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NOVEMBER 30, 2009

          165 TRACKS SPAN SIX DECADES, 1947 TO 2009

       Atlantic Records has announced the release of “ATLANTIC RECORDS:
TIME CAPSULE,” an unprecedented boxed set celebrating the iconic label’s past
and present through music, images, and words. The most comprehensive
project ever devoted to the Atlantic story, this numbered, limited edition collection
spans the label’s entire history, from its inception in 1947 to the present day.
“TIME CAPSULE” is housed in a custom-designed metallic box featuring:

             9 CDs containing 165 tracks from 141 artists spanning more than
              six decades
             DVD of the acclaimed PBS American Masters documentary,
              “Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built”
             140-page book featuring over 200 rare and/or previously unseen
              photographs from the Atlantic Archives; reflections and stories from
              artists and other key players in the company’s history; and a
              complete Atlantic timeline
             Boxed set exclusive 45 rpm vinyl single reissue of Atlantic’s first hit,
              “Drinkin’ Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee” by “Stick” McGhee and His
              Buddies (1949)
             Reproductions of memorabilia and vintage swag, including posters,
              handbills, ticket stubs, lyrics, backstage pass, and more
             Individually numbered certificate of authenticity
For more details, please visit: http://atlantictimecapsule.com

       “This has been a labor of love for a passionate team of Atlantic staffers
who have been devoted to this project for many months,” said Atlantic
Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. “It is an extraordinary celebration of our
company’s rich musical and cultural legacy. The history of Atlantic is unique in
our industry, with an unbroken thread that runs from the label’s very beginnings
to the present moment. To open this beautiful box and hear, see, read, and
touch the Atlantic story is a truly moving experience. I know Ahmet would be so
proud of this impressive and compelling tribute to the incredible music,
groundbreaking artists, and amazing cast of characters that have given this
company life for the past 62 years.”

       “In the spring of 2004, I showed up for work at Ahmet’s house,” said
Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald. “When I looked at all the phenomenal
music that he and his partners had brought to life through the years, I felt a deep
responsibility to protect the logo and continue this incredible legacy in music.
When we began work on the Time Capsule, we were determined that it not only
be a celebration of the past, but a celebration of the lasting power and urgency of
the vision that guides the label to this day. Atlantic Records was, is, and always
will be a welcoming home for artists, careers, and entrepreneurs. I’d like to think
that Ahmet is looking down on us, feeling proud of what we’re doing to carry on
the great company he created.”

       “ATLANTIC RECORDS: TIME CAPSULE” is dedicated to Atlantic founder
Ahmet Ertegun, who remained active at the company until his passing in 2006 at
the age of 83. The artists Ahmet championed, the music he pioneered, and the
executives he mentored led a revolution in contemporary music that reshaped
and reflected the modern cultural landscape. In the label’s formative years, the
groundbreaking “Atlantic Sound” was forged by the most formidable production
team to ever reside at a single company – including such industry icons as
Atlantic co-founder Herb Abramson, Jerry Wexler, Ahmet’s brother Nesuhi, Tom
Dowd, Leiber & Stoller, Arif Mardin, and Joel Dorn. Today, led by chairmen
Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald, Atlantic remains inspired by its deep roots
as a company driven first and foremost by a passion for the music and a
steadfast belief in its artists.

       “TIME CAPSULE” was created in the same spirit that infused the label's
very beginnings. Just as the company's founders, to quote Ahmet, “wanted to
make the kind of records that we would want to buy,” the team set out to
assemble a collection that would tell a story that they would want to hear. From
the outset, the idea was to present Atlantic Records “from the inside,” drawing on
rarely seen material from the Atlantic Archives, Ahmet's personal papers, the
work of staff photographers through the years, and recollections from artists,
producers, and other pivotal figures in the company’s history.

       As Atlantic grew from literally a one-room operation into a major
international recording company, the label released an extraordinary body of
recordings that have had a profound impact on the course of modern music. The
music on this comprehensive collection traces Atlantic’s dramatic evolution from
its R&B roots into its wide-ranging prominence in jazz, pop, soul, folk, rock’n’roll,
and hip-hop. “TIME CAPSULE” is living history – a diverse mosaic of our times,
given voice by an exceptional array of singers, musicians, and composers.

       The Package Concept & Development of “ATLANTIC RECORDS: TIME
CAPSULE” was overseen by Mark Obriski, Liz Barrett, and Livia Tortella. The
Compilation Producers were Liz Barrett and Bob Kaus, with Art Direction by Mark
Obriski, and Design by Mark Obriski and Zachariah Mattheus. Liner Notes &
Editorial Content was written, collected, and edited by Bob Kaus. The music was
A&R’d by Craig Kallman, Craig Rosen, and Bob Kaus. The Executive Producer
was Ahmet Ertegun.


