Record Store Day: Joe Satriani and Dave Matthews Band

Nov. 28 holds special meaning for fans of music on vinyl as that's when Record Store Day's Black Friday event takes place at indie brick & mortar record stores throughout the country. This year labels will be releasing all kinds of limited edition vinyl collectibles including picture discs and titles pressed on colored vinyl. As they do every year, Legacy Records, the reissue division of Sony Music, has a handful of interesting titles dropping for RSD Black Friday, and we've received a couple of them in advance. Here's the scoop; get to your favorite participating record store early if you want to score any of these titles.

Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani EP

12" 45-RPM on 180 G vinyl, numbered

Here's where it all started for Satriani, with this 5-song debut EP, originally released by Berkeley label Rubina Records back in 1984. The songs are all short and punchy at under 4-minutes each, with Side One holding "Talk to Me," one of Joe's typically speedy guitar workouts with some Primus-like weirdness thrown in here and there. Also on the side is the funky, bass-heavy "Dreaming Number Eleven;" fans not already familiar with this record may be surprised to learn that the popping bass lines and everything else on the song and throughout the album, including percussion, are played by Satriani on his guitar. Side Two features "Banana Mango," a jazzy, Indian-flavored tropical treat, the avant garde "I Am Become Death" complete with some "backwards" guitar and simulated heartbeat and "Saying Good-Bye," a slow and somehow sad song, even though like the rest of the material here, it has no words. Satriani quickly went on to sign with bigger labels after this release.

Dave Matthews Band

Double 10" 33-RPM, gatefold jacket, numbered

Here's a double shot of fun for fans of the DMB, not only because this EP from 1994 has never been released on vinyl until now but also because it contains the so-called Pumpkin Recently tracks which are until now rare promo-only items. Highlights of the previously-released material include a live take on Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" complete with a manic ending done the way only Dave can, and the driving "Halloween." The included rarities are a second version of "Recently," a live version of big hit "Ants Marching," "Tripping Billies" and the folky "The Song That Jane Likes." A download code for the music is included.

Other Legacy titles dropping on Record Store Day Black Friday include colored vinyl singles from Miles Davis and Bessie Smith, a Wham Christmas 12" on red and green vinyl, a die-cut Wu-Tang Clan picture disc, David Bowie's new single "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" and a double LP on white vinyl from Aaliyah. Titles from Outkast, the Kinks, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix will also hit the shelves.

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