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Which records should you buy on Black Friday? Experts’ favorites and predictions

Released digitally on Motown last year, Erykah Badu’s “But You Cain’t Use My Phone” is available in a physical format for the first time. But the LP is limited to 1,500 copies.
Released digitally on Motown last year, Erykah Badu’s “But You Cain’t Use My Phone” is available in a physical format for the first time. But the LP is limited to 1,500 copies.

With over 130 titles coming out exclusively for Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event, local shop employees shared their favorites and predictions about this year’s list.

What will sell the best? What is most collectible? Get caught up on the season’s releases and see what will be spinning at local stores in the coming months. The entire list of exclusive Black Friday releases can be found here.

Christian LaBeau, manager, Josey Records

Best-selling release: “But You Cain’t Use My Phone” by Erykah Badu

Favorite release: “Like Piss to a Sting” by Napalm Death and Melt Banana

Most overrated release: N/A

Most underrated release: “A Lesson in Crime/Smith” by Tokyo Police Club

Most collectible release: “Steady, As She Goes/Store Bought Bones” by the Raconteurs or “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” by UGK feat. Outkast

Britt Adair, Josey Records

Best-selling release: “Big Star Complete Third Vol. 1: Demos” by Big Star

Favorite release: “Blood Lust” by Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats

Most overrated release: “Blue” by Blue Man Group

Most underrated release: “Witchcult Today” by Electric Wizard

Most collectible release: “South Park: Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics” by various artists

Judy Mills, owner, Mills Record Co.

Best-selling release: “Strung Out in Heaven” by Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff

Favorite release: “This Ain’t No White Christmas” by Rudy Ray Moore

Most overrated release: “Steady, As She Goes/Store Bought Bones” by the Raconteurs

Most underrated release: “But You Cain’t Use My Phone” by Erykah Badu or “Meet Your Maker” by the Sugarhill Gang and Chic

Most collectible release: “A Moon Shaped Pool” (box set) by Radiohead

Ryan McBee, Mills Record Co.

Best-selling release: “A Moon Shaped Pool” (box set) by Radiohead

Favorite release: “Haxan” by Dungen

Most overrated release: “Servants of Death” by Refused

Most underrated release: “The Psychedelic Experience” by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert

Most collectible release: “The Shape of Mayhem to Come” by the Budos Band

Marion Merritt, co-owner, Records With Merritt

Best-selling release: “The Real Royal Albert Hall Concert 1966” by Bob Dylan

Favorite release: “Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds From South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982)” by various artists

Most overrated release: “Beyond the Flames: Home Video Pt. 2” by Killswitch Engage

Most underrated release: “Hey Boss Man!” by Frank Frost

Most collectible release: “Jabba Flow” by Shag Kava

Promise Clutter, Revolution Records

Best-selling release: “Black Love” by Afghan Whigs

Favorite release: “At Inter-Media Arts April 1991” by Sun Ra & His Arkestra

Most overrated release: “Golden Hits, Volume 1” by the Turtles

Most underrated release: “Strung Out in Heaven” by Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff

Most collectible release: “A Lesson in Crime/Smith” by Tokyo Police Club

Erik Voeks, Vinyl Renaissance

Best-selling release: “Ride ’Em All Down” by the Rolling Stones

Favorite release: “Haxan” by Dungen

Most overrated release: N/A

Most underrated release: “Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin’ at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge” by Dennis Coffey

Most collectible release: “Money Shot (Your Reload)” by Puscifer

Kelly Corcoran, owner, Love Garden Sounds

Best-selling release: “But You Cain’t Use My Phone” by Erykah Badu

Favorite release: “But You Cain’t Use My Phone” by Erykah Badu

Most overrated release: Records with picture discs

Most underrated release: “Popeye: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” by Harry Nilsson

Most collectible release: N/A

Sam Boatright, Love Garden Sounds

Best-selling release: “Lil Boat” by Lil Yachty

Favorite release: “Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds From South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982)” by various artists

Most overrated release: “Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Depeche Mode” by Rockabye Baby!

Most underrated release: “Done by the Forces of Nature” by Jungle Brothers

Most collectible release: “Ganadaramaba” by Dengue Fever and Goonam

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