Record Store Day Black Friday returns on November 24 with epic releases from The Doors, The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, and countless other great artists. We’re here to tell you everything you need to know.
Record Store Day Black Friday 2023 isn’t your average Black Friday experience, however. When you visit your local shop, you won’t be racing against other customers to find a TV you sort of want but don’t really need. If anything, there’s no better place to be on Black Friday than your local record store.
Record stores are just plain fun to explore on any given day of the year. But on Black Friday, there’s a special vibe that you get to experience, the feeling of community with other vinyl lovers. It’s as if everyone’s in on a special secret. If you take the time to chat with another shopper or record store staff, they will probably all tell you the same thing: they’re there to celebrate Record Store Day Black Friday.
If you’ve made a habit over the years of trawling through supermarkets and department stores on Black Friday, chances are, you may feel uncertain about visiting a record store on Black Friday. You may be worried about the side-eye you’ll get from family and friends. But there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed or confused. We’ve got the perfect guide for you to follow on Record Store Day Black Friday.
We’ve looked through every new release dropping on Record Store Day Black Friday 2023. Here are 17 of our favorite records that we think you’ll enjoy.
The Top RSD Black Friday 2023 Vinyl Releases
Jeff Beck – Tribute
Jeff Beck will release Tribute, an EP with three unique tracks previously unreleased on vinyl. It’s hard to pass up anything Jeff Beck-related, as this two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ music is always a delight.
The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album
The Beach Boys will release a unique edition of The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album, the legendary pop-rock outfit’s Christmas record from 1964. With Christmas right around the corner after Black Friday, there’s no better time for you to get your hands on this timeless classic. It even features a festive Green vinyl! We can’t think of a better Christmas gift for you or the Beach Boys lover in your life.
Chet Baker Trio- Chet’s Choice
The Chet Baker Trio will release a new 2LP set of Chet’s Choice, a superb jazz record from the mid-1980s. As far as jazz goes, it doesn’t get much better than Chet Baker. This new edition features updated liner notes, photos, a unique gatefold jacket, and several previously unreleased tracks.
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The Doors – Live In Bakersfield
The Doors will release Live in Bakersfield. This live album features a unique set played by the band during the summer of 1970. Diehard fans and casual listeners can appreciate this consciousness-expanding, adventurous whirlwind of a live album.
Goo Goo Dolls – Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls will re-release Goo Goo Dolls, their 1987 debut. This album is a far cry from the band’s sweet, catchy pop tunes that dominated the airwaves in the late 90s. It’s pure, intense punk music, complete with a unique cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s classic “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” This release features red/clear vinyl, a perfect match for this album’s hard-hitting sound.
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – Winter In America
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson will release a new run of Winter In America, originally released in 1974. This album blends jazz and R&B with poignant lyrics to paint a compelling picture of inner-city life in the mid-1970s. It’s a hard release to pass up, given that it’s been out of print for decades.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Mindsets
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will release Mindsets, a new, incredible release. Mindsets showcases the band at their best, featuring heavy riffs and forceful vocals, all with a touch of Jett’s signature charm and charisma. It’s pretty simple: we love rock and roll, so we love Joan Jett.
The Monkees – The Monkees
The Monkees will release a new pressing of their iconic self-titled debut album. The Monkees saw the band catapult to near-instant stardom. Fifty-seven years later, the record still holds up as a fun, lively pop-rock classic. This new re-release features dazzling multi-color splash vinyl.
Willie Nelson – Willie Nelson (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Willie Nelson will release Shotgun Willie (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition). It’s hard to believe that it’s been half a century since Willie Nelson released this iconic record. With both the original album tracks and a healthy helping of outtakes and alternates, this is one release we simply aren’t going to pass on.
Motley Crue – Too Young To Fall In Love EP
Motley Crue will release Too Young To Fall In Love EP. Back in 1983, these iconic rockers dropped this bombshell of an EP. It’s been out of print for forty years, but now, you can enjoy a piece of the action. It’s hard to think of a three-track release that has us this excited.
Dierks Bentley – Up On The Ridge (10th Anniversary Edition)
Dierks Bentley will release Up On The Ridge (10th Anniversary Edition). Although this is a true country album, it features covers of classic tracks from other artists, such as Bob Dylan and U2.
Linkin Park – Lost Demos
Linkin Park will release Lost Demos, a collection of Meteora-era tracks that never saw the light of day. It’s a mix of true demos and completed tracks that didn’t make the cut for Meteora. But anything Linkin Park is bound to be a great listen, so we’re thrilled to check out this release.
Grateful Dead – Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 3/2/1969
The Grateful Dead will release Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 3/2/1969. Back in 1969, the band played a whopping four shows back to back at San Francisco’s iconic Fillmore West venue. This album features live tracks from the final Sunday show. It’s a live album that Deadheads everywhere have been eager to hear for a long time.
Post Malone – The Diamond Collection
Post Malone will release The Diamond Collection, a compilation album featuring his best and most popular releases. Love or hate him, Post Malone has an impressive array of RIAA diamond-certified singles, now conveniently available on vinyl.
Dr. Dre – The Chronic (30-Year Anniversary Edition)
Dr. Dre will release The Chronic (30-Year Anniversary Edition). As the name suggests, this record is a special commemorative edition of Dr. Dre’s smash debut album. We always love to listen to Dr. Dre.
Matt Cameron – Gory Scorch Cretins
Matt Cameron will release Gory Scorch Cretins, a new batch of tracks from one of Seattle’s finest musicians. It’s hard to think of a drummer more accomplished than Matt Cameron. Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and a brief stint with the Smashing Pumpkins: this rocker truly made his mark on the iconic grunge and alternative scenes of the 1990s. On Gory Scorch Cretins, he explores new sonic territory while paying tribute to one of his formative influences: the Melvins.
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The Mamas & The Papas – The Mamas & The Papas: Live At The Monterey International Pop Festival
The Mamas & The Papes will release The Mamas & The Papas: Live At The Monterey International Pop Festival. If the fall weather has you dreaming of warm, sunny California, this stellar live recording of one of the finest bands of the 1960s and 70s will lift your spirits. The gold vinyl LP, four-color inner sleeve, and high gloss jacket are a nice touch.
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Which RSD Black Friday 2023 Releases Are You Lining Up For?
We’ve listed the Record Store Day Black Friday releases we’re looking forward to. Which records are you excited about?
Leave us a comment below about the releases you’re ready to snatch up. We’d also love to hear about your favorite local record stores, so give your favorite vinyl spinners some love!