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News Roundup: Rhino Releases, Ray Davies and More – 1/13/2010

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  • Anyone worried about last year’s report on the seeming demise of Rhino Entertainment can rest a little easier. Not only are they still afloat, but Rhino handmade, their specialty boutique arm, is actually offering a poll to bring back into print one of several limited edition sets.
  • Speaking of Rhino, there are a few neat new online-only titles up for sale. There’s Rod Stewart’s Once in a Blue Moon, a semi-“lost” album of covers intended for release in 1993; an exhaustively comprehensive Wilson Pickett set, Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings 1962-1978 and a triple-disc deluxe edition of The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees. Links are here, here and here.
  • In case you missed it during the holiday season, Ray Davies announced on his official Web site that 2010 would see deluxe editions of some records by The Kinks, particularly Something Else by The Kinks, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of The British Empire) and Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. No clue as to which label will distribute these (recent catalogue material has been handled by Castle/Sanctuary in the UK, which is distributed by Universal).
  • Finally, a few notable catalogue titles from Universal coming along the pipes thanks to MusicTAP: namely, The Who’s Greatest Hits Live from Geffen/UMe on March 23 and a 50th Anniversary Collection title for Loretta Lynn on MCA Nashville a week later, on March 30.

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Written by Mike Duquette

January 13, 2010 at 14:51

At a Glance: Motown Never Can Say Goodbye to The Jackson 5

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In posts marked “At a Glance,” I’m going to try to assess any particular movement among a particular artist’s back catalogue. To start, here’s a look at one of the most recently popular catalogue artists – Michael Jackson – as seen through his early work for Motown.

It is now nearly seven months since Michael Jackson died. His passing shocked the world enough to pay attention to his prodigious discography – the compilations Number Ones and The Essential Michael Jackson, both released by Epic, were hard to find in any record store that summer – and, with any luck, spurred the powers-that-be in the industry to think over some great catalogue titles to honor the King of Pop’s memory. Interestingly, though, while Sony’s Legacy Recordings has laid low in that time (opting only to release the halfhearted This is It companion album), collectors have seen almost no limit of releases from Jackson’s original label, Motown Records. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

January 13, 2010 at 13:01