Rhino Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Born in the 1970s out of a Los Angeles record shop, Rhino Records initially began as a venture for reissuing tracks on compilations, issuing novelty records and providing retrospective releases for stand-up comedians. A certain Dr. Demento - a man who would later bring “Weird Al” Yankovic into the public conscious - was heavily involved at this point, often going so far as to put together the compilation releases himself.
Rhino expanded in the subsequent decade. The label’s growth was particularly rapid after it required the rights to the catalogue of the White Whale label, an imprint best-known for its association with The Turtles (they’re the lot who did ‘Happy Together’, among other things). With the then-little-known audio engineer Bill Inglot usually handling the remastering, Rhino reissues became prized for their high-quality audio.
Indeed, re-releases have come to define Rhino. Through signing deals with labels like Atlantic, EMI and Warner Music Group, Rhino has handled new editions of albums by the great and the good of popular musical history. Ramones, Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys and The Doors are just a few of those whose tapes have been entrusted to Rhino down the years. The name has become a mark of quality for those seeking re-pressings of old favourites.