The Motown news just keeps on coming!
In April, vinyl subscription outlet Vinyl Me, Please featured Blue Note Records for the first volume in their immersive, multimedia series Vinyl Me, Please Anthology. Now, the label has announced their next installment: Vinyl Me, Please Anthology: The Women of Motown. VMP promises “an immersive journey into the storied label told through the music of the women who made it legendary.” Subscriptions for the Anthology program will open on September 19 with an exclusive, discounted early bird sale. The general public on-sale follows on September 20. Only 1,000 sets will be available, so readers are urged to send in their information here to get access to the pre-sale.
The star of the Vinyl Me Please Anthology: The Women of Motown is a deluxe, 8-LP set featuring era-defining albums from across the label’s history. Though the contents of the collection will be announced shortly, Vinyl Me, Please has revealed that each disc has been pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QRP and has been AAA-mastered and cut by Ryan Smith. The collection will also include liner notes by Susan Whitall, author of Women in Motown and will feature contributions from Ethiopia Habtemariam, Motown’s current president.
As they did with the Blue Note volume, Vinyl Me, Please will incorporate multimedia elements to tell a story over the course of a month. Subscribers will be able to enjoy a four-episode podcast featuring interviews with Habtemariam and Whitall, along with other exclusive content.
More details will be announced soon, but if VMP’s Blue Note installment is an indicator, VMP Anthology: Women of Motown will be an immersive and thoroughly enjoyable examination of the legendary label. It’s also likely that the 1,000 units will sell out quickly (the Blue Note volume sold out in less than three hours!) so sign up here for earliest access and keep your eyes on The Second Disc as we update this post with more news. And don’t forget to check out our recent news about the first-ever CD release from a very special woman of Motown: Blinky Williams!