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Friday, August 29, 2014 - 1:31pm

First we released it on limited-edition vinyl for Free Record Store Day, and then we released it digitally and on CD. Now, on September 2, we’re doubling back and reissuing those sessions on vinyl. In short, we here at Rhino Records will not rest until everyone has the opportunity to purchase their very own copy of R.E.M.’s Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions.

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 9:48am
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World

The film came out a year after the Fillmores closed, had almost no impact, and neither did this boxed set of highlights, but oh how high those highlights are!

Actually, "Fillmore-The Last Days" was one of the few movies I walked in in the middle of, I'm like Alvy in "Annie Hall," I've got to see it from the beginning, otherwise I'm fearful I've missed something, but a concert movie?

Yup, I was worried about this in a concert movie too, but we had tickets for Newport Jazz back when it was in New York and this was the only way the timing worked, my friend Ronnie, who is no longer with us, convinced me.

And the flick shows Bill Graham in action, as well as...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 1:26pm
The Stranglers

65 years ago today, the world was first graced with the presence of a gentleman who spent 16 years fronting one of the great punk/new wave bands of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s: Hugh Cornell, former lead singer of The Stranglers.

Born in North London’s Tufnell Park in 1949, Hugh Alan Cornwell has been playing music for far more of his life than not, but did you know that he spent a portion of his high school years playing in a band with Richard Thompson? True story, according to Wikipedia…and we know everything on that site is 100% accurate, don’t we? But, no, that one really is accurate, and Cornwell actually discussed the band – Emil and The Detectives, they were called – in an interview with The Telegraph a few years back.

“Our biggest claim to fame was supporting Helen Shapiro at the Ionic Cinema in Golders Green, but after we took our O-level (exams), we lost touch,” said Cornwell. “The next I heard, (Thompson) was the lead guitarist in Fairport Convention. In August 2008, I was doing a festival outside Madrid, and the promoter said, ‘If we hurry, we can catch the end of Richard Thompson’s set. I couldn’t believe it. I hadn’t seen Richard in 30 years. We had a big huggy reunion, and now we’re back in touch. It’s really lovely.”

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:43am
Rhino Factoids

It’s growing increasingly more difficult to take the MTV Video Music Awards seriously, what with how few videos the network actually shows anymore, but the ceremony still meant something back in 2005, when the centerpiece of Green Day’s concept album, American Idiot, helped the band take home six – count ‘em – six trophies… and that’s not even counting the Viewer’s Choice Award they earned for the song “American Idiot.”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 1:12pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

From unrepentantly funky partiers to alternative chart-toppers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have navigated music’s long and winding road without missing a trick. So, put a sock on something and let’s do this!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:10am
Digital Roundup

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

The B-52’s, The Video Album: You’ve gotten your groove on to the music, but now’s your chance to dance this mess around while watching the videos! There are 15 videos included on this compilation, and since we know you’re wondering what they are, we won’t force you to wait another minute: you’ll get “Rock Lobster,” “Song for a Future Generation,” “Legal Tender,” “Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland,” “Channel Z,” “Love Shack,” “Cosmic Thing,” “Roam,” “Deadbeat Club,” “Good Stuff,” “Tell It Like It T-I-IS,” “Is That You, Mo-Dean?”, “Hot Pants Explosion,” “Revolution Earth,” and “Debbie.” It’s a full-on party in convenient video form!

Rick James, “This Magic Moment / Dance with Me”: Depending on how long your memory may be, it’s not impossible that you might remember this track from Warner Brothers’ 1989 compilation, Rock, Rhythm & Blues, which also featured covers by Elton John, Michael McDonald, Chaka Chan, Howard Hewett, Manhattan Transfer, Randy Travis, the Pointer Sisters, Christine McVie and Friends, and El Debarge. Why did this track get a single release? Say, you don’t think maybe it’s to continue with the Rick James revival we tried to start a few weeks ago by issuing his Kickin’ album at long last, do you? Yeah, that’s the ticket!