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Direct Holdings Global LLC, through its subsidiaries StarVista Live, Lifestyle Products Group and Time Life, is a creator and direct marketer that is known for selling books, music, video/DVD, and multimedia products. The current focus of the company is music, video and entertainment experiences (such as cruises) as the book division closed in 2003. Its products have been sold throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia through television, print, retail, the Internet, telemarketing, and direct sales. Current operations are focused in the US and Canada with limited retail distribution overseas. Time Life
Time Life
was founded in 1961 as the book division of Time Inc.
Time Inc.
It took its name from Time Inc.'s cornerstone magazines, Time and Life, but remained independent of both. Starting in 1967, Time Life
Time Life
combined its book offerings with music collections (two to five records) and packaged them as a sturdy box set. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the selection of books, music and videos grew and was diversified into more genres. When record labels stopped producing vinyl albums in 1990, Time Life
Time Life
switched to CD only. In the mid-1990s, Time Life acquired Heartland Music, with the Heartland Music label now appearing as a brand. This company was subsequently sold off and is no longer attached to Time Life. At the end of 2003 Time Life
Time Life
was acquired by Ripplewood Holdings L.L.C. and ZelnickMedia Corporation to become part of Direct Holdings Worldwide L.L.C. Direct Holdings Americas Inc. operates as a leader in the sale of music and video products under the Time Life
Time Life
brand. Since 2003, Direct Holdings US Corp is the legal name of Time Life, and is no longer owned by its former parent Time Warner, later Time Inc.
Time Inc.
in June 9, 2014. In March 2007, Ripplewood led a group that took The Reader's Digest Association
Reader's Digest Association
private and treated Time Life
Time Life
as a division of RDA. By 2003 onward, a disclaimer on the copyright stated that it is "not affiliated with Time Warner
Time Warner
Inc. or Time Inc.", who owns the Time and Life magazines which this company name came from. In 2013, Reader's Digest Association
Reader's Digest Association
sold Time Life
Time Life
to Mosaic Media Investment Partners.[1]

Contents

1 Book series 2 Music

2.1 Pop music
Pop music
enters the picture 2.2 Saguaro Road Records 2.3 List of series

3 Video 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Book series[edit] The Time Life
Time Life
company was founded by Time, Incorporated
Time, Incorporated
in 1961, as a book marketing division. Its name is derived from Time and Life magazines, two of the most popular magazines of the era, both of which were owned by the company. It also was the holding company of television and radio combo stations KLZ-TV-AM-FM in Denver, WFBM-TV-AM-FM in Indianapolis, WOOD-TV-AM in Grand Rapids, Michigan, KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California, and KOGO-TV-AM-FM in San Diego, many of which were sold to McGraw-Hill in 1972; however, Time Life kept WOOD-TV, which became WOTV after the sale of the other stations, and remained owned by the company until 1984. Time Life
Time Life
was based in the Time Life
Time Life
building in Rockefeller Center. Time Life
Time Life
gained fame as a seller of book series that would be mailed to households in monthly installments, operating as book sales clubs. Several of these book series garnered substantial critical acclaim unusual for a mass-market mail order house.[citation needed] For example, the series Library of Photography of the early-1970s featured very high-quality duotone printing for its black-and-white reproductions in its original edition, and was of course able to draw on Life Magazine's vast archive of journalistic and art photographs from virtually every major photographer; Foods Of The World featured contributions by M.F.K. Fisher, James Beard, Julia Child, Craig Claiborne and many others; and The Good Cook series, edited by Richard Olney, featured contributions from Jeremiah Tower, Jane Grigson, Michel Lemonnier and many others. Other series of high regard covered nature and the sciences, as well as the history of world civilizations. The science books are interesting as ephemera of their time. The content of these series was more or less encyclopedic, providing the basics of the subjects in the way it might be done in a lecture aimed at the general public. There was also a series on contemporary life in various countries of the world. Some other series are much less highly regarded, especially the later output as the publisher moved away from soberly presented science and history towards sensationalism, pop-history, and DIY-themed books. The books, whatever their quality, are easy to find at low prices on the used-book market, due to their being published in the millions of copies. (Some of the items in this list may also be single books not in a series, but followed the same types of themes as the book series.) Yet, of some series it is known that a particular title in the series enjoyed a much smaller print run than the other volumes in the series, resulting the after-market value of that particular volume and/or the set as a whole increasing. Examples include the fourteen volume "40th Anniversary Edition" The Civil War: A Narrative and the eighteen volume Voices of the Civil War series, where the volumes "Petersburg Siege to Bentonville" and "Shenandoah 1864" are the rarer ones respectively. Non-specific US topic series were habitually translated in other languages (French having been the more predominant one, due to Time Life's desire to have neighboring French-Canada served as well), and disseminated through local branches of Time-Life Books in the intended target markets. However, not rarely were these translated versions truncated for various reasons. The Dutch language versions – disseminated through Time-Life Books [International] BV, Amsterdam, the local branch for mainland Europe at the time located at Ottho Heldringstraat 5, 1066 AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands – of History
History
of the World (as " Time Life
Time Life
Wereld Geschiedenis"), The Epic of Flight (as "De Geschiedenis van de Luchtvaart") and The Enchanted World (as "Het Rijk der Fabelen") for example, were shy of four, seven and nine volumes respectively in translation, whereas the German language version of The Old West (as "Der Wilde Westen", and, even though American specific, translated nonetheless due to the continued popularity of the Western genre in Germany), disseminated through the Amsterdam branch as Time-Life Bücher, was shy of seven volumes. Of at least one book series is known that it was initiated by a local branch and not by the American mother company; the 1986-1989 book series Australians at War was initiated by Time Life
Time Life
Books Australia for that country, and therefore relatively rare on American soil.

