By Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald
These people running, pushing and screaming for Black Friday deals are out of control! Oh wait, they’re running and pushing and screaming for records? Whatever, it’s fine.
Another Record Store Day Black Friday is upon us. Here are some exclusives and releases timed to make you scream like a teenager at the height of Beatlemania.
“Mindsets”, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
How do you like your Joan Jett? Live and raw or recorded and raw? Both! Fabulous response. “Mindsets” features six new tracks and six live covers of the tracks. The highlight might be “If You’re Blue.” The lead cut is halfway between punk and rock’n’roll. In other words, it’s the Jett signature. The others are all up to that same standard.
“The Master”, Chico Hamilton
This could be considered one of the greatest jazz albums ever made, if it were jazz. Sorry, if it was just jazz. Legendary jazz drummer Chico Hamilton entered the studio in 1973 with the core of the rock band Little Feat: guitarists Lowell George and Paul Barrere, keyboardist Bill Payne, bassist Kenny Gradney and percussionist Sam Clayton. The results were Southern boogie and New York boogaloo, funk grooves and fusion excursions. A truly magical moment with Hamilton’s drums sitting between George’s slippery, grinding slide guitar and Payne’s keys, which oscillate from hard pop piano to soul jazz organ. Bonus, the 50th Anniversary Edition is limited to 4,000 copies of 180 gram marbled purple vinyl.
“Come down,” Prince
A recreation of the 12″ version of 1991’s “Gett Off,” delivered only to the DJs who let the New Power Generation be unleashed on the world, the release of this nearly endless jam has one flaw: it’s only almost unending. When Prince celebrated his 33rd birthday with this “club mix,” he let the music flow from vinyl to ears for eight and a half minutes. The epic track bumps, squeaks, moans, coos, screams and screams like James Brown in ecstasy with a dash of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix. This is perhaps the only eight and a half minute song that is way too short.
“Queen of rock’n’roll”, Tina Turner
Tina’s first single without Ike was a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” It’s got a Robert-Plant-meets-Shaft vibe, which is to say it’s just awesome. But it came to nothing. Tina was the queen of rock’n’roll and no one knew it. Fortunately, the world now knows. Celebrating Tina’s 50-year solo career, this 5-LP box set compiles her 55 singles, taken from many long-out-of-print albums. The hits are immortal and pleasant to hear in chronological order: “What’s Love Got To Do With It” to “Better Be Good To Me” to “Private Dancer”, wow! But what is obscure is the real treasure. There’s a whole side of his forgotten ’70s gems (starting with the Stax-plus-Seeger stomp of “Root, Toot Undisputable Rock’n Roller”) that fits perfectly into thumpers like the Bryan Adams duet “It’s Only Love” and epic. live cuts – “Addicted to Love” is pure praise.