Legacy Recordings to offer a handful of special releases.
Since 2007, Record Store Day has helped celebrate independent record stores and the consumers who so passionately support them. More recently, RSD has gotten into the Black Friday business as well by offering exclusive releases.
Run-D.M.C will release the hip-hop holiday classic Christmas in Hollis complete with “Peter Piper”, the lead track of Raising Hell. The release will be pressed on a 12″ vinyl two-sided color picture disc, which will feature a Christmas-themed portrait of the group on Side A and their logo on Side B.
As for Alice in Chains, the release of Live Facelift, which was previously unavailable on vinyl, will serve as a holiday treat from the grunge icons. The vinyl includes live recordings from the band’s 1990 show at The Moore Theatre in Seattle.
Nobel prize winner Dylan’s release will also feature live material, capturing his performance at the Royal Albert Hall from 1996. Meanwhile, what’s being labeled as an “official bootleg,” Jimi Hendrix’s posthumous Morning Symphony Ideas, will be re-released an a limited edition 10-inch, translucent-yellow vinyl. The compilation first arrived in 2000, and features session recordings of “Jungle,” and “Room Full of Mirrors,” to name a few.
Some statistics about Record Store Day and vinyl sales in the week ending April 21:
— 13 percent of all albums sold were on vinyl (521,000 of 4.1 million).
— Indie stores sold 74 percent of all vinyl albums for the week.
— Indie stores sold 640,000 albums – a gain of 131 percent compared to the previous week (278,000).
— Indie stores sold 383,000 vinyl albums – a gain of 320 percent compared to the previous week (91,000).
— Indie stores sold 108,000 physical singles – a gain of 2,600 percent compared to the previous week (4,000).
— Indie stores sold 100,000 12” vinyl singles – a gain of 4,900 percent compared to the previous week (2,000).
— Record Store Day limited edition albums and singles combined to sell nearly 300,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music.
Here’s the full list of Record Store Day Black Friday Releases