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Both Record Store Day 2015's are in the books, and EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE wants to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who went out to the stores on both Saturday, April 18th and the recent Black Friday to support and celebrate them!

We hope you found something you loved to take home with you, whether that was something released exclusively for Record Store Day or something fantastic from what they regularly stock.

Yes, every day should be Record Store Day, so we encourage you to make stopping by your favorite record store AND stopping by this website a regular thing - because we'll be telling you about awesome things going on at record stores all year long!

Today we are revealing ALL the Sony Legacy Records' Black Friday releases, with special highlighting, and reviewing, of the three (3) RSD vinyl releases that were kindly personally sent to us for review leading the way.

Falco - "Rock Me Amadeus" / "Vienna Calling" - 7" Single on Red Vinyl
This is a special commemorative release celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Falco's career-defining hit, "Rock Me Amadeus." It features the song's American Edit (#1 on the Billboard 100 in March 1986) coupled with Falco's "Vienna Calling" (the 86er Mix, which peaked at #6 on the US Billboard charts in 1986). Limited to just 1,000 units in the US, "Rock Me Amadeus," musically, is as much of my youth, my history, as my parents!

With "Rock Me Amadeus", Falco became the first German-speaking artist to be credited with a number-one single in all mainstream US pop singles charts: the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 Singles. Prior to Falco, "99 Luftballons" by Nena got to number one on Cashbox, but peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 29 March 1986.

Falco had already had a minor US hit in 1982 with "Der Kommissar" (a hit the following year there for After the Fire), "Sound of Musik" which reached number 13, and his follow-up single from Falco 3, "Vienna Calling", which is also featured here.

For those wanting a little more known trivia about the oh-so-catchy song, well, "Rock Me Amadeus" would later be ranked number 87 in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s and number 44 in VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders!

Jeff Buckley / Sly & The Family Stone - "Everyday People" / "Everyday People" - 7" Single
Sly & The Family Stone's classic song, along with Jeff Buckley's unreleased interpretation is next in line. Pressed on black vinyl, ergo a 7" Single, this brilliant split single with a solo version of "Everyday People" on Side A and the original version from Sly And The Family Stone on Side B is a Limited Edition of just 4000 copies.

Well, as much as we all know about the Sly & The Family Stone version of this double A Side vinyl, Jeff Buckley's versions is actually "brand new," so to speak! Recently discovered in the Sony Music archives during the research for the 20th anniversary edition of Buckley's Grace album, the performances on his upcoming "new album" You and I is, simply put, a beautiful revelation.

In general, You and I will be an intimate portrait of the artist performing a variety of cover songs and original music, expressing a range of emotion channeled through his singular sensibility, but here on "Everyday People" he excels in such a way you long for those days back with him in them.

Alan Parsons Project - "The Turn of a Friendly Card: Single Edits" - 7" Single on Green Vinyl
Another special Limited Edition 7" vinyl release, "The Turn of a Friendly Card: Single Edits" presents the rare single edits of three key tracks from the album - "The Turn of a Friendly Card" / "Snake Eyes" / "Games People Play" - in commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the APP's 1980 progressive rock masterpiece. Pressed on green vinyl, this special RSD Black Friday IMPORT is limited to sales of 1,000 units in the United States.

As it says on the label, as they say, "The Turn of a Friendly Card: Single Edits" presents three (3) rare single edits of three key tracks from the 1980 album, The Turn of a Friendly Card. Inspired by the theatricality of casino gambling as exemplified in Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, the concept of ‘risk’ at the gambling tables has obvious parallels to the risks we take in life.

For my money, "Games People Play," sung by Lenny Zakatek, is a Project classic, another great exuberant rocker and one of the group's biggest hits. The once-epic title suite, containing the songs "Snake Eyes", "Nothing Left To Lose," and the instrumental, "The Ace Of Swords," is also a monster work of musical art. Ergo, The Turn Of A Friendly Card, as an album, was always a glowing gem from Alan Parsons & company, one of their finest, so to hear these rare singles edits after all this time is a pure, unadulterated delight. And on green vinyl, nonetheless!

Various - "Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack" - 12" 2LP Etched Sides: A (Autobot) / D (Decepticon) in Transforming Package
Leading Legacy's RSD Black Friday line-up this year is a 2LP 12" vinyl 30th anniversary edition of Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack. In commemoration of the 1986 cinematic blockbuster, Legacy has created an innovative gatefold jacket that completely converts all four sides of the cover from an Autobot-themed jacket to a Decepticon-themed jacket. This 2LP collection is pressed on 150gram color vinyl: LP1 in translucent red with the Autobot logo etched on side A; LP2 in translucent purple with the Decepticon logo etched on side D. Remastered and re-imagined, Transformers: The Movie Soundtrack has never looked or sounded better!

Earth, Wind & Fire - "The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1" - 12" 1LP Vinyl Picture Disc
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, EWF's monumental 1978 anthology, compiled the group's previously charting songs - including "Shining Star," "Sing a Song," "Getaway" and "Fantasy" - alongside new tracks including a cover of the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life" (which won a Best Arrangement with Vocal Grammy for Maurice White) and "September," a song which became an EWF classic, hitting the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. A Billboard Top 10, RIAA 5x platinum-selling album, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 has been pressed as a collectible picture disc, featuring the iconic EWF gold coin logo plus a die-cut insert, especially for RSD 2015.

