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57 posts
Jan 10, 2019
9:55 AM
I am doing some blues related art and want to include the 45 rpm label for Juke. The original is on Checker and mostly red. I found an image online of a Juke 45 on Chess in the usual blue. The web page dates it to 1982, 83 and 84. It's real, there are copies for sale on Reverb for $14.99 right now. But why would Juke get re-released at that time on 45??

Last Edited by BeelzeBob on Jan 10, 2019 10:04 AM
5740 posts
Jan 10, 2019
11:48 AM
I can’t say for sure, yet, but I think it was just part of a larger reissue program by the recent purchaser of the rights. The chess catalogue was purchased by Sylvia Robinson’s ‘all platinum’ label in 1975. I suppose there’s little point owning all that if no one is playing it so reissues are probably the way to generate some revenue
There were a number of singles reissued in ‘82 that I’ve seen.
5741 posts
Jan 10, 2019
11:52 AM
“In the early 1980s, noticing that much of the Chess catalogue was commercially unavailable, Marshall Chess was able to convince Joe and Sylvia Robinson, who ran All Platinum, to reissue the catalogue themselves under his supervision (All Platinum had been licensing selected tracks to other companies, which ultimately resulted in the disappearance of some original master tapes).[2] The reissued singles and LPs sold well, but by the mid-80s All Platinum had fallen into financial difficulties, and the Chess master recordings were acquired by MCA Records, which itself was later merged with Geffen Records, a Universal Music imprint.”
58 posts
Jan 10, 2019
5:47 PM
Thanks, SB. I thought 45s were dead by then, but I guess not.

5745 posts
Jan 10, 2019
7:48 PM
i think CDs started to catch on around '83 but it didn't happen overnight
1624 posts
Jan 15, 2019
5:29 PM
I remember buying a reissue 45 of Juke sometime in the 1980s.

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