original master recordings, all of Janis Joplin’s albums are available on 180 gram vinyl through the end of the year.
John Lennon: “Imagine: 40th Anniversary Box Set.” This exclusive is a re-mastered white vinyl LP of one of the greatest albums ever recorded. It also includes a poster.
Kings of Leon: “The Early Vinyl.” An ambitious 4 LP vinyl box set from Kings of Leon includes their earlier works such as “Youth & Young Manhood,” “Aha Shake Heartbreak,” “Because Of The Times,” & an additional LP unreleased songs.
Miles Davis: “Miles Davis Quartet.” This is an exclusive reissue of the original 10” blue vinyl.
The Misfits: “The Devil’s Rain.” The latest album from the Misfits is released on vinyl exclusively in independent record stores.
Nirvana: “Nevermind: The Singles.” A collection of all the singles from Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album are compiled into a vinyl box set that include “Smells Like Teen Spirit/Drain You/Even In His Youth/Aneurysm,” “Come As You Are/Endless Nameless/School (live)/Drain You (live),” “Lithium/Been A Son/Curmudgeon/D-7,” & “In Bloom/Sliver/Polly.”
Pete Townshend: “The Quadrophenia Demos, Vol 1.” Individually numbered 10” LP featuring 6 demos from the director’s cut re-release of “Qhadrophenia.”
Pink Floyd: “The Wall.” The first re-mastering of “The Wall” on vinyl. This is a 7” inch vinyl box set that contains three 7” singles that include the songs “Another Brick in the Wall, One of My Turns, Comfortably Numb, Hey You, Run Like Hell, and Don’t Leave Me Now.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.” This exclusive of a 2 LP vinyl re-release of the band’s most successful album to date.
The Rolling Stones: “No Spare Parts.” This exclusive is a 7” vinyl with an unreleased track entitles “No Spare Parts” from the recording sessions of their “Some Girls” album.
Soundgarden: “Live On I-5-Before the Doors Soundcheck EP.” This is a 10” LP with 5 tracks taken from soundchecks on Soundgarden’s 1996 tour that includes a cover of The Doors’ “Waiting for the Sun.”
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: “Kiss My Amps Live.” Another exclusive which is a vinyl release of 7 live songs from Tom Petty’s Mojo tour.
More information and information on additional releases not mentioned above can be found here.
Support you local record store to ensure the love of music for future generations.
Dustin M Pardue
Twitter-@Dustin M Pardue