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Four must-have special vinyl releases to hit shelves on Black Friday Add to ...

An offshoot of Record Store Day (an annual international spring celebration of independent record stores), Black Friday is a similarly styled but smaller scaled North American-only event held on the day after U.S. Thanksgiving. On Nov. 29, a slew of special vinyl releases will hit the shelves, and will be available until supplies run out. A complete list of releases (and retailers) can be found at recordstoreday.com, but here are four of the more notable products to be had.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Live at KCRW

Have you ever witnessed Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in concert? Not only are they ready to rock at the drop of the hat, they know how to roll too. (These two skill sets do not always go hand in hand.) So when these badass Aussies tells you that this live studio concert in support of 2013’s Push the Sky Away is one of their all-time favourite session performances, you best believe them. Fifteen-hundred copies of the double-vinyl product are available in Canada, with a proper CD release to follow on Dec. 2.

Cheap Trick

The Classic Albums: 1977-79

Your mommy’s all right. Your daddy’s all right. They just seem a little weird for Cheap Trick. Those of a certain generation needn’t feel guilty about an appreciation for a premier tuneful rock band whose burst of sonically polished FM staples all happened in a three-year period. A limited-edition vinyl box set houses remastered versions of Cheap Trick, In Color, Heaven Tonight, Live at Budokan and Dream Police. Surrender. Surrender!

Townes Van Zandt

Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972

Steve Earle famously once said this: “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” Well, we don’t know much about Dylan’s coffee table, but it’s possible there’s room on it for a triple-LP clear-vinyl box set of 28 unheard versions of classic Townes from 1971-72. Liner notes are by Colin Escott, who just might be the best liner-note writer in the whole world. I’ll stand on Steve Earle’s coffee table and say that.

Grateful Dead

Family Dog at the Great Highway

For this gig at the Family Dog in San Francisco, on April 18, 1970, the band was billed as Mickey Hart and His Heartbeats. But for all intents and purposes, it’s the Dead that runs through an acoustic 80-minute set that includes six songs from Ron (Pigpen) McKernan on the lone. The tapes from the show were recently discovered by the late Jerry Garcia’s ex-wife, Mountain Girl. The vinyl package is set aside for indie record stores, but CDs are available at dead.net.

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