Say, kids, have you heard about the new $700, 80-disc Grateful Dead box set? Sure, it’s great, and we wouldn’t dare to suggest that it isn’t worth every penny, but it’s not exactly in the average consumer’s price range. So…can we interest you in a 180-gram vinyl release of The Best of The Grateful Dead: 1967-1977 instead?
If the track listing – which you can find below – looks at all familiar, that’s because it’s the first disc of The Best of The Grateful Dead, which came out on March 31, spread out over the course of four sides. Of course, all of the songs have been remastered, too, which means that these classic tracks all sound better than ever.
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Otis Redding, The Complete Studio Albums Collection
Given his status as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, if you’re a regular visitor to Rhino.com, then we’d be extremely surprised if you didn’t have at least an Otis Redding greatest-hits set somewhere within your collection. This is not a bad thing. That said, however, his contributions to the world of music are so substantial that many folks who’ve picked up a best-of by Redding have found themselves so smitten with his work that they’ve taken the next step and purchased one of his studio albums. If you’re at that stage in your membership in the Otis Appreciation Society, then here’s a thought: why not just cut to the chase and pick up The Complete Studio Albums Collection?
If you’re someone with a diehard R.E.M. fan in your life, then you’ve probably already heard ad nauseum about how awesome our six-DVD REMTV set is, and even though we’re obviously partial, we’d still be hard pressed to argue with you, because we really do think that it turned out great. Still, it’s such a substantial set that we can also appreciate why some folks would say, “I like R.E.M., but not this much,” and we could really, really appreciate why even more of you complained about the complete uncoolness of closing out the set with a new feature-length documentary, R.E.M. by MTV, that was instantly acclaimed and yet unavailable independently of the set.
Ladies and gentlemen, your complaints have been heard, and your prayers have been answered: as of today, R.E.M. by MTV is available for purchase all by itself…and, better yet, it’s available not only on DVD but, for the first time, on Blu-ray as well.
Last year, Rhino was fortunate enough to be able to pay tribute to the late Robin Gibb with the posthumous release of his final album, 50 St.Catherine’s Drive, a 17-track collection of material which featured – among other songs – “Sydney,” the last song Robin recorded in his lifetime. Now, we’re proud to continue reminding music fans of the underrated solo career of the Bee Gees singer with the release of Saved by the Bell: The Collected Works of Robin Gibb 1968-1970.
If a three-year span doesn’t seem like it would result in a tremendous amount of material, then we’re happy to assure you that your concerns are misplaced. This three-disc, 63-track set kicks off with Gibb’s debut solo album, Robin’s Reign, which has been expanded from its original 11 songs to include an additional nine tracks that feature a mixture of mono versions and previously-unissued tracks. From there, fans will be ecstatic to find 20 tracks from Gibb’s Sing Slowly Sisters sessions, which produced the ultimately-unreleased album of the same name. Yes, we know that some of you may have managed to obtain a copy of this effort through, uh, somewhat illicit means, shall we say? But trust us: whatever you may have heard doesn’t sound nearly as good as this does. Lastly, the third disc is entitled Robin’s Rarities, and the title may make its contents self-explanatory, rest assured that we’ll be including the full track listing to this set below, so that you know each and every inclusion among the disc’s 23 tracks, plus what’s on the other two discs, too.