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RHINO ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY is an American specialty record label and production company founded in 1978. It is currently the catalog division for the Warner Elektra Atlantic .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links

HISTORY

Founded in 1978, Rhino was originally a novelty and reissue label during the 1970s and 1980s. It released compilation albums of pop , rock & roll , and rhythm "> thanks to the effort of then-store manager Harold Bronson . Their early releases were mostly novelty records (their first single, in 1975, was Wild Man Fischer 's "Go To Rhino Records") and punk rock singles; the difficulties involved in getting airplay and distribution for such material eventually caused Foos and Bronson to take the label in other directions. One of Rhino's early artists was The Twisters, whose Los Angeles
Los Angeles
popularity far exceeded their album sales. The labels on early Rhino records featured the company's mascot character, a cartoon Elvis Presley rhinoceros wearing a black leather jacket. The original Rhino logo, designed by William Stout

Some of the label's earliest successes with reissues were achieved by acquiring the rights to the White Whale Records catalog that included the Turtles . By the mid-1980s, most of Rhino's releases were reissues of previously released recordings licensed from other companies. For superior sound quality, audio mastering of the original tapes (where possible) was done under the direction of Bill Inglot , and the label's creative packaging made Rhino one of the most respected reissue record labels , receiving rave reviews from music collectors, fans, and historians; and later, Grammy nominations and awards. Rhino was quick to get into the compact disc market, releasing dozens of oldies CDs at the dawn of the CD age in 1984. Their retrospective compact disc releases, such as those in the Billboard Top Hits series, are often remastered to restore or improve upon the releases' original analog audio quality.

In the late 1980s, Rhino transitioned into a complete entertainment company specializing in home video (initially VHS
VHS
, then DVD
DVD
and Blu-ray
Blu-ray
) reissues of television programs such as Mystery Science Theater 3000 , South Park , The Lone Ranger , My Favorite Martian , Kimba the White Lion , The Transformers , Jem , and The World of Sid for the most part, sales totals in the low five figures or less were routine for Rhino-produced albums, and the less costly, less risky reissue business remained the company’s primary revenue stream. One exception was the success of "At This Moment" by Billy Vera Rhino received the US rights to Roulette's catalog, excluding jazz. When the distribution deal with Capitol ended in 1992, Rhino signed a new distribution deal with Atlantic Records , and in turn Time Warner bought a 50 per cent stake in the record company. In 1998, Time Warner bought the other half of Rhino; making the company a wholly owned unit of Time Warner. The Rhino Records
Rhino Records
retail store, which was not part of the sale, closed in 2005.

It is through this merger that the label has reissued material from such artists as the Monkees , Eric Burdon
Eric Burdon
, Fanny , Dannii Minogue , the Ramones , the Grateful Dead , Emerson, Lake as well as soundtracks spanning the Turner-owned pre-1986 MGM and pre-1950 Warner Bros. periods, in addition to WB's own post-1949 period. Rhino's soundtrack releases include Gone with the Wind , The Wizard of Oz , Easter Parade , North by Northwest , Casablanca , King Kong
King Kong
, Doctor Zhivago , Superman , and Finian\'s Rainbow . The Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. film soundtrack libraries are currently managed by Warner Bros.' in-house label subsidiary, WaterTower Music .

In 1999, Rhino started the 'Rhino Handmade' division of limited-edition releases available primarily from their website. All Handmade deluxe editions were limited to about 3,000 copies or less, and once sold out were not re-pressed. (Since Rhino revamped its website in early 2013, the Handmade division appears to have been discontinued.)

In 2003, co-founders and longtime executives Richard Foos and Harold Bronson left Rhino, reportedly due to frustration with the challenges of an increasingly competitive market. In fact, Time Warner's final vesting of its 100 percent ownership of the label, and its subsequent 'reorganization' of label staff, which