Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 5:31pm

When Julian Lennon, the eldest son of the late John Lennon, decided to embark on a recording career of his own a few years after his father’s death, it’s hard to gauge exactly how high people’s expectations were, but there’s no question that people were curious about the possibilities. It only required a cursory glance at a photograph of Julian to spot the physical resemblance he shared with John, but would they share a vocal one as well?

As it turns out, of course, they most certainly did have similar singing voices, and it’s fair to say that those similarities probably inspired a few still-mourning Beatles fans to pick up Julian’s 1984 debut album, Valotte. That’s not to say that the tunes weren’t pretty solid in their own right, mind you, and with production by Phil Ramone, they sounded darned nice, too. By the time all was said and done, two of the tracks had made their way into the top 10 – “Valotte” (#9) and “Too Late for Goodbyes” (#5) – and two others, “Say You’re Wrong” and “Jesse,” had also earned placement in the Billboard Hot 100 (at #21 and #54, respectively). After that, though…

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:49am

They've got everything now so YOU can have everything now....

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Smiths' self-titled debut album, the band's discography is now available Mastered for iTunes.

Covering all four studio albums including 'The Queen Is Dead' (named "the greatest album of all time" by NME Magazine), the live album ‘Rank’, the singles and B-sides compilations ‘Hatful of Hollow’, ‘The World Won’t Listen’ and 'Louder Than Bombs' and finally, ‘Complete’, the ultimate collection for Smiths diehard.

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:39pm

Between Rhino Handmade reissuing The Monkees Present and Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork taking the stage together and touring throughout July and August, the summer of 2013 provided Monkees fans a couple of pretty great months. After that, though, the guys went their separate ways – maybe you caught Mr. Nesmith on his solo tour a few months back – so it’s been pretty quiet on the Monkees front.

If you’re in desperate need of a fix, then you’d better check your calendar and see what you’ve got going on between March 14 – 16 that you’re going to have to cancel, because that’s when the Monkees’ Official 2014 Convention – a co-presentation between Then and Now Productions and your friends here at Rhino – takes place in at the Hilton Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The two biggest reasons to attend? Both Mr. Dolenz and Mr. Nesmith will be there.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:15pm

Rhino Spotlights Otis Redding And Aretha Franklin With New Boxed Sets, The King Of Soul And The Queen Of Soul

Each Four-Disc Collection Available February 4

Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin’s powerful voices continue to be the standard by which all other soul singers are measured. But they also share another bond through “Respect.” Redding originally wrote and recorded the song in 1965 and two years later Franklin’s cover version transformed it into a female-empowerment anthem known around the world.

Rhino will pay some respect of its own to these legendary artists during Black History Month when it releases new four-disc sets that showcase their individual careers. Due out on February 4, THE KING OF SOUL and THE QUEEN OF SOUL both feature over 85 tracks.

THE KING OF SOUL’s arrival coincides with the 50th anniversary of Redding’s debut album, Pain In My Heart, which helped define the sound of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee. This new set features 92 songs and retraces the singer’s career from his meteoric rise to his untimely death in a 1967 plane crash.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:10pm

Parlophone Delivers An Early Valentine With Collection Of The Finest Songs About Love From The Grammy®-Winning Singer

Throughout Tina Turner’s extraordinary career, the multi-Grammy winning artist often sings about love, exploring both its joys and heartaches with her powerful voice on such unforgettable songs as the international smash “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” For the first time, Parlophone brings together a collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s greatest love songs.