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!
25 years ago today, Black Sabbath released their 16th studio album, an effort made particularly notable by being the first LP by the band to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals in more than a decade.
“After Ronnie departed back in 1982, we didn’t speak for many years,” wrote Tony Iommi, in his memoir Iron Man. “It wasn’t like there was a lot of bad blood, but it was just a little uncomfortable. And he and Vinny were off doing the Dio stuff and they were doing quite well with it, so it was
Today’s Todd Rundgren’s birthday, and the onetime Hermit of Mink Hollow is having a pretty good year, thanks to the release of a new album (WHITE KNIGHT) that finds him teaming up with a wide variety of collaborators, ranging from Daryl Hall and Donald Fagen to Trent Reznor and Robyn. Here at Rhino, however, we’re celebrating his birthday with a six-pack of tracks by other artists within our catalog that have benefited in some fashion – be it vocals, instrumentation, or production – from the touch of Todd.
Here’s one thing you probably know about the MC5 even if you don’t know anything else about the MC5: they’re the band who gave us the phrase, “Kick out the jams, mother fuckers!” That alone would have secured their permanent status as music icons, but there’s so much more to them than that. We’ve got the official MC5 playlist ready, so that you can educate yourself about their music, but in addition to the tunes, we’ve also got a list of 5 things you might not know about the band.
35 years ago this month, Fleetwood Mac released their 13th studio album, and while 13 might be an unlucky number for some, it proved to be pretty fortuitous for the band.
Well, at least in terms of the album’s success, anyway: it topped the Billboard 200.
43 years ago today, an event known as the Bucolic Frolic took place, and let's be honest: this is one of the greatest names any music festival has ever had. Unfortunately, that name fell by the wayside over the years in favor of just using the name of the festival’s location, so in the name of simplification, what was once a frolic filled with bucolicism – which may or may not be a word – is generally now simply referred to as…Knebworth.
When it comes to the Faces, the band’s first album should be viewed through the prism of its title: FIRST STEP. As debut albums go, it’s strong, make no mistake about that, but it’s not until the band’s second album that they truly found their groove.
50 years ago today, Otis Redding played the show that officially made him a superstar, even if he didn’t live long enough to really enjoy his status.
When it comes to the iconic rock festivals of the 1960s, say what you will about Woodstock, but one thing that you can’t say is that virtually every single act on the bill qualifies as a bona fide music legend. With Monterey, that description isn’t in question.
Your skepticism is duly noted, Doubting Thomas, but we’ll just present the line-up of the show for your perusal and let you reconsider the premise: