The 2018 Record Store Day Black Friday Special Releases List has arrived!
Record Store Day is celebrated every year in April, and it's a day where music fans set their alarm clocks so they can be the first to hit up their local record store and get their hands on their favorite or hard-to-find vinyl.
The same goes for Record Store Black Friday 2018, where organizers are no different than other holiday shopping fans. They're excited to hop on board and celebrate Black Friday with exclusive records and small run releases in independent record stores all over the country, which everyone knows are awesome places to shop for gifts.
This year, Black Friday Record Store Day will be celebrated on November 24th. Record Store Black Friday is a great way to "bring record stores to the spotlight," as noted in their 2018 RSD Black Friday FAQs. Black Friday releases are often standalone releases, specifically made or released for the holiday season. Independent record stores might also plan to have these titles available after Black Friday as well - as supplies last.
RSD releases are broken down into three categories: Exclusives; RSD First Releases, which are titles that are released to indie record stores first on Record Store Black Friday and then may have a more widespread release to retailers and other web stores at a future date; and Small Run or Regional Lists, which are records released on a regional basis and sold only at specific stores or have a run of less than 1,000 copies.
Here are a few of the BFAds faves:
- The LookOuting! 2 x LP - Lookout Records (RSD First)
- Safari EP 12" Vinyl - The Breeders (Exclusive)
- Ella At The Shrine LP - Ella Fitzgerald (RSD First)
- B-Sides The Beatles LP - The Smithereens (RSD First)
- Duke Ellington Plays With The Original Motion Picture Score Mary Poppins LP - Duke Ellington (Exclusive)
- Odessey and Oracle Picture Disc LP Picture Disc - The Zombies (RSD First)
- Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Legacy Edition) 4 x LP - The Byrds (Exclusive)
- Rosa Parks 12" Vinyl - Outkast (Exclusive)
Something to remember about Record Store Black Friday 2018 is that not all indie stores are required to participate in
this event but most take advantage of all the frenzy and free advertising that RSD provides for these small independent
storefronts. So, once you've created your wishlist or ask the musicians or music fans in your life for theirs, you'll
want to call your local record store to find out what they'll have in stock as each chooses their own titles and all
titles are limited-release.
Good luck on whatever you score on Record Store Black Friday 2018. Both the music lover in your life and the independent business owners in your local community will appreciate the love!