I remember when I first got a copy of "VU&N" and noting it was on Verve. Ah,
the 60's. Strange times for all the record companies. I wonder if this album
is in the top-10 all-time individual sellers in Verve's catalog.
----- Original Message -----
From: "kyle barnett" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:06 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Verve, but not Jazz
> Verve experimented with psych/pop/rock, but as a label they didn't
> seem to know what to do with a lot of it. No better illustration of
> this was their shelving of _The Velvet Underground & Nico_ for a
> year, finally releasing it in 1967 (two singles from the album came
> out in 1966). The album didn't make much of a ripple when released,
> due in part to poor promotion. See Clinton Heylin's new collection
> of reviews from the era, _All Yesterday's Parties: The Velvet
> Underground in Print, 1966-1971_, for a bit more context.
> Verve was smart enough to hold onto the rights of this now classic
> rock album. But it still sticks out like a sore thumb in the Verve
> The Gordian Knot album came out in 1968 and I think saw CD release on
> some collectors label (memory fails).
> But the case of Verve and their attempts to move beyond the
> tremendous strength of their jazz catalog, raises questions about the
> company's culture, its decision-making processes, etc. I would have
> liked to sit in on a few of those meetings....
> Kyle Barnett
> Dept. of Radio-Television-Film
> College of Communication
> The University of Texas at Austin
> >Johan Bos-Beijer wrote:
> >> Verve had a 'Folkways' series which included classical recordings
> >>from the Polygram/DG catalogue. For example, tenor Fritz
> >>Wunderlich. They had a number of non-jazz issues but the catalogue
> >>varied considerably but items often went out of print.
> >> Johannes J. Bos-Beijer
> >> Director
> >> BBACE
> >Verve had a Folkways series (later called Verve Forecast) but it was
> >pop and folk, not classical..that was issued on Heliodor.
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: Eric Goldberg<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> >> To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> >> Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 5:21 PM
> >> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Verve, but not Jazz
> >> >Hi all,
> >> >
> >> >I have a question about Verve Records, but it's not about Jazz. I
> >> >have a wonderful psych/pop album by "The Gordian Knot" which is
> >> >the late 60s and is on Verve. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me
> >> >if this was a real big departure for the label or if they regularly
> >> >had non-Jazz releases? I know they are known for Jazz, but don't
> >> >know much else about the label.
> >> >
> > > >Thanks for your time.