Rhino Records kicks off ‘Start Your Ear Off Right’ campaign with exclusive releases

January has long been a barren wasteland in the world of new music releases. With most acts rushing to get albums out before the holidays, the first month of the year has far too often been an afterthought to record labels. Rhino changes all that in 2016 with their first ever “Start Your Ear Off Right” campaign. On Tuesday, January 19th, Rhino will release 17 titles from some of the most revered acts in music including Bad Company, The Cars, Devo, The Replacements, and Velvet Underground, many of them limited editions. These will be available only at participating brick and mortar retail outlets.

The Monkees will kick off their 50th Anniversary with two special releases as part of the “Start Your Ear Off Right” campaign on January 19th. The Monkees Cereal Box Singles features faithful reproductions, cardboard and all, of four vinyl 7-inch singles mirroring the 1960’s cereal box giveaways. The Monkees Classic Album Collection will also be available, compiling all ten of the band’s classic studio albums in one boxed set.

January 19th will also see the first breakout single show from the Grateful Dead’s sold-out 30 Trips Around The Sun boxed set will also be available with the release of the 3-LP set Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 11/10/67, which will be a limited edition of 6,700 copies.

The iconic Blue Man Group will release their first new music since 2012 as part of Rhino’s “Start Your Ear Off Right” campaign with a limited edition 7-inch of their two new tracks “Giacometti” and “Ready Go” pressed on blue vinyl.

As a nod to Rhino’s past, fans can also purchase a limited edition reissue of the classic 7-inch single “Some Kazoos” from the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra, which was one of the label’s first ever releases back in 1978.

For the first time ever, Rhino’s legendary wall calendar, long a music industry-only perk for record label employees, radio DJs, journalists, record store owners, and other insiders will now be available to the public. For a limited time, anyone who purchases one of the “Start Your Ear Off Right” releases at participating music retailers will receive a free copy of the Rhino calendar, while supplies last. Barnes & Noble customers will receive a unique, limited edition vinyl slipmat with any “Start Your Ear Off Right” purchase.

Bad Company – Rock N Roll Fantasy: The Very Best Of Bad Company
180-gram, 2 LP set, $31.98

Blue Man Group – Giacometti/Ready Go
7-inch blue vinyl, limited edition of 5,000 copies, $7.98

The Cars – The Cars
12-inch blue vinyl, limited edition of 5,000 copies, $19.98

Cibo Matto – Viva! La Woman
180-gram opaque orange vinyl, limited edition of 4,000 copies, $21.98

Devo – Freedom Of Choice
Red, white, and blue swirl 12-inch vinyl, limited edition of 4,000 copies, $19.98

Grateful Dead – Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 11/10/67
3 LP set on 180-gram vinyl, limited edition of 6,700 copies, $59.98

Jackie Brown – Music From The Miramax Motion Picture
180-gram yellow vinyl, limited edition of 5,000 copies, $21.98

The Monkees – Classic Album Collection
10 CD boxed set of all The Monkees’ studio albums, $59.98

The Monkees – Cereal Box Singles
Reproduction of singles originally released on cereal boxes in 1960s, set of 4 7-inch singles, limited edition of 5,000 copies, $19.98

The Replacements – Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash, Stink, Hootenanny, Let It Be
Twin/Tone-era albums available individually on LP for first time in decades, $19.98 each except
Stink ($16.98)

Temple City Kazoo Orchestra – Some Kazoos
7-inch reissue of early Rhino single on burgundy vinyl, limited edition of 4,000 copies, $9.98

Various Artists – The Complete Stax/Volt Singles (1959-1968)
9 CD re-release of long out-of-print Atlantic boxed set, $104.98

Velvet Underground – Live At Max’s Kansas City
Newly remastered on CD and 2 LP 180 gram vinyl, $13.98 and $31.98 respectively

Author: Buddy Iahn

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