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From “Last Christmas” To “Blue Xmas”: Legacy’s Black Friday Slate Features Wham!, Miles Davis, Hendrix, Kinks, Elvis, More

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It’s that time of year again!

Announcements are finally coming in for Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event happening on Friday, November 28. Rather than storming malls and big box stores, maybe you’ll want to pay a visit to your favorite local independent record store for an assortment of exclusive vinyl goodies.  Legacy Recordings certainly hopes you will; the label’s roster for Black Friday’s RSD event includes titles from heavy-hitters including David Bowie, Joe Satriani, Miles Davis, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Presley, The Kinks and Jimi Hendrix!

And that’s not all! Longtime readers know that Christmas is our favorite time of the year at Second Disc HQ!  We’ve already filled you in on Joe’s two holiday-themed projects due on November 4 from Real Gone Music – Robert Goulet’s Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings and the long-awaited reissue of The Williams Brothers Christmas Album featuring Andy and his brothers – and today, it’s Mike’s turn!  Fresh from his work on a pair of exciting Ghostbusters-related projects – the sold-out glow-in-the-dark EP of Ray Parker Jr.’s immortal title song and a brand-new, Stay Puft super deluxe marshmallow-scented (yes, you read that right!) vinyl release from Ray Parker, Jr. and Run-DMC – Mike is delivering a little Wham! for the holidays as co-producer of a 12-inch red and green vinyl single featuring both the classic “Last Christmas” and a previously unreleased instrumental mix!  Trust me – no Christmas party will want to be without this one!

Hit the jump to explore Legacy’s full slate of Black Friday Record Store Day titles, all of which will be available at a participating RSD retailer on Friday, November 28! And watch this space for more announcements coming soon!

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All information presented directly from Legacy’s press release!

Aaliyah, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number – 2-LP – White Vinyl, 180-Gram

Twenty years ago, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number introduced the world to the stunning talent of Aaliyah. Her sensuous, soulful vocals, combined with the writing and production skills of R. Kelly, established her as one of R&B’s brightest stars. This collectible 2-LP edition of her debut is pressed on white 180-gram vinyl and features the Top 10 hits “Back & Forth” and “At Your Best (You Are Love)” plus the rare international bonus track “The Thing I Like.”

Bessie Smith – At The Christmas Ball – Red 7” Single

Legacy celebrates the 2014 holiday season with a classic vinyl single by the Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues, featuring her classic “At the Christmas Ball” c/w “Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town” pressed on on a red vinyl 7″ 45 RPM single featuring a replica of the original Columbia 78 RPM label. Bessie Smith is the subject of a new biopic, starring Queen Latifah, coming in 2015.

Dave Matthews Band, Recently EP – Double 10″ Vinyl

This individually numbered limited edition of the Dave Matthews Band’s Recently EP marks the first ever vinyl release of this music.  The deluxe double 10″ includes the original EP and the rare “Pumpkin Recently” promo as well as a free download of both versions.

David Bowie, “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” c/w “Tis A Pity She’s A Whore” – 10″ vinyl single

Two new tracks from music legend David Bowie on a 10″ vinyl single. [The A-side will feature on Bowie’s new collection Nothing Has Changed, due from Legacy on November 18. – JM]

Joe Satriani, Joe Satriani EP – 12″ Vinyl 45 RPM 180-gram, 30th anniversary edition

This 30th anniversary edition of Satriani’s self-titled 5 song debut showcases the magic that helped Joe secure his deal with Relativity Records. This “one man band” recording is remarkable in that every sound on the 5 songs was made on an electric guitar, from tapping on the tuneups for drums and percussion to detuning the guitar to replicate the lower bass sounds.  This RSD exclusive is individually numbered and remastered on 180 gram vinyl.

