News November 2, 2016

Capitol Records celebrates 75th anniversary with music, film, book

Capitol Records celebrates 75th anniversary with music, film, book

One of music’s biggest brand names, Capitol Records, is to launch a year-long 75th anniversary through November with a number of projects. Its Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett announced the first three.

Now owned by Universal Music Group, the year-long project will “pay tribute to Capitol artists spanning the past eight decades and shine a spotlight on their historic contributions to music and popular culture.” 

The celebrations begin on November 15 when Los Angeles City Council will on the date proclaim Capitol Records Day in the city. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil Capitol Records Walk of Fame Star of Recognition, which will be installed in front of its landmark headquarters Capitol Tower. 

75 album titles that mark the label’s high artistry, will be reissued through the year on the vinyl format. The albums were chosen by Capitol executives with music journalists and other music industry names. See below for full list.

The reissue campaign is in partnership with US home furnishing destination Crate and Barrel. Customers can hear the albums in their stores’ listening rooms. 

In 2017, American Airlines will continue their commitment to the industry by launching “Fly To The Beat” – a Global Music platform, connecting consumers to their favourite musicians – including Capitol artists — and moments across five continents

An official deluxe photograph and essay account of the company, 75 Years of Capitol Records, will be published by Taschen on December 15. The book includes hundreds of images from Capitol’s extensive archives, a foreword by Beck and essays by cultural historians and music and architecture critics.

A documentary series is being produced by Nigel Sinclair/Whitehorse Pictures, the names behind The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. It is targeting a late 2017 release. Individual episodes to be directed by music luminaries and Capitol artists, past and present.


The vinyl campaign consists of:


  1. Ashford & Simpson, Solid (1984)


  1. Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique (1989)


  1. Beck, Morning Phase (2014).


  1. Blind Melon, Blind Melon (1992)


  1. Bob Seger, Night Moves (1976).


  1. Bobbie Gentry, Ode To Billy Joe (1967)


  1. Bobby Darin, You’re The Reason I’m Living (1963).


  1. Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time (1989)


9, Bonnie Raitt, Luck Of The Draw (1991)


  1. Buck Owens, Buck Owens (1961)


  1. Cannonball Adderley, Mercy Mercy Mercy (1966)


  1. Coldplay, Parachutes (2000)


  1. Crowded House, Crowded House (1986)


  1. Dean Martin, Dino: Italian Love Songs (1962)


  1. Duke Ellington, The Duke Plays Ellington (1953)


  1. Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters (1994)


  1. Frank Sinatra, In The Wee Small Hours (1955)


  1. Frank Sinatra, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)


  1. Frank Sinatra, Come Fly With Me (1958)


  1. Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely (1958)


  1. Freddie Jackson, Rock Me Tonight (1985)


  1. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps, Bluejean Bop (1956)


  1. George Clinton, Computer Games (1982)


  1. George Harrison, All Things Must Pass (1970)


  1. Glen Campbell, By the Time I Get to Phoenix (1968)


  1. Grand Funk Railroad, We’re an American Band (1973)


  1. Heart, Heart (1985)


  1. James Taylor, James Taylor (1968)


  1. Joe South, Introspect (1968)


  1. John Lennon, Imagine (1971)


  1. Johnny Mercer, Accentuate the Positive (1957)


  1. Judy Garland, Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961)


  1. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream (2010)


  1. Kingston Trio, Kingston Trio (1958)


  1. Knack, Get The Knack (1979)


  1. Les Paul and Mary Ford, Les and Mary (1955)


  1. Linda Ronstadt, Heart Like a Wheel (1974)


  1. Louie Prima, The Wildest, 1956


  1. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly (1977)


  1. Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See (1993)


  1. MC Hammer, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ’Em (1990)


  1. Megadeth, Peace Sells (1986)


  1. Merle Haggard, Mama Tried (1968)


  1. Miles Davis, Birth Of The Cool, 1957


  1. Nancy Wilson, How Glad I Am (1964)


  1. Nat King Cole, Unforgettable (1953)


  1. Natalie Cole, Unpredictable (1977)


  1. Neil Diamond, The Jazz Singer (1980)


  1. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me (2002)


  1. Peggy Lee, Is That All There Is (1969)


  1. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon (1973)


  1. Radiohead, OK Computer (1997)


  1. Raspberries, Raspberries (1972)


  1. Richard Thompson, Rumor & Sigh (1991)


  1. Ringo Starr, Ringo (1973)


  1. Robert Glaspar, Black Radio (2012)


  1. Rosanne Cash, Black Cadillac (2006)


58.Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour (2014)


  1. Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle (1976)


60.Tavares, In The City (1975)


61.Tennessee Ernie Ford, Sixteen Tons (1960)


  1. The Band, Music From Big Pink (1968)


  1. The Band, The Band (1969)


  1. The Beach Boys, Surfer Girl (1963)


  1. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (1966)


  1. The Beatles, Meet The Beatles (1964)


  1. The Beatles, Revolver (1966)


68.The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band



  1. The Beatles, The Beatles (1968)


  1. The Beatles, Abbey Road (1970)


  1. Tina Turner, Private Dancer (1984)


  1. Various, Oklahoma (1955)


  1. Various, Funny Girl (1968)


  1. Wanda Jackson, There’s a Party Goin’ On (1961)


  1. Wings, Band on the Run (1973)

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