The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers Prep Black Friday Releases


Story by Anne Erickson

‘Back to Black’ offers sets and singles from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, the Doors

National Record Store Day is always cause to celebrate in April, but vinyl aficionados will have the chance to get their ears on a new set of limited edition “Back to Black” releases on Black Friday. The releases, intended to help boost sales at supporting independent record stores, will feature several albums by artists dedicated to keeping the neighborhood brick and mortar music store alive and thriving.

Black Friday goodies include Soundgarden’s Live on I-5–Before the Doors Soundcheck EP, the Beastie Boys’  Hot Sauce Committee Part Two Deluxe Edition 12” vinyl, the Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” and “Run Right Back” limited edition 12” vinyl (two songs off their upcoming album, El Camino), Kings of Leon’s The Early Vinyl 4-LP vinyl box set, the Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Suger Sex Magik double 12” vinyl and others.

More classic offerings count a vinyl singles box set from the Beatles, the first round of the Who’s Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia demos, the Doors’ LA Woman singles box set, a 7″ vinyl box set from Bob Dylan, a four-LP box set from Janis Joplin, a 4-LP vinyl from the Grateful Dead and two 7″ singles from the Byrds.

Record Store Day organizers are quick to point out that not all stores will stock all items. All stores are different and make their own decisions. The Record Store Day holiday was founded in 2007, with the goal “to remind folks that locally owned, independent record stores, like those that are listed on the site, are a great place to celebrate the holidays, do a little gift-shopping (for yourself or others), support your community, and maybe pick up something really special,” event organizers said, in a release. “And really, that applies all year-round.” (Black Keys album art, as revealed by Rolling Stone this week.)




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