Tomorrow, Saturday, April 16, is Record Store Day. As has become the custom, Bob Dylan, via Columbia/Sony, is participating in this promotional campaign to entice people to shop in an “offline” physical establishment, by releasing an exclusive, limited edition, vinyl record. This one features four songs scheduled to be included on Dylan’s next studio album, Fallen Angels: “Melancholy Mood” and “All or Nothing at All” on side A, “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “That Old Black Magic” on side B.
The release is the analogue equivalent of a similar, limited edition CD EP, recently released exclusively in Japan, to coincide with Dylan’s current tour of that country. As can be seen in the accompanying slide show, the 7” single is to be played at 33 1/3 r.p.m. The record itself features silver writing on a blue background, while the vinyl itself is a translucent red. (Note: Barnes & Noble are releasing an exclusive version of the Fallen Angels album on blue vinyl.) The sticker affixed to the outer shrink-wrap states (See embedded image):
- JAPANESE TOUR EDITION
- FOUR NEW SONGS
- From The Upcoming Album
- “FALLEN ANGELS”
- Limited Edition 7-inch
- Pressed on Red Vinyl!
- 88985306777 S1
The label on each side of the single lists Dylan’s name is bold, capital letters, in English, while his name is printed, just below, in Japanese. To the left of the center hole on each side, it reads, “33 1/3 RPM” in bold, with the word “STEREO” printed just below, while on the right, it lists the side (“A” or “B”) in bold, capital letters, with the catalog number (38-530677) and side identifier (88985306777A/B) just underneath. Below the center hole, the songs are listed in larger, bold lettering, while the composers and publisher are listed directly below each title, with smaller lettering.
Beneath all of this information it reads, “Taken from the Columbia release Fallen Angels.” At the very bottom is the Columbia Records’ “Eye” Logo.
Below is the track list for Fallen Angels, which is scheduled to be released on May 20:
- Young At Heart
- Maybe You’ll Be There
- Polka Dots And Moonbeams
- All The Way
- All Or Nothing At All
- On A Little Street In Singapore
- It Had To Be You
- Melancholy Mood
- That Old Black Magic
- Come Rain Or Come Shine
Buy from Amazon:
CD: amazon.com – .co.uk – .de.
Vinyl: amazon.com – .co.uk – .de.
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