Monday, May 16, 2016 - 11:08am
When Allen Toussaint died of a heart attack on November 10 of last year, it was a shock to just about everyone, since the famed pianist had still been extremely active, to the point where he’d been set to perform a sold-out show in London on Nov. 15 and to perform a benefit concert with Paul Simon in New Orleans less than a month later. While his absence is still felt even now, we hope this news will help fill at least some small portion of the void: The Complete Warner Recordings, which has been out of print since the sellout of its limited-edition Rhino Handmade release, is now available once more.
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 1:02pm
In the long and storied history of the Grateful Dead, it’s fair to say that the band had quite a few years which might be up for contention in the field of Best Year Ever, but if you put it to a vote amongst Deadheads, you’d almost certainly find a strong showing from 1978. This stands to reason: they released Shakedown Street, they played over 80 shows, and of those 80 shows, three of them were their legendary performances at Egypt’s famed pyramids of Gizah.
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 12:48pm
Several years back, Rhino celebrated the career of The Cure by reissuing deluxe 2-disc editions of all seven of the albums released by the band between 1979 and 1987. If you know anything about their output during that era, then you know just how much amazing and influential music that is, but although the albums have remained available digitally over the years, these deluxe editions haven’t been readily available for awhile. Now, however, they’re back, and they’re…well, actually, they’re not better than ever, because they’re effectively the same versions that we put out before. But when you consider how good they were to begin with, then you don’t really have anything to complain about, now, do you?
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.