“Traditionally, Black Friday was about super-cheap prices on mass-produced goods and primarily took place in mails and big box stores. In some places, that’s what this is still about,” the group says in an announcement on its website.
“Everything you find at a record store would be a great gift for someone, so being part of that holiday shopping season, and the biggest shopping day of the year, makes sense to us.”
Who’s on the list
From Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam and Phish, to Lizzo, Katy Perry and The Weeknd — artists with Record Store Day’s Black Friday releases span all genres and generations. Chances are there’s a name for everyone on your list.
- Pearl Jam will release a 13,000-run LP of their 1992 MTV Unplugged concert in New York.
- Paul McCartney fans can score a special 7″ vinyl release of two songs: “Home Tonight” and “In A Hurry.”
- Phish is releasing a vinyl copy of the band’s 1998 studio album “Story of the Ghost,” which captured some of the groovier, cow-funky sounds of that era.
- Lizzo‘s debut solo EP, “Coconut Oil,” was released in October 2016. Now, fans can pick it up on vinyl as a part of a 5,500-copy press run.
- The Jerry Garcia Band‘s appearance on March 1st, 1980, at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, was immortalized in “Garcia Live Volume One,” a three-disc CD set released in 2013. Fans of the Grateful Dead legend’s side project now can go further back in time with a vinyl release of the show — a musical format that better fits the times.
- Katy Perry is giving fans a chance to pick up a limited-edition colored vinyl record featuring new music: the single “Never Really Over” and a new track, “Small Talk.”
- The Dave Matthews Band will release a 4,000-run LP box set featuring songs from their September 10, 2018, concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The appropriate title: “Live At The Hollywood Bowl.”
- Willie Nelson will release an ode to his beloved marijuana in the form of a 7″ vinyl exclusive album featuring the songs, “Sometimes Even I Can Get Too High” and “It’s All Going To Pot.”
- Norah Jones is releasing new music featuring collaborations with gospel icon Mavis Staples and Tarriona “Tank” Ball of Tank & The Bangas.
- The Weeknd‘s “My Dear Melancholy,” topped the Billboard charts when it was released in early 2018. It’ll now be available on vinyl for the first time.
How to find exclusive releases
Exclusives can only be found at independent retailers on Record Store Day — or after, if you’re lucky. RSD Firsts are releases that first appear at independent stores on Record Store Day and may later appear online and at larger, big-box retailers.
Those labeled small run/regional are limited releases that may only be found in certain markets.
Note the Black Friday version of Record Store Day is slightly different than the spring holiday. There are fewer record store-only exclusives, but still lots to be had. If you get your fill and want more, be sure to check the group’s site for the next round of releases.