Shuffling through Record Store Day release bins this past Saturday left us feeling empty. Sure, we picked up some fine RSD stuff and supported local business. But all we really wanted was a Van Halen seven-inch.
Wait! What's that? If we buy Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth after May 4, David Lee Roth and the boys are throwing in a limited-edition vinyl single of "She's the Woman?"
According to Rolling Stone, this special seven-inch release will be available exclusively at participating independent record stores. However, there aren't many stores participating.
Of the 80-plus stores that will carry the "She's the Woman" single, only four are in Florida. Luckily, one of those four is Uncle Sam's Music.
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The venerable Miami Beach record store is the only shop south of Tampa that's carrying the record.
"We're involved because we're part of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores," says Uncle Sam's owner Lisa Teger-Zhen. And while she isn't sure how many copies of the seven-inch her shop will receive, Teger-Zhen says it's usually "about 10 or 20 copies for things like this."
"She's the Woman" is actually an old Van Halen track from a 1976 demo that the group tweaked for A Different Kind of Truth. The special-edition release hits participating stores on Friday, May 4.