Supply Chain Crisis Delays Record Store Day Releases | Music






‘I don’t know if you’ve heard news, but things are a little crazy in the supply and demand world out there. “So begins the latest news update on the Record Store Day website.

And assuming you haven’t spent the last month in an underground bunker, you can pretty much guess what will come next: “The production issues, the customs issues, the shipping issues, the duties issues. and some pretty comedic situations that we can’t really get into here, have definitely made it to this RSD Black Friday list.

It’s not uncommon for a handful of previously announced Record Store Day titles to fall by the wayside in the weeks leading up to the event. It is, after all, the recording industry we are talking about. But this year’s Black Friday event takes place during a perfect storm of vinyl supply chain shortages.

Here’s the problem: There are still less than two dozen vinyl pressing plants in the United States – many of which have fallen into disrepair – and less than a hundred worldwide. New manufacturing equipment is out of stock. The same goes for the lacquer discs which are used to press the discs. Even the cost of lumber has proven to be a factor as budget-conscious homeowners move on to installing vinyl flooring instead of the real thing.

We have now reached the point where the pressing factories are telling independent labels that, if they submit their masters now, they can expect to have their records in hand by August 2022.

On the demand side, meanwhile, there’s an ever-growing legion of vinyl fetishists who wouldn’t be caught to death holding a compact disc. The last year saw a 30 percent increase in vinyl record revenues, with no end in sight, so it’s no surprise that the major labels are exploiting the market in a big way. Sony, for example, has ordered half a million vinyl copies of Adele’s brand new film. 30 album, while vinyl editions of recent albums by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and other multi-millionaires continue to flood the market.

The result is that an unprecedented number of Record Store Day releases will not reach physical stores in time for Record Store Day.

RSD exclusives from Kinks co-founder Dave Davies, space jazz pioneer Sun Ra, team Kris Kristofferson / Lou Reed, Spoon, Swirlies and several other artists are pushed back to December 10.

Others are totally in the air, including a single from the Foo Fighters that pairs “Making a Fire (Mark Ronson Re-Version)” with “Chasing Birds (Preservation Hall Jazz Band Re-Version)”, a Latin Legends Live collection and limited editions of Puscifer, Tesla, Poison, Clairo, Kali Uchis and Thelonious Monk Septet. At this point, it’s unclear which, if any, will release in time for the holiday shopping season.

Yet there is almost a hundred Record Store Day releases that will will land in stores this Friday, and you can find an updated listing at recordstoreday.com. Here are some highlights:

When it comes to packaging and content, the winner hands down has to be Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ 40X40, a set of books and records that commemorates the 40th anniversary of former Runaway’s Poor reputation and I love rock n roll albums. Along with a 7-inch single containing the two main tracks, it’s accompanied by a 160-page graphic novel that features an all-female team of 40 writers and graphic designers “bringing songs to life” in the form of 20 stories.

Another timely offering is Norah Jones ‘much-needed cover of Alvin & The Chipmunks’ “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” which is available in a unique 3-inch format. Of course, if you really wanted to play that you will need to invest in an official Record Store Day mini turntable, which retails for $ 89.95. Or you can just listen to it on recently released Jones i dream of christmas album.

Other holiday-themed Black Friday releases this year include a reissue of The Staple Singers’ December 25th, by Reverend Horton Heat We the three kings, by Jorma Kaukonen Xmas (available in Christmas Tree Marble Green and Candy Cane Red & White editions), Teddy Swims’ A very teddy Christmas, and JD McPherson Socks: a Christmas album.

For hip-hop fans on your wishlist, there’s Lil Wayne & Rich The Kid’s Babies Trust Fund album, Chicago mumble-rapper Chief Keef’s Thoth Breaker, and a 2-LP version of Digital ball by Bobby Digital, aka the mastermind of Wu-Tang Clan RZA.

Jazz addicts, for their part, can be tempted by the four LP boxes of Art Pepper and Charlie Parker. Country music fans will find exclusive vinyl records featuring Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, and Buck Owens. And cassette collectors can take the Avett Brothers Emotionality, Lincoln rose I am a genius and, yes, that of JD McPherson Socks: a Christmas album.

Last but not least, we come to the Image Discs, without which no Record Store Day would be complete. This time we get Dio’s Last in line and Holy diver, Ozzy Osbourne Stop crying, and Iron Maiden Iron maiden. (What’s with metal fans and picture records? Nobody knows.)

Of course, not all record stores will have all of these releases, and some might not. So if you have something special to your heart, you can go to the Record Store Day website to find a full list of this year’s participating stores, then call to see who has what. Or you can just wait a few hours and bid on eBay.

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