American Country The American Indians (1992-1996, 23 volumes) The American Wilderness (1972-1977, 27 volumes)[2] Ancient Civilizations – historic archeological discoveries The Art of Sewing[2] Australians at War (1986-1989, 16 volumes) – series chronicling Australia's participation in 20th century warfare Canada, by Brian Moore and the Editors of Life (1963) A Child's First Library Of Learning – series of educational books by Time–Life The Civil War series (1983-1987, 28 volumes) – not the same as The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote Classics of the Old West[2] – while executed in the same vein, not the same as "The Old West", as these are deluxe facsimile reproductions of memoirs of Old West contemporaries Classics of World War II (The Secret War) (24 volumes) Collector's Library of the Civil War (1981-1985, 30 volumes)[2] – deluxe facsimile reproductions of participants' memoirs Collector's Library of the Unknown (24 volumes) Curious and Unusual Facts The Emergence of Man[2] Enchanted World (21 volumes) – best-selling Time–Life series Echoes of Glory (1991, 3 volumes) – set dealing with the arms and equipment of the Civil War armies, complemented with a Civil War atlas The Encyclopedia of Collectibles[2] The Epic of Flight[2] Eyewitness (children's series on nature, science, and civilization) Family Library ("How Things Work in your Home", "The Time-Life Book of the Family Car", "The Time-Life Family Legal Guide", and "The Time-Life Book of Family Finance")[2] Fitness, Health, and Nutrition Fix It Yourself Foods of the World[2] Fresh Ways – cookbook series The Good Cook[2] Great Ages of Man – history of each of the major civilizations of human history[2] The Great Cities[2] History
History
of the World (1991, 24 volumes) Home Repair and Improvement[2] – with commercials starring Bob Vila from 1984 to 1992 How Things Work Human Behavior[2] The Kodak Library of Creative Photography Library of Health[2] Library of Nations The LIFE History
History
of the United States[2] LIFE Library of Photography[2] LIFE Nature Library, (25 volumes)[2] LIFE Science Library, (26 volumes)[2] LIFE World Library[2] Lost Civilizations Mysteries of the Unknown(33 volumes) – best-selling Time–Life series The New Face of War (9 volumes) – survey of the major fields of modern warfare The Old West[2] Planet Earth Series[2] The Seafarers (1978-1981, 22 volumes)[2] The Third Reich Series (21 volumes) This Fabulous Century[2] Time Frame—A survey of history by time periods instead of by civilization Time–Life Library of America[2] Time–Life Library of Art[2] The Time–Life Library of Boating[2] The Time–Life Library of Gardening[2] Time Life
Time Life
Library of Curious and Unusual Facts Time Reading Program[2] Three Hundred Years of American Painting Understanding Computers Voices of the Civil War (1996-1998, 18 volumes) – reproducing letters from participants Voices of Triumph (3 volumes) – African American history Voyage Through the Universe—series on Astronomy Wild, Wild World of Animals – based on the TV series What Life Was Like The World's Wild Places[2] Wings of War (26 volumes) – reproductions of wartime aviator's memoirs World War II series (40 volumes)[3] 100 Years of Hollywood

