Since its founding 45 years ago by Richard Foos and Harold Bronson, Rhino Records has established itself as the gold standard in catalogue music. Though much has changed over the decades, the label still maintains a prodigious schedule of releases which has lately encompassed such top-tier titles as Joni Mitchell's Archives series, the Quadio line of reissues, deluxe editions from Little Feat, and a host of Record Store Day releases. Now, to celebrate its anniversary, Rhino has announced the launch of "Rhino Reds," a series of limited-edition LP reissues all pressed on "Rhino Red" vinyl and rolling out in three batches each dedicated to the '60s, '70s, and '80s. The color is based on the PMS color used in Rhino's logo. All of the LPs include a bonus 7-inch single or EP.
Over the next few months, a dozen titles will roll out in the series. Lacquers have been cut at various mastering studios including Bernie Grundman Mastering, The Bakery, and Take Out Vinyl, while the albums have been pressed in Detroit at Third Man Records. The first four titles from Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, The Doors, and Love are available now. You'll find details on those as well as the upcoming Rhino Red titles below, with descriptions adapted from those provided by the label. All Rhino Red releases are available exclusively through Rhino.com, with a bundle of the first four titles (at a discount price) here. Links are coming soon for the next two batches of releases.
Aretha Franklin, Soul '69 [Stereo] + Bonus [Mono] 7" single ("I Can't See Myself Leaving You" / "Gentle On My Mind") - Limited to 3,000 units
The Queen of Soul's fourteenth studio album, Soul '69 features "Today I Sing the Blues," "Elusive Butterfly," and "Tracks of My Tears." It went to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 15 Pop. Jeff Powell has remastered at Take Out Vinyl.
Otis Redding, Love Man + Promo EP [Mono] ("That's a Good Idea" / "Free Me" / "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher" / "I'll Let Nothing Separate Us") - Limited to 2,000 units
1969's Love Man was the late superstar's third posthumous LP. A No. 8 R&B entry, it includes "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher," "A Lover's Question," and the title track. This reissue mastered by Jeff Powell is housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve.
The Doors, Golden Album + Bonus 7" ("Hello, I Love You" / "Strange Days" / "The Unknown Soldier" / "Light My Fire" / "People Are Strange") - Limited to 5,000 units
Rhino revisits this 1968 Japan-exclusive collection for its first-ever worldwide release. Golden Album culls songs from The Doors' first three studio albums ("Light My Fire," "Break on Through (To the Other Side)," "Hello. I Love You," "The End"). The album is housed in a gatefold jacket and includes a lyric insert. Longtime Doors engineer Bruce Botnick has mastered, and Bernie Grundman has cut the lacquers.
Love, Da Capo [Mono] + Bonus 7" ("7 and 7 Is" / "No. Fourteen") - Limited to 2,000 units
Love's 1966 sophomore album featuring "7 and 7 Is" and "She Comes in Colors" has been remastered by Jeff Powell for this "Rhino Red" reissue.
Doobie Brothers, Minute By Minute + Bonus 7" ("What A Fool Believes" / "Don't Stop") - Limited to 2,000 units
The Doobie Brothers' 1978 triple-platinum smash Minute by Minute yielded the hit title track as well as the band's biggest-ever success, the Grammy-winning Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins-penned "What a Fool Believes." It's been remastered at Bernie Grundman's studio.
Ramones, Ramones [Mono] + Bonus 7" [Mono] ("Blitz" / "Havana Affair") - Limited to 3,000 units
Jeff Powell remasters Ramones' 1976 debut album featuring the pop-punk classics "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" and "Blitzkrieg Bop."
Released in April 1976, Ramones' debut album has been deemed one of the most influential punk albums of all time. Featuring the infamous tracks "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend."
Todd Rundgren, Runt + Bonus 7" ("We Gotta Get You a Woman" / "Baby Let's Swing/Last Thing You Said/Don't Tie My Hands") - Limited to 2,000 units
The wizard, the true star's 1970 debut album, Runt, introduced one of pop's most singular voices as a solo artist. Featuring the top 20 hit "We Gotta Get You a Woman" and the Laura Nyro tribute "Baby Let's Swing," Runt brims with originality and quirky songcraft. Bernie Grundman has remastered.
Chicago - Chicago V + Bonus 7" ("Saturday In The Park" / "Alma Mater") - Limited to 2,000 units
The Fourth of July has passed, but 1972's Chicago V, featuring the Robert Lamm-penned hit "Saturday in the Park" as well as Lamm's "Dialogue (Parts I and II)," is back in a new remastering from The Bakery. The chart-topping album - Chicago's first single LP release - is packaged with two exclusive posters of the band.
Foreigner - Agent Provocateur + Bonus 7" ("I Want to Know What Love Is" / "Street Thunder") - Limited to 2,000 units
Foreigner's triple-platinum fifth album, 1984's Agent Provocateur, released in 1984, yielded the chart-topping "I Want to Know What Love Is." It returns in a Jeff Powell mastering.
B-52's, Bouncing Off The Satellites + Bonus 7" ("Summer Of Love" / "Housework") - Limited to 2,000 units
The fourth studio album from American new wave group the B-52's was released in 1986 and introduced the hits "Wig" and "Summer of Love." Jeff Powell remasters.
Zapp, Zapp + Bonus 7" ("More Bounce To The Ounce. Part I" / "More Bounce To The Ounce. Part II") - Limited to 2,000 units
1980's Zapp, built around the talents of the Troutman brothers (Roger, Larry, Lester, and Terry) as co-produced by Bootsy Collins, was a formidable introduction to the Ohio funk collective. The Gold-certified, chart-topping debut LP has been remastered by Jeff Powell.
Starship, Knee Deep In The Hoopla + Bonus 7" ("We Built This City" / "Private Room") - Limited to 2,000 units
Built from the ashes of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, just-plain Starship launched some of the most anthemic rockers of the 1980s. Their Platinum-certified 1985 debut, remastered by Jeff Powell, includes two No. 1s, "We Built This City" and "Sara," built around the powerful vocals of Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick.