New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: This week’s Mono Monday release is a classic by just about anyone’s definition of the word. Don’t believe us? Here’s how AllMusic.com’s review opens: “While the inclusion of ‘Respect’ -- one of the truly seminal singles in pop history -- is in and of itself sufficient to earn I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You classic status, Aretha Franklin's Atlantic label debut is an indisputable masterpiece from start to finish.” In addition to the aforementioned seminal single and the title track, there’s also “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” and plenty of other evidence to back up the whole “classic album” theory. What are you waiting for, you mono maniacs? Go get it!
Brook Benton,The Gospel Truth: Although he earned his greatest success by far as a secular artist, scoring significant chart hits in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, Brook Benton took a detour into more spiritual territory in 1971 with this collection of gospel numbers. Given that the set arrived just after Benton had revived his career with the single “Rainy Night in Georgia,” it was a brave decision to switch things up in such a fashion. While it didn’t do much from a commercial standpoint, it’s still a solid entry in his catalog and one fans should definitely check out.
PACKAGE TO BE RELEASED JULY 1, 2014
PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX
BLU-RAY DISC INCLUDING NEW 2014 FILM OF MAROONED
2-LP 180-GRAM VINYL FEATURING FULL-LENGTH TRACKS FOR THE FIRST TIME
REPLICA 7” AND 12” COLOURED VINYL AND MUCH MORE
PINK FLOYD is releasing a 20th anniversary box set of THE DIVISION BELL the band’s 1994 multi-million selling album that included the Grammy® Award-winning track “Marooned”. Set for release on July 1, THE DIVISION BELL was the last studio album to be released by the band: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. This 20TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S BOX SET features six discs, including three replica coloured or clear vinyl discs, 5 collectors’ prints, a Blu-ray disc and, for the first time, Andy Jackson’s 5.1 audio mix of THE DIVISION BELL. A new video for “Marooned,” shot last month in Ukraine, premiered on pinkfloyd.com and can be viewed here:
The Legendary Band Reissues Its Rare 1972 Compilation
Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine As Two-CD Set And Digitally
Following Limited Edition Record Store Day Vinyl Release
Now Available From Rhino
After releasing a now sold out, limited edition vinyl pressing for Record Store Day 2014, The Doors now make their legendary, long out-of-print compilation WEIRD SCENES INSIDE THE GOLD MINE available for the first time as a 2-CD set and digitally. Originally released in 1972, this gold-certified double album was the first compilation to be released after Jim Morrison's death in 1971.
The 22 songs that appear on the collection provide a wide-ranging introduction to the music recorded between 1967-71 by the original quartet, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison. The band's longtime engineer Bruce Botnick remastered the music heard on this reissue, which takes its title from a lyric in "The End."
Mixing familiar cuts and deep tracks from the band's six studio albums, WEIRD SCENES INSIDE THE GOLD MINE touches on everything from hits like "Break On Through" "Love Her Madly," and "L.A. Woman," to unexpected delights like "The Spy" from Morrison Hotel and "Running Blue" from The Soft Parade.
FOLLOWING A SELL OUT OF VINYL ON RECORD STORE DAY R.E.M.’s UNPLUGGED: THE COMPLETE 1991 AND 2001 SESSIONS RELEASED ON CD AND DIGITALLY
SET TO FEATURE BOTH OF THE BAND’S APPEARANCES ON THE MTV SERIES, INCLUDING SEVERAL UNAIRED PERFORMANCES
R.E.M. delivered two knockout performances on MTV’s acclaimed “Unplugged” series, the first in 1991 and the other in 2001, giving them the unique distinction of being the only band to appear on the series twice. Surprisingly, audio from both shows has never been available, making these some of the most demanded music in the R.E.M. vaults. That all changed this past weekend on Record Store Day 2014, when Rhino released both performances as a limited edition, four-LP vinyl set. The collection includes every performance from the original broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired. Following the sell-out of the limited edition vinyl Rhino has released the collection digitally and as a 2-CD set.
The “Unplugged” performances are sonic snapshots that capture the legendary Athens, Georgia band at important points on its journey from alternative-music progenitors to international stars that have sold more than 85 million albums.
New this week in the iTunes Rhino Catalog Room:
Force M.D.’s, Love Letters: Wait, didn’t all of the Force M.D.’s albums hit the digital catalog back in April? Well, we thought they did, but apparently there was some sort of holdup with this one. That, or maybe we just got confused because the guys are wearing the same attire on this album as they do on Let Me Love You: The Greatest Hits. Either way, now you can own their top-10 R&B hit “Tears” in the context of the album on which it originally appeared, so hooray!
Albert King, King of the Blues Guitar (Mono): We here at Rhino are kicking off a new weekly reissue program called Mono Monday, and don’t overthink this, because it’s exactly what it sounds like: we’re adding a new mono release to the digital catalog every week. Starting us out is the classic compilation blues guitarist Albert King. If you’re not a purist, then the idea of listening to an album in glorious mono may not mean much to you, but we know our audience well enough to realize that there’s plenty of you out there who’ll be anxious to see what’s going to be coming down the pike each week. Why, it almost makes Mondays worth looking forward to. Not quite…but almost.