Saturday, October 31, 2015

McCartney, Bowie, Eazy-E Lead Record Store Day Black Friday Lineup

McCartney, Bowie, Eazy-E Lead Record Store Day Black Friday Lineup:

Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Eazy-E, Frank Zappa, Queen and Spoon are just a handful of artists prepping special releases for Record Store Day's annual Black Friday bonanza.

McCartney will follow up the recent reissue of his solo LP, Pipes of Peace, with a new remix of his 1983 hit collaboration with Michael Jackson, "Say Say Say"; meanwhile, Bowie will preempt his new album, Blackstar, with the re-release his 1997 LP Earthling on translucent green vinyl with tri-fold cover packaging. And as a special holiday treat, Eazy-E's "Merry Muthafuckin’ Xmas" will be released for the first time as a 45 RPM record.

Elsewhere, Spoon will issue their Cramps cover, "TV Set," as part of a two-track, 10-inch RSD Black Friday exclusive, while Queen will celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a 12-inch vinyl edition featuring the original artwork and track listing.

Other special titles include a reissue of Zappa's posthumous Feeding the Monkies at Ma Maison on bright yellow vinyl; The Best of Earth Wind & Fire on 12-inch picture vinyl and Johnny Cash's Man in Black Live in Denmark 1971 as a remastered double LP on white and red colored vinyl.

Run-D.M.C. will also offer The Singles Collection, which features some of the group's biggest tracks released with full color jackets based on the original records. Pharcyde will also drop a blue and clear split pressing of Labcabincalifornia cut "Runnin'" and non-album B-side "Emerald Butterfly" as a 45 RPM seven-inch.

Among the myriad artists also readying RSD Black Friday offerings are Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Judas Priest, the Clash, Faith No More, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Gang of Four, Jesus and Mary Chain, Otis Redding, the Buzzcocks, Brian Wilson, Garbage, Dave Matthews Band, Nine Inch Nails, Charlie Parker and John Lee Hooker. More information about these releases, as well as participating independent retailers, is available on the Record Store Day website.

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