However, the guys behind Record Store Day are doing their bit to subvert the norm by celebrating the day on their own terms. While the rest of the nation churns out cheap, mass produced tat, RSD have stocked the best independent record stores across the country with an impressive selection of special edition represses and exclusives.
There’s a wide range on offer – however, here are our top tips:
Aaliyah, ‘Age Aint Nothing But A Number’
Aaliyah’s 1994 debut gets the coloured-vinyl repress treatment exclusively for RSD’s Black Friday. This one’s a legit R’n’B classic – don’t sleep.
The Bug vs Earth, ‘Boa’ / ‘Cold’
Kevin Martin teams up with drone legends Earth on two heavy, industrial steppers for Ninja Tune exclusively for RSD's Black Friday. Beautiful artwork too.
Miles Davis, ‘The Prestige 10 Inch LPs Collection Vol. 1’
The first five of Miles’ legendary albums for Prestige are faithfully reproduced across five 10” vinyls with the original original artwork and liner notes included. Also includes a booklet featuring new notes by jazz historian Ira Gitler, who worked for Prestige in the early 50s. Golden stuff.
Outkast, ‘Player’s Ball’
Outkast’s breakthrough debut single ‘Player’s Ball’ sees repress on a mean 10” translucent-green vinyl. Also features a rare extended cut of the track, as well as two tracks from the duo’s 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Limited, numbered - essential.
The Ramones, ‘Morrissey Curates the Ramones’
Morrissey is put in charge of curating the “best of” the Ramones. Expect plenty of obscure cuts from their early years.
Wu Tang Clan, ‘C.R.E.A.M’
‘C.R.E.A.M’ (best hip-hop track of all time?) gets repressed on a special die-cut vinyl in the shape of the Clan’s logo, backed with the original B-side “The Mystery Of Chessboxin’. This is the coolest thing we’ve seen all week.
See the full list of RSD Black Friday releases here.
Records available from participating stores all over the country. Find your nearby store on the RSD website and hit them up for stock details.