I owned a handful of 12″ singles back in the early 80’s as I had limited cash and so only invested in things that really caught my ear. I can recall having “Change Your Mind” by Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan. As a relatively early adopter of U2, one of my favourite songs of theirs was “Two Hearts Beat As One”. That 12″ single was played until its ultimate demise.
So when I heard that U2 was releasing “The Blackout” (from the forthcoming Songs of Experience album) for Record Store Day, it brought back that memory. Here’s more info from Third Man Records:
THIRD MAN RECORDS ANNOUNCES NEW U2 12″ IN CONJUNCTION WITH ISLAND RECORDS
“THE BLACKOUT” SET FOR RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY 2017
ONE PRESSING ONLY EXTREMELY LIMITED EDITION VINYL
MARKS FIRST PHYSICAL RELEASE
FROM U2’S UPCOMING NEW ALBUM, SONGS OF EXPERIENCE
TMR 12″ INCLUDES ORIGINAL LP VERSION
AND EXCLUSIVE JACKNIFE LEE REMIX
BLACK VINYL TO BE AVAILABLE AT ALL PARTICIPATING RSD STORES
COLORED VINYL VERSION TO BE ON SALE EXCLUSIVELY VIA
THIRD MAN STOREFRONTS IN NASHVILLE AND DETROIT,
AS WELL AS 2 VINYL RETAILERS TBA IN THE U.K. AND IRELAND
“THE BLACKOUT” ARRIVES ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH
This looks to be a pretty interesting release.
Third Man Records is proud to announce the release of “The Blackout,” a limited edition U2 12″ in conjunction with Island Records. The limited edition U2 12″ will be available for Record Store Day Black Friday, November 24th.
“The Blackout” marks the first physical release from U2’s eagerly awaited new album, SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, due later this year. The 12″ includes both the original album version backed by an exclusive remix by the band’s longtime collaborator, Jacknife Lee. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a dynamic new track,” “The Blackout” was revealed this summer via a surprise live video, filmed during U2’s blockbuster Joshua Tree Tour 2017.
Third Man co-founder Ben Blackwell said, “The sound quality of this incredibly special record is a perfect example of the caliber of product Third Man Pressing is capable of producing. We couldn’t be more proud.” TMR’s “The Blackout” 12″ will be extremely limited, with just one single pressing at Third Man Pressing, the label’s state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in Detroit. Black vinyl editions will be available at all participating Record Store Day shops, with 750 colored vinyl editions on offer exclusively at Third Man Records’ Nashville Storefront (623 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203) and Detroit Storefront (441 West Canfield Street. Detroit, MI 48201) as well as two U.K./Ireland record stores to be announced.
More info here.