Record Store Day comes but once a year – well, it used to, but ever since the UK has inexplicably started observing America’s post Thanksgiving retail binge, Black Friday, we’ve now got two days dedicated to the pursuit of lovely, lovely vinyl. So this November 25, nip down to your local independent record shop to pick up one of the many delights below.
Run DMC – ‘Christmas in Hollis’
12” picture disc
Get into the Christmas spirit early with this festive hip hop picture disc, which features the Run DMC dudes and a seasonal wreath. The xmas track is backed by 1986’s ‘Peter Piper’, and there’s also an instrumental of ‘Christmas In Hollis’ for the remixers in the house.
The Cars – ‘Just What I Needed’
7” picture disc
What’s this, a reissue of the 1978 picture disc for one of the greatest sad-pop songs of the 1970s? Just what we needed!
The Rolling Stones – ‘Ride ‘Em On Down’
The Rolling Stones are gearing up to put out their first new album since 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang’ on December 2. As a sonic amuse-bouche, however, there’ll be a special 10” release of ‘Ride ‘Em On Down’ on Black Friday. There’s just 1000 copies, so this is one for the early birds.
Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner & Richard Alpert – ‘The Psychedelic Experience’
Magenta splatter vinyl
Tame Impala fans gather around. If you want to hear the real sound of psychedelia, then get your mitts on this spoken word version of LSD don Timothy Leary and co’s manual for the perfect trip. Released in a limited edition of 1750 copies to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it contains a replica of the original album’s four-page insert. Groovy.
The Wonder Years – ‘OST’
Initially released in 1989, the soundtrack to the cult 1960s and 1970s set TV drama The Wonder Years is full of stone cold bangers, from its theme tune, Joe Cocker’s version of The Beatles ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, to Carole King’s ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth’.
Faith No More – ‘Cone of Shame’
7″ vinyl in clear, gold, green and red
Faith No More’s ‘Sol Invictus’ came out in 2015, their first album in a whopping 17 years. ‘Cone of Shame’ is its fourth single. What a cover.
Frank Sinatra – ‘White Christmas’/’The Christmas Waltz’
7” white vinyl
Truly, what could be more festive that the kind of croon, the mighty Frank Sinatra singing a double whammy of Xmas songs? Nothing aside from Rudolph the red nosed reindeer caught in an illicit tryst with Mrs Claus.
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Ramones – ‘Live at the Roxy, Hollywood, CA (8/12/76)’
180gm black vinyl
The Roxy in Hollywood is kind of a small venue. So it seems reasonable that not all of us could attend the Ramones’ pair of shows there, not least because they took place in 1976. Never fear, because the sets they played on August 12 40 years ago have been compiled into one seriously brilliant live album.
Refused – ‘Servants Of Death’ EP
180gm 12″ vinyl
in 2015 Swedish hardcore heroes Refused returned with their first new album in 17 years. They played a run of hectic shows too, and this limited edition vinyl features four live tracks from last year’s ‘Freedom’ tour, as well as ‘Servants of Death’ and the never before released on vinyl ‘Stolen Voices’.
Iron Horse – ‘Fade to Bluegrass: Tribute to Metallica’
What’s better than Metallica? Bluegrass Metallica, that’s what. This is 2003 album by Alabama’s Iron Horse has never been out on vinyl, until now.