       In the fall of 1947, two passionate jazz fans and obsessive record
collectors – Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson – decided to start their own
record label. The Istanbul-born Ertegun, son of a renowned Turkish diplomat,
was an embassy-bred graduate student of philosophy. New York-born
Abramson was a dental student turned record company A&R man. They shared
a love of black American music, and with a $10,000 loan from Ahmet’s dentist,
together they formed what would become one of the most successful, influential,
and enduring companies in music industry history.

       A pioneer, icon, and true original, Ahmet’s eclectic tastes and boundary-
crossing life set the course of Atlantic and defined its essence. “I thought that we
had a small chance of survival,” Ahmet said. “I knew that we knew the music
better than our competitors. We understood what made people buy records, and
we knew the kind of records we wanted to make… All that really mattered was
that we loved the music, and we made up the rest as we went along.”

       In contrast to other independent labels born in the ‘40s and early ‘50s,
Atlantic never became irretrievably locked into one musical style. So while its
foundation was built on a string of pioneering rhythm and blues recordings,
before the ‘50s had passed, Atlantic had branched out into groundbreaking jazz
and crossed over into white pop territory. In the ‘60s, the company reclaimed the
black music crown with the definitive soul roster, while at the same time moving
full-bore into the new rock era on both sides of the Atlantic. By the time
Woodstock defined a cultural sea change in 1969, two decades after Atlantic’s
formation, the label had grown into a global music powerhouse.

       Today, sixty years since scoring its first hit, Atlantic’s original
entrepreneurial spirit remains its driving force, and unlike countless long-
departed labels, it has thrived through constant evolution and determined
diversity. What has mattered most to the company’s long-term survival is that it
continues be run by true music people. At the end of the first decade of the new
century, the “house that Ahmet built” is in the midst of a renaissance, ranking #1
in an industry in the midst of radical change. It is a testament to Atlantic’s unique
place in history that it remains such a vital force six decades down the line.


Joe Morris * “Stick” McGhee And His Buddies * Ruth Brown * The Clovers *
Professor Longhair * Big Joe Turner * The Chords * Ray Charles * Ivory Joe
Hunter * LaVern Baker * Chuck Willis * The Bobbettes * Modern Jazz Quartet *
The Coasters * Bobby Darin * Charles Mingus * The Drifters * John Coltrane *
Ornette Coleman * Ben E. King * Herbie Mann * Booker T. & The MG’s * Barbara
Lewis * Doris Troy * Rufus Thomas * Don Covay * Solomon Burke * Otis Redding
* Wilson Pickett * Sonny & Cher * The Young Rascals * Percy Sledge * Sam &
Dave * Carla Thomas * Buffalo Springfield * Arthur Conley * Aretha Franklin *
The Bar-Kays * Bee Gees * Vanilla Fudge * Albert King * Cream * Archie Bell &
The Drells * Iron Butterfly * Crazy World Of Arthur Brown * Dusty Springfield *
Led Zeppelin * Blind Faith * Thunderclap Newman * Crosby, Stills & Nash * The
Allman Brothers Band * Les McCann & Eddie Harris * R.B. Greaves * Brook
Benton * Clarence Carter * Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young * The Velvet
Underground * King Floyd * Stephen Stills * Emerson, Lake & Palmer * Derek &
The Dominos * Donny Hathaway * The Rolling Stones * Betty Wright * Yes * The
Spinners * Roberta Flack * Dr. John * Bette Midler * Manu Dibango * Genesis *
Blue Magic * Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners * Bad Company * J. Geils Band *
Average White Band * Major Harris * Roxy Music * Hall & Oates * ABBA * The
Trammps * Foreigner * Peter Gabriel * Peter Tosh * Chic * The Blues Brothers *
Sister Sledge * Manhattan Transfer * Pete Townshend * Slave * Phil Collins *
Stevie Nicks * Laura Branigan * Robert Plant * Shannon * Ratt * Twisted Sister *
Honeydrippers * Nu Shooz * Debbie Gibson * Levert * INXS * Mike + The
Mechanics * Skid Row * Rush * Alannah Myles * En Vogue * Marc Cohn * Mr.
Big * Tori Amos * Stone Temple Pilots * All-4-One * Collective Soul * Hootie &
The Blowfish * Everything But The Girl * Trans-Siberian Orchestra * Jewel *
Matchbox Twenty * Sugar Ray * Lil’ Kim * Brandy * Aaliyah * Kid Rock * Uncle
Kracker * P.O.D. * Sean Paul * Simple Plan * Rob Thomas * Staind * Death Cab
For Cutie * James Blunt * Gnarls Barkley * T.I. * Panic! At The Disco * Paramore
* Flo Rida * Lupe Fiasco * Estelle * Jason Mraz * Zac Brown Band * Shinedown


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