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Record Store Day, Black Friday 2015: Seven 7″ Selections

Viva la Vinyl.

For the record…

This Thanksgiving, you’ll probably be going through many a leftover when the big meal is done: the turkey, the stuffing… it’ll be there for a while. However, these items available for this year’s Black Friday edition of Record Store Day won’t be there for a lot of time. Of course, this has been happening for several years now, so expect lines anywhere you head out to. Trust me, all will be well when you’re holding those glorious gifts from the musical gods in your hands. Here are seven 7″ singles (and more) that you may be hunting for, and I’ll definitely be hunting for, on Friday, November 27:

ALAN PARSONS PROJECT/The Turn of A Friendly Card — The Singles (EP) (Legacy)
The original Turn set gave this act their first two top 20 singles on the Hot 100 survey, one being “Games People Play” on side B, but how are you not going to put “Time” on this EP? That had an edit too! Anyways, the set is being released on cool green vinyl.

ELVIS PRESLEY/If I Can Dream (Legacy)
A new posthumous Presley album was recently released, featuring new arrangements of some of his classic singles by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The title track and previously unreleased b-side “Anything That’s Part Of You” are from those sessions.

FALCO/Rock Me Amadeus/Vienna Calling (Legacy)
Nothing says “#1 single in 1986” like a German-sung single about Mozart. It is a part of a double a-side with the followup release, which climbed to #18 that June. Both of the mixes featured on this red vinyl release were the single versions for the U.S. market.

JEFF BUCKLEY/SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE/Everyday People (Legacy)
The ongoing Side By Side series for RSD is always a hit with consumers, and this one should be no different. The original release spent four weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 in 1969. Buckley’s remake is also featured on a lost album called You And I, due March 11.

NEIL HEFTI/Batman Theme Song (Legacy)
Doesn’t everyone want to channel the inner superhero inside of them? Hefti’s theme was barely a national top 40 hit when it was released, going to #35 in 1966, but reducing this to a chart peak doesn’t do it justice. Catch this classic before it flies out of stock!

PHIL COLLINS/In The Air Tonight (Rhino)
It wasn’t Collins’s first solo single ever, but it’s certainly a notable one that keeps new generations of fans listening to his songs. I think this could be my top release of the bunch. It features the original b-side titled “The Roof Is Leaking” and a new comic book.

THE KINKS/Dedicated Kinks (EP) (Sanctuary)
Dedicated is one of two EPs by the act to be released for Black Friday, and was originally released in July 1966. All four cuts saw some U.S. success, with three of them making the Hot 100. The highest, “Set Me Free”, went to #23 during the summer of 1965.

More from my must-haves list:
BECK/Dreams (12″, Capitol)
HOUNDMOUTH/Sedona (7″, Rough Trade)
OTIS REDDING/Shake (EP) (7″, Rhino)
PAUL MCCARTNEY & MICHAEL JACKSON/Say Say Say (12″, Concord/Hear Music)
QUEEN/Bohemian Rhapsody (12″, Hollywood)

(Check out the full list of RSD releases here!) (Listen to some of this year’s RSD releases on Spotify!)

Are you pumped for RSD’s Black Friday event? Is there another release (or set of releases) not listed above that you’ll be trying to find on Friday? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter: click the “Get Social!” tab above to find us on there.

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The Music Of Metropolis: Hail To These Heroic Hits

Goin' krypton and on.

Goin’ krypton and on.

He’s the superhero that’s been around since 1938 and he hasn’t aged a bit. He’s Clark Kent, reporter for the Daily Planet, but better known as the great Superman. With hundreds of comic books displaying his name and several television series and dozens of movies based off of his adventures, he’s one of the most well-known characters today. In addition to all of those media outlets, Superman has been the subject of at least fourteen song titles to make the Billboard Hot 100 since 1958, with a fifteenth on the way in the form of “Waiting For Superman”, the new single by Daughtry. It’s currently a top 20 digital hit and will likely go top 40 nationally. So, which of these heroic hits is the mightiest of them all? Here they are, both the top 40 singles and the more minor Hot 100 entries:

“Sunshine Superman”, Donovan (#1, 1966)
This piece of psychadelic pop was Donovan‘s only #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, spending a week there in September 1966. It also reached the top 5 in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. If you were a fan of pop music in the 90’s, you may remember the song “Legend Of A Cowgirl” by Imani Coppola, a minor top 40 hit in 1997 which sampled “Sunshine”.

“Black Superman – Muhammad Ali”, Johnny Wakelin & The Kinshasa Band (#21, 1975)
English musician Wakelin wrote this as an homage to the boxing champion after seeing the famous Rumble In The Jungle fight in 1974, which pit Ali against George Foreman, with Ali winning. It hit the top ten in his native United Kingdom and just missed the top 20 on the Hot 100 that fall. A followup single about the boxer, “In Zaire”, was also a hit in the U.K., going top 5, but it did not enter Billboard’s charts.

“Superman”, Herbie Mann (#26, 1979)
After over a decade of top 40 misses, flutist Mann finally made the top 40 in 1975 with “Hijack”, which went to #14. As the disco era danced away with the charts, Mann was able to tack on a second entry with this song, originally performed by Celi Bee and the Buzzy Bunch (see below). What originally didn’t make the top 40 its first time out did it for Mann, breaking into the top 30. It was his last hit.

“Superman (It’s Not Easy)”, Five For Fighting (#14, 2001)
After releasing an album in 1997 that went under the radar on EMI, it was singer John Ondrasik’s second album, America Town, that got him noticed in a big way. In the fall of 2001, this song became one of the anthems heard in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and its consistent radio play launched it into the top 15 on the Hot 100. A sixth Five For Fighting album, Bookmarks, came out this past Tuesday.

“Superman”, Eminem (#15, 2003)
After the huge success of 8 Mile‘s “Lose Yourself”, which spent 12 weeks at #1, this single came directly afterwards and was automatically going to be lost in the shadows of that big hit. From his 2002 album The Eminem Show, it ended up missing the top ten after peaking out very early in its run. However, it did go to #10 on the CHR airplay chart. The female vocals on this song are performed by Dina Rae.

“Superman”, Taylor Swift (#26, 2010)
In an era full of digital downloads, we were inevitably going to find an album track on this list that was never released as a single. Such is this case with this entry from Swift from her hit 2010 album, Speak Now. It peaked the week that the album arrived, then quickly descended the survey and fell off after a few weeks. It was the seventh-highest ranking song, regardless of single status, to chart from the release.

Other caped crusaders to hit the top 100:
“Superman”, Dino, Desi and Billy (#94, 1966)
“Superman”, The Ides of March (#64, 1970)
“Superman”, Donna Fargo (#41, 1973)
“Superman”, Celi Bee and the Buzzy Bunch (#41, 1977)
“(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman”, The Kinks (#41, 1979)
“I’m Your Superman”, All Sports Band (#93, 1981)
“Superman’s Song”, Crash Test Dummies (#56, 1991)
“Superman’s Dead”, Our Lady Peace (#74, 1997)

All of these acts, save for Bee and her group, had bigger singles rank on the Hot 100. Both of the 90’s entries were bigger hits on Canada, where the two groups formed.

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