Monday, October 31, 2011

Black Friday: Record Store Day

Universal Music Enterprises has announced a series of limited edition "Back To Black" individually numbered 10" vinyl releases from Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pete Townshend for Black Friday (Nov. 25). 

Soundgarden - Before The Doors: Live On I-5 Soundchecks:

"I will always be thankful to independent record stores for providing me with an encyclopedic source for an education in popular music. Especially of rare, import, indie, local, and experimental records, artists, and genres." - Kim Thayil

Following Soundgarden's successful 2011 summer tour is this companion piece to the band's first-ever live album, Live On I-5, from earlier this year. Recorded during their 1996 tour, it features "No Attention," "Never The Machine Forever" and a version of the Doors' "Waiting For The Sun," taken from their soundcheck at Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, CA, on Dec. 5, 1996; "Room A Thousand Years Wide" taken from PNE Forum in Vancouver, Canada, on Dec. 7, 1996; and "Somewhere" taken from their soundcheck at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA, on Dec. 4, 1996.

Nirvana – Nevermind: The Singles:

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's Nevermind. For the first time, all four of the original singles from the album are being reissued in a box set - the first time Nirvana's music has ever been pressed on 10" vinyl. Featured are the band's singles "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (edit) with its B-sides "Drain You" (LP version), "Even In His Youth" and "Aneurysm"; "Come As You Are" (LP version) with the B-sides "Endless, Nameless," "School" (live) and "Drain You" (live); "Lithium" (LP version) featuring the B-sides "Been A Son" (live), "Curmudgeon" and "D-7" (taken from a John Peel session); and "In Bloom" (LP version) featuring live versions of "Sliver" and "Polly." Each single comes in a slipcase picture sleeve and includes the original artwork. 

Pete Townshend - The Quadrophenia Demos 1:

Quadrophenia is one of the most widely recognized albums of The Who's career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery, the magnificent music and powerful performances. The first of two EPs will feature six demos from the forthcoming "Director's Cut" box set of Quadrophenia, out Nov. 15.

Included are demo versions of "The Real Me," recorded in October 1972; "Cut My Hair," written in June 1972; "Punk," recorded in November 1972; "Dirty Jobs," recorded in July 1972; "Is It In My Head," recorded in April 1972; and the never-before-released track "Anymore," recorded in November 1971.

The Quadrophenia Demos 1 is the first of two exclusive releases with the second, a five-track companion 10" EP, scheduled for release on Record Store Day in April 2012. It will be the first time any of these tracks appear on vinyl and will not be made available elsewhere. The combined two releases encompass 11 of the demos from the forthcoming box set and provide a unique insight into the creation of this landmark album.
All three titles will be made available at Record Store Day-participating stores worldwide. A list of all participating stores can be found at in the U.S. and internationally.

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