The Vinyl Odyssey checks out Record Store Day 2018 – Black Friday Edition

Record Store Day will be hosting its Black Friday event this November 23rd with a bunch of limited releases, re-releases and coloured variants up for grabs. Of course, Black Friday is an American kind of deal based on a big sale event across the country following Thanksgiving. But that’s not going to stop us Aussies chucking these babies into our shopping carts if you can track down the right website. Also, don’t be shy in hitting up your local record store to order these in, and maybe, just maybe they might be lucky enough to have scooped a few copies to sell on the day. With so many record stores though across the U.S and Australia, that’ll be up to you guys to source but The Vinyl Odyssey is here to lay down his thoughts on Friday’s more heavier offerings… here goes…..

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
7″ with 4600 available
For the 45 collectors, this will include a cover of Ac/Dc‘s ‘Dog Eat Dog‘ on the B-side. Probably worth it just for that!

Live From The Astroturf Full Performance
3000 available
This album features Alice in a full in-store performance from the legendary night October 6, 2015. Includes a double sided 24×36 poster, an 11×11 16 page booklet/program, and 6 trading cards. Each b-side of LP will feature a different member at random. There will be 10 different colour variants at random in printed inner sleeves and each silver foil board gatefold jacket will be stamped numbered.


Kings Among Scotland
3 x LP, 1500 available
This is a coloured variant for RSD – Black Friday Edition with a triple colour 3 LP gatefold.

Iguana Studios Rehearsal Sessions
2000 available
The 1978 Rehearsal Tapes/Demos of their first recordings, including ‘Holiday In Cambodia’ and ‘California Uber Alles,’ with the original 5 piece band of Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, Klaus Floride, Ted and 6025. These tapes have never been released in any form anywhere and this is the first new Dead Kennedys anything in about 13 years.

12″, 2000 available
Basically ‘Distortion‘ on Side A, and Side B features the live version recorded from Download Festival earlier this year.


Holy Diver Live At 35
2000 available
12″ Dio logo die-cut picture disc features ‘Holy Diver recorded live at Donnington in 1983. B- side Electra – first time on vinyl for the studio track.

Live and Rare
2 x LP, 5000 available
Released only in Japan in 1997, Live & Rare is a collection of live and demo tracks, including fiery versions of ‘Take The Power Back‘ and ‘Bombtrack,’ covers of N.W.A.’s ‘Fuck Tha Police‘ and Public Enemy’s ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos‘ (with Chuck D on lead vocals) and tracks from the band’s original 1991 demo tape.

Live In Glasgow December 19, 1977
2 x LP, numbers not avail
A highlight of the Ramones Rocket To Russia 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (released in 2017) was the complete unreleased concert included on the third disc. The never-before-heard multi-track recording of the band’s December 19, 1977 show at the Apollo Centre in Glasgow, Scotland captured the Ramones just a few days before the group recorded the classic live album It’s Alive. It was mixed by Ed Stasium for the 40th Anniversary edition. In Glasgow, the Ramones played songs from all three studio albums including ‘Blitzkrieg Bop,’ ‘Judy Is A Punk,’ ‘Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment,’ and ‘California Sun.’  This will be released on vinyl for the very first time on Black Friday, as a numbered, 180 gram, limited edition.

Stone Sour
2500 available
This special reissue has the debut album on black vinyl and includes a special live CD from one of the bands early shows taking place at The House Of Brick, Des Moines on December 7th 2002. The whole package also comes in a brand new sleeve for the record.

Live 2018
5000 available
Live album recorded during the band’s 2018 tour featuring new lead singer Jeff Gutt along with founding members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz. Includes live performances of classic STP tracks along with a few from their new 2018 studio album.

Too Precious To Kill
EP, 1500 available
CKY has released a cover of the GG Allin classic ‘Bite It You Scum‘. The song is taken from the band’s vinyl-only EP Too Precious To Kill which is exclusive to RSD – Black Friday Edition.

When Bad Does Good
7″, 5000 available
White & Black Marbled Vinyl. A-side: ‘When Bad Does Good‘ – the unreleased, unannounced to date song found in Chris’ archive of recordings. Bside: ‘Stargazer (Live at the Paramount)‘ (Temple of the Dog)

Shadow Of Your Love b/w Movin’ To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)
7″, 7000 available
Exclusive red 7″ for Black Friday Record Store Day – very limited.Side A – ‘Shadow Of Your Love‘ – recorded in December 1986, one month before the Appetite sessions, as a trial recording session which resulted in Mike Clink getting the producer gig. Side B – ‘Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)‘ which was taken from the GN’R Lies sessions.

Rocka Rolla
2400 available
The debut album from heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest returns for Record Store Day Black Friday, with the classic cola bottle cover, this time on “cola bottle green” 180g vinyl with a raised, embossed cover.

“Unwritten Christmas” feat. Sum 41/”Please Come Home For Christmas”
7″, 2500 available
These two Unwritten Law holiday tracks, previously released only on a KROQ Christmas compilation, or an Australian fan promo CD compilation. So at least us Aussie help with a RSD edition

So, good luck diggin’!
Plugga @KeepnTabs73 
The Vinyl Odyssey @TheVinylOdyssey 

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Writing, reviewing, interviewing, exploring new and old heavy music. From punk to grunge to hardcore to death metal to thrash and everything in between. I've been writing in the music industry now for several years including the websites LOUD, SF Media, Tone Deaf, The Metal Review and AMNplify. I'll be the one talking about bands from the 90s all the time..... Hit me up on twitter @Plugga73