Top Picks For Black Friday 2017

Black Friday is here. Heading to a music store for the second busiest vinyl release day of the year? A list of every record out today is here (including issues independent of the Record Store Day organization – and thus not on their list, Björk’s Utopia for instance). But it’s a long list, and the specialness of some of the items is only apparent with more details than can be included on a straight forward listing. So to make navigating today’s offerings simpler, the top picks are summarized below. Can’t get enough? Follow twitter/TheFutureHeart and facebook/TheFutureHeart for more.

First up, just announced a few days ago (weeks after the bulk of Black Friday records and consequently falling under many fans’ radar), Jack White’s Third Man Records is releasing live albums by Boris, Earth and Pile. More details on these and Third Man’s other Black Friday releases (three more reissues in their 7-inch Sun series, U2’s “The Black Out”) are here. 


Over an hour of improvisational instrumentals recorded live in 1970 by Jerry Garcia and keyboardist Howard Wales (backed by bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt; the same line-up that played on Garcia’s solo debut LP Hooteroll?) is being released for the first time ever on vinyl. Another top pick: a compilation of exotica recordings by Sun Ra recorded between 1956 and 1968 on 3 colored LPs. Likewise Sun Ra’s first ever release – playing with Wynonie Harris and The Jimmie Jackson Band in 1946 – is being reissued on Black Friday. Read full details on these and others new releases – and stream previews from Sun Ra, Wes Montgomery, Panduranga Henderson and Sonny Clark Trio (with Max Roach) – in The Future Heart’s complete guide to jazz Black Friday releasesThe Future Heart’s guide to live recordings being released or reissued on vinyl this Black Friday – including Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, The Doors, Chuck Berry and others – is here.

Hip-hop reissues out today are among the other top picks for this Black Friday: Murs 3:16 The 9th Edition, Latyrx The Album: 20th Anniversary DLX, Prodigy H.N.I.C., Christmas on Death Row and Daedelus Invention & The Quiet Party. Read about these and more – Kid Cudi’s Passion, Pain & Slayin’, a 7-inch from Danger Mouse ft. Run The Jewels and Big Boi, J Dilla’s Delights V. 1 & 2, a new EP from DMC (ft. Chuck D and others) – in The Future Heart’s complete guide to Black Friday hip-hop here.

Gone is Gone, a “supergroup” including members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At The Drive-In, are releasing “Phantom Limb” on a “blood red 7-inch. Likewise At The Drive-In is releasing a 10-inch coke-bottle-green -with-bone-splatter colored vinyl EP with three new tracks. More details on these and other releases in The Future Heart’s complete guide to hard rock and metal out Black Friday.

Paul McCartney is releasing two separate 7″ singles on Black Friday: both have his version of “Wonderful Christmastime” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots; one is pressed on red vinyl with live performance by Norah Jones of “Peace,” the other is on green vinyl with “Jesus Christ” by The Decemberists. Read The Future Heart’s complete guide to classic rocker’s Black Friday offerings – Rush, Tommy Bolin, The Byrds and more – here.

Details on a wide range of other records highlighting today’s releases – from hip remixes to soundtracks, reissues of cult classics, garage rock, funk, country and much more – are below:

Chris Cornell (as Poncier)

Björk – Utopia

Madvillain – Four Tet Remixes

NxWorries (Knxwledge &
Anderson.Paak)-Yes Lawd! Remixes

Detroit House Guests
The Remixes

U2 – “The Black Out”

Dan Auerbach/Sonny Smith/Robert Finley – Good Sound Comes Back Around Vol. 1

The Kills – Black Rooster

Cold War Kids – Los Feliz Blvd

The Black Lips – This Sick Beat!

Gary Clark Jr. – “Come Together”

Vitamin String Quartet:
The World of Studio Ghibli

Guardians of the Galaxy

Baby Groot Picture Disc

Music from Game of Thrones

Season 7

Jeremy Soule/Mark Lampert
– Skyrim: Atmospheres

Dominic Glynn – Dr Who: Survival
Tristram Cary – Dr Who: The Daleks

Danny Elfman and The Knights of the Oingo Boingo
The Forbidden Zone

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Autumn Defense – Circles

Son Volt – Ballymena

The Minus 5 – Dear December

Mike Watt
Contemplating The Engine Room

Tav Falco – A Tav Falco Christmas

Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Blank Generation

40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Iggy Pop – New Values

45 Grave – Sleep In Safety

Garage Daze: American Garage Rock from the 1960’s

The Fleshtones – Budget Buster

Los Straitjackets
Sing Along With Los Straitjackets

A Certain Ratio –
The Graveyard and The Ballroom

Also To Each and Force

Tangerine Dream
Electronic Meditation

Utopia – A Different P.O.V.

Blue Oyster Cult – Rarities Vol. 1

Sparks – Check Out Time 11AM

Timothy McNealy – Funky Movement

The United States of America – The United States of America

The Baroques – The Baroques

The Free Design – Kites Are Fun

Early LA

Sincerely, L. Cohen: A Live Celebration Of Leonard Cohen

Bernie Worrell
All The Woo In The World

Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Full Experience – “Disco Devil”

Sublime – 40oz to Freedom

High Times Presents:
Smoke Signals Songs From
The Mother Plant

Fleet Foxes
The Electric Lady Sessions

Death From Above 1979
– “Freeze Me”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Some Loud Thunder

Apples In Stereo
Her Wallpaper Reverie

Pugwash – Silverlake 

The Sundays – Static & Silence

The Charlatans
Plastic Machinery (Remixes)

Carl Perkins – ‘Blue Suede Shoes’

Chet Atkins – ‘Guitar Blues’

Waylon Jennings – New Stuff

Willie Nelson – Spirit

Steve Earle – El Corazon

Townes Van Zandt
Rear View Mirror

Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels
– Live 1973 ft Emmylou Harris

Neil Young – Harvest Moon

The Bevis Frond – Son of Walter

Yes – Topographic Drama

Live Across America

Wes Montgomery – In Paris:
The Definitive ORTF Recording

Y Kant Tori – Y Kant Tori

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