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Gibson.com’s Record Store Day Black Friday Gift Guide

Anne Erickson
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11.29.2013

The folks behind National Record Store Day have been hard at work putting together a list of exclusive holiday releases available starting Black Friday only at your local, independently-owned record shop. Note: Most of these releases are limited-edition, so they may sell out quickly. Plus, not all participating stores will receive all the items, so you’re best to contact your local shop before making the trek out at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

That said, this year’s collection of “Back to Black” releases is exceptional. From Nirvana to the Grateful Dead to the Peppers, the list packs variety. Check out a few items below, and for a full list of releases and to find a participating record shop near you, head to Record Store Day’s official website.

Release: Atlas Genius, So Electric: When It Was Now (The Remixes)

Format: Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12” - Limited to 3,000 copies

About: Impress the hipster on your list with his limited-edition set from Aussie rockers Atlas Genius. So Electric offers remixes from the Aussie group’s 2013 album, When It Was Now, plus the Black Friday exclusive track “Electric (Vertigo Remix).” The package also includes a digital download card.

Release: Bob Dylan, Side Tracks

Format: 180 gram, numbered, triple-LP package

About: Shopping for a mega-Bob Dylan fan? You may want to pick up this Side Tracks release. The set features a compilation of tracks that have never appeared on a formal Bob Dylan album. Call it the “lost album” of sorts.

Release: The Doors, Curated By Record Store Day

Format: 180-gram LP – Limited to 7,500 copies

About: This Doors release is homegrown. The album was compiled from tracks suggested by record store owners and the individual tracks were selected by Bruce Botnick and includes rare mono mixes and live tracks. Hence, the album is completely unique and was made especially by the band for record stores only. Two variations of the artwork each feature a handwritten track list by one of the surviving band members, John Densmore or Robby Krieger.

Release: Flaming Lips: Peace Sword

Format: Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12” – Vinyl limited to 5,000 copies / CD EP limited to 3,000 copies

About: Oklahoma City rockers the Flaming Lips are releasing vinyl and CD editions of their EP featuring new music inspired by the upcoming feature film Ender’s Game, with exclusive artwork. The sets include a digital download card. Also, the sixth and final track, “Assassin Beatle - The Dream Is Ending,” is roughly “10 minutes of mind-melting sonic matter,” according to the band and is exclusive to this vinyl and CD release.

Release: Foals, CCTV Sessions

Format: Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight black vinyl 12” - Limited to 3,000 copies

About: Here’s another release for the “new alternative” fan on your list: an exclusive, limited-edition 12” featuring audio from the British band’s video series filmed using CCTV. Tracks include “Milk & Black Spiders,” “Bad Habit,” “Stepson,” “Late Night” and “Bluebird and Moon.”

Release: Grateful Dead, Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco

Format: 2-LP set, 180 Gram Vinyl – Limited to 6300 copies

About: Hey, Deadheads, get to the stores early on Black Friday if you want to snag the band’s latest release. Family Dog at the Great Highway offers the Grateful Dead’s never-before-heard complete 80 minute acoustic set, including sought-after Dead songs such as “New Speedway Boogie,” “Friend of the Devil” and “Cumberland Blues,” plus some covers and classics. The show was recorded in 1970.

Release: Nirvana, In Utero 2013 Mix

Format: 2-LP set, 45 RPM, 180-gram

About: With the go-ahead from Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, original album producer Steve Albini remixed and remastered the album at Abbey Road Studios this year, and that mix is being issued on at 45 RPM LPs, cut to copper plates for this Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive. If you didn’t pick up any of the In Utero reissues earlier this fall, this may be a good pick for you.

Release: Queens of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork (BLACK ON BLACK)

Format: 2-LP set, 180-gram with all black sleeve – Limited to 2,400 worldwide, with 1,200 in the U.S.

About: This special set from Josh Homme and company offers a special, black-vinyl edition of Queens of the Stone Age’s ...Like Clockwork album. Tracks include “Keep Your Eyes Peeled,” “I Sat By The Ocean,” “They Vampyre of Time and Memory,” “If I Had A Tail,” “My God is the Sun,” “Kalopsia,” “Fair Weather Friends,” “Smooth Sailing,” “I Appear Missing” and “...Like Clockwork.”

Release: Red Hot Chili Peppers, I’m Beside You

Format: Gatefold pocket jacket, numbered, regular-weight black vinyl 12” - Limited to 5,000 units

About: You can’t go wrong with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band will release a vinyl, double LP on Black Friday offering outtakes recorded during sessions for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2011 studio album, I’m With You, produced by Rick Rubin. The tunes were previously released as a series of nine individual 7” singles from August 2012 to July 2013, and now, the 17 tracks are being released together for the first time on limited-edition numbered vinyl. Nice!

Release: Rolling Stones, Got LIVE If You Want It

Format: 7” Vinyl

About: Any Stones fan would likely treasure this copy of Got LIVE If You Want It! in its original 7” vinyl EP format from ABKCO Records. The set was recorded on the Rolling Stones’ fifth British Tour in London and Manchester in March of 1965. It’s also the first release in the original 7” format since June 1965 and it includes tracks not included on the U.S. release. Tracks include “We Want The Stones,” “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” “Pain in My Heart,” “Route 66,” “I’m Moving On” and “I’m Alright.”

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