Yesterday, Record Store Day and its team announced the Back To Black Friday release of The Beatles – The Singles (Apple / EMI), a brand new box set from the Fab Four featuring four 7″ singles, each with an A-side sung by one of the four, in their original sleeves. The Singles will include a Record Store Day branded-adapter along with a poster.
Apple/Capitol will also release John Lennon – Imagine – 40th Anniversary Box Set, a 2010-remastered LP, which includes six tracks on a stunning white vinyl 12″ along with a poster. The record, to be released exclusively for the indie stores on Black Friday, will include tracks from the original Imagine LP, recorded at Lennon’s Ascot Sound home studio and at the Record Plant, and released in 1971 along with session outtakes of classic songs “How Do You Sleep,” “Jealous Guy,” “Oh My Love,” “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier” and “Imagine (take 1).”
Record Store Day will only be releasing about 10% of the number of releases for Black Friday as compared to Record Store Day itself. For example, there were approximately 300 unique releases made for Record Store Day this year. For Black Friday there will be about 35. By design, Record Store Day is not attempting to create the massive music celebration of Record Store Day. Rather, we are reminding music fans about the gift of music at the kick off of the holiday season. We will call it a victory if less cheap toasters and socks are given as gifts and more awesome music by some of the greatest artists of our time exchange hands.