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The Doors, U2 among the bestselling Record Store Day Black Friday releases

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Special releases by The DoorsU2 and more were among the bestsellers on Record Store Day Black Friday this year. 

The Doors’ Live From Bakersfield, August 21, 1970, which captures a 1970 concert around the time of Jim Morrison‘s indecent exposure trial, landed at #4 on the list of bestsellers, followed by U2’s remastered Under a Blood Red Sky at #6.

Two Grateful Dead related albums also sold well. The March 2, 1969, Dead concert at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, which was released as a five-LP package, landed at #8, while Pure Jerry: Marin Auditorium, San Rafael, CA – February 28, 1986, a recording of a performance by Jerry Garcia and John Kahn, landed at #12.

Also making the top 25 is Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark Demos, at #15, and The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album, at #16.

Meanwhile, artists seeing the best sales on Record Store Black Friday include The Doors, who had the second-best overall sales, Grateful Dead at #6 and U2 at #8.

Overall, it seemed to be a great Black Friday at independent record stores this year, with weekend year-over-year increases up as much as 40%.

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