"The Blackout" - U2
We were told earlier in the year that there would be a Record Store Day Black Friday release for U2. But when the official RSD announcement came, there was no U2 12-inch on the list! Now it appears there will be a release after all. But it won’t be “You’re The Best Thing About Me,” as we were told. Instead, announced October 26, 2017, there will be a 12-Inch pressing of “The Blackout.”
On November 24, 2017, as part of the Black Friday Record Store Day promotion, U2 will release “The Blackout” as a single on 12-inch vinyl. It will feature the studio version of “The Blackout” on one side, and a remix of the track by Jacknife Lee on the other. The vinyl is being pressed at Third Man Pressing and is coming to record stores from Third Man Records, an independent record label founded by Jack White in Detroit in 2001. This is being listed as the first physical release of new music from U2’s Songs of Experience.
The vinyl for participating Record Store Day stores will be black. But there will also be coloured vinyl editions limited to 750 copies sold only at Third Man Records storefronts in Detroit and Nashville (two retailers in the UK and Ireland will also carry the coloured vinyl, though those stores have yet to be announced). The coloured version will be pressed in a black and white scheme designed to look like a solar eclipse. The number of copies available in standard black vinyl is unknown at this time.
In a press release, Third Man co-founder Ben Blackwell was quoted as saying, “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.” The press information includes mention that the release will be extremely limited with just one single pressing at Third Man Pressing, the label’s vinyl production facility in Detroit. Black vinyl editions will be available at participating Record Store Day shops, with 750 colored vinyl editions being sold in the four shops mentioned above.
The press release included the release date of Songs of Experience, December 1, 2017, meaning this limited edition vinyl arrives just one week prior to the release of the album.