Miles Davis, “Blue Xmas” – 7″ 45 RPM blue vinyl single

In 1962, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and bebop singer Bob Dorough turned the holiday season on its ear with “Blue Xmas,” a jazzy original mocking the commercialism of the Christmas season. This recording, along with “Devil May Care,” another Dorough original recorded by Davis and Evans, is being released by Legacy for Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 as a 7″ 45 RPM blue vinyl single in a brand-new picture sleeve. “Blue Xmas” is featured in Jingle Bell Rocks!, a new documentary about alternative holiday songs to be released this year by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

OutKast, “Player’s Ball” – 10″ Translucent Green Vinyl

OutKast proved “the South got something to say” when they returned to the stage earlier this year after an eight-year absence. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of their unique sound and influential Southern hip-hop movement with their breakthrough debut single “Player’s Ball” on 10” translucent green vinyl. This limited, numbered single features a rare extended version of the track alongside two tracks from the duo’s acclaimed 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Wham!, “Last Christmas” – 12″ Translucent Red/Green Vinyl

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wham!’s “Last Christmas”–the much-covered yuletide perennial penned and produced by George Michael–with this limited edition 12″ translucent red/green vinyl single which includes a previously unreleased instrumental version of the Wham! seasonal classic, perfect for Christmas karaoke under the mistletoe.

Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M.” – 10″ Die Cut Picture Disc on 120-gram Vinyl

The lyrical mastery and groundbreaking production technique of the Wu-Tang Clan changed the hip-hop scene forever. Legacy Recordings celebrates the 1994 release of their single “C.R.E.A.M.”—hailed as one of the greatest rap singles by The Source, Rolling Stone and Time—with a limited collectible vinyl single die-cut n the shape of the group’s iconic logo and backed with the single’s original B-side “The Mystery Of Chessboxin’.”

The following will be released as RSD exclusives before their release to general retail at a later date:

Elvis Presley, Showroom Internationale 2-LP 180-gram 12-inch vinyl

The film Elvis: That’s The Way It Is provided fans with their first real glimpse of Elvis performing at an absolute peak of his vocal prowess in August 1970.   This individually numbered, 17 -song, 2 LP set features the King’s full August 12, 1970 dinner show and includes 13 previously unreleased on vinyl performances.

Jimi Hendrix, Hear My Music 2-LP 200-Gram Audiophile 12″ vinyl

This limited edition, individually numbered 2-LP set, pressed on 200-gram audiophile vinyl by QRP, features a treasure trove of unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings from 1969. Hear My Music is an authorized Jimi Hendrix “bootleg” issued by Dagger Records.

The Kinks, Muswell Hillbillies 2-LP 180-gram vinyl

Released in 1971, The Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies found the quintessentially British band painting a vivid portrait of working class life in North London, with a sonic palette that drew from turn-of-the-century British music hall and American country styles. Rolling Stone would call it Ray Davies’ “signature statement” as a songwriter. This deluxe 2LP edition features the original album paired with a bonus vinyl disc of rarities and outtakes from the original album sessions as well as BBC sessions recorded for John Peel.

Various Artists, American Hustle Soundtrack 2LP – 1 Red, 1 Blue Colored 150-gram vinyl

The soundtrack to the blockbuster film is now a 2 LP gatefold (on red & blue vinyl) with 6 songs not found on the CD version.  The soundtrack featuring tracks by America, Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Elton John, Tom Jones, Jeff Lynne, Donna Summer, and Wings.

Written by Joe Marchese

October 16, 2014 at 13:38

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  1. Nothing among these releases to get me out in that push and shove RSD crowd.

    Zubb

    October 16, 2014 at 22:04

  2. Honestly, I could really love record store day, but it’s become a relentless stream of vinyl reissues. They used to have exclusive, or at least exclusive for a period, CD releases as part of their lineup and those seem to have vanished.

    Robert

    October 17, 2014 at 00:16

    • I agree. I wouldn’t even mind a CD + vinyl exclusive. But a rare CD release is something that would make me consider venturing into the RSD crowds.

      Tom

      October 17, 2014 at 09:39

  3. I love Muswell Hillbillies, but I’ve already got the original LP, the SACD version, and the 2CD deluxe version. There also appears to be a new 2CD+DVD version coming in November. Do I really need another edition? I don’t think so. Especially as any sense of logic has gone out the window as far as the pricing of LP’s is concerned.

    Chris

    October 17, 2014 at 04:37


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