The second Record Store Day of 2012 falls on Friday, as in Black, the sacred color of vinyl.
Anyone who doesn't relish shopping as treacherous combat staged in crowded shopping malls might consider visiting a local independent record shop on Black Friday.
Merchants and musicians have teamed to build up an impressive inventory of exclusive releases, many on vinyl, that cater to a broad spectrum of fans. Among the artists delivering fresh goods to Record Store Day participants: Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, John Mayer, David Bowie, Gaslight Anthem, Band of Horses, Captain Beefheart, Gene Clark, Coheed and Cambria, the Grateful Dead, Merle Haggard, Mayer Hawthorne, Lee Hazelwood, Wanda Jackson, Jellyfish, Mad Season, Mogwai, the Fat Boys and Teddy Thompson.
Cee Lo Green and Donny Hathaway offer a 7-inch vinyl single of This Christmas. Biz Markie serves up a 12-inch picture disc of The Biz Never Sleeps. Versions of Hallelujah by its composer Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley are flip sides of a numbered 7-inch single, released in conjunction with Alan Light's book about the song (The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of 'Hallelujah'), out Dec. 4.
On another vinyl single, The White Stripes' Fell in Love With a Girl, is backed by I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself, first released as a U.K. single in 2002. Written by Burt Bachar
The late Joey Ramone's Ya Know? returns as a limited-edition deluxe CD with a 40-minute DVD and 5-inch green vinyl disc. And Rhino brings a 45th anniversary edition of Love's influential Forever Changes, with a bonus 7-inch single that includes an unreleased edit of Alone Again Or.ach and Hal David, the song was popularized by Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston and even Elvis Costello & The Attractions.
Record Store Day, founded on April 19, 2008, in San Francisco, typically is celebrated on the third Saturday in April. Get details on participating stores and all the releases at recordstoreday.com.