I’m a member of the “blank” generation– the generation that grew up copying albums onto blank cassettes. But for all the vinyl heads, Record Store Day’s Black Friday cometh. This year, on Nov. 24, a bevy of limited-edition releases will hit local indie record shops, including recordings by downtown legends Lou Reed and Richard Hell & the Voidoids.
We’ve already clued you into the Lou Reed release: The folks behind legendary Village club The Bottom Line are putting out the latest installment in their Bottom Line Archive Series, a recording of one of Lou’s 50-odd appearances there. This 1994 set features him playing and bantering with Kris Kristofferson (you can listen to an acoustic rendition of “Sweet Jane” to hear Lou brutally shut down the country legend when he tries to whip out his harmonica). According to the folks at Record Store Day, the release will be a picture disc that’s limited to 1,000; it’ll feature Lou talking about the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol, and playing numbers like “Betrayed” and “Legendary Hearts.”
Also available is a double-LP rerelease of Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation, to coincide with the seminal album’s 40th anniversary (true story: I once lived below Richard Hell, in the East Village, and had to play this album at a quiet volume so he wouldn’t hear it and be creeped out). The vinyl edition ($31.98) will be limited to just 4,500 copies, so get ready to jump in line for this one. The 1977 album has been remastered by Greg Calbi, who mastered the original, and is accompanied by alternate versions of “Love Comes in Spurts” and “Blank Generation,” from the original recording session at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village; live recordings of those same songs from the band’s first appearance at CBGB on November 19, 1976; an alt version of “Who Says?”, from the later recording sessions at Plaza Sound Studios; an outtake titled “You Gotta Lose”; three tracks from a 1977 CBGBs show; an out-of-print single, “Oh”; and even a 1977 radio ad.
Other RSD Black Friday highlights include a 180g audiophile release of Iggy Pop’s 1979 album New Values; a remastered, 25th anniversary edition of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, a rerelease of Albert Ayler’s Vibrations, and much more. Head over here to see the list of special releases, and here for the list of participating stores.