Soul, Jazz Vinyl Releases Planned for Black Music Month

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Rhino Records is planning a wave of special soul and jazz releases for Black Music Month in June. The titles run the gamut from out-of-print collections to previously unreleased material.

For vinyl and CD lovers, the party kicks off June 11 with an expanded edition of Charles Mingus' late-period Mingus At Carnegie Hall. This 1974 performance will feature extra unreleased material pressed on two CDs. One week later, on June 18, there will be a new vinyl pressing of Soul Brothers, Ray Charles's 1958 foray into jazz alongside vibraphonist Milt Jackson. That same day, Zapp & Roger's All the Greatest Hits, originally released in 1993 and featuring 17 funk classics, will be released on two LPs - one violet and magenta-colored, the other orange and pink.

June 25 offers the biggest release week, with a new vinyl version of The Drifters' Golden Hits as well as the previously-announced Merci, Miles! Live At Vienne, an unreleased Miles Davis concert from 1991. Expanded editions of Roberta Flack's Chapter Two and Quiet Fire albums will also be released in conjunction with their 50th anniversaries.

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And on July 16, the Run Out Groove imprint releases a 3LP edition of the expanded Mingus At Carnegie Hall as well as a 50th anniversary 2LP pressing of Curtis Mayfield's 1970 album Curtis (featuring a bonus disc of rare material) and a 40th anniversary pressing of the debut album by Minneapolis funk group/Prince affiliates The Time, pressed on red and white vinyl and featuring a bonus disc of single edits.

You can order them all here. Keep an eye out for more words about these titles all through next month!

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