Time Life
Time Life
no longer publishes books as its book division was closed in 2003. Time Inc./Time Warner, however, continues to publish similar material through Time Home Entertainment Inc. Music[edit] Time Life
Time Life
added music in 1967, selling box sets and collections through Time–Life Records. During the 1960s and 1970s, the collections released by Time–Life Records catered to a conservative adult audience, with genres including classical, jazz, swing and orchestral music; and the music of operas and Broadway theatre. On occasion, Time Life
Time Life
offered popular music (generally pre-1955 music, as opposed to pop and rock music airing on contemporary hit radio stations in the United States at the time) in box sets. Although there were television advertisements, Time Life
Time Life
advertised most of these sets in magazines, specialty catalogs and direct mail. In the early 1980s, Time Life
Time Life
began branching out, offering a series of albums focusing on country music. The first series was 1981's "Country Music," with volumes focusing on a particular artist and featuring eight or nine tracks per album. Twenty volumes were issued, with many of country's greatest artists of the time ( Charley Pride
Charley Pride
was the first artist featured) getting their own album. But until the mid-1980s, Time–Life did not feature a rock music-intensive series for customers, preferring to cater to older adults with conservative music tastes. Pop music
Pop music
enters the picture[edit] Time Life's first successful foray into rock music came in 1986, with a series called "The Rock 'n' Roll Era." Each volume in that series—like similar series that followed—focused on a particular year (in this case, 1955 through 1964—the early, pre-Beatles years of rock music), a stylistic trend or particular artist influential in rock music. Each volume had 22 tracks, and was said to contain the original hit recording by the original artist (although this wasn't always true on early pressings of the early albums in the series). The songs themselves represented the most important and popular songs from the period or subject featured. An essay published by Both Sides Now Publications noted that Time-Life's move into rock music came at a time when much of the adult audience Time-Life catered to grew up during the rock-and-roll era and, as such, the new series was consistent with its goal of catering to an adult audience.[4] "The Rock 'n' Roll Era" series was a big success, and by the time the final volume was issued in the early 1990s, more than 50 different volumes (including two Christmas albums) had been released. This paved the way for more country and pop music-intensive series, including "Country USA," "Classic Rock," "Sounds of the Seventies," "Sounds of the Eighties," "Your Hit Parade" (a series featuring popular music of the 1940s through early 1960s) and "Super Hits." Like the earlier series, each volume issued had its own paperback booklet containing liner notes and information about the songs, with the addition of placement on various Billboard magazine charts. Like the earlier box sets featuring other musical styles and genres, the country and pop music series were advertised in magazines, catalogs and direct mail. By this time, some of these collections were advertised on television: either commercials or 30-minute infomercials. The television advertisements used slogans (e.g., "Relive your high school days ..."), clips of songs included in each volume (along with a scrolling list of other titles), a commercial spokesman (usually a performer or legendary disc jockey relevant to a given series, such as Rick Dees for a 1970s-intensive collection and Ralph Emery for a country music series) and testimonials from customers attesting to the quality and value of the albums, to pitch a given series. Key selling points of these collections are that each track was digitally transferred to the desired format using the original master recordings, as opposed to being "re-records"; and that the most popular and requested songs by customers could be found in a single collection (as opposed to a customer having to purchase many albums to obtain just a few desired tracks). Customers were given a choice of which format they wanted their box set: either vinyl albums (through 1990), 8-track or cassette tape, or compact disc; today's box sets are offered only as compact discs. While most of Time Life's box sets and releases were critically hailed, there were also some minor faults pointed out by critics. For instance, several early pressings of the early volumes in "The Rock'n'Roll Era" series contained stereo re-recordings of the original hits (something that would be corrected on later pressings, either with the correct original recording or a replacement track). Sometimes, the most popular songs of a given time period were omitted, frequently due to licensing issues. Examples included The Beatles
The Beatles
and The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
for the Classic Rock and "Super Hits"/"AM Gold" series; and Prince, Madonna, Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
and Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
on the main Sounds of the Eighties series. Through 2010, several different series Time Life
Time Life
had offered were available on a subscription basis, either by calling a 1-800 number or sending a completed postcard-sized card and payment to Time–Life. Purportedly, the customer would get a specific volume (as advertised on TV or in a magazine) first, before receiving a new volume roughly every other month (on the format of their choice); customers and had the option of keeping just the volumes they wanted. In time, each volume was also offered for individual sale. Several of the series – especially the pop, rock, country and rhythm and blues series – had retail versions for sale, released after the entire series was issued. Typically, these were sold at discount stores, often grouped in three-CD sets of 12 tracks each and having the most popular of the series' tracks, and cover artwork and naming loosely based off the subscription/catalog-exclusive titles. Additionally, the "Classic Country" series had special 15-track single-CD versions of several of its volumes issued for retail sale (in addition to budget 3-CD sets). Saguaro Road Records[edit]

