It shouldn’t come as a surprise to frequent visitors to Rhino.com that this year marks the 60th anniversary of Stax Records – we’ve mentioned it before, and we’ve also made a point of hyping how we’ve teamed with the fine folks at the Concord Music Group to celebrate the label turning the big 6-0 – but in case you haven’t been checking the “Coming Soon” calendar, it may be news to you that we’ve just reissued a quartet of classic Stax releases on vinyl.
Wanna know which ones they are? That can be arranged!
As we mentioned this time last week, June is African-American Music Appreciation Month, and as much as it sounds like a holiday that would’ve emerged from a record company board room, it’s actually something that’s been on the books since President Jimmy Carter decreed it back on June 7, 1979.
Rhino is celebrating the month by releasing several albums on vinyl – some recent releases, some classics – and here are the details on this week’s batch:
Attention, John Coltrane fans! Remember last week when we released TRANE: THE ATLANTIC COLLECTION, a nine-track compilation containing material drawn from his Atlantic Records work between 1959 and 1961, and we told you that we’d be offering up more Coltrane in the very near future?
Well, welcome to the world of tomorrow: as of right now, you can pick up brand new mono reissues of five – count ‘em – FIVE John Coltrane albums on 180-gram vinyl:
Yes, Bowie fans, our ongoing series of David Bowie 7” picture discs rolls on, and you can now pick up a copy of the latest entry: “Be My Wife.”
The second and final single from Bowie’s 1977 album, LOW, “Be My Wife” was one of the least experimental-sounding songs to be found on the LP. This certainly helped its chances of being issued as a single, but it didn’t do anything to help the song up the charts: it was, as music history reveals, the first Bowie single to fail to crack the charts since “Changes” five years earlier.