This upcoming Record Store Day is turning into one of our favorites as we were able to cast a wide net showcasing some very special records that not only influenced and changed music, but also simply mean a lot to us personally. For a list of participating U.S. stores where these exclusive items can first be purchased in-person-only on November 28, visit http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues
Get On Down’s five offerings for this year’s “Black Friday” include:
Various Artists For The People Part 1
Five 7-inch singles with deluxe embossed carrying case. Limited edition of 1,500 hand-numbered boxes.
Continuing with our People Records deluxe reissues series – which launched on Record Store Day in April 2014 with the release of the JBs’ classic 1972 album Food For Thought – this unique box is a celebration of James Brown’s People label and some of the imprint’s most famous singles (two which were released in 1974, 40 years ago). Featured 45s include James Brown’s “Escape-ism” (1971); Lyn Collins’ “Think (About It)” (1972); Fred Wesley & The JBs’ “Same Beat” (1973); The Devils’ “X-Sorcist” (1974); and Maceo & The Macks’ “Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)” (1974).
Each 45 has been lovingly re-created with visuals taken from the original artwork. And beyond the five singles themselves, this set includes a deluxe, cloth-covered 45s carrying case with a People Records logo on the exterior and purple People embossing throughout the interior. This is a soul, funk and hip-hop DJ’s dream!
Run-DMC “Christmas In Hollis / Peter Piper” picture sleeve 7-inch with “Audible Postcard”
Re-issue of group’s classic holiday anthem with Keith Haring picture sleeve and an additional “Audible Postcard,” back in print for the first time in more than 15 years.
Once you hear those warm-but-mildly-distorted intro horns (sampled from Clarence Carter’s 1968 hit “Back Door Santa”), you are instantly filled with the holiday spirit, thanks to the most important hip-hop group of the 1980s. By late 1987 this incredible Run-DMC production (co-produced by Rick Rubin and Steve Ett) had taken full hold of the music world. That holiday season, the song was featured on the A & M Records charity compilation A Very Special Christmas and was also granted its own A-side release outside of the U.S., complete with a cover illustrated by the late Keith Haring.
Whether you are a die-hard hip-hop fan or a casual music listener, the song – a tribute to the group’s hometown of Hollis, Queens – remains a classic December jam to this day, that also gets heads bopping in March or August. This version of the 7-inch also includes a little song called “Peter Piper” on the B-side that you may have heard before, plus the full lyrics to “Christmas In Hollis” printed on the back cover. And to make this package impossible to pass up, we are also including a playable “Audible Postcard” of “Christmas In Hollis” in addition to the vinyl – keep it as a collector’s item or send to a friend to become the illest rap gift-giver of the year.
Various Artists Christmas Rap LP (Green or Red Vinyl)
Re-issue of 1987 Profile Records holiday compilation on colored vinyl, with songs by Run-DMC, Dana Dane, Sweet Tee, The Showboys, The Surf M.C.s, Spyder-D, and more
Leading off with the aforementioned Run-DMC smash, “Christmas In Hollis,” this comp featured some of the hottest rap artists of the day, celebrating the holidays, hip-hop style. Highlights include Dana Dane’s “Dana Dane Is Coming To Town,” Sweet Tee’s “Let The Jingle Bells Rock” and even the Surf M.C.s’ “A Surf M.C. New Year,” adding a California surfer (and, ahem, Beastie Boys rip-off) twist to the proceedings. Not to be overlooked is the classic front and back cover artwork, featuring a gift-wrapped B-Boy. It remains an essential, evergreen (pun intended) holiday album to this day. This special Get On Down edition features two versions: 750 LPs on Red Vinyl and 750 on Green Vinyl.
Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force “Planet Rock” 12-inch re-issue on glow-in-the-dark vinyl
B-Boy anthem from 1982 lights up any dancefloor… literally! First time ever on glow-in-the-dark vinyl.
Fresh off Bambaataa’s historic donation of his vinyl collection to the Cornell University Hip-Hop Collection and the Fall 2014 “Renegades of Rhythm” tour by DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist celebrating his unparalleled contribution to hip-hop, Get On Down celebrates the song for which the Godfather of Hip-Hop is best known: 1982’s “Planet Rock,” a Kraftwerk-meets-Bronx-B-Boy anthem. Renowned the world over as a never-fail floor-filler, this new 12-inch pressing of the single is printed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl for the first time ever. Although Bambaataa may have gotten top-billing on the release, it was a team effort, with crucial contributions by a team including DJ Jazzy Jay, Afrika Islam, Arthur Baker, John Robie, a Roland TR-808 drum machine (aka Planet Patrol) and of course MCs Mr. Biggs, G.L.O.B.E. and Pow Wow. This edition is housed in a clear, thick plastic sleeve with a sticker on the front.
Rammellzee vs. K-Rob “Beat Bop” 12-inch on split black-and-white vinyl [Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork re-issue]
Re-issue of ultra-rare 1983 hip-hop masterpiece, co-produced and with artwork by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat
The original issue of the 1983 song “Beat Bop” by lyricists Rammellzee and K-Rob has been heard by many, but held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song’s initial run, on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s one-off Tartown Records label, were made with jacket cover art by the infinitely influential graphic artist (and moonlighting musician and producer). They remain one of hip-hop’s “Holy Grail” items, selling north of $1,500 if you can even find one. The audio, which clocked in at over 10 minutes, was issued – with no picture sleeve – on Profile Records soon after the Tartown pressings, and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk beat (produced by Basquiat) and Rammellzee’s and K-Rob’s next-level lyricism. The picture-sleeve version of the release has never been officially re-issued, and this edition, curated by hip-hop historian Noah Uman, goes the extra mile. It features officially-licensed original artwork from the Basquiat estate and a four-panel folded insert with deep background on the original single’s creation, compiled by Andrew “Noz” Nosnitsky – including interviews with many of the artists involved with its production: Rammellzee, K-Rob, Glenn O’Brien, percussionist Al Diaz, Profile’s Cory Robbins and more. Rammellzee left this Earth in 2010 and Basquiat passed away in 1988 – with this deluxe reissue, their important contributions to the formative years of hip-hop on wax are remembered and celebrated. A must-own for any hip-hop purist.