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In 2008 Time Life
Time Life
launched Saguaro Roads Records as an in-house music recording label. Under this label, albums have been released with Adam Hood, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bo Bice, Brandy and Ray J, Collin Raye, Dion, Edwin McCain, Hank Williams
Hank Williams
(estate), Jim Brickman, Joan Osborne, Lonestar, Marc Cohn, Mark Chesnutt, Patty Loveless, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Tanya Tucker, The Grascals, Angie Stone, Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings
and Don McLean. Since its launch Saguaro Roads Records has had seven Grammy nominations. Notable releases include Patty Loveless's Mountain Soul II which one a Grammy for best Bluegrass Album in 2010, Hank Williams: The Complete Mother's Best Recordings which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Historical Album category in 2010, Joan Osborne's Bring it on Home which was nominated for Best Soul album in 2012, The Beatles’ “First Recordings: 50th Anniversary Edition” which was nominated for Best Album Notes in 2012, and The Blind Boys of Alabama's Down in New Orleans which won a grammy for Best Traditional Gospel Album.[citation needed] List of series[edit] The following list shows many of the collections the company has released, but is by no means exhaustive.

'60s Country '60s Music Revolution '60s Gold (discontinued) '70s Music Explosion (discontinued) '80s Music Explosion (discontinued) 100 Classics for Relaxation AM Gold (discontinued; was first issued as "Super Hits") The Beethoven Collection Best of Soft Rock Big Bands Billboard #1 Hits of the 70's Blues Legends (discontinued) Blues Masters (discontinued) Bobby Jones Presents Ultimate Gospel Body and Soul Body Talk
Talk
(discontinued) The British Invasion Classic Bluegrass (discontinued) Classic Country Classic Drive (discontinued) Classic Love Songs of the 60's Classic Radio Hits (discontinued) Classic Rock (discontinued, was a collection of mid- to late-1960s music) Classic Rhythm and Blues Classic Soft Rock Classic Soul Ballads Classic Love Songs of Rock N Roll (2016) Classic Love Songs of Rock N' Roll (discontinued) Classical Power Contemporary Country (discontinued) Country Jukebox Country Music Explosion Country Music Hall Of Fame Presents Classic Country Country Music Of Your Life Country USA (2011) Country USA (discontinued) Country's Got Heart Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems Disco Fever (discontinued) Easy 80's Easy Listening Classics Edge Of The 80s (discontinued) Fabulous Fifties, The (discontinued) Faith Hope & Country Flower Power Folk Years, The (discontinued) Giants of Jazz
Jazz
(discontinued) Glory Days Of Rock N Roll (discontinued) Great American Songbook Gold And Platinum The Ultimate Rock Collection (discontinued) Golden Age of Country Golden Age of Pop Great Composers Great Men of Music Grooves (discontinued) Guitar Rock (discontinued) Hard & Heavy (discontinued) Heart Of Rock N Roll, The (discontinued) The Heart Of Classic Rock History
History
Of Rock N Roll, The (discontinued) Instrumental Favorites It All Started with Doo Wop (discontinued) Jukebox Memories Lifetime of Country Romance Lifetime of Romance (discontinued) Legendary Singers Legendary Voices Legends Of Country Legends: The Ultimate Rock Collection (discontinued) Living the Blues (discontinued) Living the Gospel (discontinued) Magic of Love (discontinued) Malt Shop Memories Midnight Soul Modern Rock (discontinued) The Motown Collection The Mozart Collection Music of Your Life Opry Video Classics The Ultimate Oldies but Goodies Collection (discontinued) Party Rock Pop Goes The 70s Pop Memories of the 60's Pop Revolution (discontinued) Power of Love Prom Night Pure Rhythm