Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:13pm

Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.

The “supergroup” has long been a staple of rock ‘n’ roll, and when it comes to heavy metal, one of the most powerful such groups is Down, which currently features frontman Phil Anselmo (Pantera), guitarists Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity) and Bobby Landgraf (Honky), bassist Pat Bruders (Goatwhore), and drummer Jimmy Bower (Crowbar, Superjoint Ritual). So far, Down has put out five studio albums, and we’ve just reissued the first two on 180-gram vinyl. If you need a quick refresher course on these LPs, we can assist.

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 3:01pm

First of all, for all you Canadians out there who stood up and saluted as soon as you saw the name “Gordon Lightfoot,” at ease. We understand he’s a national treasure of the Great White North and someone to whom you are legally required to genuflect…

Okay, we actually made up that second one, but there’s no denying that Mr. Lightfoot is a legend of Canadian music, which is why it was such a big deal in 1999 when we – by which we mean our Rhino Handmade imprint – released the four-disc set Songbook, which featured 88 songs from the man’s back catalog, 16 of which had been previously unreleased up to that point. To call it a career retrospective is just about accurate, since he’s only released just one studio album since then (2004’s Harmony, which certainly should not be ignored simply because it came out after this set), but it’s also an elaborate summation of just how much great work the singer-songwriter has done over the course of his career.

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 10:53am
You know what’s awesome about Cyndi Lauper? (Besides everything, of course.) It’s that not only does she still want to have fun, but she still wants to record new music, which is something that can’t necessarily be said for other artists who found their greatest successes in the ‘80s. That’s one of the reasons that we couldn’t be happier that she’s making her Sire Records debut with Detour, which finds Ms. Lauper delivering her takes on a dozen classic country songs.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 2:37pm

Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.

In the late ‘80s, college rock darlings didn’t get any more darling than 10,000 Maniacs, who – thanks in no small part to the swirling skirts and soulful vocals of lead singer Natalie Merchant – were all over the CMJ charts and eventually worked their way into the mainstream. We’ve reissued two of the band’s key albums from the Merchant era of the band (that’s a casual way of reminding you that they’re still going strong, just with Mary Ramsey in Natalie’s spot), and although you’ll probably remember them simply from their titles, we’ll throw you a bone and offer a few facts about each of them, just in case.

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 2:28pm

Rock ‘n’ roll reigned supreme in the ‘70s, and of the bands that made the rounds and regularly tore the roofs off arenas, Bad Company was among the best of the best. That’s why it’s a little surprising that the band never released a live album during their original reign over the charts. Fortunately, a dig through the archives has provided us with the opportunity to remedy that situation. In fact, we’re not only remedying it, we’re delivering two Bad Company concerts in one handy collection, and they’re both from the band’s ‘70s heyday.

LIVE IN CONCERT 1977 & 1979 is a double-CD set featuring over two and a half hours of previously-unreleased live material taken from 24-track tapes in the band’s vault, and it’s absolutely a “what you hear is what you would’ve heard is you were there” situation. Yes, the set is available digitally. No, it’s not available on vinyl yet, but it’s coming...or, rather, they’re coming, as the two concerts are being released individually.