Craft Recordings recently announced its exclusive line-up of titles for Record Store Day Black Friday, taking place on November 24th at participating independent retailers. This year’s releases include seven limited-edition pressings from a wide range of genres and eras, encompassing everything from midcentury jazz to post-millennium punk.
For jazz aficionados, offerings include a mono edition of Gil Evans’ classic 1957 Prestige Records album Gil Evans & Ten and a 50th anniversary edition of Chico Hamilton’s The Master (a 1973 lost gem featuring members of Little Feat). Among this year’s specially curated compilations are Written in Their Soul – The Hits: The Stax Songwriter Demos (featuring newly unearthed early versions of hits from Stax Records’ heyday) and Jazz Dispensary: At the Movies (a collection of cult-classic soundtrack cuts from the likes of Melvin Van Peebles, Isaac Hayes, and Booker T. & The M.G.’s).
Other highlights include the first-ever vinyl pressing of Alan Silvestri’s score for the 1992 black comedy Death Becomes Her, as well as a deluxe edition of the soundtrack to Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1984 film Blood Simple (curated and produced by famed composer Carter Burwell himself). Meanwhile, a 10-year anniversary pressing of the long-out-of-print Punk Goes Christmas finds pop-punk acts like Yellowcard and All Time Low delivering their own high-energy versions of holiday favorites.