and Blues Quiet Storm Rhythm & Blues Rhythm-Grooves (discontinued) Rock & Romance Rock N Roll Era (2013) Rock N' Roll: Legendary Years (discontinued) Romancing the '60s Romancing the '70s Romantically Yours Classic Soul Ballads Singers & Songwriters Smooth Soul Solid Gold Soul (discontinued) Songs 4 Ever (discontinued) Songs 4 Life (discontinued) Songs 4 Worship Songs For Lovers (discontinued) Soul Of The 60s Soul Of The 70s Soul Story (discontinued) Sounds Of The 70s (discontinued) Sounds Of The Sixties (discontinued) Sounds of the Seventies (discontinued) Sounds of the Eighties (discontinued) Sounds of the Nineties (discontinued) Spirit Of The 60s (discontinued) Superhits Superstars of Country (discontinued) Superstars of the '80s Sweet Soul of the '70s The 60s The 70s Collection (discontinued) The 80s Collection (discontinued) The 90s Collection (discontinued) The Emotion Collection (discontinued) The Timeless Music Collection (discontinued) The Power Of Love (1996) (discontinued) The Sock Hop Collection The Teen Years The Rock Collection (discontinued) The Rock'n'Roll Era (discontinued) To The Moon, a 6-record set: a documentary with accompanying book about the early space program, the space race, the missions to the moon and the first moon landing, published soon after Apollo 11 completed its mission to the moon. (discontinued) Ultimate Seventies (discontinued) Ultimate Love Songs Ultimate Rock Ballads Uptown Saturday Night (discontinued) We Love the Nightlife The Woodstock Collection Your Hit Parade (discontinued)

Video[edit] Time Life's video business has been growing quickly since 2000. Starting with documentaries including Growing Up Wild and the re-release of World at War, the company has more recently branched into nostalgic television shows. Time Life
Time Life
is able to leverage their music industry knowledge and contacts to release television shows previously held back because of expensive music rights clearances. Their collections are known for having extensive bonus features, liner notes and packaging. Television show releases from Time Life
Time Life
include:

CMA Awards Live (performance compilations) Get Smart
Get Smart
(complete series) The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
(complete series) The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
(complete series) The Real Ghostbusters
The Real Ghostbusters
(complete series) Power Rangers: From Mighty Morphin' to Lost Galaxy (first seven seasons) The Ultimate Carol Burnett Show Collection (50 Episodes, plus the special Carol + 2 and the 1972 version of Once Upon a Mattress) China Beach
China Beach
(complete series) Mama's Family
Mama's Family
(complete series) The Dean Martin Variety Show (select sketches and episodes, by agreement with NBCUniversal and the estate of Greg Garrison) The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (complete series) The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
(Season 3) The Best of Soul Train
Soul Train
(Highlights from the '70s) The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years
(complete series) The Hee Haw
Hee Haw
Collection (select episodes and sketches) The Best of The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show
(complete series) produced by Jim Henson Home Entertainment

See also[edit]

List of record labels

References[edit]

^ "RDA Sells Its Direct To Consumer Business - Folio:". 2 July 2012.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad From a list of "Other Publications" on the copyright page of "The Commandos", the final volume of the Time-Life Books Series, "World War II" ^ "World War II Time-Life - Series - LibraryThing". www.librarything.com.  ^ "Time-Life Music Story". www.bsnpubs.com. 

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