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]> To: <[log in to unmask]> 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 > catalog: > > http://www.vervemusicgroup.com/artist.aspx?ob=rnd&src=rslt&aid=6527 > > 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. > > > >dl > > > >> > >> ----- 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 from > >> >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.