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Current events always show up in the music of the time, and the events of the past few years do find their way on to the RSD Black Friday list in 2021. Jason Isbell’s tweet on November 5 2020 (“If Biden wins Georgia I’m gonna make a charity covers album of my favorite Georgia songs… And damn is that gonna be fun”) comes to life as Georgia Blue, an album that covers songs from R.E.M., Gladys Knight, The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers and more, with special guests and proceeds going to Fair Fight, Black Voters Matter, and Georgia Stand-Up.
Live music is slowly making a comeback, but everyone knows the world of touring and concerts has been upended for a while. A few RSD Black Friday releases document the creative ways artists got around that. All Them Witches released their album Nothing As The Ideal and instead of the tour that would have followed it, they went into a broadcast studio and streamed the set that became the triple album RSD Black Friday release, LIVE ON THE INTERNET. Puscifer did much the same with two different livestream events, both of which show up in some way at record stores this year. Existential Reckoning: Live at the Arcosanti is a full-length record of songs from the October 2020 livestream event, and Billy D and the Hall of Feathered Serpents, Puscifer Live at the Mayan Theatre pulls two songs from their April 2021 stream onto a special commemorative 7” single. Lera Lynn did the virtual thing too, and she did it at a record store: Live And Unplugged at Vinyl Tap finds its way on to the List. Blackberry Smoke played live in November 2020, and their venue was the Welcome to 1979 studios in Nashville, TN, where they recorded STONED live to a vinyl master in one take — All Down The Line/Can't You Hear Me Knockin'/Tumbling Dice/Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)/I Got The Blues/Street Fighting Blues — and that no-dubs, no-edits, no-remastering or re-mixing feat comes to record stores a year later.
Billie Eilish leads the way for soundtracks this year, with a 7” single celebrating her addition to the list of musicians to write something for Bond, James Bond. Beloved soundtracks from the films Blue Velvet, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Iron Giant and How To Train Your Dragon get new, in some cases expanded, looks, and Henry Jackman’s soundtrack for the new Russo Brothers film Cherry gets, of course, a cherry-colored vinyl release. The spirit of the spooky season is honored, with the soundtrack from John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (the not-so-spooky, too with a reissue of At Home With The Munsters, featuring the cast of the original television series).
Some brand-new music from Tank and the Bangas, Twiztid, Rockness Monsta (of Heltah Skeltah), and Modern English hits the list, and classic albums continue to be celebrated as they hit momentous anniversaries, including Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Love and Hate, which has a 50th Anniversary edition vinyl pressing on the RSD Black Friday list with an expanded new lyric booklet and audio sourced from the original analogue tapes. Maxwell’s NOW album, which brought the grooves “This Woman’s Work”, “Get To Know Ya” and “Lifetime” celebrates its 20th year with a new root beer-colored vinyl release packaged with new photos and a Nelson George essay. Digital Bullet from RZA As Bobby Digital is about the same age, and a new vinyl edition takes care of the fact that it’s been out of press for a while. John Legend’s sophomore release Once Again, complete with guests like Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Kanye West and Will.I.Am, celebrates its 15th anniversary with a spot on the RSD Black Friday list as well.
Carole King’s Tapestry has been rightfully celebrated on its anniversary, and the 1971 BBC In Concert Series recording, featuring Carole and some of the band that backed her on Tapestry, comes to vinyl for the first time. Miles Davis’ Live Evil is also turning 50 this year and the teal vinyl reissue is one of many exciting live releases on the RSD Black Friday list. Unreleased recordings come from The Gun Club (from 1981, Live at Starwood), Motorhead (The Lost Tapes Vol. 1 Live In Madrid), and Aerosmith (1971: The Road Starts Hear) on both cassette and vinyl, finds the band and friends in their rehearsal room in 1971, a year before signing with Columbia, captured raw on Joe Perry’s tape recorder). Legendary live performances from Little Feat (Electrif Lycanthrope: Live at Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974) and Charlie Parker (Bird in LA) both come out on CD and vinyl.
And though we’re still technically experiencing Summer (!!), you can hear those bells getting ready to jingle. This year, record stores will help soundtrack your holidays with the first-ever vinyl pressing of Jorma Kaukonen’s Christmas (Candy Cane and Christmas Tree editions!), an EP from enthusiastic newcomer Teddy Swims and one from acclaimed singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips (which includes his original song, “Winterglow”, the favorite Christmas song of residents of Stars Hollow, CT). There’s a lovely, joyful traditional take on the classics via a new press of The Staples Singers’ The 25th of December, a frothy, twangy time with the Rev. Horton Heat on the vinyl reissue of We Three Kings, JD McPherson’s new-classic Christmas album comes on a cassette version perfect for stuffing into some “SOCKS”.
All these and many, many more titles to be explored for RSD Black Friday! For a complete List and to find Participating Stores visit: https://recordstoreday.com
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