Sony Legacy Record Store Day [November 2022]
Record Store Day 2022 (Black Friday, November 25th, 2022) is fast upcoming and EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE wants to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who are intending to burst into your local independent record store retailers to spread the support, love and money, whilst celebrating everything great about RSD!
We hope you find something you love enough to take home with you, whether that item is something released exclusively for Black Friday Record Store Day 2022, or something fantastic from what they regularly stock.
Yes, we wholeheartedly agree, 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!
As our dear friends at Sony Legacy Recordings have, once more, kindly sent us all of their Black Friday RSD 2022 releases for review, as always, we shall happily review them all now.
These four new Black Friday titles run the gamut from rock to blues to pop to alternative and, as always, are all a terrific tribute to the unbelievable artistry and musicianship upon which the Sony Music catalog has been built for decades.
As to what to expect, part of the annual sister event to Record Store Day – held on the biggest global shopping day of the year – Legacy will unveil a previously unreleased live concert from icon, Willie Nelson. David Bowie’s rare The Next Day Extra EP and Jimi Hendrix’s Burning Desire, a collection of rare studio outtakes, will each be pressed on LP for the first time. A vinyl issue of The Script’s Tales From The Script: Greatest Hits – a U.K. No. 1 album in 2021 – will complete the RSD Black Friday line-up.
Up first is David Bowie – The Next Day Extra EP (LP Vinyl).
The Next Day Extra contains various album outtakes and remixes from David Bowie’s The Next Day album. In the summer of 2013, unreleased songs –“Atomica,” “The Informer,” “Like A Rocket Man,” and “Born In A UFO” –were finally completed after remaining unfinished during the main album sessions.
Two remixes, “Love Is Lost” (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA), a ten-minute opus by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and the Venetian Mix of “I’d Rather Be High” were added, plus the Japanese bonus track “The Informer.”
When David Bowie released his 24th studio album The Next Day — after a 10 year musical hiatus — fans and music critics alike were thrilled. Devotees salivated over the gorgeous videos for the singles “Where Are We Now?,” “The Next Day,” “Valentine’s Day,” and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” watching them millions of times on YouTube.
Luckily for Bowie fans, The Next Day Extra, an expanded collector’s edition that offered even more of that music was released a few years later, but has thus far never been made available on vinyl (the most beloved physical attribute that all Bowie fans still collect today.
Included here on this RSD EP is a rather charming, slow-building “God Bless The Girl,” which was included on Japan’s edition of The Next Day, but nowhere else. With its rolling, melodic verses and gospel-like chorus, the track has shades of 1986’s “Underground,” to better effect.
For my money, and being a huge Bowie fan toboot, there is a weak spot with “The Informer,” an almost monotone number where Bowie meditates on the end of the line. “I’ve got major questions/ About the Lord above/ About Satan below/ About the way we love,” he croons. Heavy stuff, sure, but the song itself sags for the most part, sorry.
In addition to the new tracks, The Next Day Extra also features a spectacular ten-minute remix of “Love is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix)” by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem fame.
The David Lynch-esque video for the abridged track was shot and edited by Bowie in just 72 hours and it references the 1980 video for “Ashes to Ashes.” The video debuted at the Mercury Prize ceremony in London and can be seen here by clicking the link below.
David Bowie - Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA - Edit)
The stand out for me though is the obvious ode to Labyrinth on the lush orchestrations within “I’d Rather Be High - Venetian Mix” and a vibrantly indie-feel to the pop-tastic romp “Born In a UFO.”
2. “Love Is Lost - Hello Steve Reich Mix” [by James Murphy for the DFA]
3. “The Informer”
1. “I’d Rather Be High - Venetian Mix”
2. “Like a Rocket Man”
3. “Born In a UFO”
4. “God Bless the Girl”
Up next is Jimi Hendrix, Burning Desire (Translucent Orange and Red Vinyl) (2LP Vinyl).
Burning Desire is part of Dagger Records’ authorized Jimi Hendrix “bootleg” releases. Mixed by Eddie Kramer, the collection presents compelling examples of Jimi’s remarkable creative explorations through 1969 and early 1970.
In the shadow of Electric Ladyland, the original Jimi Hendrix Experience struggled to remain a cohesive unit, and Jimi’s ceaseless creative pursuit would lead to experimental sessions with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles and ambitious attempts to integrate fresh musical elements.
On these studio recordings, Jimi can be heard developing exciting new material such as “Ezy Ryder,” “Cherokee Mist,” “Villanova Junction Blues,” “Izabella,” and “Burning Desire.”
Burning Desire was originally released on CD via mail order only, seeing its only LP release on black vinyl as part of a previous RSD Black Friday celebration.
The double LP will now be available for the first time since, pressed on translucent orange and red vinyl by QRP as part of the new RSD Encores series revisiting popular releases from the indie retail event’s history.
Recorded in late ’69 and early ’70, the Band of Gypsys bash it out in a free for all that sounds more like a competition between Jimi and Buddy although Billy Cox does his best to hold it all down while the giants go at it!
Jimi’s guitar sounds so scratchy and raw it’s just so perfectly wonderful throughout and albeit musically nothing close to being a proper studio album, persay,the journey that is going on throughout struggles to keep the entire program cohesive (which just adds to the final product).
