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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 1:23pm

Some merchants would have you believe that it was acceptable to start playing holiday music ages ago – like, say, when your kids were still trying to shop for their Halloween costumes – but most people are likely to roll their eyes at you if you break out Michael Bublé’s Christmas at any point prior to the last week of November. Actually, they might still roll their eyes at you, what with these kids today, but that’s neither here nor there, especially when we’ve given this piece a subject line that’s currently making you want to scream, “BUT WHAT ABOUT THE $1,000 VISA GIFT CARD?!?”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:05am
Dr. Rhino's Picks

It’s the time of year to remember what you’re thankful for...well, I’m thankful for these tunes dagnabbit! Enjoy!

http://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/5VtZlnpzTQZjaCYmxMd50b
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:16am
Digital Roundup

New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:

Various Artists, High School High: Original Soundtrack: Back in 1996, when the reputation of genre-parody films hadn’t been almost irredeemably ruined by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer…oh, okay, maybe their films aren’t that bad, but they’re certainly no Airplane! Anyway, what were we talking about? Right: we were getting ready to discuss High School High, the Jon Lovitz vehicle that parodies flicks like Dangerous Minds, Lean on Me, The Substitute, and so forth…or, more specifically, its soundtrack. Yes, the unexpurgated version has been available digitally for some time now, but if you’re someone who prefers their hip-hop and R&B a little bit cleaned, then you’re in luck, because the edited version is now available, too. You’re welcome.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 2:51pm
Big Star

Hey, kids, remember a few days back when we told you about how we’d reissued the expanded version of Chris Bell’s I Am the Cosmos? Well, we’ve got more big news for you…or, rather, more Big Star news: we’ve reissued the band’s box set, Keep an Eye on the Sky!

Yep, this is a case where those of you who got in on the goodness when it first came out don’t have anything to do but consider what other great new Rhino release you’re going to spend your money on instead, but if you’ve been toying with the idea of bulking up the Big Star section of your collection, then here’s an easy way to do it with a single purchase.

http://open.spotify.com/album/7J7sZIPRWHxt3eVPGKsfi6
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 11:55am
Jethro

40 years ago, Jethro Tull thrilled their fans by revealing that they were in the midst of working on a new project entitled WarChild. Less an album than a full-fledged event, Ian Anderson and company had big plans for not only a new studio album but also a feature-length motion picture and a soundtrack album. Unfortunately, due to the band’s inability to find financing for their film, the only thing that ever saw formal release from this grand affair was a 10-song album, but at least it provided them with a bit of solace when it climbed to #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and found its way into the top 15 in the UK.

If you’re a Tull fan who’s often been lost in thought about what you may have missed out on seeing and hearing, you’re in luck: you can now pick up a copy of WarChild: The 40th Anniversary Theater Edition, a two-CD / two-DVD set. The CDs include the original 10-track album, a collection of 11 so-called “Associated Recordings,” three of which are previously unreleased, and 10 orchestral pieces which had been written for the soundtrack, nine of which are previously unreleased. As for the DVDs, those will provide you with the opportunity to see the promo for “The Third Hoorah,” as well as footage from a photo session and press conference in ’74 where the band first announced the WarChild project. Oh, and lest we forget, there’s also an 80-page booklet which takes an in-depth look at what was intended to come to fruition, including a film script synopsis, track-by-track annotations by Anderson, and rare and unseen photographs from the era.

http://open.spotify.com/album/3at9gYnaLCS2XvM0e6xd4y
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 6:31pm
Beefheart Giveaway

Who wants to take home a framed imited-edition (of just 100!) original artwork print by Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart AND a copy of Captain Beefheart - SUN ZOOM SPARK: 1970 to 1972 - a limited-edition 4-CD box set featuring newly remastered studio albums and a disc of previously unreleased outtakes and rarities? You do! Enter below.

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 6:24pm
PPM Book Giveaway

PETER, PAUL AND MARY: FIFTY YEARS IN MUSIC AND LIFE visually tells the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, through their own words and with iconic images that follow their passionate, fifty-year journey to the center of America’s heart. Take home a copy of this handsome hardback book when you enter to win below.

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 4:38pm
Joni Mitchell

When Joni Mitchell hit the big 7-1 back on November 7, we put together a playlist in celebration of the famed Canadian singer-songwriter, talked a bit about her life and times and general awesomeness, and oh so casually mentioned how we were only a few short weeks away from the release of a new four-disc box set bearing “about as Mitchell-esque a title as you could hope for.” Well, the wait is over: Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to be Danced is now in stores…and, c’mon, were we right about that title, or were we right?

As our press release for the collection revealed, the collection was first conceived as the music to a ballet about love, but after spending 18 months trying to distill everything she’d written about love—and the lack of it—down to a single disc, Mitchell opted to abandon the ballet. “I wanted the music to feel like a total work—a new work,” she explains in the liner notes to the set. “No matter what I did, though, at that length, it remained merely a collection of songs.”