RHINO RECORDS TO HONOR BLACK MUSIC THROUGHOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH A SERIES OF HIGH-PROFILE VINYL AND DIGITAL RELEASES
Recognizing the undeniable impact of Black music on over a century of artistry throughout popular culture, Rhino Records celebrates Black History Month with a series of high-profile vinyl reissues, first-ever digital releases, initiatives, activations, and collaborations. The celebration commences on February 5, with the release of Donny Hathaway’s A Donny Hathaway Collection, The Jungle Brothers Done By The Forces of Nature (Deluxe Edition), and George Benson’s Breezin,’ and will continue throughout the month with the limited edition, colored vinyl releases of classics by everyone from Aretha Franklin and Curtis Mayfield to Lil’ Kim and Ray Charles, among others. Also arriving across the month will be many albums and deluxe editions making their digital debut from artists including Nina Simone, Adina Howard, Tevin Campbell, and many more. Full release schedule for the month is listed below.
These legendary Black artists created the soundtrack to cultural, social, and political revolutions when the world needed it. They’re undeniably as necessary as ever in 2021 as they continue to amplify messages of truth, hope, and change on tape.
Quite fittingly, 2021 also marks the 50th anniversary of Donny Hathaway’s heart-wrenching classic “A Song For You.” Hathaway immortally urged, “And when my life is over, remember when we were together,” and this month offers us a chance to come together once again in celebration.
Limited Edition Colored Vinyl Titles:
George Benson – Breezin’ (1 LP Blue/Beige Vinyl)
Donny Hathaway – A Donny Hathaway Collection (2 LP Purple Vinyl)
Curtis Mayfield – Roots (1 LP Orange Vinyl)
Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place Like America Today (North America Only) (1LP Blue Vinyl)
Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted, and Black (1 LP Burnt Orange Vinyl)
Sheila E - …The Glamorous Life (1 LP Teal Vinyl)
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)
Produced by Prince, this is one of the best albums that came out of the Purple One's Minneapolis funk-rock empire in the 1980s. Featuring the hit title track and “The Belle of St. Mark” (two Prince penned classics), this is another opportunity to celebrate the deeper fabrics within the purple quilt Prince laid across the 80’s pop scene.
Considered as one of her best projects, and a leader in Pro Black Movement albums in the 70’s. Beginning her most Soulful period, the album includes the title track, Rock Steady and Day Dreaming. On yellow vinyl
The 1994 compilation featuring his Atlantic era hits such as What'd I Say, Pt. 1 & 2, The Right Time, and I've Got a Woman.