I mean, each track is a journey within itself, and one that brings us extremely hard blues rock backed by cement mixer grooves, which all come to fruition as just the one big, glorious noise!
A solid release of jam sessions that stays consistent and hard rocking it also serves as being one of the few releases the Experience Hendrix Inc. gets right in terms of theme and era.
The vocals are fundamentally absent, although some banter exists here and there, but this is, without a shadow of a doubt, the Band of Gypsys studio rock that we all missed out on back in the day.
Simply put, this is the lost instrumental studio album that never was and man, it is so great to not only have it back out on 2LP vinyl, but colored at that!
2. Cherokee Mist / Astro Man
3. Villanova Junction Blues
1. Ezy Ryder / MLK Jam
1. Burning Desire
2. Stepping Stone / Villanova Junction Blues
1. Record Plant ZX
2. Slow Time Blues
Next we look at Willie Nelson, Live At Budokan (2LP Vinyl).
In 1984, Willie Nelson was coming into the beginning of his popularity, having racked up 16 No. 1 country hits from the previous decade and crossing over to the pop charts multiple times, while starring in a series of hit movies and becoming one of the most recognized figures in popular culture. He united fans across genres and generations and his live shows had already become legendary.
In February of that year, he performed in Tokyo to kick off a five-city tour that marked his first time playing in Japan, showing how global his appeal had become. The first shows were at the Budokan, the legendary martial arts hall, and the February 23rd show was recorded and filmed for broadcast, eventually seeing release only as a laserdisc in Japan.
However, the video was never released anywhere else and the audio was never released at all…until now. Exclusively on vinyl for participating independent retailers for RSD Black Friday, this performance finds Willie and Family at a monumental point of their powers and includes a 27-song, hit-filled set across two LPs.
The 50-year-old Nelson’s ensemble that night in February, featured his sister Bobbie Nelson on piano, Paul English on drums, Grady Martin on guitar, Jody Payne on vocals and guitar, Bee Spears on bass and Mickey Raphael on harmonica.
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground (Live at Budokan, Tokyo, Japan - Feb. 23, 1984)
Catching up with Willie’s past through albums, live or otherwise, like this has made my future brighter, I would like to believe, for along with some great renditions of some old standards and peaceful, simple versions of his own compositions, Willie’s music just puts your mind, body and soul into a most relaxed position.
Just a quite wondrous live balance of calm tunes for traffic jams and upbeat for speeding to your next destination, I’m not too sure if you’ll look as cool as me singing loudly, whilst at the same time a little off key, but I’m willing to take that chance!
1. Whiskey River
2. Mona Lisa
3. Good Hearted Woman
4. Down Yonder
4. If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time
5. Working Man Blues
6. Help Me Make It Through The Night
1. Me And Bobby McGee
2. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
3. Under The Double Eagle
4. Blue Skies
5. Georgia On My Mind
6. All Of Me
1. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
2. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
3. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
4. On The Road Again
5. Always On My Mind
6. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
7. Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line
1. Who’ll Buy My Memories
2. Till I Gain Control Again
3. Without A Song
4. Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)
5. Whiskey River
6. Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line
And then, finally, we get The Script, Tales From The Script: Greatest Hits (Green Vinyl) (2LP Vinyl).
The Script celebrate a journey that has included five UK #1 albums, six billion streams, and over two million ticket sales with the release of the career-spanning greatest hits album Tales From The Script.
Tales From The Script compiles all of the biggest hits and fan favorites from their six albums so far. It highlights the classic cuts from the trio’s catalogue, taking in the likes of the #1 smash “Hall of Fame” (featuring will.i.am) and the Top 10 hits “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” “For The First Time” and “Superheroes.”
It also includes landmark moments and staples of their live show including “Breakeven,” their debut single “We Cry,” and “Rain.”
A regular fixture at the top of the Irish charts, The Script also landed four UK #1 albums along with that aforementioned chart-topping single in the shape of ‘Hall of Fame.’
The band, which combines elements of Hip Hop, Rock, Folk and piano ballads, have continually seen themselves rise from album to album without becoming static, which is another mighty thumbs up for them within the business.
All the songs here on this magnificent double LP, all very faithful to life and there is actually a depth in the middle of each song that takes your breath away at times.
A perfect balance of faster and slower songs, The Script surpassed themselves with this Greatest Hits album, in my humble opinion, turning loss and grief into a triumphant listening experience.
Impressive from the first time you listen to the very last, and yes, admittedly with so many great songs omitted, like “Man On a Wire”, “Without Those Songs”, “Exit Wounds”, “Hurricanes” and “Howl At the Moon”, The Script still bring us their whole, as a musical outlet; but perhaps leave behind those aforementioned tracks for something special later to come!
2. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
3. For The First Time
1. Hall Of Fame
2. If You Could See Me Now
4. Six Degrees of Separation
1. Arms Open
2. The Last Time
3. Run Through Walls
4. Before the Worst
5. We Cry
1. Science & Faith
2. No Good In Goodbye
3. Never Seen Anything Quite Like You
4. I Want It All