Like it or not, the holiday season is about to descend, and the big kick-off is Black Friday (25 November), traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year when the frantic search for that perfect present begins.
To mark the occassion, the Record Store Day campaign have lined up an array of limited-edition vinyls and CDs to be released in participating record stores on 25 November, to help support independant record stores as the shoppers descend.
Established in 2007, Record Store Day saw over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit two years later (France and the Netherlands now also participate). Now on the third Saturday of every April all participating independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products
are made exclusively for the day, plus hundreds
of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances.
But there's no need to wait until April! Black Friday offers a great opportunity to bag some excellent special and limited edition music. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliffwill be releasing 'The Sacred Fire EP' (Collective Sounds), his first studio effort in seven years. Produced by Tim Armstrong (of punk band Rancid), it features a combination of originals and covers on a limited-edition colored 12-inch vinyl and includes the exclusive track 'World Upside Down'. Fellow reggae star Matisyahuis also providing a release with the holiday song 'Miracle', produced by Dr. Luke protégé Kool Kojak (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, FloRida). Other highlights include a vinyl reissue of the 'Miles Davis Quartet' LP.