Rhino's annual resolve to Start Your Ear Off Right continues into 2021 with new and exclusive, limited-edition releases to be released throughout January. The campaign begins today and includes titles by a diverse lineup: Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, Buffalo Springfield, The Cars, Dire Straits, Danny Elfman, Genesis, k.d. lang, Curtis Mayfield, John Prine, Talk Talk, and Talking Heads. You can find all the details about these releases below, and be sure to grab these releases from your favorite independent record shop or their online storefronts as well as select Barnes & Noble locations and online.
Available on Friday, January 8:
The Cars, Shake It Up, 1-LP, neon green vinyl - 3,500 copies
k.d. lang, Invincible Summer: 20th Anniversary Edition, 1-LP, yellow flame vinyl - 3,000 copies
Talking Heads, Speaking In Tongues, 1-LP, sky blue vinyl - 4,500 copies
Talking Heads, The Name of the Band Is Talking Heads, 2-LP, red opaque vinyl - 4,500 copies
Available on Friday, January 15:
Billie Joe + Norah, foreverly, 1-LP, orange vinyl - 3,000 copies
Buffalo Springfield, Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield, 1-LP, 180-gram black vinyl - 4,000 copies
Curtis Mayfield, Superfly, 1-LP, red opaque vinyl - 3,800 copies
Danny Elfman, Batman: Original Motion Picture Score (1-LP, turquoise vinyl - 3,000 copies) and Dick Tracy (Original Score) (1-LP ,transparent blue vinyl - 3,000 copies)
Talk Talk, It's My Life, 1-LP purple vinyl - 1,920 copies
Available on Friday, January 22:
Dire Straits, Brothers In Arms (2-LP, 180-gram black vinyl - 5,000 copies), Communiqué, Dire Straits, Love Over Gold, Making Movies, and On Every Street (each 1-LP, 180-gram black vinyl - 4,000 copies)
Genesis, A Trick of the Tail (1-LP, 180-gram Easter yellow vinyl - 3,350 copies) and Duke (1-LP, 180-gram white vinyl - 3,350 copies)
Various Artists, Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (2-LP, 140-gram black vinyl - 4,000 copies)
Available on Friday, January 29:
John Prine, Bruised Orange, Pink Cadillac, and Storm Windows (each 1-LP black vinyl - 2,500 copies)
Bill Mulvihill says
Where’s some new CDs.
Vinyl just a hassle!
Tony N says
Totally agree there.the thing what gets me about this resurgence in all things vinyl.when the big record companies couldn't wait to ditch the format in favour of new tech i.e.cds.i'm not here to argue the toss between sound quality vinyl v cd.i'm not ditching cds for vinyl albums that i bought first time around.x
Is there something special with the Brothers in arms or the other Dire Straits? New master or something?
If not, I didn't get the point of this releases.
Great site by the way. Discovered it a few weeks ago. Great work, kepp it up.
Nothing special. They just make them so people buy them.
Only good thing about 180gm vinyl is less prone to warping during shipping.
Unless noted, many of these are cut from digital sources or a previous master.
Rhino isn't going to cut something from original master tapes if they're only releasing 5000 (or fewer) copies. If they do they'll press up more for RSD.
Robert Lett says
Bleh.....hard pass. I was just talking w a friend the other day about how I missed the glory days of Rhino when they released so many great series like Have a Nice Day, Just Can't get Enough New Wave Hits, and so many others. Would look so forward to those and I still play them all to this day. And all the great box sets. I wish they would get back to those but I guess the market is not there now.
The Talking Heads back catalogue needs a major overall. There need to new remasters on cd/digital/lp with better audio than those loud 2005 dual discs. Along with all the 7"/12" mixes on a complete career retrospective.
It sure would be great if Rhino/Warner/Interscope Records would somehow find a way to get together and reissue the entire Van Halen catalog on various vinyl, CD, cassette, 8-track and reel to reel tape variants some day. One can dream, huh?