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October 17, 2012 / jhsaeger

Record Store Day’s Black Friday Rundown

        Every April, Christmas comes early in the form of Record Store Day, but for the third year in a row the unique releases which are exclusive to independent record stores have also been made available in the heat of the most Kringlesque shopping day of the year – Black Friday. This year’s releases may lack pizazz of past Record Store Day collections, as some traditional heavy players (Black Keys, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen) have abstained from the 2012 list. A good selection of rarities still remains available for consumption, although most are 7” singles rather than full album releases.
The early list of the 2012 Black Friday edition of Record Store Day releases was put out yesterday. Of these, the best and most intriguing is a reissue of Joan Jett’s solo debut Bad Reputation as a 180-gram vinyl and a live release from Mayer Hawthorne. The highlights of the list include:
– Beach Boys, “Surfin’ Safari” – 10” black vinyl
– David Bowie, “Jean Genie” – 7” picture disc vinyl
– Captain Beefheart – three seven-inch singles
– Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah” – 7” split single
– Mayer Hawthorne, KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic – 10” vinyl
– Joan Jett, Bad Reputation – 180 gram vinyl with bonus CD
– Nirvana, Insecticide 20th Anniversary Edition – double 12” vinyl
– White Stripes, three 7” singles

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