Artist: Various Artists
Title: Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Format(s): 9-CDs/1-DVD/1-7" Vinyl/Book
Atlantic records becomes the latest label to put out a compilation covering it's whole history. To be fair, this is not just Atlantic, but also all of the subsidiaries and distributed labels including Atco, Spark, Stax, Rolling Stones and Roadrunner.
The 9-CDs contain 168 tracks from the company's first single (Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-Oh-Dee by 'Stick' McGhee & His Buddies) to the current hit Second Chance by Shinedown. The DVD contains the PBS documentary The House That Ahmet Built while the 7" Vinyl single is the 'Stick" McGhee song with its original B-side.
Also included is a 140-page book with previously unpublished photos and a collection of facsimile memorabilia.
The Atlantic Time Capsule was created in the same spirit that infused the label's very beginnings. Just as the company's founders, to quote Ahmet, 'wanted to make the kind of records that we would want to buy,' we set out to assemble a collection that would tell a story that we would want to hear. From the onset, the idea was to present Atlantic Records 'from the inside.' The collection was compiled by a small group of passionate Atlantic staffers, who drew on rarely seen material from the company's archives, Ahmet's personal papers, and the work of staff photographers through the years.The complete track list is after the cut.