Black History Month is on the way in February and to celebrate, Rhino will release a number of limited-edition colored vinyl reissues along with a digital initiative to bring legendary recordings to digital service providers for the first time ever. The Rhino Black initiative begins on February 5, with the vinyl reissue of George Benson’s multi-platinum Breezin’ (issued on blue and beige vinyl) and a the first-ever vinyl issue of the Donny Hathaway compendium, A Donny Hathaway Collection, which arrives as a double-LP set on purple vinyl. The same day, Rhino will release The Jungle Brothers’ Done By The Forces of Nature in a deluxe, expanded form across DSPs.
Throughout the month, the label will release further vinyl reissues from Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Chaka Khan, Sheila E, Ray Charles, and Lil’ Kim. For each release, Rhino will partner with Black-owned record shops nationwide to offer art prints featuring alternative album covers designed by young artists of color. These will be offered as a gift with purchase from those brick-and-mortar shops. You can visit Rhino’s website for a list of participating record shops and testimonials from the visual artists involved. Editions without the print will be available across retailers.
Check out a list of all the Rhino Black releases below!
Rhino Black History Month Releases:
* denotes digital release across DSPs
George Benson – Breezin’ (1 LP Blue/Beige Vinyl)
Donny Hathaway – A Donny Hathaway Collection (2 LP Purple Vinyl)
The Jungle Brothers – Done By The Forces of Nature (Deluxe Edition) *
Curtis Mayfield – Roots (1 LP Orange Vinyl)
Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place Like America Today (North America Only) (1LP Blue Vinyl)
Baby Huey – The Baby Huey Story: Living Legend (Expanded Edition) *
Tevin Campbell – I’m Ready (Expanded Edition) *
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Mecca and the Soul Brother (Deluxe Edition) *
Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted, and Black (1 LP Burnt Orange Vinyl)
Sheila E – …The Glamorous Life (1 LP Teal Vinyl)
Jimmy & Vella – Jimmy & Vella *
Rhasaan Roland Kirk – The Case of the Three-Sided Dream In Audio Color *
Nina Simone – Folksy Nina + Blackbird (Deluxe Edition) *
Adina Howard – Welcome To Fantasy Island *
Ray Charles – The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years (2 LP Blue Vinyl)
Chaka Khan – Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol 1 (1 LP Burgundy Vinyl)
Lil’ Kim – The Notorious K.I.M. (2 LP Pink/Black Vinyl)
Donny Hathaway – Live At The Bitter End *