2018 marks the anniversary of BARRY WHITE’S first ground-breaking release on 20th Century Records and record companies always like to honour such occasions with some special releases. Consequently on 13th April UMC/Mercury will release the first of a series of catalogue releases of Barry White’s classic work, in a yearlong celebration of the anniversary.
The White reissue series launches with a pair of remastered White hits collections: ‘Love’s Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles’ – a single-CD compilation incorporating 21 classic White hits, (also available as a double vinyl LP including the bonus track ‘Satin Soul’ by Love Unlimited Orchestra) and the three-CD, 46-track ‘The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979)’, which will be presented in a specially-designed box with the three discs packaged in individual wallets. Both albums will feature expansive liner notes and track details.
Later in April, UMC/Mercury will release a box set of 10 seven-inch vinyl singles that replicates White’s original hit single releases. The ten singles will be housed in a two-piece rigid box, with each disc in a 20th Century Records sleeve and 7″ labels that duplicate the originals, along with a four-page illustrated book. The vinyl set features newly remastered audio from the 20th Century Records master tapes, cut at Abbey Road Studios for the highest possible sound quality.
Over the rest of the year White collectors will be able to enjoy more 20th Century Records LP and CD album box sets, and new compilations and album box sets spotlighting Love Unlimited and the Love Unlimited Orchestra.