The Isley Brothers - "Groove with You...LIVE!" - 12" 2LP Gold/Blue 180g Vinyl
The "Great Lost Isley Brothers Album," Groove with You...LIVE! is a previously unreleased double album recorded for release in 1980. This newly restored performance offers an immersive listen into a crucial chapter in the Isley Brothers' history, a pivotal moment in the fusion of rock and funk music in an era fueled by the sound of the Isleys. The album includes the hits "That Lady" and "Fight the Power" plus fan favorites like "Here We Go Again," "Summer Breeze," and "Voyage to Atlantis." Featuring new cover art, evocative of the era, Groove with You...LIVE! is a 2LP set pressed on 180gram gold (LP1) and blue (LP2) vinyl, designed to look like a classic release from the Isley Brothers' T-Neck discography.

Johnny Cash - "Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971" - 12" 2LP Red/White 120g Vinyl
American musical icon Johnny Cash was at a career highpoint and in the middle of a successful tour of Scandinavia in 1971 when asked to star in his own concert special for Danish television. Lensed before a small audience on a small sound set, Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971 captures the essence of a Johnny Cash show of the era, showcasing performances with his touring companions - the Tennessee Three (his backup band) June Carter Cash, the Carter Family, Carl Perkins, and the Statler Brothers - on a setlist of hits, classics and songs-of-the-day including "If I Were a Carpenter" (Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash), the song that won the couple the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Previously commercially available only as a DVD (released in 2006), the audio portion of Johnny Cash's Man In Black: Live in Denmark 1971 can finally be enjoyed for the first time as a full-length album on RSD Black Friday 2015. This collectible 2LP set is pressed on 120gram opaque white (LP1) and red (LP2) vinyl (the colors of the flag of Denmark).

Judas Priest - "Painkiller" (25th Anniversary) - 10" Die Cut Buzz Saw EP
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Painkiller. Legacy Recordings is releasing this 10" die cut buzz saw EP, including the album's Grammy nominated title track, "Painkiller".

Neil Hefti - "Batman Theme" / "The Batusi" - 7" 45RPM Yellow Vinyl Single
Composer Neil Hefti's iconic theme music from the 1960s live action television series, a runaway hit in 1966, coupled with "The Batusi," a go-go dance parody of "The Watusi," introduced on the "Batman" premiere episode, characterized by its signature move: making a horizontal V-sign with the index and middle fingers of both hands and crossing them in front one one's eyes. The "Batman Theme"/"The Batusi" single is pressed on opaque yellow vinyl in a newly designed picture sleeve inspired by the original graphics of the show.

OutKast - "Stankonia" - 12" 2LP Orange/Yellow/Purple Black Spatter - Edition Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies
A special 15th anniversary edition, limited to 3,000 numbered copies, of Stankonia, the fourth studio album by Atlanta's experimental hip-hop duo OutKast (André 3000 and Big Boi), is being released for RSD Black Friday 2015. An eclectic musical concoction blending elements of funk, gospel, techno, psychedelic rock into a heady Dirty South gumbo, Stankonia debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling more than half a million copies in its first week.

Featuring the hit singles "B.O.B.," "So Fresh, So Clean," and "Ms. Jackson" (the first OutKast single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100), Stankonia took home the 2002 Grammy for Best Rap Album while "Ms. Jackson" won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Ranked #359 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Stankonia stands as an undisputed hip-hop masterpiece and milestone.

Various - "Garden State" Soundtrack - 12" 2LP Orange/Yellow/Ribbon Color Vinyl - Edition Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies
Legacy Recordings celebrates RSD Black Friday 2015 with this 2LP vinyl edition, limited to 3,000 numbered copies, of Garden State - Music From The Motion Picture, Originally released on August 10, 2004, Garden State - Music From The Motion Picture featured songs, personally chosen by Zach Braff (the film's writer/director), which served as psychological and emotional touchstones in the movie. Since its release in '04, "Garden State" has achieved cult status as one of the era's definitive coming-of-age films, while the soundtrack set a platinum standard for alternative and indie rock compilations.

Braff's work as the album's producer and musical curator earned the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Garden State - Music From The Motion Picture has sold more than 1.3 million copies and is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of American.

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - "A Legend in the Making" - 12" 2LP White/Grey Vinyl
Recorded on-stage at Toronto's legendary El Mocambo Club on July 20, 1983, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's A Legend in the Making was originally released as a promotional title for radio broadcast only. This blistering live set was released for the first time commercially in 2014 as a bonus CD in The Complete Epic Recordings Collection boxset. RSD 2015 marks the first time that A Legend in the Making has ever been released on vinyl. This collectible edition includes 2LPs with LP1 struck on 180gram vinyl with LP1 pressed on opaque white and LP2 on gray.

Elvis Presley - "If I Can Dream" / "Anything That's Part of You" - 7" 45RPM Black Vinyl
Pressed on classic black vinyl, this 45rpm single contains the title track from RCA/Legacy's forthcoming If I Can Dream album coupled with the previously unreleased "Anything That's Part of You." Part of the ongoing Elvis 80th Birthday Celebration, If I Can Dream showcases Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the King of Rock & Roll at the peak of his powers.

Jimi Hendrix - "Burning Desire" - 12" 2LP - First 5,000 Copies Numbered
Burning Desire is a posthumous compilation of recordings by Jimi Hendrix including instrumental studio jams and demos recorded in late 1969 through early 1970. Originally released on Dagger Records, Burning Desire has never been released on vinyl (or sold as a CD in stores) prior to this new RSD Black Friday 2015 release. The first 5,000 copies of Burning Desire will be numbered.

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