Barnes & Noble Vinyl Weekend: Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac
Barnes & Noble has just announced the return of their Vinyl Weekend, offering dozens of limited-edition records and exclusive special offers, available to browse here.
Exclusive vinyl available this year includes Fleetwood Mac’s Fleetwood Mac Live on red vinyl; Aretha Franklin’s new compilation Aretha on opaque purple vinyl; Grateful Dead’s Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) Live on neon orange vinyl; Al Green’s Greatest Hits on clear vinyl with gold splatter; Nina Simone’s Little Girl Blue on blue vinyl; An Introduction To Elliott Smith on red and black vinyl; and St Vincent’s latest album, Daddy’s Home in a B&N spcial edition featuring three trading cards. Also, as part of the Vinyl Weekend promotionn, customers can take 10% off all vinyl, which includes releases exclusive to Barnes & Noble, and LPs up for preorder online.
it’s not just records themselves that are on offer. Crosley turntables and accessories will be 25% off for those looking to invest in a record player and those who purchase a Crosby Turntable will receive a free vinyl stand, while supplies last.
The Grateful Dead album featured in the promotion is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Grateful Dead earned the band’s first-ever gold record in 1971 with its self-titled live album. Known to many fans as “Skull & Roses” (a reference to the cover art by Alton Kelly and Stanley Mouse) the original double-LP included songs recorded in March and April 1971 in New York and, the band’s hometown, San Francisco. After releasing the back-to-back classics Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty in 1970, the Dead were riding a hot streak when the group decided to hit the road in February 1971 to record its first live album since 1969’s Live/Dead. For the shows, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann were armed with a batch of new songs, including Bertha, Playing In The Band, and Wharf Rat, which would all appear on Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses). The original also mixed in classic covers (Not Fade Away and Mama Tried), a traditional (Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad), and an entire LP side dedicated to the epic jam vehicle, The Other One.