Blue Note has teamed up with Vinyl Me, Please, the record club that distributes monthly LPs to paying members, on a six-album box set featuring classic Blue Note records, to be released over a six-week period from May to June.
The partnership comes as Blue Note celebrates its 80th anniversary this year with a number of promotional campaigns, including playlists, reissues, a documentary, and a fall tour featuring James Carter, Kandace Springs, and James Francies, all of whom are signed to the label.
The first two albums in the set, titled “VMP Anthology: The Story of Blue Note Records,” are Horace Silver Trio and Dexter Gordon’s Dexter Calling. The box set—only 1,000 copies of which have been made available—went on sale last week and sold out in under three hours, according to a spokesperson for Vinyl Me, Please.
“The unique new VMP Anthology product brings together a premium vinyl box set, storytelling via an exclusive podcast and content series, and a private fan community, inviting listeners to experience a much deeper connection to the music,” says Cameron Schaefer, head of music and brand at Vinyl Me, Please, in a press release announcing the partnership. “This is more than a box set really, it’s a six-week journey for the kind of music fan that lives for the liner notes.”
The liner notes are by former New York Times jazz critic and JazzTimes contributor Ben Ratliff.
“Every one of the Blue Note VMP Anthology records shows artists in transition, moving to something different than what they did the album before and, in retrospect, you can see where it aims into where they were going next,” says Don Was, president of Blue Note, in the release. “But they are all beautiful snapshots of a significant moment of pushing the envelope, and that’s what ties them all together.”