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09 May 2021

Rhino Records Celebrate Black Music Month With Landmark Titles By Curtis Mayfield And More

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Rhino Records will expand its celebration of black music during Black Music Month with a series of high-profile vinyl, CD, and digital releases throughout June and July. The collection includes reissues of classics by some of the world’s greatest artists, including Charles Mingus, Curtis Mayfield, Milt Jackson & Ray Charles, Zapp & Roger, The Drifters, The Time, and previously unreleased music from Miles Davis and Roberta Flack.

Definitive Albums From Charles Mingus, Curtis Mayfield, Milt Jackson & Ray Charles, Zapp & Roger, The Drifters, And The Time To Be Reissued In June And July, Along With Previously Unreleased Music From Miles Davis and Roberta Flack.

Earlier this week, Rhino announced the release of Miles Davis’ Merci Miles! Live At Vienne, on June 25. The new title will be released on June 25 as a two-CD set and as a double LP. The music will also be available on all digital download and streaming services and is available for pre-order today. The collection features liner notes by music historian, journalist, and producer Ashley Kahn, along with art designed by Bruno Tilley.

Recognising the cultural impact of black music on over a century of artistry throughout popular culture, Rhino will build on the successful Black History Month and RSD Drop campaigns that included artists such Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Lupe Fiasco, Nina Simone, The Notorious B.I.G., Me’shell N’degocello, and more.

These influential black artists paved the musical highways for generations to come – leading to cultural, social, and political revolutions that still ring true in 2021. In June and July, Rhino will celebrate these legendary artists who continue to influence and inspire today’s music. The full release schedule is listed below, and many of the physical titles are available for pre-order now through Rhino Records’ official website.

Available on Friday, June 4:

Various Artist – Intro Documentary Soundtrack Playlist (digital only)

Available on Friday, June 11:

Charles Mingus – Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Deluxe Edition) – 2-CD
Milt Jackson & Ray Charles – Soul Brothers – 1-LP on 180-gram vinyl
Zapp & Roger – All The Greatest Hits – 2- LP on 140-gram violet and magenta/orange and pink coloured vinyl

Available on Friday, June 25:

Miles Davis – Merci, Miles! Live at Vienne – 2-CD
Miles Davis – Merci, Miles! Live at Vienne – 2-LP on 180-gram vinyl
The Drifters– Golden Hits – 1-LP
Roberta Flack – Chapter Two (50th Anniversary Digital Expanded)
Roberta Flack – Quiet Fire (50th Anniversary Digital Expanded)

Available Via Run Out Groove on Friday, July 16:

Charles Mingus- Live at Carnegie Hall – 3-LP
Curtis Mayfield – CURTIS! (50th Anniversary Edition – 2-LP (pre-order available soon)
The Time – The Time (Expanded Edition) – 2-LP on red and white color vinyl (pre-order available soon)

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