Record Store Day is the best day of the year for lovers of rare and unusual releases on vinyl, and while it officially arrives each year in mid-April for the past few years it’s also added Black Friday specials as a way to get music lovers into some 1,200 independent record shops around the United States on the day after Thanksgiving as the Christmas shopping season kicks off.
So what cool new stuff will be on the shelves of stores around Southern California come Friday, Nov. 24? We’ve sifted through the list of more than 100 LPs, EPs, singles, and yes, occasionally still CDs to pick the 10 we’d dig the most if, you know, you wanted to be our Secret Santa. In no particular order they include:
Paul McCartney / ‘Wonderful Christmastime’: Macca’s holiday classic “Wonderful Christmastime” arrives on green and red vinyl 7-inch releases in a new version on which he’s backed by the Roots. And they get even better with their unique B-sides: The red vinyl offers up a live take by Norah Jones of “Peace,” the green version has the Decemberists’ doing “Jesus Christ.”
Chuck Berry / ‘The London Chuck Berry Sessions’: The rock and roll pioneer who died in March gets a Record Store Day re-release of a 1972 album of live and studio recordings. Includes the original live version of “My Ding-a-ling,” the novelty song that gave Berry his only No. 1 single.
Cold War Kids/ ‘Los Feliz Blvd’: The beloved Southern California indie rock band collects live acoustic versions of four songs from its current album “LA Divine” on a 10-inch EP. Singer Bishop Briggs joins the Kids for “So Tied Up” and “Love On The Brain.”
Muddy Waters: ‘The Best of Muddy Waters’: This reproduction of the bluesman’s 1958 album was done from the original Chess Records mono reels with the mastering corrected. I recently watched the Keith Richards’ documentary “Under The Influence” and this record blew his mind and helped launch the Rolling Stones. On…